I have been writing songs since 1974, so I have many. Some I would not want to share. Some I do, but not all at one time. I am often asked what kind of songs I write. I am tempted to reply good ones, but I know they mean what genre. I am all over the place as you will hear. I had forgotten sometimes Rated – R. Here are ten all cowritten, all published by either Golden Ladder Music (BMI), Silver Cradle Music (ASCAP), or River and Stones Music(ASCAP) and respective cowriters’ publishing. Also, at the bottom of this post, are my first two cuts.
These are all demos except the last two which were on records. I have not included the other recorded and released songs. I would like to mention those – Burning Bridges (Garth Brooks), Rain on a River (Georgia Middleman), Can’t Push the River (Lynn Langham), Uncle Hickory’s General Store (Don and Daryl Ellis), Refuge (Randy C. Moore), Slings and Arrows (Sandy Carroll), White Horse (CoCo O’Conner), Miracles and Mysteries (Blues Councel), When I Grow Up (Tonja Rose), I Don’t Need No Daddy (Alecia Elliott Fisher)
I am still amazed I found my first and second cuts on YouTube. Let me Slip Into Something (White Face), You Still Get the Best of Me (Marie Osmond). The wonders of the internet.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for the video and story. Spoilers: Rock’n Roll and Marie Osmand.
This is crazy! I found my first cut online! I thought it was gone forever. Jimmy English and I wrote it when we were writing for Fame in the 80s. It has been so long ago that I am not sure which Fame catalog. We wrote it trying to please Rick Hall, Walt Aldridge, and Tommy Brasfield. Apparently we did. They changed my hook from Let Me Slip Into Something Comfortable. I laughed when I heard it. I think it is my only R-rated song.
Will wonders never cease. Since I was searching, I searched for my second cut and found it. This one was also when I was a Fame writer in the 80s. I wrote this one with Bob Garfrerick.
Lord, I am old!