HE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
861-O.C.Smith-Little Green Apples.
1968-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 1.12.Granny Smith must have been very proud of him.
‘Little Green Apples’ was written by Bobby Russell (1940-1992,) at the same time as he wrote ‘Honey,’ made famous by Bobby Goldsboro, as ‘an experiment in composing.’ According to Buzz Cason (see also best songs 875,) who often worked alongside Russell,’he anticipated a market for true to life story songs, with more ‘meat’ in the lyrics,’ than was usual in contemporary hits.
‘Little Green Apples’ was written especially for Country singer Roger Miller (1936-1992,) and reached Number 39 on Billboard,it was more successful in the UK. where it reached Number 19.
O.C.Smith (1932-2001) recorded his version for his 1968 Album,’Hickory Holler Revisited,’ but the plan was not to release it as a single, until a Detroit radio DJ played it on his show,and when it got such a great reaction, Smith’s record label quickly released it.The song went on to peak at Number 2 in America, being held off the top spot by the Beatles, ‘Hey Jude.’
‘And if that’s not lovin’ me, then all I’ve got to say.’