KAMAHL
Sounds Of Goodbye
(Eddie Rabbitt - Dick Heard)
Australia 1969
#35 Sydney #5 Melbourne #2 Brisbane

Single on Philips label by singer of Sri Lankan background, a naturalised Australian born in Malaysia in 1937, in Australia since 1953. His full name is Kandiah Kamalesvaran. There is an official site at www.kamahl.com.

In January 2004 Kamahl shared star billing with Metallica at the Australian rock festival Big Day Out.

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Sounds Of Goodbye was written by country singer-songwriter Eddie Rabbit with Dick Heard. Elvis Presley's 1970 hit Kentucky Rain is also a Rabbitt-Heard composition.

Eddie Rabbitt's biggest hit was I Love A Rainy Night, a song he co-wrote, and he also had a hit with the title song from the film Every Which Way But Loose (1979).
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Suggestion from John Yeager.
Thank you to Chris Vening for researching the chronology of the 1968 US releases. Thanks also to Dave Overett.

RAY PILLOW
Sounds Of Goodbye
(Eddie Rabbitt - Dick Heard)
USA 1969

On ABC album Ray Pillow Sings. Ray Pillow was a country singer from Lynchburg, Virginia who worked in Nashville from 1961. He became a long-standing Grand Ole Opry member and sucessfully moved into music publishing and management.

Reference: Discography and biography at Petr Vitous's country music site.
Thanks to Chris Vening for version alert.

O. C. SMITH
Sounds Of Goodbye
(Eddie Rabbitt - Dick Heard)
USA 1969

On Columbia album For Once In My Life by Louisiana-born jazz, country, r&b and soul singer (1932-2001) who had been a vocalist with the Count Basie Band in the early 60s. He had hits on the mainstream charts with The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp (1968), Little Green Apples (his biggest hit, #2 USA, 1968) and Daddy's Little Man (1969) before moving into Christian ministry and forming his own church.

Reference: Biography by Ron Winn at All Music Guide.
Thanks to Chris Vening for version alert
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CHARLIE LOUVIN
Sounds Of Goodbye
(Eddie Rabbitt - Dick Heard)
USA 1968

On album Hey Daddy on Capitol label, December 1968.

Country singer born Charles Elzer Loudermilk in Alabama in 1927, a cousin of John D. Loudermilk. After being one half of the influential harmony duo The Louvin Brothers from the early 40s, he went solo in 1963. (AMGC)

THE GOSDIN BROTHERS
Sounds Of Goodbye
(Eddie Rabbitt - Dick Heard)
USA 1968

Single on Capitol label, September 1968, and on the album Sounds Of Goodbye, October 1968.

Progressive bluegrass/country-rock outfit associated with The Byrds, for whom they sometimes opened. Vern and Rex Gosdin were in The Hillmen with future Byrd Chris Hillman, and they recorded an album with Gene Clark in 1966, after he left The Byrds. (AMGC)





TOMMY CASH
Sounds Of Goodbye
(Eddie Rabbitt - Dick Heard)
USA 1968
Original version

Single on United Artists label, July 1968.

Released the same month as George Morgan's version. The two records were on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart at the same time.

This could be the absolute original, but for now I'm calling it as a dead heat.

Tommy is a younger brother of Johnny Cash, born 1940. His official site is at www.tommycash.com.


Billboard, 28 September 1968

 
GEORGE MORGAN
Sounds Of Goodbye
(Eddie Rabbitt - Dick Heard)
USA 1968
Original version

Single on Starday label, July 1968.

Released the same month as Tommy Cash's version.

This version is sometimes cited as the original, and it was better known than Tommy Cash's, but without exact days of release I'm calling it as a dead heat, for now.

This was a country hit by the Tennessee-born Grand Ole Opry singer (1924-1975) known for his 1949 hit Candy Kisses.

Further reading: Biography of George Morgan at All Music Guide.

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