March 20

Johnny Duncan’s Dirty Song in “Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous”

“Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous” is a composition by country musicians Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throckmorton. The voice behind it is Johnny Duncan’s. In country music history, Braddock and Throckmorton are among the most successful lyricists.

Background of the Song Writers

Braddock quickly established himself as a bankable songwriter. In the 1970s, he penned songs for artists The Statler Brothers, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Nancy Sinatra,  Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tommy Overstreet, and  Johnny Duncan. Meanwhile, Throckmorton had just returned to Texas in 1975 from San Francisco, California. He moved back after being fired. However, other songwriters had continued selling his songs, and he was soon re-hired by Tree Publishing. Several artists recorded over 150 of his songs in only nine months. To name would be Johnny Duncan’s first Number One hit, “Thinking of a Rendezvous”.

About “Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous”

The song is about a man who comes across a girl whom he had an affair a year before.  Now, the man is thinking of how he could relive that affair again. Although he is making small talks, he knows deep inside how much he is “Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous”.  However, the girl seems to have a man that she needs to go to because the man is waiting for her. After they separate ways, the man is still “Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous” with this girl.

The song features harmony vocals and a solo line at a key point in the song’s third verse by session vocalist Janie Fricke. In December 1976, “Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous” gave Duncan his first chart-topper on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. A two-week run atop the country chart was part of a 13-week stay in the country chart’s top 40. The song was the first of two Duncan-Fricke duets to top the charts. The follow-up song, “It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better”, went number one in April 1977. From there, the two continued to enjoy several other duet hits. The most notable is “Stranger” written by Kris Kristofferson and a hit in July 1976. The other is “Come a Little Bit Closer” in January 1978 which is a cover of the Jay and the Americans.

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