José Cuervo (song)

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For the tequila, see Jose Cuervo.
"José Cuervo"
Single by Shelly West
from the album West by West
A-side "Country Lullabye"
Released February 7, 1983
Format 45 RPM single
Genre Country
Length 2:42
Label Viva
Writer(s) Cindy Jordan
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett, Steve Dorff
Shelly West singles chronology
"I Just Came Here to Dance"
"José Cuervo"
"Flight 309 to Tennessee"

"José Cuervo" is a song written and recorded by Cindy Jordan in 1982. It was released as a single by American country artist Shelly West in February 1983 to commercial success.

After a successful duet pairing with David Frizzell for three years, Shelly West went on her own to establish herself as a solo artist. Since her mother was country music singer, Dottie West, success came easily with the release of this song in 1983. The song hit No. 1 on the Country charts and was West's second (and last) No. 1 since 1981's duet with David Frizzell, "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma". The song provided a sales boost for the Jose Cuervo tequila company and brought even more success to West. The song was released on her first solo album, West by West.


The song is about a woman who drank too much Jose Cuervo tequila the night before.

The follow-up to her No. 1 hit was a Top 5 hit that same year titled, "Flight 309 to Tennessee".

Chart performance[edit]

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


Preceded by
"You're the First Time I've Thought About Leaving"
by Reba McEntire
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 7, 1983
Succeeded by
"Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love"
by B. J. Thomas
Preceded by
"Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love"
by B. J. Thomas
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 14, 1983
Preceded by
"Always on My Mind"
by Willie Nelson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"To All the Girls I've Loved Before"
by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson