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He’ll Have to Stay Jeanne Black (Capitol, 1960)

In October 1959 Jim Reeves recorded a country/pop crossover hit, He’ll Have to Go. It went to #1 in Australia, Norway and on Billboard’s Hot C&W Sides chart. On the Hot 100, it hit #2. Not only was it played on country and pop radio stations, but it played on many R&B stations too. He’ll Have to Go landed as the #2 song of the year in 1960. It was then covered by a variety of stars, most famously Elvis Presley. He’ll Have to Go was recorded by Presley during his last known studio recording session on October 31, 1976.

In 1960, American country singer Jeanne Black recorded an answer song, He’ll Have to Stay. She hit #6 on Billboard’s Hot C&W Sides chart and #4 on the Hot 100. Skeeter David covered He’ll Have to Stay in 1961. It then got its own answer song, I’m Gonna Stay, recorded by Johnny Scoggins.

Black was born Gloria Jeanne Black on October 25, 1937 in Pomona, California. Her first exposure was in 1956 to 1959 on the TV program Hometown Jamboree. She signed with Capitol and released her only album, A Little Bit Lonely, as well as her debut single, He’ll Have to Stay. The single sold over 1 million copies worldwide and earned Black a Gold record. Her follow-up single, Lisa only hit #43 in the U.S. Her final single, Oh, How I Miss You Tonight hit #63. She was married to Wrecking Crew guitarist Billy Strange. Black passed away October 23, 2014 at age 76.

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