This one goes back to my early days of listening to the radio. In 1966 this song was on the playlist at Top-40 KPUG in Bellingham. I bet Gary Shannon and Kirk Wilde remember playing it. I think the KPUG jocks actually gave heavier airplay to the flip side “Long Time Leavin,'” but the station played both sides of this country crossover hit.
“Husbands and Wives” was written by, and first recorded by, Roger Miller. It was the bigger hit of the two sides, achieving Top 10 status on the U.S. Country Chart (#5), and Adult Contemporary Chart (#2), and on the Billboard Hot 100 (#26). The double sided hit single was released in Feb.1966. The flip “I’ve Been a Long Time Leavin’ (But I’ll Be a Long Time Gone),” peaked at #13 on the country charts.
“Husbands and Wives” became another smash in 1998, back when I owned KBFW radio in Bellingham, when the tune was covered by country stars Brooks & Dunn. That version went to #1 on the Billboard Country Chart and to #36 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This performance is from The Dean Martin Show in February 1968.
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