The Story Behind The Song: “Put Your Dreams Away”

Mickey Gilley
Mickey Gilley

After six consecutive number one hits beginning in 1980, Mickey Gilley’s streak ended in 1982 when “Tears Of The Lonely” finished at #3. This tune came from the pen of Wayland Holyfield, who also co-wrote Gilley’s follow-up, “Put Your Dreams Away,” which brought him back to the top spot.

Holyfield composed the song with Richard Leigh. Leigh had already put together two number one singles for Crystal Gayle: 1976’s “I’ll Get Over You” and the Grammy-winning “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” in 1977. Richard had penned both of those tunes by himself, but “Put Your Dreams Away” became his first co-writing endeavor to reach the summit of Billboard’s country singles chart on October 2, 1982.

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