Billy Dean Featured In Throwback Thursday With “If There Hadn’t Been You”

One of the reasons country music matters so much to me is that it seems like there’s always a song that will express my emotions better than I ever could. I was looking for a song to help celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary and remembered this great song from my favorite decade of country music, the 1990’s.  It expresses perfectly what having my wife has meant for me. I try hard not to just pick songs that mean something to me, but I hope that the ones that do will mean just as much to others as well.

Billy Dean’s “If There Hadn’t Been You” was written by Tom Shapiro and Ron Hellard, and was released in August 1992 as the fourth and final single from Billy’s album “Billy Dean.” The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in November 1992.

Billy Dean was one of my favorite artists of the 90’s. He first gained national attention after appearing on the television talent competition Star Search.  He made his chart debut in late 1990 with the single “Only Here for a Little While.” This song and its follow-up, “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” (previously recorded by Randy Travis on his 1989 album “No Holdin’ Back”) were both No. 3 hits on the Billboard country charts.

His self-titled second album followed in 1991, and soon earned a gold certification as well. Four singles were released from it: “You Don’t Count the Cost”, “Only the Wind” and “Billy the Kid” and of course, our Throwback Thursday song.

In 1992, he earned the Top New Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music.  Some other hits of his included “We Just Disagree,” “It’s What I Do,” and 2005’s “Let Them Be Little.”  In 2000 he had a Billboard number 1 as a guest artist along with Allison Krauss on Kenny Rogers’ “Buy Me a Rose.”

Billy has been performing in Branson, Missouri a lot lately so for more info go to his website

(Written by Geoff Brown/CMM Contributor)

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