Detroit's John David Souther's Texas upbringing no doubt helped him to establish his smooth country-rock sound. He scored his first Top 40 hit as part of the Souther, Hillman, Furay Band in 1974 with "Fallin in Love," coming in at number 27 on the Billboard charts. After releasing his first two solo albums in the span of six years without much success, Souther finally cashed in with the title track to 1979's You're Only Lonely, his third solo release. "You're Only Lonely"'s formula is that of the perfect country-rock ballad: a slowed-down, dance-sway beat; delicate guitar (albeit without the twang) and romantic piano; and a sweet voice drenched with harmony going on about the pains of loneliness and heartache. Souther's dual country-pop charm is unearthed through the plea of fabricated desperation in his voice and in the truck-stop guilelessness of the lyrics, a foolproof combination for creating this type of radio ballad during the '70s. Aside from the apparent clichés, the song struck a chord with pop and country fans alike, and the song peaked at number seven on the pop charts and even higher on the country charts. You're Only Lonely received some help from some pretty prominent musicians, as Souther hired Danny Kortchmar to play guitar, David Sanborn to add some sax, and even Phil Everly to help out with the harmony on one of the songs, as well as three members of the Eagles and even Jackson Browne. Although it was the only Top 40 hit from the album, Souther would resurface two years later, teaming up with James Taylor for the harmony-soaked "Her Town Too," which went to number 11 in March of 1981.