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That's the Way Love Goes (Johnny Rodriguez song)

"That's the Way Love Goes' is a song written by Lefty Frizzell and Sanger D. Shafer and recorded by American country music artist Johnny Rodriguez. It was released in December 1973 as the second single from the album All I Ever Meant to Do Was Sing. The song was Rodriguez's fourth hit on the U.S. country chart and third number one in a row. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of 14 weeks on the chart.[1]

"That's the Way Love Goes"
Single by Johnny Rodriguez
from the album All I Ever Meant to Do Was Sing
B-side"I Really Don't Want to Know"
ReleasedDecember 1973
GenreCountry
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Lefty Frizzell
Sanger D. Shafer
Producer(s)Jerry Kennedy
Johnny Rodriguez singles chronology
"Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico"
(1973)
"That's the Way Love Goes"
(1973)
"Something"
(1974)
"That's the Way Love Goes"
Single by Merle Haggard
from the album That's the Way Love Goes
B-side"Don't Seem Like We've Been Together All Our Lives"
ReleasedNovember 19, 1983
GenreCountry
Length3:04
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Lefty Frizzell, Sanger D. Shafer
Producer(s)Merle Haggard
Ray Baker
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life)"
(1983)
"That's the Way Love Goes"
(1983)
"Someday When Things Are Good"
(1984)

Cover versionsEdit

Connie Smith recorded the song and made it the title track of her 1974 album That's the Way Love Goes. Frizzell himself recorded a version of the song that, although never charting, has gotten classic country radio airplay.

Merle Haggard released the song in November 1983 as the second and title track from his album That's the Way Love Goes. Haggard's version was his 30th number one single. His version spent 21 weeks on the charts and won him that year's Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance — Male.[2] He charted a second rendition of the song in 1999 as a duet with Jewel, taking this version to #56 on the country charts.[2]

Chart performanceEdit

Johnny RodriguezEdit

Chart (1973–1974) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Merle HaggardEdit

Chart (1983–1984) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Merle Haggard and JewelEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 56
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 71

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 358. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, p. 175
  3. ^ "Johnny Rodriguez Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ a b "Merle Haggard Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.