“A Lesson in Leavin'”, also titled as “Lesson in Leavin”‘, is a song written by Randy Goodrum and Brent Maher. It was originally recorded in 1979 by American country music singer, Dottie West, for her Special Delivery album.
Dottie West was the first singer to release the song as a single and titled it “A Lesson in Leavin'”. West’s version was recorded in country pop style that was apparent on most her singles in the 1980s. West’s version peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart the week of April 26, 1980, and was her first No. 1 hit as a solo artist, along with another No. 1 single shortly afterwards titled, “Are You Happy Baby?.” In addition the single was reached No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a minor hit on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The song helped to revitalize West’s career, after having a series of unsuccessful solo singles in the 1970s. The song helped West endure popularity during the early 1980s.
From the album Special Delivery
B-side “Love’s So Easy for Two”
Released February 1980
Genre Country pop
Label United Artists
Songwriter(s) Randy Goodrum Brent Maher
Producer(s) Larry Butler