Because thirty one ago today, the day the man, the myth, and the absolute legend that is Alan Jacksonwas atop the charts with his second consecutive #1 single with his ’90s jam “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” back in 1991.
Written by Alan with Roger Murrah and Keith Stegall, it’s of course inspired by a real life story that happened when Alan was on the road playing little bars and clubs in the middle of nowhere, way before his years of superstardom in country music.
The song was the lead single from his second studio album of the same name, and he tells the story of how it came to be himself in the majestic music video that accompanies the song.
It starts off with him propped up on the couch, cowboy hat on, looking cool as hell as he gets into the greatness that is his #1 hit “Don’t Rock the Jukebox”:
“I wanna tell you a little story about an incident that happened on the road a couple years ago when me and my band, The Strayhorns, were playing this little truck stop lounge up in Doswell, Virginia, a place called Geraldine’s.
We’d been there for four or five nights, you know, playing those dance sets. It’d been a long night, I took a break and walked over to the Jukebox.
Roger, my bass player, was already over there reading the records, you know.
I leaned up on the corner of it and one of the legs was broken off, jukebox kinda wobblin’ around, you know.
And Roger looked up at me and said…”.
I’ll give ya one good guess as to what he told Alan…