Thinkin' of a Rendezvous

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"Thinkin' of a Rendezvous"
Single by Johnny Duncan
from the album Johnny Duncan
B-side Love Should Be Easy
Released September 1976
Format 7"
Recorded July 1976
Genre Country
Length 3:24
Label Columbia 10417
Writer(s) Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throckmorton
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill and Larry Gatlin
Johnny Duncan singles chronology
"Thinkin' of a Rendezvous"
"It Couldn't Have Been Any Better"

"Thinkin' of a Rendezvous" is a country music song written by Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throckmorton, and recorded by Johnny Duncan.

Featuring harmony vocals, and a solo line at a key point in the song's third verse by session vocalist Janie Fricke, "Thinkin' of a Rendezvous" became Duncan's first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in December 1976. A two-week run atop the country chart was part of a 13-week stay in the country chart's top 40.[1]

The song — about a family man who meets up with a woman, a long-time friend with whom he had a secret affair a year earlier — was the first of two Duncan-Fricke duet to top the charts. The follow-up song, "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better," went No. 1 in April 1977, and the two enjoyed several other duet hits, most notably "Stranger" (written by Kris Kristofferson, and a hit in July 1976) and "Come a Little Bit Closer" in January 1978 (a cover of the Jay and the Americans).

Chart performance[edit]

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


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 112. 
Preceded by
"Good Woman Blues"
by Mel Tillis
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 11-December 18, 1976
Succeeded by
"Sweet Dreams"
by Emmylou Harris
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 25, 1976
Succeeded by
"Every Face Tells a Story"
by Olivia Newton-John