Her first single since signing with United Artists records in 1973, "Slippin' Away" peaked at No. 4 on the BillboardHot Country Singles chart late that summer. A mid-tempoed song in the Bakersfield tradition, it became Shepard's biggest hit in a decade (since 1964's "Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar)" — and also her last top 10 hit.
"Slippin' Away" marked at least the second time Shepard had a top 10 on the chart hit with an Anderson-penned tune; she had hit No. 8 on the Hot Country Singles chart in early 1970 with "Then He Touched Me." Shepard went on to enjoy success with one other Anderson-written song: 1975's "The Tips of My Fingers."