(Chesney with Cannon at the “Out Last Night” #1 party in Oct. 2009)
With the recent announcement that “Somewhere With You” took the #1 spot on the country radio charts, famed producer Buddy Cannon can add one more accolade to his long list of career accomplishments – he has co-produced twenty of Kenny Chesney’s twenty-one #1 hit singles (working with either Chesney or Norro Wilson as co-producers).
From their first pairing on the 1997 album I Will Stand, the Cannon/Chesney partnership has produced a string of chart topping song hits and multiple multi-platinum album sales.
Chesney’s complete #1 single list:
21. Somewhere With You
20. Boys Of Fall
19. Out Last Night
18. Down The Road
17. Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven
16. Better As A Memory
15. Don’t Blink
14. Never Wanted Nothing More
13. Beer In Mexico
11. Living In Fast Forward
10. Anything But Mine
9. When the Sun Goes Down
8. There Goes My Life
7. The Good Stuff
6. Don’t Happen Twice
5. You Had Me From Hello
4. How Forever Feels
3. That’s Why I’m Here
2. She’s Got It All
1. When I Close My Eyes (produced by Barry Beckett)
Other Cannon-produced #1 singles include Chely Wright’s “Single White Female,” John Michael Montgomery’s “The Little Girl,” Joe Nichols’ “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” and Reba’s “Somebody,” among others. He was named the ACM Producer of the Year in 2005.
As a songwriter, Cannon has written some of country music’s most celebrated #1 hits including “Set’em Up Joe” recorded by Vern Gosdin and the ACM 2006 Song of the Year and CMA 2007 Song of the Year, “Give It Away,” recorded by George Strait.
Cannon and Chesney co-produced an album by Willie Nelson, Moment of Forever, which was released in January 2008. Cannon has recently been in the studio producing a duet album with Willie and his 21 year old son Lukas Nelson.