T. G. Sheppard

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T.G. Sheppard
Birth nameBilly Neal Browder
Born(1944-07-20) July 20, 1944 (age 69)
OriginHumboldt, Tennessee,
United States
GenresCountry, Countrypolitan
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter
Years active1975–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records
Curb Records
Columbia Records
Associated actsMac Davis, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin, Eddie Rabbitt, B.J. Thomas
WebsiteTG Sheppard Official Site
 
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T.G. Sheppard
Birth nameBilly Neal Browder
Born(1944-07-20) July 20, 1944 (age 69)
OriginHumboldt, Tennessee,
United States
GenresCountry, Countrypolitan
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter
Years active1975–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records
Curb Records
Columbia Records
Associated actsMac Davis, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin, Eddie Rabbitt, B.J. Thomas
WebsiteTG Sheppard Official Site

T. G. Sheppard (born Billy Neal Browder, 20 July 1944, in Humboldt, Tennessee) is an American country music singer, who had 21 number one hits during the 1970s and 1980s.

Early life[edit source | 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. Initially he worked in the record business and tried recording pop music under the name Brian Stacy, before adopting the Sheppard name.

Recording career[edit source | edit]

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 Everyone" also reached the top-forty on the U.S. pop singles charts. 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 14 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 source | 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 source | edit]

Albums[edit source | edit]

YearTitleChart PositionsLabel
US CountryUS
1975T.G. Sheppard12Melodyland
1976Motels and Memories28
Solitary Man16Hitsville
1978T.G.42Warner/Curb
1979Daylight
3/4 LonelyA4
1980Smooth Sailin'19
1981I Love 'Em All7119
1982Finally!4152
Perfect Stranger25
1983Greatest Hits5189
Slow Burn17204
1984One Owner Heart26
1985Livin' on the Edge26Columbia
T.G.54Warner/Curb
Greatest Hits 2
1986It Still Rains in Memphis26Columbia
1987One for the Money47
1988Biggest Hits
Crossroads
1997Nothin' on But the RadioOutwest
2002Live at Billy Bob's TexasSmith Music
2004TimelessAspirion Records
2007Partners In Rhyme (2 CDs + DVD)

Singles[edit source | edit]

YearTitleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUSUS ACCAN CountryCAN AC
1974"Devil in the Bottle"1541T.G. Sheppard
1975"Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home"1952
"Another Woman"1417
"Motels and Memories"71021Motels and Memories
1976"Solitary Man"141001124Solitary Man
"Show Me a Man"813
1977"May I Spend Every New Years with You"37single only
"Lovin' On"2018T.G.
"Mister D.J."1327
1978"Don't Ever Say Goodbye"1318
"When Can We Do This Again"529Daylight
"Daylight"79
"Happy Together"86
1979"You Feel Good All Over"4203/4 Lonely
"Last Cheater's Waltz"17
"I'll Be Coming Back for More"123
1980"Smooth Sailin'"67Smooth Sailin'
"Do You Wanna Go to Heaven"115
"I Feel Like Loving You Again"13
1981"I Loved 'Em Every One"137338I Love 'Em All
"Party Time"12
"Only One You"168201Finally!
1982"Finally"1581710
"War Is Hell (On the Homefront Too)"15Perfect Stranger
"Faking Love" (with Karen Brooks)11
1983"Without You"1210Greatest Hits
"Slow Burn"11Slow Burn
1984"Make My Day" (with Clint Eastwood)126211
"Somewhere Down the Line"35
"Home Again" (with Judy Collins)5742One Owner Heart
"One Owner Heart"43
1985"You're Going Out of My Mind"108
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"2134Livin' on the Edge
"Doncha?"85
"In Over My Heart"928
1986"Strong Heart"11It Still Rains in Memphis
"Half Past Forever (Till I'm Blue in the Heart)"23
1987"You're My First Lady"25
"One for the Money"22One for the Money
1988"Don't Say It with Diamonds"4863Crossroads
"You Still Do"14*
1991"Born in a High Wind"63single only
1992"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"The Best of T. G. Sheppard

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