Retro Single Review: George Strait, “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her”

1986 | Peak: #1

Dean Dillon and George Strait are one of the finest songwriter and singer matches that country music has ever seen.

Why do they work so well together? I think it’s because George Strait has that everyman quality, a pure crooner that is as mainstream as it gets.  Dillon, on the other hand, is so quirky and offbeat that his material can seem a little out there.

Strait is able to close the gap, which makes songs that would sound odd in another singer’s hands sound a bit surprising but still completely natural in Strait’s.   Perhaps that’s why he pulls off Jim Lauderdale so well, too.

This is a standard country weeper with a mouthful of a title. Dillon took it to #25 in 1980, but Strait took it all the way to #1.

Written by Dean Dillon

Grade: B+

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