|Pictured are (l to r): Sony/ATV Music Publishing's Troy Tomlinson, co-writer Buddy Cannon, BMI's Jody Williams, BMI co-writers Bill Anderson and Jamey Johnson, EMI's Gary Overton, MCA's Royce Risser, Strait's manager Erv Woolsey and BMI's Bradley Collins. Photo by Elisabeth Dawson|
Johnson, an auspicious new voice in Nashville, and Anderson, a Country Music Hall of Famer and 2002 BMI Icon, paired with hit songwriter and producer Buddy Cannon to compose a heartbreak song in which the break is so bad, the girl doesn't want a thing back; in fact, she wants the narrator to just "give it away." The tune gave Strait his 53rd No. 1, officially making him the record-holder for the most chart-topping singles by any artist in country music history.