The Door Is Always Open

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"The Door is Always Open"
Single by Dave & Sugar
from the album Dave & Sugar
B-side "Late Nite Country Lovin' Music"[1]
Released April 1976
Format 7"
Genre Country
Length 2:41
Label RCA
Writer(s) Dickey Lee and Bob McDill
Producer(s) Jerry Bradley and Dave Rowland
Dave & Sugar singles chronology
"The Queen of the Silver Dollar"
"The Door is Always Open"
"I'm Gonna Love You"

"The Door is Always Open" is a country song written by Dickey Lee and Bob McDill. First recorded by Tennessee Pulleybone for JIM Records, it went to number 75 on the Hot Country Songs charts that year.[2] Waylon Jennings later cut it as an album track for his 1975 album Dreaming My Dreams. A version by Lois Johnson, also in 1975, went to number 70 on the country music chart.[3]

It was the Dave & Sugar version, released in 1976, that was released to radio and became known to audiences. That July, the song became the group's first number one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[1]

Other versions[edit]

Jamey Johnson covered his own version of the song on his 2008 album That Lonesome Song.

Chart performance[edit]

Tennessee Pulleybone[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 75

Lois Johnson[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 70

Dave & Sugar[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, p. 115
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 416. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, pp. 211-212
Preceded by
"All These Things"
by Joe Stampley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 10, 1976
Succeeded by
"Teddy Bear"
by Red Sovine
Preceded by
"Tonight with Love"
by Carroll Baker
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 17, 1976
Succeeded by
"Vaya con Dios"
by Freddy Fender