Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys performs “Faded Love”

The song was a major hit for Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, reaching number eight on the Country charts in 1950. It became one of his signature songs.

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Faded Love

Lp cover Bob Wills ( LongHorn 1964 )
Lp cover Bob Wills ( LongHorn 1964 )

Song written in family by Bob Wills, John Wills (Father) and Billy Jack Wills (brother), was recorded by Bob Wills for the MGM label, was recorded on April 27, 1950, on Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood 38, CA, Bob was accompanied on the recording by: Rusty McDonald (vocal lead), Eldon Shamblin (guitar), Luke Wills (banjo), Jack Lloyd (bass), Tommy Perkins (drums), Mancel Tierney (piano), Bob Wills (fiddle), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), Keith Coleman (fiddle) . The song was a major hit for Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, reaching number eight on the Country charts in 1950. It became one of his signature songs.

In 1962, it was recorded live in San Antonio, Texas and on November 19, 1964, Bob re-recorded it for the longhorn label, Summet Studio, Dallas, TX.

The 1964 version was the first included in a studio album, Keepsake Album No. 1 (Longhorn 1964).

The melody comes from an 1856 ballad, Darling Nelly Gray, which John Wills knew as a violin tune “Faded Love” is a sentimental song about lost love. The name comes from the saying that follows each verse: I remember our faded love.

Single Patsy Cline ( Decca 1963 )
Single Patsy Cline ( Decca 1963 )

Versions:

Maddox Brothers & Rose 1950 (4 Star)
Ray Price 1957 (Columbia)
Wilburn Brothers 1958 (Decca)
Leroy Van Dyke 1961 (Mercury)
Patti Page 1961 (Mercury)
George Jones 1962 (United Artists Records)
Patsy Cline 1963 (Decca)
Faron Young 1964 (Mercury)
Conway Twitty 1969 (Decca)
Elvis Presley 1971 (RCA)

 

….. and many more, Sleepy Labeaf, Lee Ann Rimes, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Mandy Barnett …. more than 90 versions …

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Faded Love Lyrics

As I look at the letters that you wrote to me
It’s you that I am thinking of
As I read the lines that to me were so sweet
I remember our faded love

I miss you darling more and more every day
As heaven would miss the stars above
With every heartbeat I still think of you
And remember our faded love

As I think of the past and all the pleasures we had
As I watch the mating of the dove
It was in the springtime when you said goodbye
I remember our faded love

I miss you darling more and more every day
As heaven would miss the stars above
With every heartbeat I still think of you
And remember our faded love

Single Bob Wills ( MGM 1950 )
Single Bob Wills ( MGM 1950 )

Miquel Batlle
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