Tennessee Whiskey (song)

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"Tennessee Whiskey"
Single by George Jones
from the album Shine On
B-side "Almost Persuaded"
Released August 1983
Genre Country
Length 2:50
Label Epic
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
George Jones singles chronology
"I Always Get Lucky with You"
(1983)
"Too Good to Stop Now"
(1983)
"You've Still Got a Place in My Heart"
(1984)

"Tennessee Whiskey" is the title of a country song written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove. It was originally recorded by American country music artist David Allan Coe for his album of the same name, whose version peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1981.[1] The song was covered by American country music artist George Jones, whose version was released in August 1983 as the third single from his album Shine On. Jones' version reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in November 1983[2] and #1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[3] Coe joined Jones onstage to sing a chorus on the song at the inaugural Farm Aid in 1985. It remained a mainstay in Jones' live set, with the singer often substituting the name of whatever city or town he was in for "Tennessee" in the second chorus.

On 4 November 2015, Chris Stapleton performed the song, a cover version from his debut album Traveller, at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards as a duet with Justin Timberlake. The performance was described as "stunning" and "career-making".[4][5] Based solely on two days sales after the broadcast, it reached number-one on the Hot Country Songs chart, and number 23 on Billboard Hot 100, selling 131,000 copies.[6][7] It peaked at number 20 the following week, selling a further 118,000 copies.[8][9] It has sold 461,000 copies in the US as of January 2016.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

David Allan Coe[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 77

George Jones[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Chris Stapleton[edit]

Chart (2015–16) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 39
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 20
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[13] 58
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 89

Meghan Linsey[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[16] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[17] 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Allan Coe Billboard Singles
  2. ^ George Jones Chart History
  3. ^ RPM Country Tracks
  4. ^ Marissa R. Moss (November 4, 2015). "See Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake's Stunning CMA Awards Duet". Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ Grady Smith (November 5, 2015). "Chris Stapleton steals CMA awards show on career-making night". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ Jim Asker (November 10, 2015). "Chris Stapleton Travels to Top of Country Charts Without Strong Support From Radio". Billboard. 
  7. ^ Matt Bjorke (November 9, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Singles: November 9, 2015". Roughstock. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100: November 28, 2015". Billboard. 
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 16, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Singles: November 17, 2015". Roughstock. 
  10. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 1, 2016). "Top 30 Country Singles Chart: January 4, 2016". Roughstock. 
  11. ^ "Chris Stapleton – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Chris Stapleton. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Chris Stapleton – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Chris Stapleton. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Chris Stapleton – Chart history" Billboard Country Airplay for Chris Stapleton. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  14. ^ "Chris Stapleton – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Chris Stapleton. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  15. ^ "Best of 2015: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Meghan Linsey – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Meghan Linsey.
  17. ^ "Meghan Linsey – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Meghan Linsey.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"One of a Kind Pair of Fools"
by Barbara Mandrell
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single
(George Jones version)

December 3, 1983
Succeeded by
"A Little Good News"
by Anne Murray
Preceded by
"Die a Happy Man"
by Thomas Rhett
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single
(Chris Stapleton version)

November 21–28, 2015
Succeeded by
"Die a Happy Man"
Thomas Rhett