Reba McEntire Tears Up As LeAnn Rimes Sings 'The Greatest Man I Never Knew'

Reba McEntire Tears Up As LeAnn Rimes Sings 'The Greatest Man I Never Knew'

Reba McEntire tears up as LeAnn Rimes sing’s ‘The Greatest Man I Never Knew,’ and when you hear it, you’ll understand why.

Over the last few decades, Reba has recorded her fair share of sad songs over the years, perhaps none more so than “The Greatest Man I Never Knew.” The song was written by Richard Leigh and Layng Martine, Jr. and released in 1991.

The song was partially inspired by songwriter Richard Leigh’s relationship with his father. It was written and told from the perspective of a now-grown child reflecting on her relationship with her father. And as some fathers do, the father in this song cared about his daughter but he was so overworked that he never let it show.

At the end of the song, as Reba sings the last few notes, it reveals that the father passed away the year before. She realizes that he never told her he loved her, prompting the heartbreaking final line, “Guess he thought I knew.”

The song instantly became one of Reba’s greatest hits. But then LeAnn Rimes took it one step further. To honor Reba, LeAnn sang the song as a tribute during the Country Music Awards. The crowd was instantly moved by LeAnn’s performance and Reba’s emotional reaction!

The beauty of LeAnn’s raw beauty in her voice and her investment in the performance made it outstanding. In the video, she could be seen fighting back tears at several points as managed to keep her composure.

What hit Reba and the crowd the hardest? Reba had brought her parents to the event and she was sitting next to her dad.

While many people assumed the song portrayed the relationship with her father in real life, that was false. Her relationship with her own father was full of love and it was her ability to portray the song’s hidden heartache that made it one of the biggest hits of Reba’s career.

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13

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