Speaking of Sir Paul and that band he started (If you think I'm talking about Wings, press delete now), I have been thinking about a great song that was released in the year before the British Invasion. That song is The End of the World by Skeeter Davis.
Early in 1963, The End of the World was all over the radio. In fact, it got to number 2 on both the country and pop charts. Although I didn't know it at the time, that was unusual for a country singer like Skeeter. In those days there wasn't a lot of crossover between those two types of music. Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee were able to do it, but it was rare event.
Mary Francis Penick (Skeeter Davis) was born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky in 1931. She had some early success as part of a country duo with Betty Jack Davis called The Davis Sisters. In 1953, they had a number 1 country hit with I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know, which was even covered by Bob Dylan on his 1970 disaster Self Portrait. Shortly after the release of the record, the Davis Sisters were involved in a car accident that killed Betty Jack and left Skeeter seriously injured.
From there, Skeeter worked with Chet Adkins and RCA Records and recorded several solo records that made the country charts. Her biggest hit and signature song was The End of the World. It is a great song of teen love and loss that sounds as good today as it did 46 years ago.
Skeeter had an active music career for many years. She wrote several country hits and recorded many songs including several with Bobby Bare. She even recorded an album called Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly.
The End of the World is available from iTunes. Add it to your playlist.