A Picture of Me (Without You) (song)

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"A Picture of Me (Without You)"
Single by George Jones
from the album A Picture of Me (Without You)
B-side"Man Worth Loving You"
ReleasedOctober 1972
Genre Country
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Norro Wilson
George Richey
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
George Jones singles chronology
"Wrapped Around Her Finger"
(1972)
"A Picture of Me (Without You)"
(1972)
"What My Woman Can't Do"
(1973)
"A Picture of Me (Without You)"
Single by Lorrie Morgan
from the album Something in Red
B-side"Tears on My Pillow"
ReleasedJune 1991
Genre Country
Length3:39
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Norro Wilson
George Richey
Producer(s) Richard Landis
Lorrie Morgan singles chronology
" We Both Walk"
(1991)
"A Picture of Me (Without You)"
(1991)
" Except for Monday"
(1991)

"A Picture of Me (Without You)" is a country music song written by Norro Wilson and George Richey.

Background

According to Rich Kienzle's liner notes for the 1994 Sony retrospective The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, the song was written specifically for Jones with co-writer Norro Wilson singing the song for George "imitating the Jones style to show how he wanted it sung. Even with the string arrangement, the country feel remained undiminished". The song is similar to an older Webb Pierce song called "That's Me Without You". It was originally recorded by Jones, whose version peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1972. In his 1995 autobiography I Lived to Tell It All, Jones quoted lines from the song to describe his own sadness at the passing of his brother-in-law W.T. "Dub" Scroggins in 1993.

The song was covered by Lorrie Morgan on her 1991 album Something in Red. Morgan's version was released as the album's second single in June 1991 and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in November 1991. [1]

Content

In the song, the narrator tells his lover to imagine incomplete things, like "a world where no music is playing, a church where nobody's praying, a sky with no blue, and by seeing this, she can see his picture without her by his side.

Other versions

The song was also recorded in 2007, as a duet, by Vern Gosdin and Kimber Sparks.

Chart performance

George Jones

Chart (1972) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard) [2] 5
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 13

Lorrie Morgan

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks ( RPM) [3] 6
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard) [4] 9

Year-end charts

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks ( RPM) [5] 95

References

  1. ^ Lorrie Morgan Hot Country Songs Chart History
  2. ^ "George Jones Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ " Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1682." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 23, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Lorrie Morgan Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.