Aaron Tippin Celebrates Another No. 1

No! No! No! It’s “Kiss This” — not “This Kiss.”

Aaron Tippin celebrated his first No. 1 single on Lyric Street Records Tuesday (Oct. 24) at a party hosted by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the performance rights organization, at its Nashville headquarters.

Although the song being feted was the combative “Kiss This,” BMI’s David Preston, in the excitement of the moment, congratulated Tippin and his wife, Thea, for co-writing “This Kiss,” which was the title of Faith Hill’s euphoric 1998 hit. But the transposition was quickly corrected and the awards to songwriters, publishers and record label handed out.

Alluding to Tippin’s hardcore and uncompomising style of writing and singing, Preston said that he represented “all that’s good in country music.” For his part, Tippin noted that this was his second No. 1 award from BMI for songwriting, the first being in 1992 for “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With the Radio.” “It is a lot better this time,” he said as he stood at the podium, “when I can stand at the best seat in the house and see the people who deserve it.”

Tippin told the crowd that he and his wife had been writing songs together for many years before “Kiss This” was finally chosen for an album. “Do you know how hard it is to go home and tell your wife that she didn’t make the record?” he asked. (Philip Douglas also helped write the song.)

Lyric Street president Randy Goodman, who first worked with Tippin at RCA and who is famous on Music Row for his methodical approach to marketing music, joked, “We did a pretty amazing flip-chart presentation to get [Aaron] on the label.”

Among the guests at the party was former MCA recording artist David Lee Murphy. He said “People Like Us,” the song he co-wrote with Kim Tribble and the album’s title cut, will be Tippin’s next single.

The Tippins’ 2 1/2-year-old son, Teddy, an elfin mirror image of his dad, also attended the party. Gesturing toward his visibly pregnant wife, Tippin announced that “Teddy’s going to have a baby brother in a few days.”

Goodman introduced and thanked key members of the Lyric Street staff. “It takes a whole record label to have a No. 1 record,” he observed.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.