“It’s a Little Too Late”
Written by Roger Murrah and Pat Terry
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 12, 1993
Tanya Tucker’s final No. 1 single.
The Road to No. 1
Tanya Tucker reached her commercial peak in the early nineties, and had a string of radio hits to go with it. This was the last one to top the chart.
The No. 1
“It’s a Little Too Late” was Tucker’s contribution to the line dance craze of this era, as the music video below showcases.
But danceable as it is, it’s not a disposable ditty. Tucker gives a fiery performance as she acknowledges that she’s heading for a likely heartache, but she couldn’t care less. She’s going to enjoy the ride anyway.
It’s sharply written, too: “Turn the jukebox up, throw some sawdust down, I’m too far gone to turn this heart around. I may be wrong, but I don’t want out.”
You get a clear visual of her external actions and her internal emotions at the same time, all to a driving country beat.
It’s a winner.
The Road From No. 1
Tucker’s hitmaking slowed considerably by the end of the nineties, but her next two singles – “Tell Me About It” and “Soon” – went top five, as did “Hangin’ In” from the Soon album. She’d score one more top ten hit in 1997 with “Little Things,” but after that, her run at radio was essentially over.
She remained a popular touring act and recorded a handful of independent albums, but Tucker went quiet on the recording front for a long time. But in 2019, she resurfaced with a Brandi Carlile-produced comeback album, While I’m Livin’. It received rave reviews and earned Tucker the first two Grammy Awards of her career. After nearly fifty years in the business, and more than a little too late, she’s finally getting the respect that she’s always deserved.
“It’s a Little Too Late” gets a B+.
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