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  • Black Sheep Hit: Though mostly known for their honky-tonk sound, two of their biggest hits were a Latin-flavored cover of B.W. Stevenson's "My Maria" and the bombastic, pop-rock "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You". "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)" and "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" also stick out as their most famous songs to be sung by Kix instead of Ronnie.
  • Executive Meddling: Ronnie's post-B&D career on Arista Records came to a quick halt when he and Arista executives clashed over "Let the Cowboy Rock". They apparently felt that his asking fans on Facebook what the fourth single should be jeopardized the success of "Let the Cowboy Rock".
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  • Follow the Leader: Once Brooks & Dunn got hot, the market was suddenly flooded with singer-songwriter duos who were paired willy-nilly by record execs. None of them went anywhere. For all of the 1990s, Brooks & Dunn was untouchable in the Duo category; if any country music award had "Duo" in the name, it invariably went to them (except in 2000 when Montgomery Gentry, who were brand-new at the time, got a Duo of the Year award). Even the few duos that weren't manufactured by record execs (see above) never seemed to catch on — literally no other duo had so much as a Top 5 hit for most of Brooks & Dunn's tenure, so absolutely no one was a threat until Sugarland lost its third member in 2005 and suddenly caught momentum (only for them to trail off too).
  • He Also Did: Dunn has co-written songs for Wade Hayes, David Kersh, Shenandoah ("Darned If I Don't (Danged If I Do)"), and Reba McEntire ("I Keep On Loving You"). He has also sung guest vocals on singles by Lee Roy Parnell and Ashley Monroe.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: "Sunday Money", a tribute to Dale Earnhardt. It was originally performed at a 1993 awards banquet, and later released (with one verse removed) on a promotional disc sold at Mobil stations in 1998.
  • One-Book Author: "I'll Never Forgive My Heart" is the only writing credit for Ronnie's wife, Janine.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Post-split, Ronnie Dunn became this with his Top 10 hit "Bleed Red". Kix Brooks, on the other hand, was a No-Hit Wonder.
  • One-Take Wonder: Ronnie recorded his vocals for "Husbands and Wives" in only one take.
  • Real-Life Relative: Dunn's daughter appears in the video for "Cowgirls Don't Cry" riding her Pony of the Americas, Bunny.
  • Reclusive Artist: There is very little on B & D's personal lives. It's known that Ronnie's been married to Janine Dunn for 20-plus years, but almost nothing is known about her besides that she co-wrote "I'll Never Forgive My Heart". It's also said that Kix and Ronnie rarely interacted one another outside their concerts, except to have a shot of whiskey together before each show.
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  • The Red Stapler: "Boot Scootin' Boogie", a song about line-dancing, sparked a renewed interest in line-dancing that lasted well into the late 1990s. The craze even inspired another song which lampshaded the sudden increase — Shenandoah's "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)", which was inspired by a comment that one of the writers made after seeing a commercial for line-dancing lessons.
  • Throw It In!: Possibly the case with "Lucky Me, Lonely You", which has multiple false starts.
  • What Could Have Been: Brooks revealed that the failure of the Tight Rope album also led to them splitting in 2000, until a label exec persuaded them to stay together while pitching them a song. That song? "Ain't Nothing 'bout You", which launched a major comeback for them in 2001.

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