Amarillo By Morning – George Strait

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………….on November 22nd of 1985 George Strait’s “Greatest Hits” is certified gold. From that LP comes his 1983 hit song “Amarillo By Morning”. Written by Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser, and recorded by Stafford in 1973. Several cover versions have since been made, including a major 1983 hit for George Strait. Stafford recorded the song on his Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose album, released in 1973. The single was released August 2, 1973, by Atlantic Records. The single “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose” had been previously released as an A-side 45 , but due to the success of “Amarillo by Morning”, the single was re-released October 4, 1973, as the A-side, with “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose” on the B-side. On the Billboard Country chart Stafford’s version peaked at #31. It was then covered in 1983 by George Strait. It appeared on Strait’s 1982 album “Strait from the Heart” . It was released on MCA as a single, release number 52162. The publisher’s release was January 14, 1983, and the full release came February 16, 1983. The single entered the Billboard Country chart February 12, 1983, peaking at #4. Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that he has “finally found his niche as a performer.” He goes on to say that the “simple arrangement and understated delivery are the defining elements of just about every Strait record since.”