That's the Way Love Goes (Connie Smith album)

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That's the Way Love Goes
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Studio album by Connie Smith
Released March 1974
Recorded 1973
Columbia Recording Studio
(Nashville, TN)
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Producer Ray Baker
Connie Smith chronology
God Is Abundant
That's the Way Love Goes
I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)
Singles from That's the Way Love Goes
  1. "Ain't Love a Good Thing"
    Released: September 1973
  2. "Dallas"
    Released: February 1974

That's the Way Love Goes is the twenty third studio album by American country music artist, Connie Smith. The album was released in March 1974 on Columbia Records and was produced by Ray Baker. It was Smith's third studio album released on the Columbia label after departing from RCA Victor in 1973 and spawned two singles.


That's the Way Love Goes consisted of eleven tracks of new material recorded by Connie Smith. Out of these tracks, seven songs were cover versions: Tony Orlando's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Round the Ole Oak Tree)," Johnny Russell's "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor," Barbara Fairchild's "Teddy Bear Song," Tammy Wynette's 1970 hit "The Wonders You Perform," the George Jones and Tammy Wynette song, "We're Gonna Hold On", the 1968 Liz Anderson hit "Thanks A Lot For Tryin' Anyway", and the title track which was a then current hit for Johnny Rodriguez. The decision to title an album after someone else's hit was an unusual occurrence for a major star like Smith. The album contained two songs written by Dallas Frazier as well (whom had written many of Smith's hits).[1] The album was released on a 12-inch LP album, with six songs on the first side of the record and five on the record's second side. The album has not been reissued on a compact disc since its original release on vinyl in 1974.[2]


That's the Way Love Goes spawned two singles released between 1974 and 1975. The first single, "Ain't Love a Good Thing" (written by Dallas Frazier) became a major chart hit in the United States and Canada,[3] reaching #10 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart and #12 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The album's second single, "Dallas" was released in February 1974 and became a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Country Chart that year. The album itself peaked at #41 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart upon its release in March 1974.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "That's the Way Love Goes" – (Lefty Frizzell, Sanger D. Shafer) 2:45
  2. "Dallas" – (Leona Williams) 1:55
  3. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – (Russell L. Brown, Irwin Levine) 2:45
  4. "Be All Right in Arkansas" – (Billy Burns, Gery House) 2:27
  5. "Thanks a Lot for Trying Anyway" – (Jim Glaser) 2:43
  6. "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor" – (Dallas Frazier, Shafer) 2:30

Side two[edit]

  1. "Ain't Love a Good Thing" – (Frazier) 2:40
  2. "Teddy Bear Song" – (Don Earl, Nick Nixon) 2:54
  3. "My Uncle Abel" – (Billy Edd Wheeler) 2:29
  4. "The Wonders You Perform" – (Jerry Chesnut) 3:50
  5. "We're Gonna Hold On" – (Earl Montgomery, George Jones) 3:03


Sales chart positions[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Top Country Albums 41
Year Song Chart positions
US Country CAN Country
1973 "Ain't Love a Good Thing" 10 12
1974 "Dallas" 35
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  1. ^ "That's the Way Love Goes > Overview". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  2. ^ "That's the Way Love Goes by Connie Smith". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Connie Smith Sings Her Hits > Overview". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. ^ "Charts & awards". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-15.