R.C. Bannon

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R.C. Bannon
Birth nameDaniel Shipley[1]
Born (1945-05-02) May 2, 1945 (age 74)
OriginDallas, Texas, U.S.
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1977-present
Associated actsLouise Mandrell

Daniel Shipley (born May 2, 1945) is an American country music singer, known professionally as R.C. Bannon. Active since 1977, Bannon has recorded for the Columbia and RCA labels. He was also married to singer Louise Mandrell from 1979 to 1991, and charted six duets with her in addition to twelve singles of his own. His highest-charting single was his 1979 cover of the Peaches & Herb hit "Reunited," recorded as a duet with Mandrell, that reached number 13 on the country music charts in 1979; his most successful solo single is "Winners and Losers" at number 26. In addition to recording as a solo artist and with Mandrell, Bannon co-wrote songs for Ronnie Milsap, Bobby G. Rice, Barbara Mandrell and Steve Azar.


Shipley was born in Dallas, Texas.[1] There, he sang in his family's church choir as a child, later taking interest in rock music as well as gospel.[2] He also played guitar in several rock bands during the late 1950s and into the 1960s.[2]

In the mid-1960s, Shipley's family moved to Seattle, Washington, where he performed in nightclubs and sang on a local television program every morning, in addition to working as a disc jockey.[2] It was during his tenure as a disc jockey that he took the professional name R.C. Bannon.[3] After opening for Marty Robbins, Robbins encouraged him to move to Nashville; Bannon declined at first, and attempted to sign to various labels near California. He briefly signed a contract with Capitol Records, but did not release anything for that label.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Finally, in 1976, Bannon moved to Nashville. There, he worked at a discotheque, and later began meeting other singers and songwriters, including one named Harlan Sanders. After signing to a songwriting contract, he had his songs recorded by Robbins, as well as singles released by Bobby G. Rice ("The Softest Touch in Town") and Ronnie Milsap (the Number One "Only One Love in My Life").[2] In 1977, he signed to Columbia Records, who released his debut album, R.C. Bannon Arrives. Three of the album's cuts made the Hot Country Songs charts, including the No. 33 "It Doesn't Matter Anymore."[1] The album included several songs that Bannon co-wrote, most in collaboration with John Bettis.[2] By 1979, he married Louise Mandrell, with whom he would chart six duets, including the No. 13 "Reunited," his highest-charting single.[1] The two released five duets albums between 1979 and 1982.[2] He and Bettis also co-wrote "One of a Kind Pair of Fools" for Louise's sister, Barbara Mandrell.[4] Bannon continued to perform as a musician in Mandrell's show, even after divorcing her in 1991.[3] In the 2000s, Bannon co-wrote Steve Azar's "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)."[4] He subsequently married Natalie McGill.[4]



Year Album information US Country
1978 R.C. Bannon Arrives
1979 Inseparable (with Louise Mandrell)
1980 Love Won't Let Us Go (with Louise Mandrell)
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Released: October 1980
1981 Me and My R.C. (with Louise Mandrell) 20
1982 (You're My) Super Woman/(You're My) Incredible Man
(with Louise Mandrell)
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Released: October 1982
1983 The Best (with Louise Mandrell)
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Released: November 1983


Year Single Chart Positions[1] Album
US Country
1977 "Southbound" 99 R.C. Bannon Arrives
"Rainbows and Horseshoes" 90
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" 33
1978 "(The Truth Is) We're Livin' a Lie" 64
"Somebody's Gonna Do It Tonight" 64 singles only
1979 "Winners and Losers" 26
1980 "Lovely Lonely Lady" 65
"If You're Serious About Cheatin'" 61
"Never Be Anyone Else" 36
1982 "Til Something Better Comes Along" 46 Me and My R.C.

Duets with Louise Mandrell[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions[1] Album
US Country CAN Country
1979 "I Thought You'd Never Ask" 46 Inseparable
"Reunited" 13
"We Love Each Other" 48
1981 "Where There's Smoke There's Fire" 35 45 Me and My R.C.
1982 "Our Wedding Band"/"Just Married" 56 45

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions[1] Album
US Country
1982 "Christmas Is Just a Song for Us This Year"
(w/ Louise Mandrell)
35 Country Christmas


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 41. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Stambler, Irwin; Grelun Landon (2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia (3 ed.). MacMillan. pp. 29–30. ISBN 0312264879. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b Carlin, Richard (2003). Country Music: The Encyclopedia (3 ed.). Taylor & Francis. p. 23. ISBN 0415938023. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Crisp, Adam (5 October 2008). "Rossville: 'Insane for McCain' McCutie rocks Internet with videos". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 16 August 2010.