“So Much Like My Dad”
Written by Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 18, 1992
An underrated George Strait set produces its only No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
After “The Chill of an Early Fall” topped the Radio & Records chart, Strait missed the top ten for the first time in years with his cover of “Lovesick Blues.” MCA then sent the lead single to his next album, Holding My Own, to radio. “Gone as a Girl Can Get” went top five on both charts. The second and final single from that album returned him to the top of the Radio & Records rankings.
The No. 1
Willie Nelson originally recorded “So Much Like My Dad,” and you can hear traces of that original version in Strait’s cover of it. But he still makes it entirely his own. “Dad songs” are a big part of Strait’s repertoire, driven by his close relationship with both his father and his son. He always delivers them well, softly but without a drop of sap.
I still think the song needs a second verse, but what’s here is still moving. It’s one of his more easily forgotten hits, but it’s very much worth rediscovering.
The Road From No. 1
Holding My Own was cut short by Pure Country, George Strait’s film debut. Its accompanying soundtrack launched him back into the A-list among country album sellers. The lead single, which became one of his signature songs, will top the charts before the end of 1992. We’ll cover it soon.
“So Much Like My Dad” gets a B+.
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