Starting Over Again

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"Starting Over Again"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly
B-side "Sweet Agony"
Released March 1980
Recorded December 1979
Genre Country
Length 3:58
Label RCA
Writer(s) Donna Summer, Bruce Sudano
Producer(s) Gary Klein
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Sweet Summer Lovin'"
"Starting Over Again"
"Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You"

"Starting Over Again" is a song recorded by American entertainer Dolly Parton. Telling the story of a middle aged couple separating after 30 years of marriage, the song was written by Donna Summer and her husband Bruce Sudano. (The story was actually based on Sudano's parents' divorce.[1]) Parton's recording was performed as a slow tempo ballad, gradually building to a dramatic crescendo. It was released in March 1980 as the first single from her album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. "Starting Over Again" made the U.S. pop top forty, peaking at number 36, and reached number 1 on the U.S. country charts on May 24, 1980.[2]

Despite having co-written the song, Donna Summer never recorded it herself, though she did perform it live numerous time on television specials during the 1980s.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 36
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 35
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Preceded by
"Gone Too Far"
by Eddie Rabbitt
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 24, 1980
Succeeded by
"My Heart"
by Ronnie Milsap

Reba McEntire version[edit]

"Starting Over Again"
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album Starting Over
B-side "I Won't Mention It Again"
Released 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Country
Length 4:07
Label MCA Nashville
Producer(s) Tony Brown, Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands"
"Starting Over Again"
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"

Reba McEntire also covered the song in 1995 for her Starting Over album. Released as the album's third single, McEntire's version peaked at number 19 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[6] In the album's liner notes, McEntire wrote that she chose to cover the song as a tribute to Parton and Summer, both artists whom she'd admired.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 26
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 19


  1. ^ Tennessean Music Team (24 July 2009). "Bruce Sudano's 'Wedding Day' rings bells with listeners". Advertisement Music. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 262. 
  3. ^ "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dolly Parton.
  4. ^ "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Dolly Parton.
  5. ^ "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Dolly Parton.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1844-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 226. 
  7. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2987." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 3, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "Reba McEntire – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Reba McEntire.

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