Contact Us

19 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘Carrying Your Love With Me’

George Strait Carrying Your Love With Me Cover Art

Nineteen years ago today (July 19, 1997) was a day of celebration for George Strait: On that date, the singer landed in the No. 1 spot with his song “Carrying Your Love With Me.”

“Carrying Your Love With Me” was the title track of Strait’s 16th studio album and was also its first single. Written by Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens, the song stayed at the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks.

“”Carrying Your Love With Me” is a title Jeff Stevens mentioned to me that we didn’t write until about six months later,” Bogard recalls to Taste of Country. “We pretty much wrote it in a few hours.”

Strait sang the lyrics of “Carrying Your Love With Me,” including “I’m carrying your love with me / West Virginia down to Tennessee / I’ll be movin’ with the good Lord’s speed / Carrying your love with me,” in a music video for the tune — his first since “Check Yes or No,” which hit No. 1 in 1995, and his last until “Write This Down” in 1999.

The Texan liked “Carrying Your Love With Me” so much that he included it on several of his compilation albums, including Latest Greatest Straitest Hits in 2000, 2004’s 50 Number Ones and 2011’s Icon 2, and frequently performed “Carrying Your Love With Me” during his farewell The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The tune also helped Strait earn both an ACM and a CMA for Album of the Year in 1997.

Test Your George Strait Knowledge!

A Look Back at George Strait’s Career

NEXT: Top 10 George Strait Songs

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of The Boot

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Boot quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!