The Lew DeWitt songwriting discography

Inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the original Statler Brother’s quartet distributed 32 of his compositions between 1965 and 1982 including the unintended COVID-19 isolation anthem “Flowers on the Wall”

  1. Flowers on the Wall” [No. 4 POP, No. 2 C&W, No. 38 UK June 1965, Flowers on the Wall, re-recorded for the July 1975 Mercury compilation The Best of the Statler Brothers]
  2. I’m Not Quite Through Crying” [Flowers on the Wall, March 1966]
  3. Quite a Long, Long Time” [Flowers on the Wall, March 1966; a new version is on Short Stories, July 1977]
  4. Is That What You’d Have Me Do?” [B-side of “The Right One,” May 1966, on 1973’s Do You Love Me Tonight and Other Favorites, issued by Columbia’s budget label Harmony Records]
  5. “Leaves” [Lew DeWitt / Kent Westberry, no details known except copyright registered July 28, 1966]
  6. Why Did You Go and Let Me Down” [A-side for Harry Snyder, 1966, Harry Snyder and the Uptowners Present Your Requests]
  7. Do You Love Me Tonight” [B-side of “Ruthless,” April 1967, on 1973’s Do You Love Me Tonight and Other Favorites, issued by Columbia’s budget label Harmony Records]
  8. Brown Eyes” [Solo DeWitt B-side of “She Went a Little Bit Farther,” Columbia Records, May 1967]
  9. Boulevard of Blues” [Lew DeWitt / Harry Snyder, A-side for Harry Snyder, June 1967, Harry Snyder and the Uptowners Present Your Requests; in 1963 the Statler Brothers supported Snyder on record as “The Buttermilk Drinkers”]
  10. Last Two Miles” [Harry Snyder and the Uptowners Present Your Requests, circa 1967]
  11. Image” [A-side for Brenda Kaye Perry on Major Records, a Waynesboro, Virginia, indie label, 1967]
  12. I Tremble for You” [Johnny Cash / Lew DeWitt, on Waylon Jennings’ Love of the Common People, August 1967; the Man in Black’s acoustic demo was finally released on the 1979 Bear Family collection Tall Man and was personally curated for 2000’s Love, God, Murder box set]
  13. I’m the Boy” [No. 60 C&W, B-side of “Sissy,” September 1968, on 1973’s Do You Love Me Tonight and Other Favorites, issued by Columbia’s budget label Harmony Records]
  14. The Ten Commandments” [debuted on Johnny Cash’s January 1969 concept LP The Holy Land; recorded by the Statlers for 1975’s Holy Bible: Old Testament]
  15. Just in Time” [gospel song on Oh Happy Day, June 1969]
  16. “No One Saw Us Crying” [no details known except copyright registered March 10, 1970]
  17. “Nothin’ or Nobody” [no details known except copyright registered March 10, 1970]
  18. “Public Places” [no details known except copyright registered March 10, 1970]
  19. “There Is a River” [no details known except copyright registered March 10, 1970]
  20. “Too Far in the Future” [no details known except copyright registered March 10, 1970, by House of Cash Music]
  21. “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” [no details known except copyright registered May 12, 1970]
  22. “You Don’t See Me” [no details known except copyright registered May 12, 1970]
  23. The Last Goodbye” [Harold Reid / Don Reid / Phil Balsley / Lew DeWitt, B-side of “Bed of Rose’s,” Bed of Rose’s, December 1970]
  24. This Part of the World” [Lew DeWitt / Don Reid, B-side of “New York City,” Bed of Rose’s, December 1970]
  25. The Junkie’s Prayer” [Bed of Rose’s, December 1970; the next month found the Man in Black unleashing a rendition on his hit ABC variety series The Johnny Cash Show; Harry Snyder released the rare original version as a 1966 A-side titled “The Needle”]
  26. So This Is Love” [Don Reid / Lew DeWitt, No. 20 C&W for Johnny Cash’s little brother Tommy Cash, January 1971, a DeWitt solo version appears on On My Own, 1985]
  27. “Bill” [no details known except copyright registered March 9, 1971]
  28. Pictures” [No. 13 C&W, Don Reid / Lew DeWitt, Pictures of Moments to Remember, August 1971]
  29. Things” [Pictures of Moments to Remember, August 1971]
  30. “She’s Not As Bad As All That” [on Tommy Cash’s The American Way of Life, Epic Records, November 1971]
  31. Since Then” [B-side of “Do You Remember These,” Innerview, April 1972]
  32. “Innerview” [Phil Balsley / Lew DeWitt / Don Reid / Harold Reid, perhaps an outtake from the same April 1972 album?]
  33. Every Time I Trust a Gal” [B-side of “The Class of ‘57,” Country Music Then and Now, August 1972]
  34. Under It All” [Country Music Then and Now, August 1972]
  35. I Want to Carry Your Sweet Memories” [Sing Country Symphonies in E Major, December 1972]
  36. The Strand” [B-side of “Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott,” Carry Me Back, September 1973]
  37. Thank You World” [No. 31 C&W, Don Reid / Lew DeWitt, Thank You World, April 1974]
