Rebecca Lynn

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"Rebecca Lynn"
Rebecca Lynn single.jpg
Single by Bryan White
from the album Bryan White
B-side "Nothin' Less Than Love"
Released September 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1994
Genre Country
Length 3:58
Label Asylum
Songwriter(s) Don Sampson
Skip Ewing
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Billy Joe Walker, Jr.
Bryan White singles chronology
"Someone Else's Star"
(1995)
"Rebecca Lynn"
(1995)
"I'm Not Supposed to Love You Anymore"
(1996)
"Someone Else's Star"
(1995)
"Rebecca Lynn"
(1995)
"I'm Not Supposed to Love You Anymore"
(1996)

"Rebecca Lynn" is a song co-written by Skip Ewing and Don Sampson, originally recorded by Ewing on his 1990 album A Healin' Fire.[1]

It was later recorded by American country music singer Bryan White. It was released in September 1995 as the fourth and final single from his self-titled debut album. The song reached a peak of Number One on the Billboard country charts in early 1996, giving White his second Number One.

Content[edit]

"Rebecca Lynn" is a mid-tempo country ballad in which the narrator recalls a female named Rebecca Lynn, a "quiet girl with green eyes full of fire" with whom he fell in love in second grade. The first verse and chorus follow them through elementary school as they play together. In the second verse, they learn in high school "what it really means to be in love" and eventually get engaged after the prom. By the third verse, the two have married and had a child named Laura Jean together as well.

At Music Fest '96, White sang the song to Rebecca Lynn Rushing, a fan of his who was then six years old.[2] The song also won White the TNN/Music City News award for Single of the Year.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Tom Lanham of New Country magazine favorably compared White's delivery on the song to that of Vince Gill, calling the song "lazy small-town reminiscence".[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jeffrey C. Phillips and premiered in late 1995.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995–1996) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 2
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 14
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 55
Preceded by
"That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You"
by Aaron Tippin
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

January 6, 1996
Succeeded by
"It Matters to Me"
by Faith Hill

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Healin' Fire". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dream comes true for real-life Rebecca Lynn when she meets her hero Bryan White". PR Newswire. 1996-05-17. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Rising Country Star Bryan White to Chat with Fans Liveon the Internet.". Business Wire. 1999-07-27. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ Lanham, Tom (December 1994). "Reviews: Bryan White — Bryan White". New Country. 1 (11): 62. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2861." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 22, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Bryan White – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Bryan White.
  7. ^ "Bryan White – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Bryan White.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 

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