Jim Weatherly

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Jim Weatherly
Birth name James Dexter Weatherly
Born (1943-03-17) March 17, 1943 (age 73)
Origin Pontotoc, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres Country, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1974-present
Labels RCA

James Dexter "Jim" Weatherly (born March 17, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter. Weatherly played quarterback at the University of Mississippi[1] before choosing songwriting over a football career.


Weatherly wrote songs that were performed by Ray Price, Lynn Anderson, Brenda Lee, and Bob Luman, but it is for the songs recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips for which he is best known -- Midnight Train to Georgia", "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)", and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me".[2]

Weatherly, who had previously recorded with The Gordian Knot [clarification needed] at Verve Records, and also later at RCA Records, was offered a solo recording contract with Buddah Records after the success of "Georgia", and he released a number of albums in the 1970s.[citation needed]



Year Title Chart Positions[3] Label
US Country US CAN
1972 Weatherly RCA
1973 A Gentler Time
Jim Weatherly
1974 The Songs of Jim Weatherly 94 94 Buddah
1975 Magnolias & Misfits 45
1976 Pictures & Rhymes Brizac
The People Some People Choose to Love
2001 Dancing Moon
2003 Songs I've Written
2004 Christmas Like Christmas Used to Be
2008 Autumn Lights


Year Title Chart Positions[4]
US Country US
1973 "Loving You Is Just an Old Habit" 116
1974 "The Need to Be" 11 6 13 17
1975 "I'll Still Love You" 9 87 23 9
"It Must Have Been the Rain" 58 46
1977 "All That Keeps Me Going" 27
1979 "Smooth Sailin'" 32
1980 "Gift from Missouri" 34
"Safe in the Arms of Love
(Cold in the Streets)"


  1. ^ Thompson, Wright (February 2010). "Ghosts of Mississippi". Outside the Lines. ESPN. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Biography, Allmusic.com
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 959. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.