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Wikipedia article

"'Bubbles in My Beer'" is a Western swing song that was originally recorded by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1947. It later became a standard that has been performed by many country music artists. One critic of drinking songs ranks it number 20, calls it "the ultimate self-pity song," and credits it with "setting the tone for a whole genre of songs about drowning sorrows in the barroom."Rich Stewart, [http://www.moderndrunkardmagazine.com/issues/11-02/11_02_top_songs.htm "Rhythm and Booze," 'Modern Drunkard Magazine'] .

The song's origins are the subject of different accounts (see Tommy Duncan for one); but there is agreement that Texas Playboys vocalist Duncan came up with the song's title and refrain, at which point songwriter Cindy Walker became involved.[http://www.countrymusictreasures.com/storybehindthesong/bubbles-in-my-beer.html Country Music Treasures: The Story Behind The Song] Walker has been quoted as saying: "If you can get a real good title, youve got something. I always write from the title. Ive never written a song without the title."Bill DeMain, [http://performingsongwriter.com/cindy-walker/ "Cindy Walker"], 'Performing Songwriter', Issue 92 (March/April 2006).

Chart performance

In 1971, a cover version by Ray Pennington peaked at number 68 on 'Billboard's U.S. country singles chart.[http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ray-pennington-p1763/charts-awards/billboard-singles Allmusic Ray Pennington Chart with music sample]

Album versions

"Bubbles in My Beer" has appeared on albums by Bob Wills and several other notable country artists. The following list excludes compilations:

* Hank Thompson, 'Dance Ranch' (1958)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/dance-ranch-songs-for-rounders-r427238 Allmusic 'Dance Ranch/Songs for Rounders' Hank Thompson Review with music sample]

* Bob Wills, 'Mr. Words & Mr. Music' (1961)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/mr-words--mr-music-r94814 Allmusic 'Mr. Words & Mr. Music' Bob Wills]

* Ray Price, 'San Antonio Rose' (1962)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/san-antonio-rose-r109544 Allmusic 'San Antonio Rose' Ray Price Review with music sample]

* George Jones, 'George Jones Sings Bob Wills' (1962)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/george-jones-sings-bob-wills-r92771 Allmusic 'George Jones Sings Bob Wills' Review with music sample]

* Charlie Walker, 'Born to Lose' (1966)[http://www.allmusic.com/song/bubbles-in-my-beer-t6373706 Allmusic "Bubbles in My Beer" Charlie Walker with music sample]

* Ernest Tubb, 'Baby It's So Hard to Be Good' (1972)[http://www.allmusic.com/song/bubbles-in-my-beer-t3724665 Allmusic "Bubbles in My Beer" Ernest Tubb with music sample]

* Willie Nelson, 'Shotgun Willie' (1973)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/shotgun-willie-r93338 Allmusic 'Shotgun Willie' Willie Nelson Review with chart and music sample]

* Bob Wills, 'For the Last Time' (1974)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/for-the-last-time-r94823 Allmusic 'For the Last Time' Bob Wills Review with chart and music sample]

* Johnny Gimble, 'Texas Honky-Tonk Hits' (1988)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/texas-honky-tonk-hits-r92435 Allmusic 'Texas Honky-Tonk Hits' Johnny Gimble Review]

* Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, 'Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills' (1998)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/salute-the-majesty-of-bob-wills-r376054 Allmusic 'Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills' Pine Valley Cosmonauts Review with music sample]

* Willie Nelson, 'You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker' (2006)[http://www.allmusic.com/album/r820123 Allmusic 'You Don't Know Me: The songs of Cindy Walker' Willie Nelson Review with chart and music sample]


Category:1947 singles

Category:Bob Wills songs

Category:Western swing songs

Category:Songs written by Cindy Walker

Category:Willie Nelson songs

Category:Songs written by Bob Wills

Category:Ray Pennington songs

Category:Songs written by Tommy Duncan

Category:1947 songs

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