The song reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, for two consecutive weeks, and he stayed 19 weeks on the charts, also reached # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts.
“Rollin ‘with the Flow”, a song written by Jerry Hayes, was recorded by Charlie Rich for the Epic label, recorded in April 1977, at Columbia Recording Studio, 34 Music Sq. East, Nashville, TN. With the production of Billy Sherrill, the song was released in May 1977, and on August 6, 1977, reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, on August 6, 1977, for two consecutive weeks, and he stayed 19 weeks on the charts, and on September 3, also reached # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. It was the eighth number one in Charlie Rich’s career.
The song was included in the studio album, Rollin ‘with the Flow (Epic 1977), released in mid-1977, reached # 19 on the charts of the US Top Country Albums, and remained on the charts for a total of 12 weeks.
After “I Love My Friend” reached number 1 in October 1974, it took Charlie Rich almost three years to return to the top of Billboard’s country singles list with new material (“She Called Me Baby”, a cut ten years since its days RCA had reached number one in December of ’74). The “Silver Fox” career had been significantly damaged due to its infamous air collapse in the 1975 CMA broadcast, although it still managed to get some successful locations in the ranking during the 70s balance. Producer Billy Sherrill discovered “ Rollin ‘With The Flow,’ which had originally appeared as the “B” side of TG Sheppard’s first # 1 hit, “Devil In The Bottle,” released in the late ’74. Sherrill assigned “Rollin” with the flow “immediately to Charlie, but had a big problem with a word in the Sheppard version. Billy thought it was a keyword, even believing that if it was not replaced, the song could be negatively affected as a potential success creator. Sherrill’s instincts were generally successful, so he changed the word. As originally written, one line says: “I have many crazy friends, and one forgives me my sins,” that is, Jesus, Billy thought. Wanting to stay away from religious connotations and seek a great secular record, Billy changed it to “forgive me my sins.” Although the original line doesn’t bother him, Charlie said, “I like it better.”
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