Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Finally" by T.G. Sheppard

Song#:  0974
Date:  04/03/1982
Debut:  86
Peak:  58
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  This ballad was the second singled lifted from Sheppard's "Finally!" LP and it was number six in a string of eight consecutive country #1's. The early 80s would be his hottest period as a chart artist with several of his songs crossing over to the pop chart. This single also made the AC chart reaching #17.

ReduxReview:  This song is bothering me so much! I know I've heard it before (as I could sing along with the chorus) but could swear it was not this version. I'm certain a female vocalist covered this song on an album. I can't really find any evidence supporting a female version, but that is what I'm hearing in my head. Amy Grant did do a live version for an album, but I never owned that LP. I'll figure it out someday. In the meantime, Sheppard scores with this sweet pop ballad. I think this song had better potential and probably if a non-country artist had done it, the single might have done much better on the chart. I think it is one of Sheppard's best singles.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Sheppard owned a log home estate near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and in 1988 he opened it up as a B&B called Moon Mountain Lodge. Sheppard kept a suite of rooms at the lodge for himself and when in the area would sometimes stay at the B&B and mingle with guests. Sheppard sold the property in later years.


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