From a Jack to a King is a country music song. Originally a crossover hit for artist Ned Miller, who also wrote "Dark Moon," "A Falling Star," and many other country songs. It has been covered extensively by country music artists.

Ned Miller versionEdit

The original version was recorded by Ned Miller. First released in 1957, Ned's version was unsuccessful, until he persuaded his label to re-release it five years later.[1] Upon re-release, the song became a crossover hit, charting in the Top 10 on the Billboard U.S. country (#2), pop (#6), and adult contemporary (#3) charts.[2] In addition, Miller's version reached #1 on the Irish Singles Chart, while peaking at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. Furthermore, it was the sixth most-played single of 1963 in the United Kingdom.[3] Ned's chart success was limited after the song, however, and by the 1970s he stopped recording entirely.[1]

The song was also recorded in 1962 by Jim Reeves on the occasion of his tour to South Africa in August and charted there that year.

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1962) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Singles 3
UK Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart 1

Ricky Van Shelton versionEdit

"From a Jack to a King"
Single by Ricky Van Shelton
from the album Loving Proof
B-side "The Picture"
Released December 24, 1988[4]
Format 7" single
Recorded January 19, 1988[4]
Genre Country
Length 2:21
Label Columbia Nashville
Producer(s) Steve Buckingham
Ricky Van Shelton singles chronology
"I'll Leave This World Loving You"


"From a Jack to a King"


"Hole in My Pocket"


In December 1988, country music artist Ricky Van Shelton released his own version of "From a Jack to a King." Shelton's version became his fifth consecutive Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singlescharts.[5]

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1988–1989) Peak


US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1989) Position
Canada CountryTRACKS (RPM)[7] 52
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 58

Other versionsEdit

Elvis Presley recorded it in 1969 but it did not chart on BillboardJerry Lee Lewis also released a version of the song.[9]Mud recorded the song in 1982.

  • South African singer Ray Dylan covered the song on his album "Goeie Ou Country - Op Aanvraag". [10]

Oesch's die Dritten recorded it on their "Unser Regenbogen" CD, released March 16, 2012. This is their first all-English recording of a song, as they are a Swiss family band from near Thun, Switzerland. Melanie Oesch mastered the singing of this song in English so well, there could be more English recordings from this family in theFUTURE.

Preceded by

"Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" by Ronnie Milsap

Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single

March 18, 1989

Succeeded by

"New Fool at an Old Game" by Reba McEntire



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