John Wesley Ryles
|John Wesley Ryles|
John Wesley Ryles in 1970
|Also known as||John Wesley Ryles I|
|Born||December 2, 1950|
|Origin||Bastrop, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Years active||1968–1971, 1976–present|
|Labels||Columbia, Plantation, Music Mill, ABC/Dot, MCA, Primero, 16th Avenue, Warner Bros.|
He made his debut in 1968 with the single "Kay", a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts, and the title track to his debut album for Columbia Records. His last single for Columbia, "I've Just Been Wasting My Time", reached #17 on Billboard's country chart.
In 1971, Ryles recorded one album, Reconsider Me, for the Plantation label, which produced a #39 single in its title track. It was followed by two non-album singles, "Tell It Like It Is" and "When a Man Loves a Woman," both on the Music Mill label in 1976.
In 1977, he moved to ABC Dot Records, releasing three albums for them as well as his highest-peaking single, the #5 "Once in a Lifetime Thing". He scored two more Top Twenty singles with, "Fool" and "Shine On Me" on ABC Dot. " When that label merged with MCA Records, he issued the album Let the Night Begin there. His first single on MCA, "Liberated Woman", climbed to #14. He followed that with his rendition of "Always On My Mind", which reached #20 on Billboard's country chart.
John signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1987, releasing the Top Forty self-penned single, "Midnight Blue", followed by the Top Twenty single, "Louisiana Rain".
As a songwriter, John has had cuts by Steve Wariner (The #4 hit "Starting Over Again"), Barbara Mandrell, Conway Twitty, Mickey Gilley, T.G. Sheppard, Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Joe Royal, Jack Greene, Don McLean and many others.
Since the release of his last single in 1988, Ryles has served primarily as a background vocalist, singing on records with Randy Travis, Brooks and Dunn, Ronnie Milsap, Alan Jackson, Neil Diamond, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks and dozens of others. He has been the featured voice for television and radio commercials for Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Sears, The American Dairy Association, Dollar General Stores and Coors Beer. He has also added background vocals to commercials for American Airlines, Ford Trucks, GMC Trucks, Dodge Trucks, and General Electric. His voice can also be heard in the movies, Beverly Hillbillies, Honeymoon In Vegas, Hope Floats, The Horse Whisperer, The Prince Of Egypt, Lawless, Big Trouble, Babe: Pig In The City, Scooby Doo And The Witch's Ghost, Billy: The Early Years, and The Fox And The Hound.
|1977||John Wesley Ryles||39||ABC/Dot|
|1978||Shine on Me||—||ABC|
|Love's Sweet Pain||—|
|1979||Let the Night Begin||—||MCA|
|1970||"The Weakest Kind of Man"B||57||—|
|"I've Just Been Wasting My Time"B||17||6|
|1971||"Reconsider Me"B||39||—||Reconsider Me|
|1976||"Tell It Like It Is"||83||—||John Wesley Ryles|
|"When a Man Loves a Woman"||72||—|
|"Once in a Lifetime Thing"||5||9|
|1978||"Shine on Me (The Sun Still Shines When It Rains)"||13||14||Shine on Me|
|"Kay" (re-release)||50||55||Shine on Me|
|"Someday You Will"||45||—||Love's Sweet Pain|
|1979||"Love Ain't Made for Fools"||33||40|
|"Liberated Woman"||14||17||Let the Night Begin|
|"You Are Always on My Mind"||20||24|
|"May I Borrow Some Sugar from You"||52||—||singles only|
|1981||"Somewhere to Come When It Rains"||80||—|
|1982||"We've Got to Start Meeting Like This"||76||—|
|1984||"She Took It Too Well"||78||—|
- APeaked at No. 83 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 88 on RPM Top Singles.
- BCredited to John Wesley Ryles I.
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