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"It's a Great Day to Be Alive" is a song written by Darrell Scott. It was originally recorded by American country music artist Jon Randall. It was to have been included on an album titled Great Day to Be Alive, which would have been released in the late 1990s via BNA Records.[2]. Scott released his own version of his song on his 1997 album Aloha from Nashville.

"It's a Great Day to Be Alive"
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Single by Travis Tritt
from the album Down the Road I Go
B-side"Best of Intentions"[1]
ReleasedDecember 18, 2000
FormatCD single
Recorded1999–2000
GenreCountry
Length4:01
LabelColumbia Nashville
Songwriter(s)Darrell Scott
Producer(s)Travis Tritt
Billy Joe Walker Jr.
Travis Tritt singles chronology
"Best of Intentions"
(2000)
"It's a Great Day to Be Alive"
(2000)
"Love of a Woman"
(2001)

The song was also recorded by The Sky Kings, an American country-rock supergroup consisting of Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), Rusty Young (Poco), and John Cowan (New Grass Revival) around 1995/1996. Their version sat unreleased until Rhino Handmade released the compilation "From Out Of The Blue" in 2000.

The song was later covered more famously by American country music artist Travis Tritt. It was released in December 2000 as the second single from his album Down the Road I Go. It peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and at number 33 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It was subsequently covered by Pat Green and Cory Morrow on their March 2001 album Songs We Wish We'd Written.

Critical receptionEdit

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine in her review of the album, called the song a "what-the-hell anthem" and a "sunny single."[3]

Music videoEdit

The music video is a live performance directed by Jon Small, and begins with Travis Tritt performing the end of his 1992 cover of Elvis Presley's 1975 hit "T-R-O-U-B-L-E". It shows him performing the song to a packed crowd, with occasional cut-aways to Travis performing some of his daily routines (such as riding horseback and cruising on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.) It ends with the crowd singing the song's hook back to him, which he applauds. It was released in early January 2001. The video was recorded at the Historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Chart positionsEdit

"It's a Great Day to Be Alive" debuted at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of December 16, 2000.

Chart (2000–2001) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 33

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2

CoversEdit

ParodiesEdit

  • American country music parody artist Cledus T. Judd released a parody of "It's A Great Day to Be Alive" titled "It's A Great Day to Be a Guy" on his 2002 album Cledus Envy.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 427–428. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "Jon Randall biography". CMT. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  3. ^ Billboard, October 21, 2000
  4. ^ "Travis Tritt Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Travis Tritt Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Best of 2001: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Music video for "a Great Day to Be Alive" by Lee Matthews

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