“Chance of Lovin’ You”
Earl Thomas Conley
Written by Earl Thomas Conley and Randy Scruggs
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
October 26 – November 2, 1984
#1 (1 week)
December 8, 1984
Earl Thomas Conley launches a new studio album with a single that undermines its title!
The first of three No. 1 singles from Treadin’ Water finds Conley incorporating interesting pop flourishes into the production, with a guitar track that is reminiscent of Juice Newton’s “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard On Me.” There’s a cool electronic riff that surfaces in the chorus that works quite well, and Conley sounds energized and confident as he navigates these new elements.
As should be expected at this point, Conley and frequent co-writer Randy Scruggs have some sophisticated turns of phrase. “Chance of Lovin’ You” features one of my favorite lines I’ve heard from them so far: “If it wasn’t for love, you’d still be my friend.”
We’re inching closer to the genre going full new traditionalist, but “Chance of Lovin’ You” and Crystal Gayle’s “The Sound of Goodbye” symbolize the path not taken, where country music fully engaged with the increasingly electronic sound of the era’s pop music.
I wish there were more country records that had taken their cues from records like this one.
“Chance of Lovin’ You” gets an A.
Next: Alabama, “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)”