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Artist Name: JIM REEVES
Hit Month (Australia): 1960
Song Author: Joe Allison, Audrey Allison
Year Recorded: 1959
Record Label: RCA Records
Label Number: 10315
"He'll Have to Go"

Single by Jim Reeves
from the album He'll Have to Go and Other Hits
A-side "He'll Have to Go"
B-side "In a Mansion Stands My Love"
Released November 1959 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded October 15, 1959
Genre country, pop
Length 2:20
Label RCA Records 10315
Writer(s) Joe Allison, Audrey Allison
Producer Chet Atkins

"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 massive hit in both genres early in 1960.

The song reached #1 on the Australian Singles Chart and #12 on the UK Singles Chart.

Reeves recorded what became one of country music's biggest hits ever after listening to a version recorded by singer Billy Brown ( January 10, 2009).

The song, written by Joe and Audrey Allison, was inspired after the couple was having difficulty communicating by telephone.

It was promptly released to country radio ... as the B-side of the intended hit, "In a Mansion Stands My Love." However, "Mansion" failed to catch on, and disc jockeys began playing the B-side instead.

The recording features a small group of musicians: Floyd Cramer on piano, Marvin Hughes on the vibraphone, Bob Moore on bass, Buddy Harman on drums, Hank Garland on guitar and the Anita Kerr Singers providing the background vocals.

"He'll Have to Go" reached #1 on the Hot Country Singles chart on February 8, 1960, where it remained for 14 consecutive weeks.

Australia Singles Chart 1.