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Kenny O’Dell “Let’s Shake Hands And Come Out Lovin’ Single Of The Day

Kenny O'Dell's only top 10 hit, from 1978Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable.  Today’s Single Of The Day became the only top ten hit for Oklahoma singer/songwriter Kenny O’Dell.  Kenny O’Dell is best remembered as a songwriter, thanks to penning hits such as the Charlie Rich classic “Behind Closed Doors”, as well as Rich’s 1st top ten hit, “I Take It On Home”, and the Loretta Lynn number one hit, “Trouble In Paradise”.  Kenny, though, had some success as a singer, scoring several chart singles during the 1960’s and 1970’s, on both the Country and Pop charts.  In 1967, his “Beautiful People” made a brief appearance on the Pop top 40, but he wouldn’t score another top 40 hit on any chart until 1975, when “Soulful Woman” climbed as high as eighteen on the Country charts.

Kenny’s most successful single came during the Summer of 1978, with a song he also penned, “Let’s Shake Hands And Come Out Lovin’.  The standard Country-Pop sound of the time, yet I think it’s a somewhat underrated record, featuring a great hook that is a take off of the an old boxing line.  In my opinion, great hooks are something that Country music generally lacks, today.

The record debuted in July, and would peak at nine, becoming one of three Country 20 hits for Kenny O’Dell, and his only top 10 hit.

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