October 7

Connie Smith’s Chart-Topping Debut Single “Once A Day”

Connie Smith’s record-breaking song “Once A Day” made her one of the most influential country artists in the ’60s. For a debut single, she really did well as it topped the Billboard country charts for 8 consecutive weeks. The song was released under the country singer’s 1965 album Connie Smith. It was a successful debut album and was loved by the country fans, as it reached the top of the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart.

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Connie Smith’s Successful Debut Single

The track was written by prolific songwriter, Bill Anderson. He specifically made the song for Connie Smith and maybe that is why it was a major success for both artists. Having a debut single to hit the country charts is unheard of, but Connie was able to do that. It became her biggest song and she followed it with other hits such as “Then and Only Then,” “Ain’t Had No Lovin’,” “Cincinnati, Ohio,” and “I Never Once Stopped Loving You.”

Her performance for “Once A Day” also earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Because of the achievements and the success that the singer garnered in her career, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 2o12. She is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1965 and has been a huge influence on all of the female country artists to this day.

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Lyrics Breakdown

The only time
I wish you weren’t go-one
Is once a day

The longing for someone’s presence is very evident in the song. Bill Anderson displayed the right words when missing someone through the song and Connie Smith conveyed it through her singing. It also showed how love is a powerful force that could really make or break us. When you have a strong connection to someone, it feels like that is already a part of yourself. The song plays around the idea that once we lost someone we love, there would be a hole to fill in our hearts.

Listen to the song here:


Bill Anderson, Connie Smith

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