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Easy Loving” is a song composed by country music singer-songwriter Freddie Hart. Released in the summer of 1971, it became Hart’s breakthrough hit and a country music standard.

Hart, a country music stalwart since the late 1950s, had a string of minor hits for several labels, including KappColumbia and his then-current label, Capitol. However, his hits were modest at best.

“Easy Loving,” about deep commitment in a monogamous relationship, very nearly did not became a hit. Hart’s previous single, “California Grapevine,” had stalled at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and Capitol Records decided to drop Hart’s contract.

In mid-1971, a disc jockey at Atlanta, Georgia radio station WPLO began playing “Easy Loving” to great response. The song quickly caught on nationwide, and by that August, “Easy Loving” had broken into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. On September 11, it was his first No. 1 song, spending three weeks atop the chart (interrupted between its first and second weeks for Tom T. Hall‘s “The Year Clayton Delaney Died.”).

“Easy Loving” also was a modest pop hit, reaching No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1971, and was the only pop hitof Hart’s career.

Chart (1971)

Peak
position

U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles

1

U.S. Billboard Hot 100

17

Canadian RPM Country Tracks

1

Canadian RPM Top Singles

21

Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks

31



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