Marvel’s Eternals trailer song is sadder than you think

After a short stint with Fortune Records, their very first record for RCA, “I Forgot More Than You Ever Know”, was ranked best country song of 1953. It was the last time a female duo reached # 1 in ‘in 1984., when the Judds landed their first No. 1 on the country charts, “Mama Heis Crazy.” The Davis Sisters song was still racing to No.1 on the country charts for eight weeks on August 2, 1953, when the two singers were involved in a car crash. Skeeter was seriously injured. Betty Jack died in the crash.

Skeeter continued The Davis Sisters with Betty’s sister Jack, Georgia, until 1956. Davis moved to Nashville to record for RCA and had his first solo hit in 1958 with “Lost to a Geisha Girl.” She also reached the country’s Top 10 with “Set Him Free” in 1959, a “My Last Date with You” and “Optimistic” in 1961.

“The End of the World” was recorded on June 8, 1962 at RCA Studios in Nashville. Guitar virtuoso Chet Atkins produced the song, which featured Floyd Cramer on the piano. When the song was released, radio record jockeys preferred the B-side, a pop standard called “Somebody Loves You”. But legendary New York DJ Scott Muni, one of WABC’s “good guys”, flipped it over and listeners flipped it over.

The song was a historic crossover hit. This remains the first and only time that a song has made the Top 5 of the four Billboard charts. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country Singles, No. 1 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart, and No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart. Billboard ranked it as the second song of 1963.

The song has been covered hundreds of times by artists as diverse as The Mills Brothers, The Andrews Sisters, Bobby Darin, Dion, Twiggy, Patti Smith, The Carpenters, Veruca Salt’s Nina Gordon and “Misty Blue” singer Dorothy Moore. “The End of the World” was cited as inspiration by Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Lou Reed and Lana Del Rey.

Skeeter Davis went on to score hits, including a 1969 cover of The Kinks, “I’m a Lover (Not a Fighter)” and the chart-topping gospel song “We Need a Lot More of Jesus”. in 1970. She too recorded a version of the anti-war song, “One Tin Soldier” in 1971. The song was also the theme of Billy Jack. It was sung by Jinx Dawson, who led the first satanic metal band Coven, who made the first public recording of a satanic ritual.

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