Starting Over Again
|"Starting Over Again"|
|Single by Dolly Parton|
|from the album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly|
|Writer(s)||Donna Summer, Bruce Sudano|
|Dolly Parton singles chronology|
"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.
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.
|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|
"Gone Too Far"
by Eddie Rabbitt
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
May 24, 1980
by Ronnie Milsap
Reba McEntire version
|"Starting Over Again"|
|Single by Reba McEntire|
|from the album Starting Over|
|B-side||"I Won't Mention It Again"|
|Producer(s)||Tony Brown, Reba McEntire|
|Reba McEntire singles chronology|
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. 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.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||26|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||19|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 262.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1844-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 226.
- "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 3, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Reba McEntire Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Reba McEntire.
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