“Tall, Tall Trees“
Written by George Jones and Roger Miller
#1 (2 weeks)
December 9 – December 16, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 24, 1995
Alan Jackson tops golden era Jones and Miller.
The Road to No. 1
After “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” went No. 1, Jackson prepared The Greatest Hits Collection, which included three new singles: a brand new song, a revived album cut from his Arista debut, and a cover of a George Jones-Roger Miller co-write that both artists recorded during their golden eras. This cover was chosen for the first single.
The No. 1
1965 George Jones and 1970 Roger Miller are pretty damn high bars to clear. With his cover of “Tall, Tall Trees,” Jackson clears that bar as effortlessly as if it was underground.
His arrangement is far more heavily influenced by the Miller recording, but there are elements of the Jones record here as well.
What’s crazy is this: he pulls off the song’s wordplay and idiosyncratic rhythms better than Roger Miller did, and he gives a stronger vocal performance than George Jones did.
This is Jackson at the peak of his power, identifying a gem from the catalogs of two Hall of Fame legends, and making it a classic hit that’s all his own.
The Road From No. 1
The only brand new composition on the hits collection is up next. We’ll cover it in early 1996.
“Tall, Tall Trees” gets an A.
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