T. G. Sheppard

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T.G. Sheppard
Birth name Billy Neal Browder
Also known as Brian Stacey
Born (1944-07-20) July 20, 1944 (age 70)
Origin Humboldt, Tennessee,
United States
Genres Country, Countrypolitan
Occupations Singer, Songwriter
Years active 1975–present
Labels Melodyland, Hitsville, Warner Bros. Records
Curb Records
Columbia Records
Associated acts Mac Davis, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin, Eddie Rabbitt, B.J. Thomas
Website TG Sheppard Official Site

T. G. Sheppard (born Billy Neal Browder, 20 July 1944, in Humboldt, Tennessee[1]) is an American country music singer, who had 15 number one hits during the 1970s and 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Sheppard dropped out of high school and at the age of 15 ran away from home to become involved in the music industry in Memphis, Tennessee.

Recording career[edit]

Sheppard first recorded for Atco Records as Brian Stacy in 1966.[1]

In 1974, Sheppard signed with Melodyland (later Hitsville) Records, a short-lived country label owned by Motown Records. He recorded the song "Devil in the Bottle", which became a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and also became a Top 60 Pop hit in 1975. The follow-up, "Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home", also went to No. 1 and cracked the Top 100 during the summer of 1975. Several subsequent releases during 1975-1977 also made the Top 10 like "Motels and Memories" and "Show Me A Man".

In 1977, Sheppard signed with Warner Bros. Records. Starting with that summer's "When Can We Do This Again", he had a series of fifteen consecutive Top 10 releases, including 10 No. 1 songs. The biggest included "Last Cheater's Waltz" (1979); "I'll Be Coming Back for More" and "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven" (1980); "I Loved 'Em Every One" and "Party Time" (1981); "Only One You", "Finally", and "War is Hell (On the Homefront Too)" (1982). Another major hit came in 1984: "Slow Burn." "I Loved 'Em Every One" also reached the top forty on the U.S. pop singles chart. In 1984 he recorded, as a duet with Judy Collins, the title track of Home Again, her final album for Elektra Records.

In 1985, he moved from Warner Bros. to Columbia Records. After just missing the top 20 with "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" (a remake of the Elvin Bishop hit), he returned to the top 10, with his biggest success during this time frame coming with 1986's "Strong Heart" (the last of his No. 1 hits, as it turned out). Three more songs peaked at No. 2 in 1987: "Half Past Forever (Till I'm Blue in the Heart)", "You're My First Lady", and "One for the Money".

Sheppard's success continued until about 1988, when rootsy neo-traditionalist artists began to eclipse more polished pop-country artists like Sheppard on the country charts. He continued to tour and play throughout the 1990s, but did not sign a new record contract, and did not release any new material until his 2002 live release, T.G. Sheppard: Live at Billy Bob's, which found Sheppard performing his classic hits for an enthusiastic crowd at the famed honky tonk in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1995, he took a two-year hiatus from the road to perform exclusively for eight months a year at T.G. Sheppard's Theater In The Smokies, a state-of-the-art theater in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. When the theater was sold in 1997, he returned to the road.

Sheppard released Timeless in 2004, an album that had him singing songs from the big band era. In the mid to late 1980s Sheppard was an associate sponsor on the No. 25 Folgers Chevrolet driven on the Nascar Winston Cup circuit by Tim Richmond and Ken Schrader. In 1990 the Folgers sponsorship moved to Roush racing and driver Mark Martin.

Personal life[edit]

Sheppard is married to singer-songwriter, Kelly Lang, and resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Sheppard owned a small chain of now-defunct restaurants under the name of "T.G.'s North of the Border Cafe and Cantina." The restaurant had locations in Gatlinburg and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Label
US Country US
1975 T.G. Sheppard 12 Melodyland
1976 Motels and Memories 28
Solitary Man 16 Hitsville
1978 T.G. 42 Warner/Curb
1979 Daylight
3/4 LonelyA 4
1980 Smooth Sailin' 19
1981 I Love 'Em All 7 119
1982 Finally! 4 152
Perfect Stranger 25
1983 Greatest Hits 5 189
Slow Burn 17 204
1984 One Owner Heart 26
1985 Livin' on the Edge 26 Columbia
T.G. 54 Warner/Curb
Greatest Hits 2
1986 It Still Rains in Memphis 26 Columbia
1987 One for the Money 47
1988 Biggest Hits
Crossroads
1997 Nothin' on But the Radio Outwest
2002 Live at Billy Bob's Texas Smith Music
2004 Timeless Aspirion Records
2007 Partners In Rhyme (2 CDs + DVD)
  • A3/4 Lonely also peaked at No. 8 on the RPM Country Albums chart in Canada.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Country US US AC CAN Country CAN AC
1974 "Devil in the Bottle" 1 54 1 T.G. Sheppard
1975 "Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home" 1 95 2
"Another Woman" 14 17
"Motels and Memories" 7 102 1 Motels and Memories
1976 "Solitary Man" 14 100 11 24 Solitary Man
"Show Me a Man" 8 13
1977 "May I Spend Every New Years with You" 37 single only
"Lovin' On" 20 18 T.G.
"Mister D.J." 13 27
1978 "Don't Ever Say Goodbye" 13 18
"When Can We Do This Again" 5 29 Daylight
"Daylight" 7 9
"Happy Together" 8 6
1979 "You Feel Good All Over" 4 20 3/4 Lonely
"Last Cheater's Waltz" 1 7
"I'll Be Coming Back for More" 1 23
1980 "Smooth Sailin'" 6 7 Smooth Sailin'
"Do You Wanna Go to Heaven" 1 15
"I Feel Like Loving You Again" 1 3
1981 "I Loved 'Em Every One" 1 37 3 3 8 I Love 'Em All
"Party Time" 1 2
"Only One You" 1 68 20 1 Finally!
1982 "Finally" 1 58 17 10
"War Is Hell (On the Homefront Too)" 1 5 Perfect Stranger
"Faking Love" (with Karen Brooks) 1 1
1983 "Without You" 12 10 Greatest Hits
"Slow Burn" 1 1 Slow Burn
1984 "Make My Day" (with Clint Eastwood) 12 62 11
"Somewhere Down the Line" 3 5
"Home Again" (with Judy Collins) 57 42 One Owner Heart
"One Owner Heart" 4 3
1985 "You're Going Out of My Mind" 10 8
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love" 21 34 Livin' on the Edge
"Doncha?" 8 5
"In Over My Heart" 9 28
1986 "Strong Heart" 1 1 It Still Rains in Memphis
"Half Past Forever (Till I'm Blue in the Heart)" 2 3
1987 "You're My First Lady" 2 5
"One for the Money" 2 2 One for the Money
1988 "Don't Say It with Diamonds" 48 63 Crossroads
"You Still Do" 14 *
1991 "Born in a High Wind" 63 single only
1992 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" The Best of T. G. Sheppard

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 379–380. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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