“My Only Love”
The Statler Brothers
Written by Jimmy Fortune
#1 (1 week)
March 9, 1985
The addition of Jimmy Fortune to the Statler Brothers lineup continued to pay dividends, as the group earned its second number one single of the decade.
Fortune wrote “My Only Love” and sang the lead vocal. His youthful tenor contrasts so beautifully with the venerable harmonies of his groupmates, and they give his message of eternal love some gravitas. It feels like a wedding song where the groom is expressing his devotion and he’s lifted up by the elders surrounding him at the ceremony.
Jerry Kennedy’s restrained production strikes a nice balance between their traditional Nashville sound and the emerging trend of simpler arrangements. This could’ve easily been bogged down by an intrusive string section or the background vocals being too prominent.
These choices elevates a standard wedding song into a sacrament. It’s one of the most beautiful records that I’ve ever heard.
“My Only Love” gets an A.