“If There Hadn’t Been You”
Written by Ron Hellard and Tom Shapiro
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 13, 1992
Billy Dean’s final solo No. 1 hit is a sweet expression of gratitude.
The Road to No. 1
Billy Dean’s third and final solo No. 1 hit came on the heels of his second, “Billy the Kid,” which topped the chart earlier in 1992. “If There Hadn’t Been You” was released as the fourth and final single from Billy Dean.
The No. 1
Billy Dean’s greatest asset here is his understated vocal style. Because he doesn’t over-emote, a song like “If There Hadn’t Been You” is perfect for him. He’s sweet and sentimental, but it doesn’t spill over to sappiness.
It’s just a heartfelt statement of thanks being given to a partner that has changed the course of his life for the better.
The Road From No. 1
Billy Dean’s third album, Fire in the Dark, produced two top ten singles: “Tryin’ to Hide a Fire in the Dark” and “We Just Disagree.” His fourth album underperformed at radio, but his fifth, It’s What I Do, produced two top five hits: “It’s What I Do” and “That Girl’s Been Spying On Me.”
Dean topped the charts again in 2000 as a guest vocalist on the Kenny Rogers hit, “Buy Me a Rose,” and scored an additional solo top ten with “Let Them Be Little.” Dean remains a popular draw on the road, though his recording activity has slowed in recent years.
“If There Hadn’t Been You” gets a B+.
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