John Wesley Ryles

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John Wesley Ryles
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John Wesley Ryles in 1970
Background information
Also known as John Wesley Ryles I
Born (1950-12-02) December 2, 1950 (age 63)[1]
Origin Bastrop, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Session musician
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Years active 1968–1971, 1976–present
Labels Columbia, Plantation, Music Mill, ABC/Dot, MCA, Primero, 16th Avenue, Warner Bros.

John Wesley Ryles (born December 2, 1950) is an American country music artist. He is best known for his 1968 single "Kay" and for his work as a backing vocalist.

Biography[edit]

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.[2]

Ryles later recorded one album, Reconsider Me, for the Plantation label, which produced a No. 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.[2]

He then moved to ABC Records, releasing three albums for them as well as his highest-peaking single, the No. 5 "Once in a Lifetime Thing."[1] When that label merged with MCA Records, he issued the album Let the Night Begin there. It included a rendition of "Always on My Mind."[2]

Two more singles followed on the Primero label: "We've Got to Start Meeting Like This" and "Just Once," followed by "She Took It Too Well" on 16th Avenue Records in 1984.[2] The last label for which he recorded was Warner Bros. Records between 1987 and 1988. Although he reached Top 20 with "Louisiana Rain" during his stay on Warner, he did not release an album for the label.[2]

Since the release of his last single in 1988, Ryles has served primarily as a background vocalist and demo singer.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country
1969 Kay 22 Columbia
1971 Reconsider Me Plantation
1977 John Wesley Ryles 39 ABC/Dot
1978 Shine on Me ABC
Love's Sweet Pain
1979 Let the Night Begin MCA

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country
[2]
CAN Country AU
1968 "Kay"A, B 9 6 38 Kay
1969 "Heaven Below"B 55
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
1977 "Fool" 18
"Once in a Lifetime Thing" 5 9
1978 "Shine on Me (The Sun Still Shines When It Rains)" 13 14 Shine on Me
"Easy" 63 single only
"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
1980 "Perfect Strangers" 24
"May I Borrow Some Sugar from You" 52 singles only
"Cheater's Trap" 54
1981 "Somewhere to Come When It Rains" 80
"Mathilda" 78
1982 "We've Got to Start Meeting Like This" 76
"Just Once" 80
1984 "She Took It Too Well" 78
1987 "Midnight Blue" 36
"Louisiana Rain" 20
1988 "Nobody Knows" 53
  • APeaked at No. 83 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 88 on RPM Top Singles.
  • BCredited to John Wesley Ryles I.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Brennan, Sandra. "John Wesley Ryles biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 367. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.