January 22

From Alabama’s Greatest Hits Album, a Rock-Tinged Song: “She and I”

“She and I” is a song that Dave Loggins penned. It is an uptempo, rock-tinged song recorded by American country music band Alabama. The track tells about admitting marital lust. Released in December 1985, it was one of two new tracks on Alabama’s first Greatest Hits album. In April 1986, “She and I” became the band’s 19th consecutive chart-topper on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.

According to Tom Roland, a Country music writer:

The song showcased a stream of unique sounds. These included a strange drum effect where the echo of each snare drum beat would end with a pop.

In addition, Tom Roland added that the album version of the song featured a false ending. This ending was much like Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” whereby the song fades out before returning to full volume and then fading back out.

All About “She and I”

In early 1986, the music video for “She and I” premiered. David Hogan directed the said video.

Single and Album Edits

The version of “She and I” released for radio airplay and retail sale is nearly two minutes shorter than the full-length album version. Among other noticeable differences, they shortened the single version’s end. Also, the single version does not include the false fade.

The year 1986 was a good year for Alabama. RCA issued an Alabama Greatest Hits compilation in January 1986. The album went over five times platinum and it made the band the most successful country act of the 1980s. Several months after (September 1986), they released The Touch. Although they considered it as one of the weakest in the band’s catalog, it did have two number one hits. These were “You’ve Got the Touch” and “Touch Me when we’re Dancing”. Their next record, Just Us, received the same serious response. However, it produced two number ones: “Face to Face” and “Fallin’ Again”. Alabama also contributed their vocals to “Deep River Woman” by Lionel Richie. This was a track off Richie’s third solo album Dancing on the Ceiling. Released in December 1986, the single occupied the 10th spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and 71st on the Hot 100.


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