On this day in 1998, an unknown singer and one, although an established star in country music, who was at a lull in his career, got together and recorded a song that went to the top of the charts. The pairing of Anita Cochran and Steve Wariner surprised some folks.

What also surprised some was that their song went to Number One. The song would come off Anita Cochran's debut album for Warner Bros. called "Back To You" in 1998.

That Number One song with Anita Cochran and Steve Wariner was "What If I Said".


Wariner had just joined the Grand Ole Opry two years earlier. The year his duet with Cochran came out, he also had two songs he co-wrote. One was "Longneck Bottle" by GArth Brooks and "Nothin' But The Taillights" by Clint Black.

With momentum on his side, Wariner signed with Capitol Records and released "Holes In The Floor Of Heaven". It went on to win the single and song of the year awards at the CMA's in 1998.

Anita Cochran never did score another hit.