How I Got to Memphis

"How I Got to Memphis"
Single by Bobby Bare
from the album This Is Bare Country
B-side "It's Freezing in El Paso"[1]
Released August 1970
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:31
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Tom T. Hall
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Bobby Bare singles chronology
"Your Husband, My Wife"
"How I Got to Memphis"
"Come Sundown"

"How I Got to Memphis" is the shortened title used by American country music singer Bobby Bare, of a song whose full title is: "That's How I Got to Memphis" written by Tom T. Hall and which appears on his 1969 album: 'Ballad Of Forty Dollars & His Other Great Songs'. Bobby Bare's album This Is Bare Country was released in August 1970 and this track was taken from it as a single. Other performers of this song use the full title: That's How I Got to Memphis.[2]

Critical reception

An uncredited review in Billboard called the song "potent Tom T. Hall material, delivered in one of Bare's finest performances."[3]

Chart performance

Bobby Bare's version spent 16 weeks on the Hot Country Songs charts, peaking at number 3.[1]

Chart (1970) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 22

Deryl Dodd version

"That's How I Got to Memphis"
Single by Deryl Dodd
from the album One Ride in Vegas
Released November 9, 1996
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:14
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Tom T. Hall
Producer(s) Blake Chancey, Chip Young
Deryl Dodd singles chronology
"Friends Don't Drive Friends…"
"That's How I Got to Memphis"
"Movin' Out to the Country"

In late 1996, Deryl Dodd covered the song for his debut album One Ride in Vegas. The song was the album's second single. In place of a b-side, the single release contained album snippets.[5]

Critical reception

Don Yates of Country Standard Time called Dodd's version of the song "impassioned".[6]

Music video

The music video was directed by Marc Ball and premiered in 1996.

Chart performance

Dodd's version charted on Hot Country Songs for 20 weeks, peaking at number 36 in early 1997.[5]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 38
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 36

Other versions


  1. 1 2 Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 42–43. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. "Album reviews". Billboard: 20. August 8, 1970.
  3. "Singles". Billboard: 72. July 18, 1970.
  4. "Bobby Bare – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Bobby Bare.
  5. 1 2 Whitburn, pp. 127-28
  6. Yates, Don. "One Ride in Vegas review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  7. "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9897." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 3, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  8. "Deryl Dodd – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Deryl Dodd.
  9. "Lee Hazlewood – 20th Century Lee".

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