Reba McEntire and Linda Davis shared the Number One position in Billboard with “Does He Love You” on this day back in 1993.

According to Wikipedia: “Does He Love You” was written in 1982 by Billy Stritch and Sandy Knox. He recorded it with a trio in which he performed at the time, because he wanted a song that could be sung by the other two members of the trio, both of whom were women. It had been pitched to Barbara Mandrell and Liza Minnelli, but McEntire ended up recording it. She had wanted to include Linda Davis, then a vocalist in her road band, as a duet partner. McEntire’s husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, told her that MCA Records “would rather [she] record this with somebody more established”, such as Wynonna Judd or Trisha Yearwood, both of whom were on the same label at the time.

McEntire called Tony Brown, then working as a record producer for both her and Judd. Brown told her that Judd might record the song if McEntire asked her personally, but added that Judd did not want to record songs about “marital problems”. McEntire submitted a demo to Judd and, after not hearing back from her, recorded the song with Davis in June 1993.[1]

The single went on to win the Grammy award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration,[2] a Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year, and a TNN/Music City News award for Best Vocal Collaboration.

Linda Davis is the mother of Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.

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