“I’m Gonna Be Somebody”
Written by Jill Colucci and Stewart Harris
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 10, 1990
Travis Tritt scores his second No. 1 hit with a song about making it big in the music business.
The Road to No. 1
After reaching the top ten with his debut single “Country Club,” Tritt earned his first chart-topper earlier in the year with “Help Me Hold On.” As the third single from Country Club, his debut album, Warner Bros. chose “I’m Gonna Be Somebody.”
The No. 1
There’s something that just works about these kinds of songs when they come early in an artist’s career. Tritt didn’t write “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” but it still comes off as autobiographical, as it tells the story of a young and determined man to become a successful singer and musician.
The third verse gives it some extra potency, as the singer notices a young man in the front row of his concert that has the same hunger in his eyes as the protagonist once did.
It’s not quite as great as “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” or “Wrong Side of Memphis,” lacking the specificity of the former and the rhinestones and grit of the latter, but it’s still a winning tale of young man dreaming big and having that dream realized.
The Road From No. 1
Country Club went gold in the fall of 1990, as Tritt received his first CMA Horizon Award nomination. At the 1990 CMA Awards, he performed the fourth and final single from Country Club, “Put Some Drive in Your Country.” Even though it fell short of the top twenty, the single established Tritt’s image better than any of the singles that came before, and laid the groundwork for the superstardom that came with his second major label album, It’s All About to Change. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Tritt in 1991.
“I’m Gonna Be Somebody” gets a B+.