Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fred Knoblock -- "Why Not Me"

(Not Available on iTunes)

(Debuted June 28, 1980, Peaked #18, 14 Weeks on the Chart)

A decade before Garth Brooks sang about crashing the wedding reception of a former flame, another Nashville-based singer/songwriter covered the occasion in a more low-key manner. This time around, he attends the wedding, keeps his feelings bottled up and just silently drowns his sorrow in the bottle at the reception. All the while, he's left wondering why he wasn't the guy standing at the end of the aisle.

"Why Not Me" is one of those songs that is sadly forgotten when the hits of 1980 are remembered. If you're not familiar with it, give the video below a few minutes. It has a maturity that matched what many Baby Boomers were beginning to experience by the time the 80s rolled around.

Fred Knoblock had one other Top 40 pop hit, a duet with Susan Anton called "Killin' Time." Later in the decade, he teamed with fellow singer/songwriters Paul Overstreet and Thom Schuyler to form S-K-O. They had a #1 country song in 1987 with "Baby's Got a New Baby."

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