January 23

Who Sang “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” Best?

“Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” was a song that Dean Dillon composed in 1980. In addition, he scored a minor hit with it during his relationship with RCA Records for four years. Among all the eleven singles released by Dillon under the record label, “Nobody in His Right Mind (Would’ve Left Her)” became Dean’s strongest chart placement. It occupied the 25th spot on the charts.  George Strait, who was relatively a newcomer at that time, made a cover of the song. However, MCA records did not consent him to release the song.

Apart from Dillon and Strait, another American country music singer made his own version. In Keith Whitley’s first full-length album: L.A. to Miami, Keith included “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” there. Sometime October 1985, RCA Records Nashville released the track and Whitley’s cover did not become a real hit. The reasons behind these were: few heard the song and it was not a single released.

Meanwhile, in 1986, George switched producers from Blake Mevis to Jimmy Bowen. At that time, he wanted to record “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” again. George completely started from scratch. By that time, George Strait was calling the shots. Eventually, his new rendition of “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” became a single. On August 2, 1986, it turned out as his 8th record-setting 44 chart toppers. Many say that it is a mark to be surpassed, but it will be a tough one to break.

Listening to George Strait’s songs is really music to one’s ears as people from different places love him. On the other hand, hearing Whitley’s version of this song will send chills up and down your spine and will give one goosebumps. 

Keith Whitley, one of the best country voices of all time, delivered the song in the smoothest way possible.


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