Jerry Gillespie

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For the politician, see Jerry Gillespie (politician).

Jerry Wayne Gillespie (born Decatur, Alabama) is an American country songwriter. He co-wrote "Do You Love as Good as You Look", a #1 song in 1981 for the Bellamy Brothers[1] and wrote "Heaven's Just a Sin Away", a #1 country hit in 1977 for The Kendalls. He co-wrote "Somebody's Knockin'", a Grammy Award finalist in 1982 for Terri Gibbs, and "I Just Can't Stay Married With You", a #5 hit for Christy Lane in 1979. He co-wrote a number of successful songs with Tommy Overstreet, including "Gwen (Congratulations)", a #5 country hit in 1971, and "That's When My Woman Begins", a #6 country hit in 1975.

Gillespie also worked as a producer with Christy Lane, The Kendalls, and Micki Fuhrman.[2]

Other Gillespie songs that charted[edit]

  • "Catch the Wind" (Jerry Gillespie, Ricci Mareno) Jack Barlow, #26 Country, 1971
  • "A Seed Before the Rose" (Tommy Overstreet, Jerry Gillespie) Tommy Overstreet, #16 Country, 1972
  • "It'll Be Me" (Gillespie/Clement/Bourke) Tom Jones, #34 Country, 1983
  • "You Really Go for the Heart" (Charles Black, Tommy Rocco, Jerry Gillespie) Dan Seals, #37 Country, 1983
  • "The Jagged Edge of a Broken Heart" (K. T. Oslin, Jerry Gillespie) Gail Davies, #20 Country, 1984
  • "We Just Gotta Dance" (Jerry Gillespie) Karen Taylor-Good, #66 Country, 1984
  • "I Love You By Heart" (Jerry Gillespie, Stan Webb), Sylvia and Michael Johnson, #9 Country, 1985
  • "She's Ready for Someone to Love Her" (Charles Black, Jerry Gillespie, Tommy Rocco) The Osmond Brothers, #67 Country, 1983. Also covered by Kenny Rogers and Jerry Reed
  • "Baby Wants", The Osmond Brothers, #45 Country, 1986

"Heaven's Just a Sin Away" also charted in a minor way for Kelly Willis in 1993 (#63 Country). "Old Pictures" and "Dr. Dr." were written by Gillespie with K. T. Oslin, and appeared on her platinum-selling 1987 debut album 80s Ladies. His Christmas song "Blue Decorations" was covered by B. B. King on his 2001 Grammy-winning album A Christmas Celebration of Hope.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.alamhof.org/gmusachv.html Alabama Music Hall of Fame entry for Gillespie
  2. ^ Billboard, Feb. 2, 1982, p. 62, "First Collaboration 'A Charm'"