That's the Way Love Goes (Johnny Rodriguez song)

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"That's the Way Love Goes"
Single by Johnny Rodriguez
from the album All I Ever Meant to Do Was Sing
B-side "I Really Don't Want to Know"
Released December 1973
Genre Country
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Lefty Frizzell
Sanger D. Shafer
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Johnny Rodriguez singles chronology
"Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico"
(1973)
"That's the Way Love Goes"
(1973)
"Something"
(1974)
"That's the Way Love Goes"
Single by Merle Haggard
from the album That's the Way Love Goes
B-side "Don't Seem Like We've Been Together All Our Lives"
Released November 19, 1983
Genre Country
Length 3:04
Label Epic
Producer(s) Merle Haggard
Ray Baker
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life)"
(1983)
"That's the Way Love Goes"
(1983)
"Someday When Things Are Good"
(1984)

"That's the Way Love Goes' is a 1973 single written by Lefty Frizzell and Sanger D. Shafer and recorded by Johnny Rodriguez. It was Rodriguez's fourth hit on the U.S. country chart and third number one in a row. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of 14 weeks on the chart.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Connie Smith recorded the song and made it the title track of her 1974 album That's the Way Love Goes.

In 1984, Merle Haggard had his thirtieth number one country single with his version. His version spent 21 weeks on the charts and won him that year's Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance — Male.[2] He charted a second rendition of the song in 1999 as a duet with Jewel, taking this version to #56 on the country charts.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Johnny Rodriguez[edit]

Chart (1973–1974) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Merle Haggard[edit]

Chart (1983–1984) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Merle Haggard and Jewel[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 56
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 71

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 358. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, p. 175
Preceded by
"World of Make Believe" by Bill Anderson
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
February 16, 1974 (Johnny Rodriguez version)
Succeeded by
"Another Lonely Song" by Tammy Wynette
Preceded by
"Show Her"
by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single (Merle Haggard version)

February 11, 1984
Succeeded by
"Don't Cheat in Our Hometown"
by Ricky Skaggs
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single (Merle Haggard version)

February 18, 1984