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February 6

“I’m a One Woman Man” Covered by Johnny Horton and George Jones

“(I’m a) One-Woman Man” is a song by American country music artists Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks. The names Johnny and Tillman co-penned the said song. Originally, it was a single that Johnny Horton released in 1956. Johnny’s version peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

In the 1950s, the idea of “pickup” lines really gained popularity.  Since courtship was mainly about a man’s quest, an opening line was crucial for a woman to be interested. Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks did a great job at it. Thus, this kind of music is a perfect example.

I’d climb the highest mountain
If it reached a bigger sky
To prove that I love you
I’d jump off and fly
I’d even swim the ocean
From shore to shore
To prove that I love you
Just a little bit more

George Jones Before and After “I’m a One Woman Man”

Not once, but twice did American country music artist George Jones record “I’m a One Woman Man”. First released on the album The Crown Prince of Country Music, he re-titled it “One Woman Man” in 1960. Even though it did not hit the charts, it paved way for “heartbreak” songs to reach the public in 1960’s.

By the mid-1970s, Jones was falling apart—physically and emotionally. The years of drinking and drug abuse began to take their toll. Despite these challenging times, Jones continued to make interesting music from late 70’s to early 80’s.

After a series of break-ins that ended in his arrest for drunk driving, Jones finally began to regret his self-destructive ways. In March 1983, he married Nancy Sepulvado. After some time, George admitted that Nancy’s love had helped him straighten up. Furthermore, he released numerous successful duets: “Hallelujah, I Love You So” with Brenda Lee and “Size Seven Round (Made of Gold)” with Lacy Dalton. As a solo artist, he kept pace with popular singles from his 1985 album Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes. His title track landed at spot No. 3 on the charts. His last solo Top 10 country hit came in 1989 with the re-recording of his old song, “I’m a One Woman Man”. This first single from his album One Woman Man rocketed at number 5.


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