“The Big One”
Written by Gerry House and Devon O’Day
#1 (1 week)
December 3, 1994
King George keeps the No. 1 hits coming.
The Road to No. 1
After two No. 1 hits from the album Easy Come Easy Go, Strait went top ten with “Lovebug” and top five with “The Man in Love With You.” Strait then previewed his fifteenth studio album for MCA, Lead On, which would also launch with two consecutive No. 1 hits.
The No. 1
Lead On is one of my favorite George Strait albums. It’s remarkable just how slight its lead single is.
With a running time barely over two minutes, “The Big One” plays out like an old George Jones ditty from the early years. Jones would’ve knocked this one out of the park, but Strait doesn’t really have the playfulness as a vocalist that would be necessary to make this work.
Thankfully, the rest of the singles from this album are among his very best songs ever sent to radio, and we’ll get to cover one of them in this feature.
The Road From No. 1
As noted above, the next single will go to No. 1 as well, and it’s a winner. We’ll get to it early in 1995.
“The Big One” gets a C.
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