One Night A Day

Album: In Pieces (1993)
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by Gary Burr and Pete Wasner, this jazzy country ballad (yes, jazzy) featuring piano and a sax solo, finds Garth Brooks trying to get through the night without his ex-lover. The fourth single from In Pieces, his sixth studio album, it peaked at #7 on the Country chart.
  • Burr wrote the 1982 Top 10 hit "Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me" for Juice Newton and, that same year, replaced Vince Gill in the country-rock band Pure Prairie League. He has several other hits to his credit, including "I Try To Think About Elvis" by Patty Loveless, and "Can't Be Really Gone" by Tim McGraw. Wasner came to Nashville in the mid-'80s and found work as Vince Gill's piano player. He also co-wrote the singer's hits "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away" and "Whenever You Come Around."
  • Mark Miller, Brooks' frequent sound engineer, suggested he cover the tune. Brooks recalled: "And man, it was beautiful. It was sex on a record."
  • Jim Horn, a session player who worked with The Beatles and Eric Clapton, among other luminaries, performed the sax solo. While Brooks was preparing for a TV special, he had the idea to learn to play the solo himself and asked Horn to teach him. He did - but Brooks realized his naivete just a bit too late.

    "What a stupid idea that was," the singer recalled in his 2017 book, The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years. "Because saxophone isn't just putting your fingers on frets and all the sudden, if it's tuned good, it's going to be okay. Sax is a constant muscle of keeping that thing in key and, Oh, my God, soul. That would be nice to have… but did I think of that? So, the squarest, whitest guy on the planet is getting ready to pick up one of the most soulful, sexiest instruments God ever created, and he's going to try to play it in front of 68,000 people in a Texas stadium, standing on a piano while being filmed doing it… whose idea was this?"

    Thankfully, the crowd was forgiving, but Brooks was pretty full after the heaping serving of humble pie.
  • In support of the album, Brooks embarked on his first world tour in 1993, which spanned 10 countries in less than two years.

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