Chattahoochee

Album: A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love) (1992)
Charted: 46
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Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Jackson singing about growing up and learning about life and love in a small town on the Chattahoochee river, which forms part of the border between Alabama and Georgia.
  • Jim McBride, who co-wrote this with Alan Jackson, told AOL the story of this song: "I knew about the Chattahoochie River, because I was raised in Alabama. Sydney Lanier was this poet who had written a poem called 'Song of the Chattahoochie' that was in high school literature books. I was sitting in my home office one day, and I had just read a book about the Chattahoochie. I started playing a little melody and then I got the first two lines of the song. By that time, Alan was a big star so there was no more writing on 16th Avenue anymore - we wrote on the road. I'd go out with him on his bus, and we would write out there. I kept a separate notebook, and any time I had a song idea I thought Alan would like, I'd put it in that notebook. I got a map and found out how close the Chattahoochie was to Noonan, Georgia, where Alan was raised. I stopped right there and I put the song idea in that notebook. I went out on the road shortly after that with Alan, so I showed the song idea to him. I sang the first couple lines, and he was all over it. We stared working on it in Tallahassee and then we finished it the next afternoon in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. We finished it before sound check, and he showed it to the band. They actually worked it up in sound check and performed it that night!"
  • This was Jackson's first single to chart in the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Jackson recalled to Spotify his surprise when Arista released this song as a single - he figured nobody would know what a "Chattahoochee" is. He even remembered Waylon Jennings saying, "What the hell is a 'Chattahoochee?"
  • Jackson's album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love) got its title from a line in this song.
  • The song received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
  • While many don't know the actual river, it is the song's sentiments that made it so relatable. "The regular working people, professional people, just trying to do the same things, make a living, raise a family, enjoy life," Jackson said. "I learned that there's a Chattahoochee everywhere."

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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1993 {July 11th} "Chattahoochee"* by Alan Jackson peaked at #1 {for 4 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    For three of the four weeks it was at #1 it prevented two records from reaching the top spot, "A Bad Goodbye" by Clint Black with Wynonna peaked at #2 for one week and Brooks & Dunn's "We'll Burn That Bridge" peaked at #2 for two weeks...
    And twenty days later on July 31st, "Chattahoochee" reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on the Canadian RPM Country Singles chart...
    Between 1989 and 2016 the Newnan, Georgia native had eighty eight records on the Hot Country Singles chart, fifty one made the Top 10 with twenty seven reaching #1...
    He had five records peak at #2, "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" {1990}, "Mercury Blues" {1994}, "Who's Cheating Who?" {1997}, "Between The Devil and Me" {1997}, and "That'd Be Alright" {2002}...
    Seven of his eighty eight charted records were duets, two with Jimmy Buffett, two with George Strait, and one each with George Jones, Jeff Foxworthy, and the Zac Brown Band...
    Alan Eugene Jackson will celebrate his 62nd birthday in three months on October 17th, 2020...
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the Hot Country Singles' Top 10 on July 11th, 1993:
    At. #2. "Money In The Bank" by John Anderson
    #3. "A Bad Goodbye" by Clint Black with Wynonna
    #4. "Tell Me About It" by Tanya Tucker with Delbert McClinton
    #5. "It's Your Call" by Reba McEntire
    #6. "When Did You Stop Loving Me" by George Strait
    #7. "No Future In The Past" by Vince Gill
    #8. "We'll Burn That Bridge" by Brooks and Dunn
    #9. "That Summer" by Garth Brooks
    #10. "It Sure Is Monday" by Mark Chesnutt
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