“Funny How Time Slips Away” (1961, 1964 & 1976)

January 2, 2014


Joe Hinton (November 15, 1929 – August 13, 1968)

Joe Hinton (November 15, 1929 – August 13, 1968)

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#1 R&B, #13 Pop, #38 U.K. (1964)

This is the hit version, of the beautiful Willie Nelson penned love ballad “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away”, that I first heard and fell in love with as a ten year old.

I was just thinking of this title last week when discussing how fast time has progressed with  a co-worker, therefore this seemed the most appropriate song to open my 2014 blog postings. Yes time surely marches on. :-)

Dorothy Moore (born October 13, 1946)

Dorothy Moore (born October 13, 1946)

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#7 Soul Charts, #67 Pop (1976)

Dorothy “Misty Blue” Moore had the next big charting hit more than a decade after Hinton. Dorothy made the track even more soulful. Many artists, both Pop and Country, had covered the tune since Hinton’s hit, but it was a soul artist who was next to hit big with the tune.

Now after listening to those two soulful hit renditions of this ballad, here is the original release performed by Billy Walker. The highest it went was #23 on the Country Singles Chart in 1961.

But it was Jimmy Elledge who had a the first bona fide million seller hit with the tune that charted #22 Pop in 1961. I was not familiar with this version until I began to create this post and I  must say it is just beautiful and I can understand why it became a million seller in 1961. With such a wonderful voice it is a shame he is tagged a “one hit wonder.”

Many, many musical artists, albeit  Pop, R&B  and Country, have covered this classic tune over the past 50 plus years.  I certainly can’t present them all here –  but I must not close this post without  presenting the composer singing his own rendition of what he wrote in 1997 (about 36 odd years since he first put pen to paper to compose it.)

“Funny How Time Slips Away” – Composed By Willie Nelson

Well hello there
My it’s been a long long time
How am I doin’
Well I guess Im doin’ fine
It’s been so long now and it seems that
It was only yesterday
Yeah, ain’t it funny how time slips away

How’s your new love
I hope that he’s doin’ fine
I heard you told him
That you’d love him till the end of time
Well you know, that’s the same thing
That you told me
Seems like just the other day
Yeah, ain’t it funny how time slips away

I gotta go now
Guess Ill see you hanging ’round
Don’t know when though
Never know when Ill be back in town
But I remember what I told you
That in time, it’s going to be okay
Yeah, ain’t it funny how time slips away
Yeah, ain’t it funny’ how time slips right on, slips right on
Away, away, away

Source:  MetroLyrics

P.S. If you haven’t heard it, you must listen to the Spinners cover of “Funny.”  It is just marvelous.

 

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