The Greatest Man I Never Knew

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"The Greatest Man I Never Knew"
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album For My Broken Heart
B-side "If I Had Only Known"
Released July 1992
Genre Country
Length 3:14
Label MCA 54441
Writer(s) Richard Leigh
Layng Martine, Jr.
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"
"The Greatest Man I Never Knew"
"Take It Back"

"The Greatest Man I Never Knew" is a song written by Richard Leigh and Layng Martine, Jr., and recorded by American country music artist Reba McEntire. It released in July 1992 as the fourth and final single from her album For My Broken Heart. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in October 1992.[1] Richard Leigh has described the song as being about his own father and that several other of his hit songs were also from his own life ("I'll Get Over You" and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"). The song debuted at No. 57 for the week of August 15, 1992.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 22
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 70
Preceded by
"No One Else on Earth"
by Wynonna
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

November 21, 1992
Succeeded by
"Seminole Wind"
by John Anderson