All the way back in 1986, years before his debut album was released, a young Garth Brooks was performing the George Strait classic, “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” on a little show called AM Oklahoma.
Written by the great Dean Dillion, a frequent George Strait collaborator, “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” was originally recorded and released by Dean himself in 1980. Dean’s version actually charted, reaching 25 on the Billboard Hot Country chart.
The great Keith Whitley also recorded the track, and released it as a deep cut on his 1985 LA To Miami record. The album featured a few Dean Dillon cuts, including “Miami, My Amy” and “Homecoming 63.”
But it was the George Strait who released the most iconic version of the song. Released as the lead single from his #7 album, the song topped the Hot Country chart in August of 1986.
Garth covering the King? I like that. Garth with an incredible mustache covering the King?
I really like that.
And when Garth made an appearance on The Tonight Show a few years later, Jay Leno wasted no time reminding him of that glorious lady tickler he was rocking back in the day.
Garth Brooks Honors George Strait With “Amarillo by Morning”
“Amarillo by Morning” was originally written in 1973 by Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser and recorded by Stafford… there’s a different recording we all remember, however.
About 10 years later, a man by the name of George Strait released his own version of the soon-to-be classic… and the rest, as they say, is history.
Garth Brooks has always singled out Strait as an idol, so when he hit the road in Des Moines, Iowa, he honored the great King George with is own version.