George Hamilton IV:
--Only The Best / Only The Best (ABC Records 12342)
-- Abilene / Oh So Many Years (RCA 47-8181) Bob Gibson was inspired to write the song after watching the Randolph Scott movie, "Abilene Town." The setting for the movie was Abilene, Kansas, the railhead town at the end of the Chisholm Trail. Gibson said that the song had often been erroneously thought to be about Abilene, Texas, a town named for the Kansas cowtown that had been established 24 years earlier. Although Abilene, TX is believed to better fit the qualities depicted in the song.