Dallas (Alan Jackson song)

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"Dallas"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Don't Rock the Jukebox
B-side "Just Playin' Possum"
Released December 30, 1991
Format Promo-only CD single
7" 45 RPM
Recorded January 4, 1991[1]
Genre Country
Length 2:45
Label Arista 12385
Writer(s) Alan Jackson
Keith Stegall
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Someday"
(1991)
"Dallas"
(1991)
"Midnight in Montgomery"
(1992)

"Dallas" is a song written by American country music artists Alan Jackson and Keith Stegall, and recorded by Jackson. It was released in December 1991 as the third single from Jackson's second album, Don't Rock the Jukebox, the song peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Jackson's fourth single to top that chart, as well as number 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart, Jackson's fourth single to top that chart also.

Background and writing[edit]

According to the liner notes of his 1995 album The Greatest Hits Collection, Jackson was inspired to write the song after having played at Billy Bob's in Dallas, Texas. After playing the show, he commented that he "wished Dallas was in Tennessee" and based the song off that comment.[1]

Content[edit]

"Dallas" is a song in which the male narrator tells of a lover named Dallas who has left him for Dallas, Texas. He then goes on to say that he wishes that Dallas were in Tennessee — both the city and his former lover.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+ grade," calling it "a simple enough song, yet with some clever lyrics, a generous dose of pedal steel and Jackson’s typical smooth, agreeable vocals."[2]

Peak chart positions[edit]

"Dallas" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 4, 1992.

Chart (1991-1992) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 13
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 6
Preceded by
"Straight Tequila Night"
by John Anderson
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 21, 1992
Succeeded by
"Is There Life Out There"
by Reba McEntire
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 28, 1992

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801. 
  2. ^ CountryUniverse.net Review by Kevin John Coyne
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 28, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alan Jackson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.