Brooks & Dunn’s history-making signature song, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” hit number one twenty-two years ago this week.
“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” was released on May 25, 1992, and debuted at seventy-three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart. It would spend the entire summer ruling the airwaves before settling in the top position for four weeks. Mark Chesnutt’s “I’ll Think of Something” would eventually dethrone the honky-tonk smash.
The tune, written by Ronnie Dunn, originally appeared on an Asleep at the Wheel album in 1990. Dunn and duo partner Kix Brooks also recorded “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” for their debut record on Arista Nashville Records.
Brooks & Dunn achieved immediate success with all three of their first singles – “Brand New Man,” “Hard Workin’ Man,” and “Neon Moon” – reaching the top of the charts. When “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” went on to be their fourth consecutive number one they became the first duo or group to achieve that remarkable feat.
The success of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” resulted in massive sales from the album in which it derived from. “Brand New Man” reached platinum status the same month the monstrous single hit the top spot. The album would go on to sell six million copies and spent an impressive one hundred and ninety weeks on the Billboard Country Album chart.
The song generated a line dancing craze across night clubs in America. An extended club remix was released due to the song’s immense popularity. Other artists including Alan Jackson (“Chatahoochee”), Tim McGraw (“Indiana Outlaw”), and Tracy Byrd (“Watermelon Crawl”) followed suit by introducing dance mix versions of their singles.
A music video directed by Michael Merrim showcased Kix Brooks’ energetic showmanship and Ronnie Dunn’s command of the stage. The clip was shot at Tulsa City Limits Night Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The immediate success led to the first of many accolades for Brooks & Dunn. The Country Music Association nominated the duo for Horizon, Album, and Vocal Duo of the Year; the latter of which they won. They also took home the Vocal Duo of the Year trophy from the Academy of Country Music in 1992.
“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” remained a staple in Brooks & Dunn’s larger-than-life shows for years. Kix Brooks would often introduce the song with a harmonica-heavy solo before hand-picking a female audience member to join him onstage for impromptu dancing. The duo last performed the song together during their farewell concert in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2010.