“We’re Gonna Hold On” was Wynette’s first number one hit along with her then-husband, George Jones. Released in 1973, the song was co-written by Jones and Earl “Peanut” Montgomery. Although the song seems to reflect Jones and Wynette’s shaky relationship, it actually originated from a much more unlikely place.
According to Jones’ biographer Bob Allen, Montgomery felt inspired to write the song after a shameful experience at a Holiday Inn hotel. While on tour with Jones and Wynette, Montgomery got drunk in the hotel lounge and ended up charging all of the drinks to Wynette’s room.
Somehow, Montgomery managed to turn his mistake into a number one hit song that is now considered a country classic!
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