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Skeeter Davis The End of the World

Skeeter Davis The End of the World

Pop Music

One heard all kinds of music on the radio during this first era of rock n roll. Even though doo wop was a signature sound, radio stations would play pop, R&B, country, and rockabilly. They weren’t so much into segmenting music into genres as they were concerned about the songs being a hit. “The End of the World” by Skeeter Davis is a country singer whose song crosses over into the Pop and R&B charts.

When the one you love doesn’t love you any more, it can seem like the end of the world Born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, Davis was a country singer who had her biggest success was with “The End of the World,” which was written by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee. Davis’ version was produced by Chet Atkins and has Floyd Cramer on piano. In 1963, the song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Country singles, #1 on Easy Listening, and #4 on the Rhythm and Blues Chart. That’s quite an accomplishment. Her version has been used in films and on TV (including Girl, Interrupted; Riding in Cars with Boys; Daltry Calhoun; An American Affair; and an episode of Mad Men).

There have been numerous covers internationally of the song. Other versions include those by Mike Wallace & The Caretakers, Jessica Andersson, Anika, Eddy Arnold, Debby Boone, Carola, Chantal Pary, The Carpenters, Bobby Darin, Dion, Herman’s Hermits, Satoko Ishimine, Joni James, Cyndi Lauper, Brenda Lee, Julie London, Claudine Longet, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Mathis, The Mills Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, Nancy Sinatra, Bobby Vinton, and many many more.

Skeeter Davis began her career as half of the country-singing duo The Davis Sisters. They were Skeeter Davis (the professional name of Mary France Penick) and Betty Jack Davis. They were not related but were high school friends in Edgewood, Kentucky. In 1956, a car accident killed Betty and badly injured Skeeter. The duo re-formed briefly with Georgia, Betty’s sister, but it was not the same. Producer Chet Atkins then mentored Skeeter in her solo career and encouraged her to double-track her own harmony to recreate the Davis Sisters’ sound. Davis went on to have many country and pop hits.

Here are the lyrics to “The End of the World” by Skeeter Davis:

Why does the sun go on shining
Why does the sea rush to shore
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
‘Cause you don’t love me any more

Why do the birds go on singing
Why do the stars glow above
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
It ended when I lost your love

I wake up in the morning and I wonder
Why everything’s the same as it was
I can’t understand, no, I can’t understand
How life goes on the way it does

Why does my heart go on beating
Why do these eyes of mine cry
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
It ended when you said goodbye

Why does my heart go on beating
Why do these eyes of mine cry
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
It ended when you said goodbye

For another song by Skeeter Davis: “I Can’t Stay Mad at You.”

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1 Comment

  1. […] The prolific team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote the song “I Can’t Stay Mad At You.” (They often worked closely with Neil Sedaka, which may be why the bridge of this song is similar to the bridge of Sedaka’s “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.”) In 1963, the song went to #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #14 on the U.S. Country chart. It followed Skeeter’s success earlier that year with the song “The End of the World.” […]

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