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'Ocean Front Property' came from out of nowhere

'Ocean Front Property' came from out of nowhere

January 11th, 2019 by Doug Davis in Features

Most songwriters have been asked, at one time or another, "where did the idea for such and such a song come from?" For the most part, the answer is "I have no idea. The chorus or a line just popped in my head and I wrote it." And according to Hank Cochran—George Strait's 1987 hit "Ocean Front Property" was one of those tunes.

Cochran said, "I was in the studio producing a demo session on Dean Dillon and for some reason, the chorus and the first verse of that song just came into my head and I borrowed a guitar and took another guy in this little room and started singing that chorus. About that time, Dean came in and I sang what I had to him and he sat down and wrote the last chorus and that was that. I recorded a demo on the song and my wife kept telling me that it was a hit song. I didn't think it was but she kept telling me that I was wrong, and that I should get the song to George Strait that very day."

"I finally told her if she would shut up about it, I would send it to George that very day. So I sent it to George, he liked it, and he came in and recorded it. He put it out as a single and it was a hit and then they put it in an album they titled "Ocean Front Property." And while we were in Mexico I called home and asked how the album was doing and they told me the album went in the charts as No. 1. And they also told me that it was the first time that had been done by a country artist."

George Strait's MCA single "Ocean Front Property" entered the country charts Jan. 17, 1987.

It was his 18th charted song and his 10th No. 1. The single was on the charts for 21 weeks.

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