“Take Your Memory With You”
Written by Vince Gill
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 10, 1992
Vince Gill scores his elusive second No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
After Gill broke through to stardom with “When I Call Your Name,” he enjoyed tremendous success at radio and retail, and won several industry awards in 1991 and 1992. However, despite receiving heavy airplay for his singles, he didn’t return to the penthouse for well over a year. When I Call Your Name produced one more hit with “Never Knew Lonely,” and then his follow-up album produced another three top ten hits: title track “Pocket Full of Gold,” “Look at Us,” and “Liza Jane.”
MCA pulled one more single from Pocket Full of Gold, and it kicked off a string of nine consecutive chart toppers for the future Hall of Famer.
The No. 1
“Take Your Memory With You” is a pleasant uptempo number that cordially requests that Gill’s soon to be departed lover leave nothing behind, including her memory, so he doesn’t have to suffer when she’s gone.
It doesn’t have the guitar-driven sounds of Gill’s biggest uptempo numbers. It’s much more similar in arrangement and delivery to the Diamonds & Dirt hits that Rodney Crowell had released a couple of years earlier.
So it feels less like a Vince Gill record with capital V and a capital G. But it’s still enjoyable, with an instrumental breakdown as pure country as anything on the radio at the time.
The Road From No. 1
Gill would follow “Memory” with the lead single from his third MCA album, I Still Believe in You. We will see all five releases from that album, plus a bonus Reba duet in the middle. He’s on the cusp of superstardom at this point in time.
“Take Your Memory With You” gets a B+.
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