Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable. Today’s Classic 45 goes back 39 years, as of this writing, to 1980. That’s hard for me to believe, but it’s true. Today we remember Jeanne Pruett and her hit “Temporarily Yours”.
Alabama native Jeanne Pruett had been making records since 1963, starting at RCA. In the late 60’s, she joined Decca, which became MCA in 1973. It was there she began scoring hit singles, starting with 1972’s “Love Me”, which made Cashbox’s Top 20. One year later, she was literally everywhere, thanks to her classic “Satin Sheets”, at #1 country hit and top 40 pop hit. She followed up with another top 10, I’m Your Woman”, later that year.
More hits came during her time with Decca/MCA, where she left in 1977. Following one single release with Mercury in 1978, she found herself with the IBC label in 1979.
For some inexplicable reason, following “I’m Your Woman”, Jeanne had scored more top 20 and top 15 hits, but never returned to the top 10 with MCA. I say inexplicable, because there were singles during that time that I think were good enough to be at least top 10, if not top 5. The dry spell ended in early 1980, when her IBC release “Back to Back” returned Jeanne Pruett to the country music top 10.
Our Classic 45, today, was the follow-up to that return. Released in February, “Temporarily Yours” debuted March 15th on both Billboard’s and Cashbox’s charts. The single quickly climbed the charts, all the way to a peak of 5 in Billboard and 9 in Cashbox.
I admit that this is my favorite Jeanne Pruett recording. It’s one of those records that, once you’ve heard it, it stays with you. From Jeanne Pruett’s pristine vocals, to hard-to-resist melody, and the strong lyrics. Oh, and there’s that great guitar intro, as well. Even though it’s not necessarily a country-rocker, that guitar intro, followed by her going immediately into the refrain, makes one want to crank up the volume.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, and focuses on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.