The Shooters

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The Shooters
Origin Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.[1]
Years active 1987–1990
Labels Epic
Associated acts Baker & Myers
Past members Walt Aldridge
Gary Baker
Barry Billings
Chalmers Davis
Michael Dillon

The Shooters was a five-piece country music band founded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It consisted of Walt Aldridge (guitar, lead vocals) Gary Baker (bass guitar), Barry Billings (guitar), Chalmers Davis (keyboards), and Michael Dillon (drums). They charted several times on the Billboard country charts between 1986 and 1989.[2] The quintet's first four singles were to have been included on an album titled Going Against the Wind.[3] 1989's Solid as a Rock included their highest-charting single, the number 13 "Borderline".[1]

After disbanding, Aldridge found work as a songwriter, session musician and record producer, while Baker joined songwriting partner Frank J. Myers to write John Michael Montgomery's 1994 hit single "I Swear",[2] which was later covered by All-4-One as well. Baker and Myers also recorded one album as the duo Baker & Myers.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[4]
CAN Country
The Shooters[5]
Solid as a Rock
  • Release date: April 11, 1989
  • Label: Epic Records
40 23
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[1]
CAN Country
1987 "They Only Come Out at Night" 21 49 The Shooters
"'Til the Old Wears Off" 41 39
"Tell It to Your Teddy Bear" 34
1988 "I Taught Her Everything She Knows About Love" 31 46
"Borderline" 13 * Solid as a Rock
1989 "If I Ever Go Crazy" 17 21
"You Just Can't Lose 'Em All" 39 55
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1989 "If I Ever Go Crazy"[7] Steve Boyle

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 380. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b "The Shooters biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  3. ^ Handelman, Jay (2 May 1987). "Drummer is upbeat about The Shooters". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Solid as a Rock". Billboard. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Frederick, Lorene (February 3, 1989). "Muscle Shoals Raises City Flag". TimesDaily. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shooters, The – The Shooters". Discogs. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : The Shooters : If I Ever Go Crazy". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 29, 2013.