Butch Baker

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Butch Baker
Born (1958-10-22) October 22, 1958 (age 56)[1]
Sweetwater, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984–90
Labels Mercury
Associated acts Daniele Alexander

Butch Baker (born in Sweetwater, Tennessee) is an American country music artist. He recorded for Mercury Records in the late 1980s, releasing multiple singles between 1984 and 1990, as well as the album We Will. His highest-peaking single, "That's What Her Memory Is For", peaked at No. 41 on the U.S. country charts in 1986.

Biography[edit]

Butch Baker was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He first sang at nineteen months in his father's church.[2] Taking influence from gospel music as well as rock and country acts such as The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, Don Gibson and others, he decided to pursue a musical career after graduating from Tennessee Military Institute and majoring in drama at the University of Tennessee.[2]

Baker moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1979. There, he sold men's clothing during the day and attended various gigs at night, eventually being hired for one.[2] Afterward, he went on to record demos, eventually becoming a staff writer for Acuff-Rose Music as well. In 1984, he signed to a recording contract with Mercury Records. He released three singles for the label, including "Thinking 'bout Leaving", which peaked at 56 on the Billboard country charts. After this song came his highest chart peak, the Number 41 "That's What Her Memory Is For."[1] He continued to release singles through the 1980s, and was one of several guest vocalists on Hank Williams, Jr.'s 1987 single "Young Country" (from the Born to Boogie album).[2] However, his debut album, the Harold Shedd-produced We Will, was not issued until 1990. This album included a cover version of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight".[3] That same year, he charted for the last time as a duet partner on labelmate Daniele Alexander's "It Wasn't You, It Wasn't Me".[2] This was from Alexander's second album, I Dream in Color, which included two other duets with him.[4] After exiting Mercury in 1990, he became a regular on a video program for The Nashville Network (now Spike TV).[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details
1989 We Will
  • Released: October 3, 1989
  • Label: PolyGram/Mercury

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country[1]
1984 "Torture" singles only
"Burn Georgia Burn (There's a Fire in Your Soul)" 80
"Thinking 'bout Leaving" 56
1986 "That's What Her Memory Is For" 41
"Your Loving Side" 53
1987 "Don't It Make You Wanta Go Home" 51
"I'll Fall in Love Again" 60
1988 "Party People" 69 We Will
1989 "Our Little Corner" 64
"Wonderful Tonight" 66

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country
1990 "Tomorrow's World" various artists 74 single only
"It Wasn't You, It Wasn't Me" Daniele Alexander 56 I Dream in Color

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 39. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Brennan, Sandra. "Butch Baker biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Jones, Lew (March 2008). "Legends Q&A". Great American Country. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Jack, Hurst (1990-12-13). "Digging in the vault Tennessee Ernie Ford hopes to put his old TV show back on the air". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 July 2009.