Song Story: Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
With today being the twenty-first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks I wanted to find a song about the event.
Alan Jackson wrote Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) about those tragic events. He wrote it in October 2001 and said the lyrics came to him “while he was sleeping.”
A few weeks later he debuted the song at the CMA Awards Show.
Radio stations began to play the live version and he soon recorded a studio version.
The song spent a month at #1 in January 2002, and won Jackson his first Grammy.