Single Of The Day – Dean Dillon “I’m Into The Bottle (To Get You Out Of My Mind)”
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Today’s Single Of The Day comes from a Country music legend; though his legendary status comes from his pen, more than his voice. Dean Dillon is a hall of fame songwriter who’s output over the past thirty-plus years is practically unmatched. George Strait has especially benefitted from Dillon’s songwriting, but his songs have also hit for the likes of Pam Tillis, Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, and Vern Gosdin, among others. The list of songs he’s written or co-written includes “Leave Them Boys Alone”, Spilled Perfume”, “A Lot Of Things Different” (Kenny Chesney’s hit), “Ocean Front Property”, “She Let Herself Go”, and “Set ‘Em Up Joe”. As previously stated, he’s a hall of fame songwriter, but certainly also deserves induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
As a singer, Dean Dillon had some minor success, scoring five Country 40 singles between 1980 and 1991, though none charted higher than 25. Today’s single was the first of those five, debuting in January, 1980.
“I’m Into The Bottle (To Get You Out Of My Mind)” was Dean’s debut single for RCA. Debuting in late January, it would spend less than a month on the Country 40, peaking at 30. I really don’t know why the record didn’t chart any higher than it did. I thought it was a great single when it was released. Perhaps it was too country for the time, or a victim of the tight playlists of country radio in those days. Either way, it should have been a bigger hit than it was, in my opinion.
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