Throwback Jam: Kenny Chesney’s “You Had Me From Hello”

By Emily Wagner

They say song inspirations can come from the most unlikely of places. Say even Jerry McGuire. At least that was the case for Kenny Chesney and his 1999 number one hit “You Had Me From Hello.”

Co-written with Skip Ewing, who also wrote Kenny and Reba’s duet “Every Other Weekend,” Kenny was inspired by the scene at the end of Jerry McGuire where Renee Zellweger’s character interrupts Tom Cruise’s speech to say, ‘You had me at hello.’ I don’t think this would matter much if it hadn’t been for the fact that Chesney and Zellweger were married 6 years later,  a marriage that lasted all of 4 months.

Regardless of the success of the relationship, Chesney obviously knew a good hook when he heard it. The song reached the top of the Country Billboard Charts and was later certified gold.

We will just be waiting around until the day somebody writes a song titled “You’re Killin’ Me Smalls” or “Say Hello To My Little Friend.”  Hey, there have been worse song titles…