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Sep 19, 2019 - 8:22:56 AM



90 posts since 6/30/2005

I play this song quite a bit but can't find the true writer. First heard it back about 1960 from Earl Taylor and some said he wrote it. Anyone got the true story?
Thanks, Dan

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:43:09 AM



533 posts since 4/12/2004

The song was definitely written by Earl Taylor.

When the song was originally available on a 45 rpm vinyl disk, I believe that the composer was listed as "Elizabeth Taylor". I can assure you that that Elizabeth Taylor is not the one who played Cleopatra. Earl told me that he put his wife's name on the record as the composer because that was a practice often used by Flatt & Scruggs. I never did get a cogent explanation from him as to why there would be a benefit to having his wife listed as the composer.

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:46:32 AM

2596 posts since 2/18/2009

Maybe it was a way to spread the royalty income around, for tax purposes?

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:59:19 AM

12180 posts since 10/30/2008

Mrs. Taylor actually wrote the song! It should be performed from the WIFE'S point of view. it deepens the meaning of the song when you think of it that way.

This information has been shared since Earl's death. By his family.

F&S did it because they were under contract to a certain publisher, but enjoyed having another publisher also pushing their songs. That's why their wives' names went on songs to that other publisher.

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