Starting Over Again

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"Starting Over Again"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly
B-side "Sweet Agony"
Released March 1980
Format grammophone
Recorded December 1979
Genre Country
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Donna Summer, Bruce Sudano
Producer(s) Gary Klein
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Sweet Summer Lovin'"
"Starting Over Again"
"Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You"

"Starting Over Again" is the title of a song recorded by American entertainer Dolly Parton. Telling the story of a middle aged couple separating after 30 years of marriage, the song was written by Donna Summer and her husband Bruce Sudano. (The story was actually based on Sudano's parents' divorce.) Parton's recording was performed as a slow tempo ballad, gradually building to a dramatic crescendo. It was released in March 1980 as the first single from her album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. "Starting Over Again" made the U.S. pop top forty, peaking at #36, and reached #1 on the U.S. country charts on May 24, 1980.[1]

Despite having co-written the song, Donna Summer never recorded it herself, though she did perform it live numerous time on television specials during the 1980s.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 36
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 35
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Preceded by
"Gone Too Far"
by Eddie Rabbitt
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 24, 1980
Succeeded by
"My Heart"
by Ronnie Milsap

Reba McEntire version[edit]

"Starting Over Again"
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album Starting Over
B-side "I Won't Mention It Again"
Released 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Country
Length 4:07
Label MCA Nashville
Producer(s) Tony Brown, Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands"
"Starting Over Again"
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"

Reba McEntire also covered the song in 1995 for her Starting Over album. Released as the album's third single, McEntire's version peaked at #19 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[2] In the album's liner notes, McEntire wrote that she chose to cover the song as a tribute to Parton and Summer, both artists whom she'd admired.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 26
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 19


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 262. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1844-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 226. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2987." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 3, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Reba McEntire Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Reba McEntire.

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