This was originally written by two school teachers - Wanda Mallette and Patti Ryan - about a classroom of second grade children. They sent the song to songwriter Bob Morrison who did a "high level editing job" on the track and started to try to find someone to record it. The song was turned down at least 23 times before record executive Irving Azoff got nightclub singer Johnny Lee to put it to disc. His recording then found its way onto the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.
Wanda Mallette and Patti Ryan later had further success with Anne Murray's 1984 country #1 "Just Another Woman In Love."
Bob Morrison has won a Grammy for Kenny Rogers' "You Decorated My Life," which he co-wrote with Debbie Hupp. Also he has won ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year award four times (1978, 1980, 1981, and 1982).
This song catapulted Texan Johnny Lee to fame. Though he had no more success in the pop charts, he achieved four more country #1s. Lee was married to Dallas actress Charlene Tilton between 1982-84.
This features heavily in Urban Cowboy in a scene where John Travolta's. character, Bud Davis, expresses a liking for the song.
This was the #1 country record of 1980.