Common Man

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"Common Man"
Single by John Conlee
from the album Busted
B-side "Rose Colored Glasses"
Released February 1983
Genre Country
Length 2:37
Label MCA
Writer(s) Sammy Johns
Producer(s) Bud Logan
John Conlee singles chronology
"I Don't Remember Loving You"
"Common Man"
"I'm Only in It for the Love"

"Common Man" is a song written by Sammy Johns and originally recorded by him in 1981 via Elektra Records. Johns's version charted at number 50 on Hot Country Songs in 1981.[1] It had "Easy to Be with You" on the B-side, and was produced by James Stroud and Tom Long.[2]

It was later recorded by American country music artist John Conlee. It was released in February 1983 as the fourth single from the album Busted. "Common Man" was John Conlee's third number one on the country chart, and his first number one since 'Backside of Thirty" in 1979. The single stayed at number one for one week.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Sammy Johns[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 50

John Conlee[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 211. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "'Common Man'". Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, p. 102
  4. ^ "Sammy Johns – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Sammy Johns.
  5. ^ "John Conlee – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for John Conlee.

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Preceded by
"Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love"
by B. J. Thomas
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 21, 1983
Succeeded by
"You Take Me for Granted"
by Merle Haggard
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 28, 1983
Succeeded by
"I'm Movin' On"
by Emmylou Harris