Behind Closed Doors (Charlie Rich song)
|"Behind Closed Doors"|
|Single by Charlie Rich|
|from the album Behind Closed Doors|
|Charlie Rich singles chronology|
"Behind Closed Doors" is a country song written by Kenny O'Dell and first recorded by Charlie Rich for his 1973 album Behind Closed Doors. The single became Rich's first number-one hit on the country charts, spent 20 weeks on this chart, and also became a crossover hit on the pop charts.
Rich's producer, Billy Sherrill, encouraged O'Dell to write music for the singer. O'Dell recalled the creation of "Behind Closed Doors" to Tom Roland in The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits. "It was just a title I had written down, and I had a little guitar riff that I'd carried with me for a couple of years. The chorus was pretty much a little deviation on that." Sherrill later changed some lines at the end of the second verse, but some radio stations banned the record initially as being racy.
"Behind Closed Doors" earned awards for Song of the Year (for O'Dell) and Single of the Year (for Rich) from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and Rich also received a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. In 2003, it ranked #9 in CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||15|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||8|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||5|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||37|
|Irish Singles Chart||9|
|U.K. Singles Chart||16|
|Australian Kent Music Report||18|
|Dutch Top 40||25|
Numerous other artists have covered the song "Behind Closed Doors", using the original or slightly modified lyrics. For example, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton sang versions in which the genders were reversed and a few words changed or added, while Diana Ross sang a version with both gender change and added lines. Other artists who covered this song include Ronnie Milsap, Hank Thompson, Cal Smith, Perry Como, Percy Sledge, Little Milton, Mike Cooley, and Tom Jones.
- Stambler, Irwin; Grelun Landon (2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia (Third ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 400. ISBN 978-0-312-15121-8. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 87.
- "Loretta Lynn's ''Behind Closed Doors'' lyrics". Tabcrawler.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
- Dolly Parton's Behind Closed Doors lyrics[dead link]
- Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
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|Billboard Hot Country Singles
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