Bobby Bare performs “That’s How I Got to Memphis” Live at Larry’s Country Diner.

It reached number # 3 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, and remained 16 weeks on the charts. In the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists, I get to number # 22.

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That’s How I Got to Memphis:

Lp cover Bobby Bare ( Mercury 1970 )
Lp cover Bobby Bare ( Mercury 1970 )

Song written by Tom T. Hall, the first recording of this song, was made by Tom T. Hall himself, on September 11, 1968, being released in May 1969, for the Mercury label, was included on the album, Ballad Of Forty Dollars And His Other Great Songs (Mercury 1969).
Bobby Bare, also recorded for the Mercury label, on April 30, 1970, at Jack Clement Studio, 3100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN, Bobby was accompanied on the recording by: Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Harold Bradley (guitar), Chip Young (guitar), Jerry Shook (guitar), Bob Moore (bass), Jerry Carrigan (drums), Hargus Robbins (piano), Jerry Kennedy (dobro) and Charlie McCoy (harmonica & vibes). With the production of Jerry Kennedy, it was released in August 1970. On October 3, 1970, it reached number # 3 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, and remained 16 weeks on the charts. In the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists, I get to number # 22.

The song was included in the first album that Bobby recorded for the Mercury label, after having left the RCA label, This Is Bare Country (Mercury 1970), in the Billboard Country Albums lists, it reached # 37.

Lp cover Tom T, Hall ( Mercury 1969 )
Lp cover Tom T, Hall ( Mercury 1969 )

Versions:
Bill Haley & The Comets 1969 (United Artists Records)
Dave Dudley 1969 (Mercury)
Otis Williams 1970 (Stop Records)
Rosanne Cash 1982 (Columbia)
Buddy Miller 1995 (HighTone Records)
Deryl Dodd 1996 (Columbia)
Kelly Willis 1998 (Delmore Recordings)
Whitey Morgan and The 78’s 2015 (Whitey Morgan Music)
— And some more.

Bobby Bare – That’s How I Got to Memphis Lyrics

If you love somebody enough you’ll follow wherever they go
That’s how I got to Memphis, that’s how I got to Memphis
If you love somebody enough you’ll go where your heart wants to go
That’s how I got to Memphis, that’s how I got to Memphis.

I know if you’d seen her you’d tell me ’cause you are my friend
I’ve got to find her and find out the trouble she’s in
And if you tell me she’ not here you can follow the trail of her tears
That’s how I got to Memphis, that’s how I got to Memphis.

She’d get mad and she used to say that she’d come back to Memphis some day
That’s how I got to Memphis, that’s how I got to Memphis
I haven’t eaten a bite or slept for three days and nights
That’s how I got to Memphis, that’s how I got to Memphis.

I’ve got to find her and tell her that I love her so
I’ll never rest till I find out why she had to go
So thank you for your precious time, forgive me if I start to cryin’
That’s how I got to Memphis, that’s how I got to Memphis…

Single Bobby Bare ( Mercury 1970 )
Single Bobby Bare ( Mercury 1970 )

Miquel Batlle
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