Mention Dean Dillon, and most people will think, songwriter. Not just songwriter, but one of the greatest songwriters country music has had. Dean’s pen has turned out hit after hit for the past 35+ years, for many of the top artists, including many of George Strait’s biggest hits. Classics he’s wrote or co-wrote include: “Tennessee Whiskey”; “Famous Last Words Of A Fool”; “Set ‘Em Up Joe”; “Ocean Front Property”; “Homecoming ’63”; “Spilled Perfume”; and “Leave Them Boys Alone”, just to name a few.
In addition to his stellar songwriting, Dean could also sing. Between 1979 and 1993, he appeared twenty times on the Billboard country charts. The first of those appearances is today’s Single Of The Day.
“I’m Into The Bottle (To Get You Out Of My Mind)” was released late in 1979, and debuted on the Country top 40 in January, 1980. It’s classic hard-hitting, honky tonk country, the kind that is sorely missing, today, on country radio. The single would climb as high as 30 on Billboard, becoming the first of five eventual top 40 appearances for Dean Dillon.
If you were listening to country radio in 1980, you may well remember hearing this almost forgotten classic. If you’re not familiar with it, do yourself a favor and give it a listen and experience some real country music. This is how it should sound.
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, and focuses on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.