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(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" is an American country and pop song made famous by B.J. Thomas. It won the 1976 Grammy Award for Best Country Song, awarded to its songwriters, Larry Butler and Chips Moman.

"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song"
Single by B.J. Thomas
from the album Reunion
ReleasedJanuary 1975
GenreCountry, pop
LabelABC Records 12054
Songwriter(s)Larry Butler, Chips Moman
Producer(s)Chips Moman
B.J. Thomas singles chronology
"Rock and Roll Lullaby"
"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song"
"Help Me Make it (To My Rocking Chair)"

Bowing at #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 1, 1975, the hit became Thomas' second #1 single, on April 26, 1975. Including the parenthetical part, the title is the longest of any song to top the Hot 100. (For comparison, the medley by Stars on 45, whose much longer title appeared at #1 on the 20 June 1981 Hot 100, consisted of snippets of 11 songs, not just one song.) It also topped Billboard's Easy Listening chart and was the last of his four Number Ones on that chart.[1] It also hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 17 song for 1975.[3]

Although he would not have any major country hits for another eight years, this hit paved the way for Thomas' future success as a mainstream artist in that genre.

In 1976, the song was performed by the Muppets on The Muppet Show. In 1979, Larry Butler produced a cover version by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West for their album Classics. Alvin and the Chipmunks and Butler covered the song for the 1981 album Urban Chipmunk.

"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" was certified gold for sales of one million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.[4]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1975) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 3


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 242.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 343.
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1975
  4. ^ "Searchable Database - Search: B.J. Thomas". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2013-12-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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