Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

Album: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye (1967)
Charted: 28 6
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  • This was written by the Country singer/songwriter John D. Loudermilk. Some years before The Casinos recorded it, Loudermilk tried to release his own version of it, which flopped. Later, Johnny Nash released a version, which also flopped.
  • This was the Casinos' very first hit. It took the group 9 years to obtain it. (Funny enough, the group consisted of 9 men and it took them 9 years to receive their first hit!).
  • Other artists who have covered this song were Eddy Arnold, William Bell, Perry Como, the Manhattans, Johnny Mathis, Neal McCoy, Daniel O'Donnell, Johnny Tillotson, and Andy Williams. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above
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Comments: 9

  • Sam from Sherman Oaksit's actually interesting what the Casino's did to their version of the song compared to the original by Don Cherry. the original was a super typical I minor VI Minor II Major V so when they did their version of the song, they substituted the Major V with the diminished II (they also added a 7th onto it). they also added a cool intro with a Diminished I chord resolving to the Diminished II chord that wasn't in the original.
  • Ricky from Ohsweken, Ontario CanadaListen CAREFULLY and you can hear talking in the middle of this song.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 8th, 1967, "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" by the Casinos entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 5th it peaked at #6 {for 1 week} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    It was composed by John D. Loudermilk, who also wrote Paul Revere & the Raiders #1 hit, "Indian Reservation"...
    Three covered versions have charted on the Top 100; Eddy Arnold {#84 in 1968}, Glen Campbell {#27 in 1976}, and Toby Beau {#57 in 1979}...
    And on October 13th, 1968 Eddy Arnold's version reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.
  • Robert from Hagerstown, MdThis was one of the greatest songs of all time. I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC in basic when I first heard it.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhWow. The words say it all. Everything else is a bonus. What a classic.
  • Stacie from Farmerville, LaPhil Langley of Lake Charles, Louisiana actually co-wrote this song when he was 15. Story was he had just broken up with a girlfriend. He ended up selling the song for about $1,500.00. Phil was, and still is a wonderful Saxophone player who now plays for the Lord in his church orchestra.
  • Darren from Clarkston, WaDobie Gray also did a soulful rendition of this song too!
  • Donovan from Sacramento, CaWhat is very surprising is that this song cracked the Billboard Top 10 in 1967 when psychedelic music was in full swing and when slow doo-wop ballads were from a bygone era. It is a very beautiful song though.
  • Chip from Tiltonsville, OhNeil McCoy also did a great version of this song a few years ago.
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