One Woman Man

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One Woman Man
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 1989
GenreCountry
Length30:35
LabelEpic
ProducerBilly Sherrill
George Jones chronology
Too Wild Too Long
(1987)
One Woman Man
(1989)
You Oughta Be Here with Me
(1990)

One Woman Man is an album by American country music artist George Jones, released on February 28, 1989 on Epic Records.

Recording[edit]

One Woman Man spawned one hit single, a cover of the 1950s Johnny Horton song "(I'm A) One Woman Man", which peaked at No. 5 in March 1989. None of the other singles penetrated the top 25, although "The King Is Gone (So Are You)" would become a big fan favorite; originally titled "Ya Ba Da Ba Doo (So Are You)," the song is about a man who, in a drunken stupor after using a Flintstones jelly bean jar to drink whiskey from a "Jim Beam decanter that looks like Elvis", believes Elvis Presley and Fred Flintstone are his drinking buddies. Written by Roger D. Ferris, the novelty was perfect for Jones, who also performed it at live shows as a way to poke gentle fun at his past excesses. The song's publisher changed the title to avoid a legal entanglement; early pressings of the LP contain its original title.

One Woman Man garnered more critical claim than any other Jones LP in years but in reality it was a hodgepodge collection of new material, previously released tracks and a couple of unreleased cuts fished out of the vaults and dusted off with fresh vocals. "Burning Bridges" and the murder ballad "Radio Lover", for example, had already appeared on the 1983 album Jones Country. The set also includes a remake of Hank Locklin's "Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)", which had first appeared on the Jones's 1965 long player Mr. Country and Western Music. The dismal failure of the album's other singles following "(I'm A) One Woman Man" was largely the result of veteran country stars losing favor with country radio as the format was altered radically as the nineties dawned, a turn of events that left Jones appalled. "I shouldn't have to beg for radio play," the singer groused a few years later in a November 1992 interview with People. "It disgusts the hell out of me to see the way country has changed. There's just too much money involved now."

Reception[edit]

One Woman Man received positive reviews and rose to No. 13 on the Billboard country albums chart. Brian Mansfield of AllMusic calls it "One of Jones' best Epic albums." In his book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, biographer Bob Allen writes that Jones "seemed to briefly rediscover the old honky-tonk fervor he'd misplaced in middle age. The entire LP...was firmly anchored in the honky-tonk spirit."

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I'm a One-Woman Man"Tillman Franks, Johnny Horton2:17
2."My Baby's Gone"Hazel Houser3:24
3."Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)"Hank Cochran2:46
4."Burning Bridges"Walter Scott2:40
5."The King Is Gone (So Are You)"Roger D. Ferris3:22
6."Radio Lover"Ron Hellard, Bucky Jones, Curly Putman3:27
7."A Place in the Country"Sanford Clark, Johnny MacRae, Bob Morrison4:02
8."Just Out of Reach"Virgil "Pappy" Stewart2:59
9."Writing on the Wall"Bruce Delaney, Bobby Fischer, Freddy Weller2:55
10."Pretty Little Lady from Beaumont Texas"Dennis Knutson, A.L. "Doodle" Owens2:36

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[1] 13
Canadian RPM Country Albums[2] 21

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country CAN Country
1988 "(I'm a) One Woman Man" 5 *
1989 "The King Is Gone (So Are You)" 26 31
"Writing on the Wall" 31 29
"Radio Lover" 62 83
* denotes unknown peak positions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Jones Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.
  2. ^ "Top Country Albums: Issue 6347". RPM. Library and Archives Canada.