I Don't Even Know Your Name

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"I Don't Even Know Your Name"
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Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Who I Am
B-side ""If I Had You""
Released May 15, 1995
Format Promo-only CD single
7" 45 RPM
Recorded January 12, 1994[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:49
Label Arista 12830
Songwriter(s) Alan Jackson
Ron Jackson
Andy Lofton
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Song for the Life"
"I Don't Even Know Your Name"
"Tall, Tall Trees"

"I Don't Even Know Your Name" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in May 1995 as the fifth and final single from his album Who I Am. It reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard country charts and on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It was written by Jackson with Ron Jackson and Andy Lofton.

Background and writing[edit]

Alan Jackson commented that the song was written as a joke by request of some family members. While on tour in 1993, he decided to write it and record it. After he gave the demo tape to his brother in-law, everybody wanted to hear the song so he put it on Who I Am.[1]


The song begins with a man who is "sitting at a roadhouse." As his waitress, who noticeably has a missing left front tooth, takes his order, another waitress at the roadhouse catches his eye. Over the course of the song, the singer falls in love with the other waitress, winds up intoxicated, blacks out, and comes to his senses in the middle of his own wedding; as it turns out, he has now been unwittingly married to the waitress with the missing tooth. All the while, none of the three characters know each other's names.

Music video[edit]

The video for "I Don't Even Know Your Name" starred comedian Jeff Foxworthy as the song's male character.

Chart positions[edit]

"I Don't Even Know Your Name" debuted at number 75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 13, 1995.

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 4
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 70
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 26
Preceded by
"Any Man of Mine"
by Shania Twain
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number one single

August 5, 1995
Succeeded by
"I Didn't Know My Own Strength"
by Lorrie Morgan


  1. ^ a b The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2726." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 14, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1995". RPM. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1995: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 

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