Why Lady Why

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"Why Lady Why"
Why Lady Why.jpg
Single by Alabama
from the album My Home's in Alabama
B-side "I Wanna Come Over"
Released August 29, 1980 (U.S.)
Format 7"


LSI Studios, Nashville TN

String overdubs Late 1979

Music Mill, Nashville TN
Genre Country
Length 3:09 (single edit)
4:11 (album version)
Label RCA 12091
Writer(s) Teddy Gentry, Rick Scott
Producer(s) Harold Shedd, Larry McBride and Alabama
Alabama singles chronology
"Tennessee River"
"Why Lady Why"
"Old Flame"

"Why Lady Why" is a song written by Teddy Gentry and Rick Scott, and recorded by American country music band Alabama. It was released in August 1980 as the fourth single from the album My Home's in Alabama. The song was the group's second No. 1 song on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.


Originally, "Why Lady Why" was recorded and released on the band's independent release, ALABAMA BAND: # 3 in 1978. A snippit of the track was issued as the B-side to the song "My Home's in Alabama," released by MDJ Records in January 1980. When the band signed with MDJ records and started working with producer Harold Shedd, the original track was remixed and Kristin Wilkinson & the WIRE CHOIR's strings were added. The song later was issued as a single in its own right by RCA in August 1980. The B-side: "I Wanna Come Over," the band's first Top 40 hit.

Single and album versions[edit]

The single and album versions are noticeably different. The single version — which is included on Alabama's For the Record — can be distinguished by an edited shorter introduction, abridged or deleted musical interludes,an edited musical outro, and a noticeably different EQ mix . The original album version is part of Alabama's 1986 Greatest Hits album.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[1] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3


Preceded by
"Smoky Mountain Rain"
by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 13, 1980
Succeeded by
"That's All That Matters"
by Mickey Gilley

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