One Woman Man

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One Woman Man
Studio album by George Jones
Released February 28, 1989
Genre Country
Length 30:35
Label Epic
Producer Billy Sherrill
George Jones chronology
Too Wild Too Long
(1987)
One Woman One
(1989)
You Oughta Be Here with Me
(1990)

One Woman Man is an album by American country music artist George Jones, released on February 28, 1989 on Epic Records.

Recording[edit]

One Woman Man spawned one hit single, a cover of the 1950s Johnny Horton song "(I'm A) One Woman Man", which peaked at number 5 in March 1989. None of the other singles cracked the top 25, although "The King Is Gone (So Are You)" would become a big fan favorite; originally titled "Ya Ba Da Ba Doo (So Are You)," the song is about a man who, in a drunken stupor after using a Flintstones jelly bean jar to drink whiskey from a "Jim Beam decanter that looks like Elvis", believes Elvis Presley and Fred Flintstone are his drinking buddies. Written by Roger D. Ferris, the novelty was perfect for Jones, who also performed it at live shows as a way to poke gentle fun at his past excesses. The song's publisher changed the title to avoid a possible legal entanglement; early pressings of the LP contain its original title.

One Woman Man garnered more critical claim than any other Jones LP in years but in reality it was a hodgepodge collection of new material, previously released tracks and a couple of unreleased cuts fished out of the vaults and dusted off with fresh vocals. "Burning Bridges" and the murder ballad "Radio Lover", for example, had already appeared on the 1983 album Jones Country. The set also includes a remake of Hank Locklin's "Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" , which had first appeared on the Jones's 1965 long player Mr. Country and Western Music. The dismal failure of the album's other singles following "(I'm A) One Woman Man" was largely the result of veteran country stars losing favor with country radio as the format was altered radically as the nineties dawned, a turn of events that left Jones appalled. "I shouldn't have to beg for radio play," the singer groused a few years later in a November 1992 interview with People. "It disgusts the hell out of me to see the way country has changed. There's just too much money involved now."

Reception[edit]

One Woman Man received positive reviews and rose to number 13 on the Billboard country albums chart. Brian Mansfield of AllMusic calls it "One of Jones' best Epic albums." In his book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, biographer Bob Allen writes that Jones "seemed to briefly rediscover the old honky-tonk fervor he'd misplaced in middle age. The entire LP...was firmly anchored in the honky-tonk spirit."

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "(I'm A) One Woman Man"   Tillman Franks, Johnny Horton 2:17
2. "My Baby's Gone"   Hazel Houser 3:24
3. "Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)"   Hank Cochran 2:46
4. "Burning Bridges"   Walter Scott 2:40
5. "The King Is Gone (So Are You)"   Roger D. Ferris 3:22
6. "Radio Lover"   Ron Hellard, Bucky Jones, Curly Putman 3:27
7. "A Place in the Country"   Sanford Clark, Johnny MacRae, Bob Morrison 4:02
8. "Just Out of Reach"   Virgil "Pappy" Stewart 2:59
9. "Writing on the Wall"   Bruce Delaney, Bobby Fischer, Freddy Weller 2:55
10. "Pretty Little Lady from Beaumont Texas"   Dennis Knutson, A.L. "Doodle" Owens 2:36

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 13
Canadian RPM Country Albums 21

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country CAN Country
1988 "(I'm a) One Woman Man" 5 *
1989 "The King Is Gone (So Are You)" 26 31
"Writing on the Wall" 31 29
"Radio Lover" 62 83
* denotes unknown peak positions

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