“I Just Want to Dance With You”
Written by Roger Cook and John Prine
#1 (3 weeks)
June 6 – June 20, 1998
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 5, 1998
George Strait breezes to the top with a John Prine cover.
The Road to No. 1
After four straight No. 1 singles from Carrying Your Love With Me, George Strait kept his streak alive with the first two singles from his 1998 release, One Step at a Time.
The No. 1
One thing Strait never got enough credit for was his willingness to cover the songs of critically acclaimed singer-songwriters and send his versions to radio, giving them a hefty payday.
John Prine originally recorded “I Just Want to Dance With You” in 1986, and there was a pop cover of it that made it to the top twenty in England in the early nineties. But it was Strait that turned it into a mega-hit.
It’s easily one of the breeziest records of Strait’s career. He’s so laid back and comfortable that even his whistling sounds like it’s out of the corner of his mouth. It’s a light-hearted number, not quite a ditty but close to being one.
I hope Prine bought himself something nice with the royalties.
The Road From No. 1
Next up is the second single from One Step at a Time, which will complete Strait’s run of six consecutive chart-toppers.
“I Just Want to Dance With You” gets a B+.
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