Today in Country Music, June 13, featuring "What are We Doin' In Love."
Today in Country Music, June 13
On this day in 2007, Big & Rich's third CD - Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace debuted at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart, selling 103,000 copies. The album also landed at number six on the all-genre Billboard top 200 chart.
Today in 2005, "You'll Think Of Me" brought Keith Urban the first platinum single of his career, while "Somebody Like You" was certified gold.
Dottie West's "What Are We Doing In Love" appeared at number one on the Billboard country chart today in 1981. Read about "Waht Are We Doin' In Love" below.
And on this day in 1973, Dolly Parton recorded "I Will Always Love You." years later, the song would become a huge pop hit for Whitney Houston.
What Are We Doin' in Love" is a duet Countrypolitan song by Dottie West and Kenny Rogers. Although clearly a duet record, Dottie West alone was billed on the commercially released 45 rpm record and thus charted with her name alone. On promotional copies, however, it read "Dottie West (with Kenny Rogers)". The Rogers appearance was considered a courtesy by him to help establish West with the non-country popular music market and something of a swan song to their career as a recording duo, with Rogers having moved on to duets with Kim Carnes, and later, Sheena Easton and Dolly Parton.
This song had been the first duet hit for Kenny Rogers and Dottie West in over two years and "What Are We Doin' in Love" would be the duo third and final number one on the country chart. Since 1978, West and Rogers had been together as a duet partnership. It was Rogers who revived the career of Dottie West when their song "Every Time Fools Collide" became a hit in 1978. They became one of the most successful duet partnerships since then. However, in 1980, both went their separate ways to become solo artists again. "What Are We Doin' in Love" was released on Dottie West's highly successful 1981 album Wild West. The duet hit was probably the reason for its success. West also had a #1 hit that year with "Are You Happy Baby", which was on her Wild West album. The song became a crossover hit for the two, reaching number fourteen on the Top 40 as well as number seven on the Adult Contemporary charts.
The song became Dottie West's first top 40 Pop hit after a few modestly charting solo records on the Hot 100 over the years. This proved to be the final Rogers and West recorded duet although they did occasionally perform together in later years on stage.