On This Day: George Strait Drops Heartwarming No. 1 ‘Love Without End, Amen’ in 1990

by Jim Casey

George Strait was a chart-topping machine by the time he released “Love Without End, Amen” on April 6, 1990.

King George—he was only a Prince at the time—had already scored 17 No. 1 hits. However, none of his No. 1 singles had spent multiple weeks at the top, until “Love Without End, Amen.”

Loving Inspiration

George released “Love Without End, Amen” on April 6, 1990, as the lead single from his 10th studio album, Livin’ It Up. And up the chart the single went.

Penned by Aaron Barker, the same man behind George’s “Baby Blue,” the inspiration for “Love Without End, Amen” started as a soul-searching conversation between Aaron and his 16-year-old son about a car the young man had just wrecked. After his son went to bed, Aaron began putting pen to paper, using an instance from his own childhood—getting sent home from school for fighting—to start the song about a father’s unwavering love.

By dawn, Aaron had penned the heartwarming ode. Later, Aaron played the song for his mother, who suggested he send it to George.

George recorded “Love Without End, Amen” in February 1990. After releasing the single on April 6, it reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on June 8. But that’s not all. The song spent five weeks at No. 1. George had scored his first multi-week No. 1 single with his 18th chart-topper.

George Shares Profound Message

In addition, Aaron penned a 2002 book, Love Without End, Amen, which was based on the song.

“‘Love Without End, Amen’ is a very special song to me,” noted George Strait in the book’s forward. “When Aaron Barker first brought it to me, I was touched by the simple yet profound message that it sent. A parent’s love for a child is truly unconditional. I can remember growing up and learning a healthy respect for my father’s authority, but also appreciating his love and understanding, even when I didn’t feel like I deserved it. Many of the lessons he tried to instill in me over the years became abundantly clear when I was introduced to fatherhood.”

After “Love Without End, Amen,” Aaron penned more hits for George, including “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “I’d Like to Have That One Back,” and “I Can Still Make Cheyenne.”