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"Above and Beyond"
Single by Buck Owens
B-side"'Til These Dreams Come True"
ReleasedMarch 7, 1960
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Harlan Howard
Producer(s) Ken Nelson
Buck Owens singles chronology
" Under Your Spell Again"
"Above and Beyond"
" Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)"
"Above and Beyond"
Single by Rodney Crowell
from the album Diamonds & Dirt
B-side"She Loves the Jerk"
ReleasedJune 1989 ( U.S.)
RecordedNovember 1987
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Harlan Howard
Producer(s) Tony Brown and Rodney Crowell
Rodney Crowell singles chronology
" After All This Time"
"Above and Beyond"
" Many a Long & Lonesome Highway"

"Above and Beyond", also known as "Above and Beyond (The Call of Love)", is a song written by Harlan Howard and first recorded by American country music singer Wynn Stewart. Stewart's 1959 single release on the Jackpot label did not chart. In 1960, Buck Owens released his own rendition on Capitol Records with "'Til These Dreams Come True" on the B-side, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard country singles charts that year.

In 1989, Rodney Crowell recorded a cover version on his album Diamonds & Dirt. This cover, released with "She Loves the Jerk" on the B-side, charted at No. 1 on the country chart in late 1989. It was the fifth consecutive No. 1 hit from the album, as well as the fifth and final No. 1 of his career. [1]

In 2017, the song was covered by Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary for their duets album American Grandstand.

Chart performance

Buck Owens

Chart (1960) Peak
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard) [2] 3

Rodney Crowell

Chart (1989) Peak
Canada Country Tracks ( RPM) [3] 1
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard) [4] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Country Tracks ( RPM) [5] 3
US Country Songs ( Billboard) [6] 6


  1. ^ Whitburn, p. 109
  2. ^ "Buck Owens Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ " Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6591." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 2, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Rodney Crowell Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.