Written by Don Pfrimmer and Charles Quillen
“Silent Night (After the Fight)”
Written by John Schweers
#1 (3 weeks)
May 31 – June 14, 1980
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 6, 1980
Since it’s the first time we’re encountering one of these double-sided No. 1 hits, here’s a little chart history.
Radio & Records and Billboard were airplay only charts by the end of the eighties, but for most of the decade, the Billboard country chart measured both sales and airplay. RCA Nashville was very aggressive with double A-sided singles during the early eighties. We’re going to encounter five No. 1 hits from now through 1982 that feature both sides of the 45 on the Billboard chart, and all of them will be on RCA.
Milsap is responsible for two of them, starting with “My Heart” and “Silent Night (After the Fight),” the latter of which did not appear on the Radio & Records chart.
“My Heart” is a cookie cutter Ronnie Milsap midtempo number, driven by a prominent piano track that makes the breakup song just a bit too jaunty for my tastes. The sentiment is nice enough, as Milsap covers the well-trodden ground of the head getting a grip on a breakup before the heart can catch up.
“Silent Night (After the Fight)” is the more compelling entry of the two, living up to its clever title as the protagonist hears noises around his house that he normally sleeps right through, hoping one of them might be his partner turning on the light. It sounds like a B-side, as if no concessions were made to radio to get it on the air.
Milsap will be back again before the end of 1980 with one of his signature hits, which will stand on its own during its impressive chart run.
“My Heart” gets a B.
“Silent Night (After the Fight)” gets a B+.
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