“One Night at a Time“
Written by Roger Cook, Eddie Kilgallon, and Earl Bud Lee
#1 (5 weeks)
April 26 – May 24, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
April 18 – May 2, 1997
George Strait fully enters his imperial era of radio dominance.
The Road to No. 1
After three No. 1 singles from Blue Clear Sky, Strait fared even better at radio with his next album, Carrying Your Love With Me. All four singles from this set went to No. 1, a career first for Strait.
The No. 1
“One Night at a Time” is lighter than air, with a laid back arrangement and a vocal from Strait that practically floats above it.
Strait’s too great of a singer for it to truly be radio filler, but in the hands of a lesser vocalist, it certainly would’ve been that. The song lacks substance and is needlessly repetitive, yet it’s easy to miss both of those things because Strait is so in command of his gift.
This frothy hit is the least distinctive of the four No. 1 singles from Carrying Your Love With Me, an album that is home to one of his best No. 1 singles and two other solid entries to the Strait canon. Stay tuned. It will get better from here.
The Road From No. 1
And we’ll get there soon, with two more No. 1 singles on deck before we reach the end of 1997.
“One Night at a Time” gets a B.
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