David Frizzell & Shelly West performs “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” live on Hee Haw.

The song reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, and remained 17 weeks on the charts. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, he reached # 13. The song was the first number one for Shelly and the second for David. “You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” was the most successful of seven country hits by the duo.

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You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma

Lp cover David & Shelly ( Warner 1981 )
Lp cover David & Shelly ( Warner 1981 )

You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma, a song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Larry Collins and Sandy Pinkard, was recorded by David Frizzell & Shelly West for the Warner label, was recorded in June 1980 in Hollywood, CA. With the production of Snuff Garrett, the song was released in January 1981, on April 11, 1981, reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, and remained 17 weeks on the charts. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, he reached # 13. The song was the first number one for Shelly and the second for David. “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” was the most successful of seven country hits by the duo.

In 1980 the song was part of the soundtrack of, Any Which Way You Can (Warner 1980), the album was released in December 1980.

Also, it was included in David & Shelly’s album dedut, Carryin ‘on the Family Names (Warner / Viva 1981), on August 28, 1981, reached number 6 on the charts of US Top Country Albums, the album remained in the charts a total of 68 weeks.

In 1999, David re-recorded the song with Coni Le, for the album, For The Love Of Country (King Records 1999).



Story behind the song:

In 1978, Shelly met Allen Frizzell, brother and component of David’s band, Allen was who introduced her brother to Shelly, in 1978, Shelly joined David’s band in California, and worked for two years in nightclubs from the area. Jack Brumley, brother of Tom Brumley (a former member of the Buck Owens band, the Buckaroos) signed them to a management contract, and then approached record producer Snuff Garrett, who loved the concept of the entire family. He asked Larry Collins and Sandy Pinkard to write a special song for David and Shelly to cut the duo. They returned with “You are the reason God made Oklahoma.”

Lp cover Soundtrack ( Warner 1980 )
Lp cover Soundtrack ( Warner 1980 )

Snuff had a distribution agreement with Casablanca West, but unfortunately, just after all the work, that company broke up. So David and Shelly got stuck with an album finished with no way to market it. After exhausting all the possibilities in Los Angeles, producer Garrett headed east to Nashville to buy there, but was rejected by all the major labels. De returned to the West Coast, where he and Steve Dorff were assigned to work on the soundtrack of a new Clint Eastwood movie called “Any Which Way You Can” (tracking the 1979 blockbuster “Every Which” Road but loose ). When preparing for the project, Garrett performed” You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma “for Eastwood, who claimed” That’s a gun. “In Clint’s direction, the song was included in the film, arriving by The radio of a truck.



David Frizzell, told Shelly that the song would be a great success. Frizzell’s prediction came true. Garrett revived his old Viva Records and released the soundtrack album in the late 1980s, even before the movie premiere on December 12. Four singles were released before “You’re the reason God made Oklahoma”, but, starting with KGEN in Tulare, California, radio stations across the country began playing it outside the soundtrack. Viva published it as a single, Warner Brothers picked up the teacher and the song that nobody wanted was shot at number 1 on April 11, 1981.

Versions:

Harold MacIntyre & Marji-Lea Cody 1981 (Burco Records)
Denise Conley & J. David Sloan 1982 (Chaton Recordings)
Tg Sheppard & Kelly Lang 2014 (Leopard Entertainment)





David Frizzell & Shelly West – You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma Lyrics

(Verse 1: David Frizzell)
There’s a full moon over Tulsa
I hope that it’s shining on you
The nights are getting cold
In Cherokee County
There’s a Blue Norther passing through
I remember green eyes and a rancher’s daughter
But remember is all that I do
Losing you left a pretty good cowboy
With nothing to hold on to
Sundown came and I drove to town
And drank a drink or two

(Chorus)
You’re the reason God made Oklahoma
You’re the reason God made Oklahoma
And I’m sure missing you
I’m sure missing you

(Verse 2: Shelly West)
Here the city lights out shine the moon
I was just now thinking of you
Sometimes when the wind blows you can
See the mountains
And all the way to Malibu
Everyone’s a star here in L.A. County
You ought to see the things that they do
All the cowboys down on the Sunset Strip
Wish that they could be like you
The Santa Monica Freeway
Sometimes makes a country girl blue

(Chorus)
You’re the reason God made Oklahoma
You’re the reason God made Oklahoma
And I’m sure missing you

(Verse 3: Both)
I work 10 hours on a John Deere tractor
Just thinking of you all day

I’ve got a calico cat and a 2 room flat
On a street in West L.A

(Chorus)
You’re the reason God made Oklahoma
You’re the reason God made Oklahoma
And I’m sure missing you
I’m sure missing you

Single David & Shelly ( Warner 1981 )
Single David & Shelly ( Warner 1981 )

Miquel Batlle
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