Song of the Day, July 19: She Thinks I Still Care
July 19, 2016 Leave a comment
Today’s song is a country classic. Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy wrote She Thinks I Still Care in 1961 when they were under contract to producer Jack Clement. He was working closely with George Jones, and thought the song was a perfect fit. Jones disagreed, put off by “the number of ‘just becauses'” in it. Clement persevered, and in the end Jones relented. The result was a #1 Country smash that became a standard.
Over the years, dozens of artists have covered the song. Many female singers have transformed it into He Thinks I Still Care, including Connie Francis and Anne Murray, who both had chart success with it. Elvis gained airplay when he chose it as the B-side of his country hit Moody Blue. Other covers include versions by artists as diverse as Merle Haggard, Michael Nesmith, Kirsty MacColl, and Patty Loveless. James Taylor frequently performed the song in concert and included a flawlessly aching version on his delightful 1993 live album.
My favorite version was recorded by Teddy Thompson. His 2007 album Upfront & Down Low is set of classic country covers, a smart choice for his wistful vocals and musical inclinations. He makes the most of the pretending-not-to-care lyrics, using his vocal range to nice effect and investing an old classic with charming new energy.
Enjoy this recent addition to an amazing array of versions today.