8th of November
|"8th of November"|
|Single by Big & Rich|
|from the album Comin' to Your City|
|Released||May 26, 2006|
|Length||6:14 (original album version, with spoken intro)
4:58 (album version, without spoken intro)
3:28 (radio edit)
|Writer(s)||Big Kenny, John Rich|
|Producer(s)||Paul Worley, Big Kenny, John Rich|
|Big & Rich singles chronology|
"8th of November" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music duo Big & Rich. It was released in May 2006 as the third and final single from their album Comin' to Your City. The song became the duo's seventh Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, where it peaked at No. 18, in addition to reaching No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song, which begins with a spoken introduction by Kris Kristofferson, tells the tale of Niles Harris, a soldier in the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the United States Army during Operation Hump in South Vietnam on November 8, 1965. The intro mentions that Harris was "the guy that gave Big Kenny his top hat", and that he was among the wounded who were saved by Army medic Lawrence Joel, the first living African American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War of 1898.
Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a positive rating. He said the song is the best war song since "Travelin' Soldier". Stephen Thomas Erlewine, in his review of the album for Allmusic, called it "awkwardly jingoistic".
The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen and premiered in the week of June 12, 2006. It first starts with Kristofferson saying the intro, and then cuts to the duo performing in front of a large screen, showing the visuals of Harris' life.
The song was nominated for the 2006 CMA Awards song of the year category; its music video was also nominated for video of the year categories for the CMAs, ACM Awards, and the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. This was also a very popular song in this period of time.
|US Billboard Hot 100||94|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||18|
- Coyne, Kevin John (August 10, 2006). "Big & Rich – "8th of November"". Country Universe. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Comin' to Your City review". Allmusic. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- "Big & Rich Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Big & Rich. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- "Big & Rich Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Big & Rich. Retrieved January 30, 2011.