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History Maker ‘Give It Away’’ Takes No. 1 Spot

Posted in News on November 1, 2006
In the midst of a hectic award season, Music Row slowed down on Oct. 26 for a feel-good reception to toast Jamey Johnson and Bill Anderson, the BMI co-writers of George Strait's latest No. 1 hit, "Give It Away."

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.