“No Doubt About It”
Written by Steve Seskin and John Scott Sherrill
#1 (1 week)
March 19 – March 26, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 11, 1994
A Charley Pride protégé finally gets his breakthrough hit.
The Road to No. 1
Neal McCoy was exposed to a wide range of music growing up, and initially formed an R&B band before settling on country music as his permanent home. Winning a 1981 talent contest earned him an opening act slot for Charley Pride, who kept McCoy on the road with him through 1990. He had a few minor hits on independent label 16th Avenue Records in the late eighties, using the name Neal McGoy. Atlantic switched the G to a C and signed him to a recording contract.
He got off to a slow and steady start, with his 1990 album producing some minor chart hits and his 1992 album producing two top forty hits – “Where Forever Begins” and “Now I Pray For Rain.” Finally, with his third album, he broke through, taking the first single and title track to No. 1
The No. 1
The thing about Neal McCoy was he was this incredible live performer that was never paired in the studio with a producer that could capture his frenetic and charismatic stage presence.
What they were good at was capturing his ability with a midtempo ballad, and “No Doubt About It” is a good example of what he could do quite well. The song doesn’t require big money notes or an intense production. It’s just a simple love song expressing gratitude for a love that was clearly meant to be.
Sometimes you don’t need any more than that.
The Road From No. 1
McCoy’s biggest hit is up next.
“No Doubt About It” gets a B+.
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