Just Got Started Lovin' You

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"Just Got Started Lovin' You"
Single by James Otto
from the album Sunset Man
Released July 3, 2007
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 3:49
Label Raybaw/Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) James Otto
Jim Femino
D. Vincent Williams
Producer(s) John Rich
Certification Gold (RIAA)[1]
James Otto singles chronology
"Sunday Morning and Saturday Night"
(2004)
"Just Got Started Lovin' You"
(2007)
"For You"
(2008)

"Just Got Started Lovin' You" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist James Otto. It was released in July 2007 as the first single from his album Sunset Man. On the Hot Country Songs chart dated for May 17, 2008, the song has also become Otto's first Number One hit.[2] The song went on to become the number one song on Billboard's year-end 2008 Hot Country Songs chart.

Background and writing[edit]

James Otto had placed a telephone call to his friend, songwriter Jim Femino, when Femino and D. Vincent Williams were shopping at a grocery store in Nashville, Tennessee. Otto had wanted to write a song with Femino, and Femino suggested bringing Williams (who had never met Otto before) with him.[3]

When they met Otto at Williams' house, Williams stated that he noticed a sex appeal in Otto's material, comparing the singer to Conway Twitty.[3] Williams then came up with a melody that he "thought was cool", and put down the melody on his computer; after Otto heard the tune, he felt that it "suggested a sexy lyric and came from a sexy spot", and eventually came up with the title "Just Got Started Lovin' You".[3] The three then recorded a work tape and played it for singer and producer John Rich (of Big & Rich), who chose it as the first single from Otto's Sunset Man album.[3]

The song is in the key of G major with a tempo of approximately 92 beats per minute and a 4/4 time signature. Its verses follow the chord pattern G-Am7-C-D-G.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B grade, calling it "a smooth but not sappy romantic ballad." He goes on to say that he isn't "reinventing the wheel, but he sounds comfortable and self-assured." [5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Ryan Smith and was filmed on November 26, 2007.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007-2008) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 27
US Billboard Pop 100 65
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 71

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA searchable database: James Otto singles
  2. ^ Morris, Edward (2008-05-10). "At Last, James Otto Scores No. 1 Song". CMT.com. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d Horner, Alanna (2008-06-16). "Story Behind the Song: A Conway Kind of Hit". Country Weekly 15 (12): 18. 
  4. ^ "'Just Got Started Lovin' You' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Just Got Started Lovin' You review by Kevin John Coyne
  6. ^ "James Otto Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for James Otto.
  7. ^ "James Otto Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for James Otto.
  8. ^ "James Otto Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for James Otto.
  9. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 

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Preceded by
"I Saw God Today"
by George Strait
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

May 17—May 24, 2008
Succeeded by
"I'm Still a Guy"
by Brad Paisley
Preceded by
"Watching You"
by Rodney Atkins
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single of the year

2008
Succeeded by
"I Run to You"
by Lady Antebellum