Story Behind the Song: ‘Easy Loving’ by Freddie Hart
The song "Easy Loving" was written and recorded by Freddie Hart. It was released in the summer of 1971.
It was Hart's breakthrough hit. And it actually happened by accident.
Freddie had moderate success at best prior to this song. Capital Records had decided to drop his contract.
Then a disc jockey at Atlanta, Georgia radio station WPLO began playing "Easy Loving" to great response. The song quickly caught on nationwide, and by that August, "Easy Loving" had broke into the top ten on the charts.
On September 11, 1971, it was his first number one song, spending three weeks atop the chart. But these three weeks were not consecutive.
It's time at the top was interrupted between its first and second weeks for Tom T. Hall's "The Year Clayton Delaney Died."
The Country Music Association bestowed Song of the Year honors upon "Easy Loving" in both 1971 and 1972. In addition to all of its awards and honors, "Easy Loving" sparked Hart's career. After quickly being re-signed by Capitol Records, Hart went on to score five more consecutive number one hits.
And one last piece of interesting facts about this song, it was the first song in the history of country music to use the word "sex" in the lyrics.