«Don’t Let Me Cross Over» is a song made famous as a duet by Carl Butler and Pearl, a husband-and-wife country music duo. Originally released in November 1962, the song needed just four weeks to reach the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Singles chart, and spent 11 (non-consecutive) weeks at #1. «Don’t Let Me Cross Over» has become a country-music standard.
Honky-tonk singer Carl Butler is best remembered for «Don’t Let Me Cross Over,» which Allmusic writer Jim Worbois described as a «country heartbreak song.» The song was one of several in which Butler’s wife, Pearl, joins him on harmony.
With its 11-week reign, «Don’t Let Me Cross Over» was the longest-running No. 1 song for a performer’s debut single on the Hot Country Singles (and its successor-names) chart until being matched in May 2013 by Florida Georgia Line’s «Cruise.»
From the album Don’t Let Me Cross Over
B-side «Wonder Drug»
Released November 1962 (U.S.)
Recorded February 26, 1962
Label Columbia 42953
Songwriter(s) Penny Jay