“You Won’t Ever Be Lonely”
Written by Andy Griggs and Brett Jones
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 14, 1999
An aspiring outlaw scores his first and only No. 1 hit to date.
The Road to No. 1
Andy Griggs pursued his love of music as he navigated personal tragedies, losing his father as a young child and then his older brother a few years later. He worked as a youth minister and started a family, then moved to Nashville to fully pursue a recording career. Signing to RCA, he released his debut album, You Won’t Ever Be Lonely, with the title track serving as his debut single.
The No. 1
This is a perfectly serviceable ballad that Griggs elevates with a strong vocal performance that hints at his outlaw influences.
It seemed to be a rule that a male artist could only break through with a love ballad during this era. Sometimes it led to being a one hit wonder, and other times it led to long-running careers for people like Keith Urban.
Griggs wasn’t a one hit wonder, but his radio fare tended to be conservative, with the more interesting tracks being left as album cuts. His debut collection even included a duet with Waylon Jennings.
He’d release some really great songs down the road, most notably the Gretchen Peters composition “If Heaven.” But check out his albums to discover an artist that was far more interesting than you’d ever know by listening to the radio.
The Road From No. 1
On its way to gold status, You Won’t Ever Be Lonely produced the top ten hits “I’ll Go Crazy” and “She’s More.” His second album, Freedom, included the top ten hit “Tonight I Wanna Be Your Man.” His final album for RCA, This I Gotta See, included two top five hits: “She Thinks She Needs Me” and the aforementioned “If Heaven.” Griggs has recorded for independent labels ever since, getting some minor radio play for singles from his 2008 album The Good Life. His most recent studio album, Naked, was released in 2013.
“You Won’t Ever Be Lonely” gets a B.
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