"Don't Let Me Cross Over" is a song made famous as a duet by Carl Butler and Pearl, a husband-and-wife country music duo. Originally released in November 1962, the song needed just four weeks to reach the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Singles chart. The song eventually spent 11 (non-consecutive) weeks at #1 and has become a country-music standard.
Honky-tonk singer Carl Butler is best remembered for "Don't Let Me Cross Over," which Allmusic writer Jim Worbois described as a "country heartbreak song." The song was one of several in which Butler's wife, Pearl, joins him on harmony.
Deborah Allen and Jim Reeves recorded a cover in 1979, reaching #10 on the country chart. (Jim Reeves had originally recorded it in 1964 for his "Good 'N' Country" LP.) The Kendalls also covered the song in the late 1970s. In 1996, Dolly Parton, who'd worked with the Butlers early in her career, covered "Don't Let Me Cross Over."
It was later covered in December 1969 By Irish Country singer Larry Cunningham and peaked #4 at the Irish charts.
Famous quotes containing the word cross:
“Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.”
—Indian proverb, quoted in Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines, ch. 30, From the Notebooks (1987)