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Andy Williams released a version in 1974 on his album, The Way We Were.
1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart on October 6, 1973.
For that version, it represented a last and a first. 1 single, in a string dating back to his 1956 hit "Crazy Arms." The "first": It was the No.
1 single on the debut program of "American Country Countdown," which used the Billboard chart in its programming.
In the early- to mid-1970s, Gladys Knight & the Pips had covered several of Weatherly-penned tunes, and in 1974, they dipped into his catalog once again with their rendition of the song.
Their version, titled "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," reached No.
3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that spring and topped the Hot Soul Singles for two weeks.
The single was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. Also, earlier in 1974,the same year that Gladys Knight & The Pips recorded the song, The Persuaders also recorded a version, taken from their album of the same name It was released before the Pips' version as ATCO single # 45-6596 The song was also recorded by Dean Martin in 1973.
"You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" — also known simply as "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" — is a song written by Jim Weatherly, and enjoyed two runs of popularity, each by an artist in a different genre.
Weatherly told Tom Roland in The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits that he wrote the song in 1971 and let his father-in-law first record it as a Christmas present for the latter's wife.