Single Of The Day-Billy Walker “When A Man Loves A Woman (The Way That I Love You)”

Greetings from Asheville, where the good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player.

Today’s Single Of The Day was Billy Walker’s MGM debut.  After spending a successful five year stint with Fred Foster’s Monument label, Billy made the move to MGM in 1970, and made a strong start to his tenure, with his first single release.  “When A Man Loves A Woman” hit the market in the Summer of 1970, and would climb to three, the first of three consecutive singles to peak at that position.  In fact, during his MGM time, Billy would have a total of four top ten hits, all peaking at number three.

Whereas his move from Columbia to Monument didn’t change the sound of his records, too much, the switch to MGM did note a difference.  Not a large change in his sound, but enough to be  noticeable, a sound that was still Country, but more 1970’s-style; keeping up-to-date, you might say.  As for the single, itself, I have always ranked this as one of his best hits.  Great medium tempo track that just seems to boom out of the speakers.

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One thought on “Single Of The Day-Billy Walker “When A Man Loves A Woman (The Way That I Love You)”

  1. A label switch usually means at least some subtle changes to an artist’s work. It may just be the look of their albums. But usually it’s their style that changes. Apparently Billy Walker did better at MGM than Roy Orbison did.

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