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Single Of The Day-Ronnie McDowell “Step Back”

Greetings from Asheville, where there’s always good music on the turntable, in the CD, or on the MP3. Today’s Single Of The Day, gives us touch of Country-Pop from the Elvis-influenced vocals of Ronnie McDowell. I mention the influence of The King on Ronnie, in fact, it was his 1977 tribute to Elvis that first introduced the music-buying public to Mr. McDowell. “The King Is Gone” would climb to the top fifteen on both the Country and Pop singles charts, that fall, and became McDowell’s only million selling single. The following January, Ronnie proved that he was no one-hit wonder, as Elvis-sounding single “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You” (a song that one could easily imagine Elvis singing) became his first top ten Country single. After a couple of more top forty entries on the small Scorpion label, Ronnie was picked up by CBS’ Epic label, where he would be a consistent hit-maker through 1985, before leaving for Curb Records. All told, between 1977 and 1991, Ronnie McDowell would break into the Country top forty twenty-nine times, with fourteen singles breaking into the top ten, and two (“You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation” and “Older Women”) making number one.

Today’s Single Of The Day is one of those fourteen top ten singles. “Step Back” hit the charts in the Fall of 1982, eventually peaking at number seven. Recorded squarely in the Country-Pop styling that were prevalent for the times, it’s a rather catchy piece of music, both in rhythm and melody. Not a song that would be considered a classic, nevertheless one of those that fall into the category of “Fun To Hear Every-Once-In-A-While”.

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