  38. The Boy Inside of Me” [Thank You World, April 1974]
  39. Alive at the Johnny Mack Brown High School” [Phil Balsley / Lew DeWitt / Don Reid / Harold Reid, a 15-minute comedy monologue and title cut of the April 1974 LP credited to Lester “Roadhog” Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys]
  40. The Saturday Morning Radio Show No. 2” [Phil Balsley / Lew DeWitt / Don Reid / Harold Reid, an 11-minute comedy monologue from Alive at the Johnny Mack Brown High School, April 1974]
  41. Rainbow Valley Confidential Audition Tape” [Phil Balsley / Lew DeWitt / Don Reid / Harold Reid, a 10-minute comedy monologue from Alive at the Johnny Mack Brown High School, April 1974]
  42. The Dreamer” [Holy Bible: Old Testament, December 1975]
  43. Samson” [Holy Bible: Old Testament, December 1975]
  44. Song of Solomon” [Holy Bible: Old Testament, December 1975]
  45. The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” [Holy Bible: New Testament, December 1975]
  46. The Teacher” [Holy Bible: New Testament, December 1975]
  47. The Movies” [No. 10 C&W, The Country America Loves, January 1977]
  48. Carried Away” [B-side of “Some I Wrote,” Short Stories, July 1977]
  49. You’re the First” [B-side of “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine,” Entertainers…On and Off the Record, March 1978]
  50. I Believe in Santa’s Cause” [A-side, Lew DeWitt / Buddy Church, Christmas Card, September 1978]
  51. A Little Farther Down the Road” [B-side of “How to Be a Country Star,” The Originals, March 1979]
  52. Chet Atkins’ Hand” [B-side of “Don’t Wait on Me,” Years Ago, June 1981]
  53. That’s When It Comes Home to You” [The Legend Goes On…, June 1982]
  54. I Love Virginia” [A-side, on DeWitt’s solo On My Own, 1986]
  55. I Read Your Letter Again” [On My Own, 1986]
  56. Whole Lotta Money” [Lew DeWitt / Michael D. Redifer, On My Own, 1986]
  57. “Up to Her Old Tricks” [no details known except copyright registered March 26, 1986]
  58. “Don’t Waste Your Rainbows on Me” [Lew DeWitt / Tommy Floyd, no details known except copyright registered July 29, 1986]
  59. “The Time of the Day” [no details known except copyright registered July 29, 1986; DeWitt performed the song at least once onstage earlier that month on July 5 at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville, Virginia]
  60. “Holding On for You” [no details known except copyright registered March 14, 1988]
  61. “The Knoxville Cowboy” [no details known except copyright registered March 14, 1988]
  62. “Wait Just a Minute, Daphine” [no details known except copyright registered March 14, 1988]
  63. “Dreamin’ Again” [no details known except copyright registered July 18, 1988]
  64. “Shootin’ Pool” [no details known except copyright registered July 18, 1988]
  65. “Bad for Me” [no details known except BMI affiliated]
  66. “Because She Loves Me” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  67. “Brown Eyed Betty” [no details known except published by Wallflower Music]
  68. “Drum Major of the Band” [no details known except published by Edward B. Marks Music Company]
  69. “His Loving Hand” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  70. “I Get Lonesome for You” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  71. “I Saw Love Everywhere” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  72. “I Stay Awake All Night” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  73. “I’ve Got News for You” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  74. “I’ve Waited Long Enough” [no details known except published by Wallflower Music]
  75. “It Makes Me Love You All the More” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  76. “It Only Hurts When I Love” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  77. “Last Thing I’ll Do” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  78. “Mama, Take Me Home Again” [no details known except published by Wallflower Music]
  79. “No Way Under the Sun” [no details known except published by Wallflower Music]
  80. “Smiles Come Easy” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  81. “Something Close to Love” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  82. “Trouble” [no details known except published by Wallflower Music]
  83. “Valley of the Old Shenandoah” [no details known except published by Edward B. Marks Music Company]
  84. “What They’re Really Like Inside” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  85. “Whatever Happened to Faye” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  86. “Woman of Iron” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]
  87. “You Know the Secrets” [no details known except published by Songs of Universal]

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