Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable. Digging deep in the vault for today’s Classic 45, the 2nd of two top 20 hits for singer/songwriter Don King. A good chance you haven’t heard this song in years, as it’s truly a lost treasure.
Nebraska native Don King appeared on Billboard’s Country Top 40 twelve times between 1977 and 1982. Just over half of his Country 40 singles came during his time with the small Con Brio label, before he moved to the Epic roster. Today’s Classic 45, “She’s the Girl of My Dreams”, comes from the Con Brio days.
Recorded in 1976, “She’s the Girl of My Dreams” was Don’s second Country Top 40 appearance, debuting in June 1977. As noted, it became the second of his two top 20 hits. It peaked at 17 on Billboard and 19 on Cashbox. A bouncy track that has that instant likability, with a good combination of lyrics and melody; a melody that once you hear it, you never forget it.
Unfortunately, for Don King, he never was able to quite get over the threshold of stardom, despite his moderate success, chart-wise. It is worth noting that his next-to-last Top 40 record, from 1981, was a song that later became a big Alabama hit, “The Closer You Get”.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing 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.