“That’s All That Matters”
Written by Hank Cochran
#1 (1 week)
December 20, 1980
Navigating Mickey Gilley’s catalog, it’s pretty obvious that he had a taste for previously recorded material, and good taste at that.
“That’s All That Matters” is the best record we’ve heard from him so far this decade. He gives a gorgeous Hank Cochran lyric an impassioned reading, supported by a solid piano track that’s in keeping with the Nashville Sound of it all.
It helps that this is one of Gilley’s more obscure covers, so there isn’t another big hit version to compare it to, though the Ray Price recording from his Burning Memories album is as great as you’d expect from a Price track from that era. Gilley’s version gives a great song the attention it long deserved, and there isn’t a hint of doubt in his voice as he asserts that none of his lover’s former beaus matter to him, because she’s his now.
This was a lovely surprise, indeed, and should be in the conversation when folks are talking about the best Mickey Gilley singles.
“That’s All That Matters” gets a B+.
Previous: Johnny Lee, “One in a Million” |