Written by Jamie O’Hara
#1 (1 week)
September 12, 1981
Ronnie McDowell was a young Vietnam veteran from Tennessee that idolized Elvis Presley. When Presley died in 1977, McDowell was inspired to write and record “The King is Gone,” and it ended up launching his career, going top fifteen on both the country and pop chart and selling over a million copies.
McDowell quickly followed it with the top five country hit, “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You,” and he remained a fixture on the country singles chart into the eighties, occasionally reaching the top twenty. After making it to No. 2 with “Wandering Eyes,” McDowell finally earned his first No. 1 single with the Jamie O’Hara composition, “Older Women.”
McDowell sings the praises of what we now call cougars, noting that older women have more experience, so they’re better in bed.
That’s it. That’s the song.
By this point, he’d shaken off his Presley imitation and found his own singing style. McDowell’s a bit like the Oak Ridge Boys in that his delivery is so earnest that he couldn’t sound like a louse if he tried.
McDowell followed this with four more singles that all went at least top fifteen, and then earned his second and final hit, which we’ll cover in 1983.
“Older Women” gets a B.
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