“She’s All I Got”, a song written by Gary U.S. Bonds and Jerry Williams Jr. was first recorded by R&B singer Freddie North, released in 1971 on the Mankind Records label.
Johnny Paycheck recorded it for the Epic label in August 1971 at Columbia Recording Studio, 34 Music Sq. East, Nashville, TN. The song was released on October 9, 1971, produced by Bill Sherrill. On December 18, 1971, it reached # 2 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, and spent a total of 19 weeks on the charts. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, it also peaked at # 2. It was Johnny Paycheck’s first job for Epic.
The song was included in Johnny Paycheck’s eighth studio album, “She’s All I Got” (Epic 1971), the album was released in December 1971, and peaking at # 5 on the US Top Country Albums charts, at 26. February 1972, and spending a total of 27 weeks on the charts. The album Reissued on CD by Koch Records in 2000.
What makes the album tick is that the singer and producer found common ground by silencing both Paycheck’s rough country hardcore and Sherrill’s lush layered arrangements. The strings have been left behind, but there are a lot of crying choirs and steel guitars, and even when the production is a bit thick for a Paycheck song, or the tempos a bit too lively, it works because the material is top-notch, because Sherrill’s production is skillful and responsive, and of course because Johnny Paycheck is a magnificent singer, he easily adapts his style to this setting. With its romantic bent, it may be something of an anomaly within their catalog, but it certainly stands as one of their consistently the greatest albums of Johnny Paycheck.
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