Thursday, March 17, 2011

Greg Guidry - "Goin' Down"

(Not Available on iTunes)

(Debuted February 13, 1982, Peaked #17, 16 Weeks on the Chart)

If this song sounds like it could have been a lost Michael McDonald song, there's good reason. Greg Guidry was a native of St. Louis -- just like McDonald was -- and the two performed in some groups together as they were growing up. While McDonald ended up moving to L.A. and becoming a star, Guidry eventually became a songwriter whose material was performed by acts like The Climax Blues Band, Exile, Robbie Dupree and Reba McEntire.

In 1981, Guidry provided backing vocals for The Allman Brothers and was able to get his own recording contract. His debut LP was Over the Line, and his first single was an impressive Top 20 hit. Sadly, after the single faded from the charts, a followup titled "Into My Love" stalled at #92 and Guidry never managed to get another album out until 2000.

Unfortunately, Greg Guidry died in a fire in 2003. He was 49 years old.

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