Ricky Lynn Gregg

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Ricky Lynn Gregg
Born (1961-08-22) August 22, 1961 (age 55)
Origin Henderson, Texas, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Acoustic guitar
Electric guitar
Years active 1978–Present Day
Labels Liberty
Rowe Music Group
Associated acts Mel Street
Website http://rickylynngregg.com

Ricky Lynn Gregg (born August 22, 1961 in Henderson, Texas) is a country music artist of Native American descent.[2] Active between the years of 1992 and 2001, he has recorded three studio albums: two on Capitol/Liberty Records (1992's Ricky Lynn Gregg and 1994's Get a Little Closer) and one on Rowe Music Group (2001's Careful What You Wish For). His first two albums produced three hit singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the No. 36-peaking "If I Had a Cheatin' Heart".

Musical career[edit]

Ricky Lynn Gregg grew up in Longview, Texas, and began singing in the church at a very early age. His earliest influences were gospel and country. As a teenager in school Gregg was influenced by rock & roll and formed the "Ricky Lynn Gregg Project" playing in local venues around his hometown. In 1978 Gregg moved to Ft Worth, Texas and began performing as guitarist and singer for a band known as "Savvy" with their debut album "Made In Texas" being released in 1982.[3] Gregg also gained Rock and Roll fame by becoming a guitarist and co lead singer and song writer for the iconic group Head East. By 1992, Gregg was performing as a solo singer; the same year, he signed to Liberty Records and released his eponymous debut album.[1] The album produced a No. 34 single in "If I Had a Cheatin' Heart", a cover of a Mel Street song.[1][2] Following it were "Can You Feel It" and "Three Nickels and a Dime". In 1993, Billboard ranked him at No. 4 on their list of Top New Country Artists of the Year.[1]

A second album, titled Get a Little Closer, was released on Liberty in 1994, with its title track being the only single. One year later, Gregg's manager, Jimmy Bowen, retired due to thyroid cancer. In 1997, Gregg found another manager, named Eddie Rhines, who helped the singer rebuild his fan base.[1] By 2001, his third album, titled Careful What You Wish For, was released on the then-newly established independent label Rowe Music Group (RMG).[1] The title track was an immense success but label funding did not allow for proper promotion of the new album.

Gregg has also begun a charity called Trail of Hope, which provides clothing for underprivileged Cherokee, Choctaw and Sioux Indians.[1]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat
Ricky Lynn Gregg 37 190 9
Get a Little Closer
  • Release date: July 26, 1994
  • Label: Liberty Records
Careful What You Wish For
  • Release date: April 17, 2001
  • Label: Row Music Group
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US Bubbling CAN Country
1993 "If I Had a Cheatin' Heart" 36 9 42 Ricky Lynn Gregg
"Can You Feel It" 58 79
"Three Nickels and a Dime"
1994 "No Place Left to Go"
"Get a Little Closer" 73 Get a Little Closer
"After the Fire Is Gone"
1995 "To Find Where I Belong"
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" single only
2001 "Be Careful What You Wish For" Careful What You Wish For
2002 "I Wanna Be Loved by You"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1993 "If I Had a Cheatin' Heart"
"Can You Feel It" Steve Boyle
"Three Nickels and a Dime"
1994 "Get a Little Closer"[4] Michael Merriman
"After the Fire Is Gone"
1995 "To Find Where I Belong"
2001 "Be Careful What You Wish For" Tom Bevins
2002 "I Wanna Be Loved by You" Peter Lippman


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Seida, Linda. "allmusic ((( Ricky Lynn Gregg > Biography )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Ricky Lynn Gregg biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Savvy's New Album Release". eagleaudiorecording.com. Retrieved 1982-04-04.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "CMT : Videos : Ricky Lynn Gregg : Get A Little Closer". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 

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