“Check Yes or No“
Written by Dana Hunt Black and Danny Wells
#1 (4 weeks)
November 11 – December 2, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
October 27 – November 10, 1995
One of George Strait’s biggest and most enduring hits.
The Road to No. 1
Following the No. 1 hits “The Big One” and “You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody,” Lead On produced two more hits: the top five “Adalida” and the top ten title track. Strait returned to the top with the lead single from his mega-selling box set, Strait Out of the Box.
The No. 1
“Check Yes or No” inspired a whole host of imitators that only further reinforced the unique nature of the original composition and the peerless delivery of the singer who recorded it.
Strait decided to record it after a morning car ride with his son Bubba, who was in a foul mood. The song made his son smile in spite of himself.
“Check Yes or No” captures the innocence of childhood – “I think this is how love goes?” – while also delivering on the promise of that innocence, as the couple is still together all those years later, only now the chasing around happens in the bedroom instead of on the playground.
This was the hit that kicked off the Strait revival on the awards show circuit, and rightfully so.
The Road From No. 1
Strait Out of the Box produced an additional top five hit, “I Know She Still Loves Me,” as it became the best-selling country box set by any artist. Strait then pivoted to his award-winning Blue Clear Sky album. We’ll see the title track first in 1996.
“Check Yes or No” gets an A.
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