Devil in the Bottle

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"Devil in the Bottle"
Single by T. G. Sheppard
from the album T. G. Sheppard
B-side "Rollin' with the Flow"
Released October 1974
Genre Country
Length 2:49
Label Melodyland
Songwriter(s) Bobby David
Producer(s) Jack Gilmer, T. G. Sheppard, Ray Ruff
T. G. Sheppard singles chronology
"Devil in the Bottle"
"Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home"
"Devil in the Bottle"
"Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home"

"Devil in the Bottle" is the debut song recorded by American country music artist T. G. Sheppard (not counting his two earlier non-country singles issued as by "Brian Stacy"). It was released in October 1974 as the first single from the album T. G. Sheppard, and reached number one on the U.S. country singles chart. The single spent a single week at number one and a total of ten weeks on the chart.[1] "Devil in the Bottle" was written by Bobby David.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974–1975) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 54
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Cover versions[edit]

"Devil in the Bottle" was covered by Hank Williams, Jr. on his 2003 album I'm One of You. It was released in 2004 as the album's third single and peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[4]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 312. 
  2. ^ "T.G. Sheppard – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for T.G. Sheppard.
  3. ^ "T.G. Sheppard – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for T.G. Sheppard.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 373. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 
Preceded by
"Then Who Am I"
by Charley Pride
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 15, 1975
Succeeded by
"I Care"
by Tom T. Hall
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 1, 1975
Succeeded by
"It's Time to Pay the Fiddler"
by Cal Smith