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“Country singer Skeeter Davis had a huge crossover hit back in 1963 with this one.”
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The End Of The World
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The End of the World" is a pop music hit song by Skeeter Davis that enjoyed international success in the 1960s. The record was released by RCA Records in December 1962 and reached its greatest success in March 1963, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, number two on the Billboard country singles chart[1] (Davis was a country music vocalist and the record was a crossover music success), and number one on Billboard's easy listening chart. The record also was a number four hit on Billboard's rhythm and blues chart[2] - making Davis one of the very few Caucasian female vocalists to enjoy a top ten record on that chart. Davis' four-chart top-ten accomplishment has never been duplicated by any other female vocalist in the history of the Billboard charts.[citation needed]

Although Ruby and the Romantics' hit "Our Day Will Come" kept "The End of the World" from hitting number one on the pop chart, the song's popularity and chart history earned it the number three place on Billboard's list of the year's 20 biggest hits.

The music was written by Arthur Kent with lyrics by Sylvia Dee. Dee also wrote the lyrics for "Too Young" by Nat King Cole.

Davis' recording was produced by Chet Atkins and has long been considered one of the foremost examples of the Nashville Sound of the 1960s - smooth vocals and a slick, sophisticated production appealing to audiences far beyond the traditional country music ...

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