It's Just a Matter of Time (Brook Benton song)

Infobox Single
Name = It's Just a Matter of Time

Cover size =
Caption =
Artist = Sonny James
from Album = It's Just a Matter of Time
Released = January 1970
Format = single
Recorded = 1969
Genre = Country
Length = 2:35
Label = Capitol Records 2700
Writer = Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks, Clyde Otis
Producer = George Richey
Certification =
Last single = "Since I Met You Baby"
This single = "It's Just a Matter of Time"
Next single = "My Love"
Misc =
Infobox Single
Name = It's Just a Matter of Time

Cover size =
Caption =
Artist = Randy Travis
from Album = No Holdin' Back
A-side = It's Just a Matter of Time
B-side = This Day Was Made for You and Me
Released = August 1989
Format = single
Recorded = 1989
Genre = Country
Length = 3:56
Label = Warner Bros. Records 28841
Writer = Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks, Clyde Otis
Producer = Richard Petty
Certification =
Last single = "Promises"
This single = "It's Just a Matter of Time"
Next single = "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart"
Misc =

"It's Just a Matter of Time" is a popular song written by Brook Benton and Clyde Otis. The original recording by Benton topped the Billboard rhythm & blues chart in 1959 and peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 pop chart, the first in a string of hits for Benton that ran through 1970. [ [ All Music Guide — "It's Just a Matter of Time"] ]

The song later found a second life as a country song, with major hit recordings by three different country music performers during the 1970s and 1980s, two of which hit number one. [Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits," Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 35]

Origin and original success


Brook Benton and Clyde Otis established themselves as a songwriting team in the late 1950s, penning hits for Nat King Cole ("Looking Back") and Clyde McPhatter ("A Lover's Question"). During one songwriting session, Benton expressed frustration that they were not hitting on any good ideas, to which Otis replied, "It's just a matter of time, Brook". Those words inspired them to write a love song from the point of view of a man who misses his love, but believes she will come back to him.Colin Escott, "Clyde Otis: Looking Back". Goldmine, October 1, 1993, pp. 42-43.]

Benton's recording

Benton and Otis placed the song on a demo tape for Cole, and he agreed to record it. However, Otis became an A&R manager at Mercury Records, and signed Benton to the label. Otis felt that "It's Just A Matter Of Time" would be an ideal single for Benton, and he asked Cole not to record the song so it could be Benton's first release on the label. [ goldmine ] Belford Hendricks arranged the recording, and also received credit as a co-writer. Benton's version, in a style clearly influenced by Cole, was a quick success, rising to number three on the Billboard pop charts while topping the R&B chart for 9 weeks in the spring of 1959, the longest run atop the chart of any song that year. On April 12, during the song's chart run Benton made his national television debut, singing the song on The Ed Sullivan Show. [Luke Crampton and Dafyyd Rees, Rock and Roll Year by Year (Bath, England: DK Publishing, 2003), 900.] While Benton had had one previous minor hit ("A Million Miles From Nowhere"), this success established him to the public, leading to a continuous string of hits through 1962, and occasional success thereafter. [Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles 1955-1999 (Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, 2000), 48-49.]

The country covers

onny James

The first cover version that became a country hit was recorded by Sonny James; his version spent four weeks atop the "Billboard magazine" Hot Country Singles chart in February 1970. The song was James' 10th in a string of 16 consecutive chart-topping single releases, spanning from 1967-1971.

James performed the song on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on January 11, 1970 (just days after the single was released) and "Hee Haw" on January 21. [ibid.]

Glen Campbell

In 1985, Glen Campbell — at the time on the roster of Atlantic America Records — recorded his version and released it as a single. His version peaked at No. 7 on the "Billboard" Hot Country Singles chart in February 1986.

Randy Travis

Randy Travis became the third country artist to find success with the song. Released in August 1989 as the lead-off single to the album "No Holdin' Back", Travis' version became his 10th No. 1 hit on the "Billboard" Hot Country Singles chart.

Travis' bluesy rendition was initially recorded as part of the album "Rock, Rhythm & Blues", a 10-song compilation featuring covers of 1950s-era pop hits by 1980s stars. The song was later included on "No Holdin' Back" after Travis and others liked what they had just recorded. [Roland, p. 570.]


Brook Benton

s-ttl|title=Billboard Hot R&B Singles
number one single by Brook Benton
years=March 9-May 10, 1959
s-aft|after="Kansas City"
by Wilbert Harrison

onny James

Randy Travis

References and sources


ee also

* [ Randy Travis] at
* [ Randy Travis - No Holdin' Back] at
*Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.

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