Billy Sherrill, songwriter, producer
Songwriter ~ Producer

Billy Sherrill

November 5, 1936, Phil Campbell, AL

For someone with such an important place in country music history, Sherrill ironically wasn't interested in the music at all as a child - initially, he was attracted to blues, R&B, and jazz. Born and raised in Alabama, Sherrill was the son of an evangelical preacher. He learned how to play piano when he was a child, and he often played at revival meetings and funerals his father held. When he was a teenager, Sherrill learned how to play saxophone and led a jump blues band that played R&B and jazz. Soon, he was touring the South, playing in R&B and rock & roll combos. Eventually, he was signed as a solo artists by a small independent label in the late '50s, but none of his singles made any impact. In 1962, Sherrill discovered that an unknown Nashville country artist cut one of his songs when a royalty check arrived in the mail. Encouraged by the royalties, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the country music industry. ~ Allmusic: Billy Sherrill ~ retrieved November 4, 2013 © Allmusic

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November 5, 1977 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Heatwave, Boogie Nights ~ #2 (2) Carly Simon, Nobody Does It Better ~ #1 (1) Debby Boone, You Light Up My Life


Billy Sherrill ~ Inducted in the 1984 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

As a Producer or co-producer

George Jones ~ The Grand Tour (Taylor/Richey/Wilson) ~ Ranked #38 Rolling Stone 40 Saddest Country Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ The Grand Tour marks the moment when Jones found synergy with Epic Records producer Billy Sherrill, whose downtown violins were initially seen as antithetical to Jones' honky-tonk roots but ultimately functioned as the castle that isolates the king from the world. Typically, the song is read as a story about Jones' painful divorce from fellow country star Tammy Wynette, finalized the year the song came out. One of its co-writers George Richey, who married Wynette a few years later. ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone

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