“Easy Come, Easy Go”
Written by Aaron Barker and Dean Dillon
#1 (2 weeks)
October 23 – October 30, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 22, 1993
One of George Strait’s best nineties hits keeps his hot streak going.
The Road to No. 1
George Strait enjoyed two No. 1 singles from Pure Country, the soundtrack to his debut film project. Despite it becoming his best selling album, only three singles were released, with “When Did You Stop Loving Me” going top five. Strait previewed his next studio album with the title track, and it returned King George to No. 1
The No. 1
What would the George Strait story be without Dean Dillon?
Certainly less interesting, if nothing else. But I strongly believe that it was his Dillon-penned hits that fit Strait best, challenging him as a vocalist to deliver sophisticated phrasing that smoothed the edges of the idiosyncratic material Dillon wrote.
“Easy Come, Easy Go” is anything but easy to sing, and Strait brings a nuanced range of emotions to his reading of it. On one line, he sounds irritated, the next, sorrowful, and then the next, wearily resigned.
If you’re experiencing a breakup, and you feel angry, or bitter, or sad, or indifferent, or even relieved, you can put this record on and think, “He feels just like I do.”
It’s a masterclass performance, and should be Exhibit A for anyone trying to explain how Strait ended up the most successful country singles artist of all time.
The Road From No. 1
Easy Come Easy Go has another No. 1 single on deck, and we’ll cover it early in 1994.
“Easy Come, Easy Go” gets an A.
Previous: Clint Black, “No Time to Kill” |