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Country Sunshine (song)

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**Background and History**:
– Television advertising was popular for promoting items in the early 1970s.
– Commercial jingles, like those used by Coca-Cola, were effective in engaging audiences.
– Dottie West, known for composing Coca-Cola jingles, was offered a lifetime contract by Coke for her jingle writing.

**Content and Recording**:
– West composed “Country Sunshine” with Billy Davis, later adding Dianne Whiles to the song.
– The commercial featuring the song first aired in 1973, leading West to record it as a single at RCA Victor Studios the same year.

**Release and Chart Performance**:
– “Country Sunshine” was released as a single in 1973 and debuted on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
– The song reached number two on the country chart and entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 49, becoming the first to make the Billboard adult contemporary chart.

**Legacy and Recognition**:
– Considered West’s signature song, “Country Sunshine” received a Clio advertising award.
– The song was adapted for a Tennessee governor candidate’s campaign, portraying rural living as idyllic and showcasing pride in country heritage and music.

**Historical Context, Cultural Impact, and Legacy**:
– The song’s success on various charts reflects its broad appeal and cultural significance.
– “Country Sunshine” left a lasting legacy in the music industry, influencing contemporary music and resonating across different demographics.
– Understanding the song’s historical context enhances appreciation and adds depth to its meaning, reflecting the musical landscape of its time.

"Country Sunshine" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dottie West. It was both a Coca-Cola ad jingle and a single. The song was co-written by West, along with Billy Davis and Dianne Whiles. Its popularity as a commercial jingle led to its single release by RCA Victor in 1973. The single became among West's commercially-successful releases, reaching the top ten of the US and Canadian country charts. It also made positions on other genre charts in both countries. "Country Sunshine" has since been considered among West's most well-known recordings.

"Country Sunshine"
Single by Dottie West
from the album Country Sunshine
B-side"Wish I Didn't Love You Anymore"
ReleasedSeptember 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)
RecordedJuly 30, 1973 (1973-07-30)
StudioRCA Victor Studios
LabelRCA Victor
Producer(s)Billy Davis
Dottie West singles chronology
"Just What I've Been Looking For"
"Country Sunshine"
"Last Time I Saw Him"
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