How George Strait’s ‘The Chair’ Was Written by Dean Dillon
It's been called one of the greatest country songs of all time. George Strait's 'The Chair' was written by Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran in about 45 minutes. How it came about is legendary, as Dean tells it to Texas Monthly magazine.
By about four in the morning, I had drunk so much whiskey that I had actually drunk myself sober; It was four in the morning and I don’t know what happened, but Hank sat down in a chair across from me, and I looked at him, picked up the guitar, struck a G chord, and started singing, “Well, excuse me, but I think you’ve got my chair.” And he said, “Have you written that song?” I said, “No.” And he said, “Well, we’re about to.” And 45 minutes later, we’d written “The Chair.”
Source: Texas Monthly Magazine
In fact 'The Chair' is listed by Country Music Television as one of the top 100 country songs of all time. It would become George Strait's signature song and the song that defined Dean Dillon as one of the best song writers of all time.