'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose

"'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose"
Single by Keith Whitley with Lorrie Morgan
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side"Lady's Choice"
ReleasedJuly 1990
Songwriter(s)Bill Rice, Sharon Vaughn
Producer(s)Garth Fundis
Keith Whitley singles chronology
"I'm Over You"
"'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose"
"Brotherly Love"
Lorrie Morgan singles chronology
"Five Minutes"
"'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose"
"We Both Walk"

"'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose" is a song originally recorded by American country music artist Leon Everette. It was released in 1985 from his album Where's the Fire. His version of the song peaked at number 44 on Hot Country Songs.[1]

The song was later covered by Keith Whitley as a duet with then-wife Lorrie Morgan. Posthumously released in July 1990, it was the only single from his Greatest Hits compilation album. This version peaked at number 13 on the country singles charts and won the Vocal Event of the Year at the Country Music Association awards.[2]

Another version was released in 1990 by Jann Browne on her album Tell Me Why.[3]

John Prine and Fiona Whelan Prine also covered the song for the 1999 album In Spite of Ourselves.[4]

In 2015, a version of the song was released by singer Kevin Moon and Bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent for Moon's Throwback CD.

Chart performance[]

Leon Everette[]

Chart (1985) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 44

Keith Whitley with Lorrie Morgan[]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 13
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 13


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Whitburn, pp. 459-460
  3. ^ "Tell Me Why". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  4. ^ "In Spite of Ourselves". 1999.
  5. ^ "Leon Everette Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1298." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 6, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  7. ^ "Keith Whitley Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.