Don Schlitz

Don Schlitz was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He briefly attended Duke University before moving to Nashville in 1973.

His first recorded song, “The Gambler” won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1978, and the Country Music Association’s Best Song Award in 1979.

Don’s songs have played major roles in the careers of Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, The Judds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tanya Tucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss, and many other singers. His 50 Top Ten’s include 24 #1’s.

Schlitz was the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year for four consecutive years from 1988-91. He has won three CMA Song of the Year Awards, two ACM Song of the Year awards, two Grammy’s, and has had many more nominations. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association hall of Fame in 1993.

In 2010, he released his first studio album in 30 years, “Allergic to Crazy”, and his first “Greatest Hits” album; he received the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Honor; and he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

Don’s hits include: “On the Other Hand”, “Forever and Ever, Amen”, “Deeper Than the Holler”, “Heroes and Friends” (all sung by Randy Travis), “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”, “I Feel Lucky”, “I Take My Chances” (Mary Chapin Carpenter), “When You Say Nothing at All” (Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss), “Learning to Live Again” (Garth Brooks), “Houston Solution” (Ronnie Milsap), “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain”, “Turn Me Loose”, “I Know Where I’m Going” (The Judds), “One Promise Too Late” (Reba McEntire), “Forty Hour Week” (Alabama), “If You Can Do Anything Else” (George Strait), “Give Me Wings” (Michael Johnson), “Strong Enough to Bend”, “My Arms Stay Open All Night”, “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” (Tanya Tucker), “The Greatest” (Kenny Rogers), “Stand a Little Rain”, “When It’s Gone”, “I Love Only You” (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), “Old School” (John Conlee), “I Watched It All (on my radio)” (Lionel Cartwright), “You Can’t Make Old Friends” (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton), and many, many more.

He also wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.

In 2012, Don was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Kenny Rogers inducted him, saying “Don doesn’t just write songs. He writes careers.”

Schlitz was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October of 2017, along with Alan Jackson and Jerry Reed.

 

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#1 SONGS
  • “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers
    • 1979 Grammy Award for “Country Song of the Year”
    • 1979 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
  • “When You Say Nothing at All” – Keith Whitley
    • #2 country chart for Alison Krauss and 1995 CMA Award for “Single of the Year”
    • #1 UK chart for Ronan Keating
  • “On The Other Hand” – Randy Travis
    • 1986 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1986 ACM Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1986 NSAI Award for “Song of the Year”
  • “Forever and Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis
    • 1987 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1988 Grammy Award for “Country Song of the Year”
  • “Turn It Loose” – The Judds
  • “Strong Enough To Bend” – Tanya Tucker
  • “One Promise Too Late” – Reba McEntire
  • “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” – Tanya Tucker w/ Paul Overstreet & Paul Davis
  • “Almost Goodbye” – Mark Chesnutt
  • “Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain” – The Judds
  • “Daddy’s Come Around” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Deeper Than the Holler” – Randy Travis
  • “40 Hour Week (For A Livin’) – Alabama
  • “You Again” – The Forester Sisters
  • “Give Me Wings” – Michael Johnson
  • “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “I Know Where I’m Going” – The Judds
  • “Learning to Live Again” by Garth Brooks
  • “I Think About You” – Collin Raye
  • “My Arms Stay Open All Night” – Tanya Tucker
  • “Loved Too Much” – Ty Herndon
  • “I Take My Chances” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “Heroes and Friends” by Randy Travis
TOP 10 SONGS
  •  “Ball & Chain” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Stand A Little Rain” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “If You Can Do Anything Else” – George Strait
  • “The Battle Hymn of Love” – Kathy Mattea
  • “Crazy from the Heart” by The Bellamy Brothers
  • “Crying Shame” – Michael Johnson
  • “Good As I Was To You” – Lorrie Morgan
  • “I Love Only You” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “Guardian Angels” by The Judds
  • “Houston Solution” – Ronnie Milsap
  • “Old School” – John Conlee
  • “I Could Be Persuaded” by The Bellamy Brothers
  • “I Feel Lucky” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “Oh Heart” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Point Of Light” – Randy Travis
  • “I Think About It All The Time” – John Berry
  • “Midnight Girl/Sunset Town” – Sweethearts of the Rodeo
  • “When It’s Gone” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “Sowin’ Love” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Cheatin’” – Sara Evans
  • “Guardian Angels” – The Judds
  • “I Watched It All (On My Radio)” by Lionel Cartwright
  • “You’ll Never Be Sorry” – Bellamy Brothers
  • “True Heart” – The Oak Ridge Boys
  • “Richest Man On Earth” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Satisfy You” by Sweethearts of the Rodeo
  • “The River & The Highway” – Pam Tillis
  • “Long Shot” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Say What’s In Your Heart” – Restless Heart
  • “True Heart” – The Oak Ridge Boys
  • “She Deserves You” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Why They Call It Falling” by Lee Ann Womack
  • “Long Shot” by Baillie & the Boys

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