You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma

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"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"
Single by David Frizzell and Shelly West
from the album Carryin' On the Family Names
B-side "That's Where Lovers Go Wrong"
Released January 1981
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:24
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
Larry Collins
Sandy Pinkard
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett, Steve Dorff
David Frizzell and Shelly West singles chronology
"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"
"A Texas State of Mind"

"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" is a 1981 single from the film Any Which Way You Can, performed by David Frizzell and Shelly West. It was written by Larry Collins and Sandy Pinkard (of Pinkard & Bowden). The song was Shelly West's debut on the country chart and David Frizzell's second hit on the country chart. "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma", was the most successful of seven country hits by the duo, staying number one on the country chart for one week and eleven weeks in the Top 40 country chart.[1]

Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, the writers of the song "Rocky Top", sued Collins and Pinkard for copyright infringement concerning this song, because the tune was similar to their song "Rocky Top."[2] They won the lawsuit and are now often credited as having co-written the song.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 13


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 379. 
  2. ^ Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (1980). Bulletin of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 28. New York University Law Center. ISSN 0010-8642. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 

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Preceded by
by Sylvia
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 11, 1981
Succeeded by
"Old Flame"
by Alabama