(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

Album: Reunion (1975)
Charted: 1
  • If you think this song's title is long and cumbersome, you should see "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict." However, it is the longest-titled #1 charting song to date.

    (Deep breath...) "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" was B. J. Thomas' second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, his other being "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head." He also scored many #1s on the Adult Contemporary and Country charts, being something of a cross-genre sensation. Still, this hit came after a long period of waning (though still considerable) popularity.

    According to the biography on his site, B. J. Thomas was about ready to settle to a home life with his wife and three daughters in recent decades, but his songs kept popping up in odd places. Like, for instance, "Raindrops" in the film Spider-Man 2, which gave him the idea to look into the Internet market - where he discovered millions of fans he'd barely known he had.
  • This was written by Chips Moman and Larry Butler, who played together in a band called The Gentrys. Moman and Butler made their biggest impact as producers, with Moman doing a lot of work with The Box Tops, and Butler producing Kenny Rogers.
  • Other artists to record this song include Loretta Lynn, Frankie Laine, and Ray Conniff.

Comments: 2

  • David from MontrealJust a great song after 41 years.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 3rd 1975, B. J. Thomas performed "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three months earlier on January 26th, 1975 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #99; and on April 20th it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
    On May 11th it also reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    And on March 16th peaked at #1 (for 1 week) on another Billboard chart, Adult Contemporary Tracks, and it also topped the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart...
    B. J. (Billy Joe) Thomas will celebrate his 72nd birthday in three months on August 7th, 2014.
see more comments

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)Songwriter Interviews

Mike talks about the "Silent Running" storyline and "Land Of Confusion" in the age of Trump.

Victoria WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

Despite appearances on Carson, Leno and a Pennebaker film, Williams remains a hidden treasure.

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Songwriter Interviews

The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.

Millie JacksonSongwriter Interviews

Outrageously gifted and just plain outrageous, Millie is an R&B and Rap innovator.

Tanita TikaramSongwriter Interviews

When she released her first album in 1988, Tanita became a UK singing sensation at age 19. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style.

La La Brooks of The CrystalsSong Writing

The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."