As Luke Combs hits number one with his version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” the accomplishment also gives Chapman a second wind, a packed pocketbook, and her name in a new record book.
Comb’s version of the song has peaked higher than Chapman’s original 1988 debut.
However, the songwriter will receive massive royalty checks. And she is now the first black female songwriter to hit the number-one spot on the country charts as the sole writer of a song.
It’s only the second time, since 1990, that a black songwriter has topped the list, as the only credited writer on the track.