The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)

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"The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)"
Single by George Jones
from the album Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes
B-side "If Only You'd Love Me Again"[1]
Released 1985
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:30
Label Epic 05698
Writer(s) Gary Gentry
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
George Jones singles chronology
"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"
"The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)"
"Somebody Wants Me Out of the Way"

"The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)" is a country song written by Gary Gentry and recorded by American country music singer George Jones. It was recorded for his 1985 album Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes, from which it was released in late 1985 as the second single. The song peaked at number three on the Hot Country Singles chart in early 1986.


The song focuses on man's fascination with fast cars and beautiful women, and certain "similarities" between the two, which is a common theme in old blues and rock and roll recordings. The narrator and his girlfriend are out for a leisure drive (in the singer's Corvette) when they stop at a convenience store to purchase beer and cigarettes. As the singer pays for his merchandise, the store clerk, supposedly noticing the singer's Corvette parked outside, tells the singer how he had one just like it in 1963 but it was taken away from him by "the man down at the bank" (supposedly the loan officer who repossessed his car). In the second verse, the singer offers the clerk his keys and offers him a chance to "take her for a spin," thinking the clerk is talking about his car. Clarifying the singer's misinterpretation, the clerk informs the singer that it's not the car he is talking about, but the singer's girlfriend, who is waiting out in the car.

The song was a fixture in Jones' live set in the 1980s and 1990s and appears on the 1999 LP Live with the Possum.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985–1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 214. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.