Jim Reeves – He’ll Have To Go, is an American country and pop hit recorded on October 15, 1959, by Jim Reeves. The song, released in the fall of 1959, went on to become a hit in both genres early in 1960.
In 1960, the song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1960, kept from the top spot by Percy Faith’s “Theme from A Summer Place”. Billboard ranked it as the number 2 song of the year for 1960.”He’ll Have to Go” reached number 1 on the Hot Country Singles chart on February 8, 1960, where it remained for 14 consecutive weeks. The song was one of just five different titles to occupy the chart’s summit during 1960. In addition, it reached number 13 on the R&B Singles Chart.
In Canada, the song was number 1 for six weeks in the pop charts. It also had success abroad, reaching number 1 on the Australian Singles Chart and number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.
Jim Reeves – He’ll Have To Go
From the album He’ll Have to Go and Other Favorites
B-side “In a Mansion Stands My Love”
Released November 1959 (U.S.)
Recorded October 15, 1959
Studio RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country, Nashville Sound
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Joe Allison, Audrey Allison
Producer(s) Chet Atkins