One Day at a Time (Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson song)

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"One Day at a Time"
Single by Marilyn Sellars
from the album One Day at a Time
Released 1974
Genre Country
Length 3:32
Label Mega
Writer(s) Marijohn Wilkin, Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s) Steven C. Anderson
Marilyn Sellars singles chronology
"One Day at a Time"
"He's Everywhere"

"One Day at a Time" is a popular Country and Western-style Christian song written by Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson. It has been recorded by over 200 artists and has reached No.1 in several territories.

Marilyn Sellars version[edit]

The song was first recorded by American Country singer Marilyn Sellars in 1974.[1] This version became a US top 40 hit and top 20 hit on the Country Charts. Following this, it won the 1975 Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards for best song.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 37

Gloria version[edit]

"One Day at a Time"
Single by Gloria
from the album When I Sing for Him
Released August 1977
Genre Country
Writer(s) Marijohn Wilkin, Kris Kristofferson
Gloria singles chronology
"One Day at a Time"

"One Day at a Time" was recorded by Gloria who released it as a single in August 1977. The song originally peaked at No.5 in the Irish singles charts, before being re-released a year later. From here it peaked at No.1 (over a year after it had entered the chart) and remained on the charts throughout the whole of 1979 and into 1980, eventually spending a total of 90 weeks in the Irish top 30 - the longest run by any song in Irish Chart history.[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
Ireland (IRMA) 1

Cristy Lane version[edit]

"One Day at a Time"
Single by Cristy Lane
from the album Ask Me to Dance
B-side I Knew the Mason
Released February 1980
Format Country, country gospel
Recorded November 19, 1979
Genre Country
Length 3:12
Label United Artists X1342-Y
Writer(s) Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s) Charlie Black
Cristy Lane singles chronology
"Come to My Love"
"One Day at a Time"
"Sweet Sexy Eyes"

"One Day at a Time" became best known among country fans when recorded by American country gospel singer Cristy Lane. Lane had started enjoying mainstream success in the late 1970s through the release of several secular hits, including "Let Me Down Easy" and "Simple Little Words." In 1979, Lane recorded the song after it became a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom by Lena Martell. At first, United Artists Records balked at releasing the song, despite its previous track record of success, but Lane's husband-manager, Lee Stoller, predicted the song would be successful, and UA relented. The song was released in the late winter of 1980, and by the end of the spring, the song was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[4]

"One Day at a Time" was Lane's only No. 1 hit. For Kristofferson, the song was his sixth No. 1 as a songwriter and first in six years (his last being 1974's "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends" by Ronnie Milsap).

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 5

Other versions[edit]

The song went on to be recorded by many artists. Scottish singer Lena Martell recorded the song for the UK market in 1979. The song again became a big success and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1979 for three weeks.[5] The song was also recorded by the following; Javier Galvan [Tejano Gospel Singer] recorded the Spanish version "Un Dia a La Vez" The Alexander Brothers; Judy Collins; Phil Coulter; Floyd Cramer; Carlene Davis; Florida Boys; Roger Whittaker; Tennessee Ernie Ford; Foster and Allen; Bill Gaither; Don Gibson; Arthur Greenslade; Lee Greenwood; Roy Drusky; George Hamilton IV; Lulu Roman, Brotherhood of Man and the quebec country singer André Breton recorded the french version "Un jour à la fois".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marilyn Sellars | One Day At a Time | Midwest Entertainer for Hire". Retrieved 2016-11-09. 
  2. ^ "GMA Dove Awards - Song of the Year History". 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  3. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 194. 
  5. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
Preceded by
"Summer Night City" by ABBA
"Sandy" by John Travolta
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (Gloria version)
30 September 1978
11 November 1978
Succeeded by
"Summer Nights" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
"Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Olivia Newton-John
Preceded by
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by Buggles
UK Singles Chart number one single (Lena Martell version)
27 October 1979 – 16 November 1979
Succeeded by
"When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" by Dr. Hook
Preceded by
"My Heart" by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single (Cristy Lane version)

June 21, 1980
Succeeded by
"Trying to Love Two Women" by The Oak Ridge Boys