“A Little Bit of You“
Lee Roy Parnell
Written by Trey Bruce and Craig Wiseman
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 4, 1995
Lee Roy Parnell earns his third No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
After topping the chart with “I’m Holdin’ My Own,” Lee Roy Parnell went top twenty with a cover of the Hank Williams standard, “Take These Chains From My Heart.” Ronnie Dunn duetted with him on the track. The final single from On the Road missed the top fifty, but Parnell returned to No. 1 with the lead single from his fourth Arista album, We All Get Lucky Sometimes, which was his first release on the label’s short-lived Career imprint.
The No. 1
“A Little Bit of You” is generic mid-nineties country fare, from the lyrics to the milquetoast production.
What elevates it is Parnell’s strong vocal performance and his slide guitar work. As a singer and a musician, he sounds like he’s trying to break out of the sterilized limitations he’s been placed under.
That works somewhat well with this particular song, which is about how a woman’s love cuts through all the other things in life that are keeping him down.
He finally lets loose on his next No. 1 hit, which has the energy to match the man at the mic.
The Road From No. 1
Trisha Yearwood provided harmony vocals on Parnell’s next single, “When a Woman Loves a Man.” It went top fifteen. The third single from We All Get Lucky Sometimes is Parnell’s final No. 1 hit to date. We’ll cover it in 1996.
“A Little Bit of You” gets a B.
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