As the story goes, Jim was driving down the road with his wife Mary
listening to the radio, when he first heard what would become his biggest
hit and signature song. The song was recorded by a little known singer
named Billy Brown and was written by a California DJ and his wife, Joe
and Audrey Allison. Normally, Jim would spend a great deal of time playing
a song over and over until he was certain that he wanted to record it.
But right away, he knew that He'll Have to Go could be a smash.
Out of fairness to the singer of the song, Jim did not want to record and
release it right away. Finally, when it was obvious that the song would
not become a big hit for Billy Brown, Jim went into the studio and with
Chet Atkins producing, his greatest hit was born. Released in 1959, He'll
Have to Go became number one in the country charts and number three
in the popular charts. The picture is of Jim receiving his gold record
for He'll Have to Go along with Chet Atkins on the right. Below
are the words to the song. Joe Allison is now a member of the Texas Country
Music Hall of Fame.
He'll Have To Go
by Joe and Audrey Allison
sweet lips a little closer to the phone,
Whisper to me,
tell me do you love me true?
say the words I want to hear while you're
Copyright 1959, 1960 by Central Songs, a division of Beechwood Music Corp., 6920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. All Rights Reserved.