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Dallas (Alan Jackson song)

"Dallas" is a song written by American country music artists Alan Jackson and Keith Stegall, and recorded by Jackson. It was released in December 1991 as the third single from Jackson's second album, Don't Rock the Jukebox. The song peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Jackson's fourth consecutive single to top the chart, as well as number 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart, Jackson's fourth single to top that chart also.

"Dallas"
Alan Jackson - Dallas.jpg
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Don't Rock the Jukebox
B-side"Just Playin' Possum"
ReleasedDecember 30, 1991
FormatPromo-only CD single
7" 45 RPM
RecordedJanuary 4, 1991[1]
GenreCountry
Length2:43
LabelArista 12385
Songwriter(s)Alan Jackson
Keith Stegall
Producer(s)Scott Hendricks
Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Someday"
(1991)
"Dallas"
(1991)
"Midnight in Montgomery"
(1992)

Background and writingEdit

According to the liner notes of his 1995 album The Greatest Hits Collection, Jackson was inspired to write the song after having played at Billy Bob's in Dallas, Texas. After playing the show, he commented that he "wished Dallas was in Tennessee" and based the song off that comment.[1]

ContentEdit

"Dallas" is a song in which the male narrator tells of a lover named Dallas who has left him for Dallas, Texas. He then goes on to say that he wishes that Dallas were in Tennessee — both the city and his former lover.

Critical receptionEdit

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+ grade," calling it "a simple enough song, yet with some clever lyrics, a generous dose of pedal steel and Jackson's typical smooth, agreeable vocals."[2]

Peak chart positionsEdit

"Dallas" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 4, 1992.

Chart (1991–1992) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 13
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ CountryUniverse.net Review by Kevin John Coyne
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6825." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 28, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alan Jackson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.