Smoky Mountain Rain

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"Smoky Mountain Rain"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Greatest Hits
Released September 1980 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded 1980
Genre Country, pop
Length 3:45
Label RCA
Writer(s) Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Producer(s) Tom Collins, Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Cowboys and Clowns"/"Misery Loves Company
(1980)
"Smoky Mountain Rain"
(1980)
"Am I Losing You"
(1981)

"Smoky Mountain Rain" is a song written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, and recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It was released in September 1980 as the first single from his Greatest Hits album. The single became one of his best-known songs.

The song was Ronnie Milsap's, 16th No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart where stayed at the top for one week, in December 1980.[1] "Smoky Mountain Rain" also fared well as a crossover hit and was his first of two No. 1 hits on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, as well as No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

In 2010 "Smoky Mountain Rain" became Tennessee's eighth state song as a result of action by the Tennessee General Assembly on June 3, 2010.[3][4] In 2014, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Smoky Mountain Rain" #96 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980-1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 24
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 8

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 233. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 171. 
  3. ^ Tennessee Journal, Vol. 36, No. 23, June 4, 2010
  4. ^ Tom Humphrey, 'Smoky Mountain Rain' Wins Race to Become 8th State Song, KnoxNews website, June 3, 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/100-greatest-country-songs-of-all-time-20140601/96-ronnie-milsap-smoky-mountain-rain-1980-0986678
Preceded by
"If You Ever Change Your Mind"
by Crystal Gayle
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 6, 1980
Succeeded by
"Why Lady Why"
by Alabama
Preceded by
"The Winner Takes It All" by ABBA
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
February 21, 1981
Succeeded by
"9 to 5" by Dolly Parton