Written by Skip Ewing and Don Sampson
#1 (1 week)
January 6, 1996
A rising star earns the first No. 1 hit of 1996.
The Road to No. 1
Bryan White’s first No. 1 single, “Someone Else’s Star,” kicked off a very successful run at radio and retail. The final single from Bryan White became the second of four consecutive No. 1 singles, three of which would top the charts in 1996, the same year he took home ACM Top New Male Artist and CMA Horizon Award honors.
The No. 1
Let’s focus on the positives first.
As with its predecessor, “Rebecca Lynn” is tastefully produced and beautifully sung, again recalling the understated ballads from the turn of the decade.
Where this one falters in comparison to what came before is in the lyrical content. The tale of a lifelong love beginning in grade school is sweet enough, even if we’d just heard the same idea from George Strait a few weeks earlier. Can’t hang that around White’s neck, though; his album was released before “Check Yes or No” went to radio.
But there’s one line in the chorus that unravels the whole song, like a loose thread from a fraying sweater: “Ring around the Rosie, pocket full of dreams and posies.”
Forcing “dreams” into the old nursery rhyme to make it fit the rhythm of the chorus is songwriting malpractice. It still makes me wince today.
The Road From No. 1
Bryan White launched his sophomore set, Between Now and Forever, with two lead-off No. 1 hits. We’ll cover them both in 1996.
“Rebecca Lynn” gets a C.
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