"Starting Over Again" the title of a song recorded by American country music artist Dolly Parton. Telling the story of a middle aged couple separating after 30 years of marriage, the song was written by Donna Summer and her husband Bruce Sudano. (The story was actually based on Sudano's parents' divorce.) Parton's recording was performed as a slow tempo ballad, gradually building to a dramatic crescendo. It was released in March 1980 as the first single from Parton's album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. "Starting Over Again" made the U.S. pop top forty, peaking at #36, and reached #1 on the U.S. country charts on May 24, 1980.[1]

Despite having co-written the song, Donna Summer never recorded it herself, though she did perform it live numerous time on television specials during the 1980s.

Chart positions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1980) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 36
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 35
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Preceded by

"Gone Too Far" by Eddie Rabbitt

Billboard Hot Country Singles

number-one single May 24, 1980

Succeeded by

"My Heart" by Ronnie Milsap

Reba McEntire version[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"Starting Over Again"
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album Starting Over
B-side "I Won't Mention It Again"
Released 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Country
Length 4:07
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Tony Brown, Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands"


"Starting Over Again"


"You Keep Me Hangin' On"


Reba McEntire also covered the song in 1995 for her Starting Over album. Released as the album's third single, McEntire's version peaked at #19 on the Hot Country Singles & Trackschart.[2] In the album's liner notes, McEntire wrote that she chose to cover the song a tribute to Parton and Summer, both artists whom she'd admired.