WATCH: Little Jimmy Dickens Performs "Life Turned Her That Way" Live in 1982

"Life Turned Her That Way" is a timeless classic written by the legendary Harlan Howard and first recorded by Little Jimmy Dickens in 1965. This country ballad has been covered by numerous artists over the decades, each bringing their unique style to the heart-wrenching lyrics. A notable live performance of the song by Dickens in 1982 captures the essence of the song's emotional depth and showcases his talent as a storyteller and performer.

The song's journey didn't stop with Dickens. Mel Tillis recorded it in 1967, releasing it as a single that became his seventh chart entry. Ricky Van Shelton later brought the song to a new generation, releasing it as the fourth single from his debut album, "Wild-Eyed Dream," in late 1987. Shelton's rendition climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in early 1988.

The song's rich history includes covers by many notable artists. In addition to Mel Tillis, it was covered by Charley Pride, George Jones, and Ernest Tubb in the 1960s, each adding their unique touch. The soulful James Carr recorded it in 1968, bringing a different flavor to the track. Other famous acts like Sleepy LaBeef, Willie Nelson, and Conway Twitty also took on the song, proving its versatility and enduring appeal.

The 1982 live performance by Little Jimmy Dickens remains a standout. His heartfelt delivery and the intimate setting make it a memorable rendition, offering fans a glimpse into his emotional connection with the song. Dickens' performance is a testament to the enduring power of "Life Turned Her That Way" and its ability to resonate with audiences across generations.

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