Loretta Lynn – Success

Reached number six on the Billboard Hot Country and Western Sides survey in 1962. The song ultimately became Lynn's first top ten hit and would start a series of further hits for Lynn under the label. "Success" was included on her debut studio album in 1963, Loretta Lynn Sings.

Cover LP Loretta Lynn Decca 1963
Cover LP Loretta Lynn Decca 1963

«Success» is a song written by Johnny Mullins that was originally recorded by American country artist Loretta Lynn. It was released as a single and became a major country hit in 1962. The song was among Lynn’s first major hits as a recording artist. In 1992, «Success» would be covered by Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor and become a hit in various countries throughout the world.

Was released as a single via Decca Records in April 1962. The single spent a total of 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Western and Sides chart before peaking at number six in September. Although Lynn’s first hit had been 1960’s «I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,» it was «Success» that became Lynn’s first top ten hit in her career. The single ultimately started a series of top ten hits for Lynn during the decade. This would be followed by number one singles as well. In 1963, the song was issued on Lynn’s debut studio album entitled Loretta Lynn Sings, also on Decca.

From the album Loretta Lynn Sings
B-side «A Hundred Proof Heartache»
Released April 1962
Recorded September 1961
Studio Bradley Recording Studio
Genre CountryNashville Sound
Length 2:36
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Johnny Mullins
Producer(s) Owen Bradley


Loretta Lynn – Success Lyrics

We used to go out walkin’ hand in hand you told me all the big things you had planned
It wasn’t long till all your dreams came true success put me in second place with you
You have no time to love me anymore since fame and fortune knocked upon our door
Now I spend all my evenings all alone success has made a failure of our home
[ fiddle – steel ]
If we could share an evening now and then perhaps we’d find true happiness again
You never hold me like you used to do it’s funny what success has done to you
You have no time to love me…

Cover LP Loretta Lynn Decca 1962
Cover LP Loretta Lynn Decca 1962


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