Jones' skepticism about the song's commercial chances was overwhelmingly proven wrong.
The legend earned his eighth of 13 No. 1s with the song, which Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman co-wrote. Reportedly on the day that Jones recorded the single (Feb. 6, 1980) at Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, he bet producer Billy Sherrill that it would not make it to No. 1.
The ballad was named song of the year at the Country Music Association Awards in both 1980 and 1981. It has been preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry since 2008.