“(Lost His Love) On Our Last Date”
Written by Floyd Cramer and Conway Twitty
#1 (1 week)
January 22, 1983
Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band was the stuff of legend, with early members like Rodney Crowell and Ricky Skaggs going on to major solo success after playing backup for the legendary singer.
So it’s a bit surprising that it took so long for Harris to do a live album with her Hot Band. Last Date was originally supposed to be a combination of her own hits and some covers, but it ultimately featured a collection of songs that Harris had never recorded on a studio album. Its lead single and title track became her first solo No. 1 single since “Beneath Still Waters” three years earlier.
“(Lost His Love) On Our Last Date” was a huge instrumental pop hit for Floyd Cramer in the early sixties. When Conway Twitty wrote some lyrics to go with it, he took it to the top of the country chart in 1972. Harris follows the Twitty template here, giving a typically tasteful reading of the song that is most impressive for its technical excellence, given that it’s recorded live.
The Hot Band is in fine form, and though it doesn’t include any future superstars in its iteration here, it does feature the musical talents of Steve Fishell, who would go on to produce Pam Tillis’ Sweetheart’s Dance and to win a Grammy for producing a Stephen Foster tribute album.
It’s far from the most compelling material that Emmylou Harris recorded during this time period, but as a showcase for the virtuoso talents of Emmylou Harris and her Hot Band, it works just fine.
“(Lost His Love) On Our Last Date” gets a B.
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