This hit song by B.J. Thomas became the second number 1 single on April 26, 1975. At ten words, including the parenthetical part “Hey Won’t You Play”, it became the longest title of any single to top the Hot 100 up to that time.
It would hold the record for six years until “Stars on 45” by Stars on 45, whose proper charting title is 41 words long due to a copyright agreement, climbed to the top in the summer of 1981. It also topped Billboard’s Easy Listening chart, and was the last of his four Number Ones on that chart.
It also hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Billboard ranked it as the number 17 song for 1975. Although Thomas would not have any major country hits for another eight years, this hit song paved the way for his future success as a mainstream artist in that genre.