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    Johnny Duncan

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    1A Song in the Night lyrics
    2St. James Infirmary lyrics
    3Stranger lyrics
    4More And More lyrics
    5Red, Red Wine lyrics
    6Footprints In The Snow lyrics
    7Come a Little Bit Closer lyrics
    8It Couldn't Have Been Any Better lyrics
    9Stranger lyrics
    Kris Kristofferson feat. Johnny Duncan
    10Thinking of a Rendezvous lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1There's Something About a Lady [Columbia] [1971]
    2We're Gonna Need a Man [Columbia] [1973]
    3Johnny One Time [Columbia] [1968]
    4The Best of Johnny Duncan [Columbia] [1976]
    5Come a Little Bit Closer [Columbia] [1977]
    The Best Is Yet to Come [Columbia] [1978]
    7Back to Back (w/June Stearns) [Columbia] [1969]
    8Sweet Country Woman [Columbia] [1973]
    9Johnny Duncan [Columbia] [1977]
    10Greatest Hits [Columbia] [1978]


    Not to be confused with the American expatriate and British skiffle
    star of the same name, Johnny Duncan is a country-pop singer
    best-known for a string of hits with producer Billy Sherrill in the
    late '70s.

    Born in the farm town of Dublin, TX, in 1938, Duncan learned
    guitar from his mother as a child, and also had two future
    performers in his family in the person of cousins Dan and
    Jimmy Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley and Seals &
    Crofts, respectively). All four family members, plus Duncan's
    fiddle -playing uncle, Ben Moroney, played together in a local
    dance band. Duncan took up singing in his late teens, and moved
    to Clovis, NM, in 1959, where he recorded some pop-oriented
    demos under producer Norman Petty.

    Nothing came of them, and he spent several years working as
    a DJ. He moved to Nashville in 1964 and worked odd jobs before
    landing a guest spot on Ralph Emery's television show in 1966.
    That led to a deal with Columbia Records, which released his debut
    single "Hard Luck Joe," in 1967. Duncan had a few minor chart
    entries over the next few years, including two duets with June
    Stearns, but nothing that could be considered a breakout hit.

    That all changed when Duncan hooked up with the famed
    Nashville sound producer Billy Sherrill. Singles like 1972's
    "Baby's Smile, Woman's Kiss" and 1973's Top Ten "Sweet
    Country Woman" started to establish him as a hitmaker.
    However, his marriage subsequently broke up, and the
    distraught Duncan returned to Texas. He was talked back into
    the music business for the single "Jo and the Cowboy," which
    paired him with a then-unknown Janie Fricke, and the song
    was successful enough that Sherrill decided to feature her on
    some of Duncan's subsequent recordings. Sordid barroom
    sagas like "Stranger" and "Thinkin' of a Rendezvous" made
    Duncan a star, with the former becoming his first Top Five hit
    and the latter his first-ever number one in 1976. 1977's "It
    Couldn't Have Been Any Better" was his second chart-topper,
    and his first credited duet with Fricke, "Come a Little Bit Closer,"
    went Top Five the following year.

    Duncan also scored two big hits of his own in 1978 with the
    Top Five "Hello Mexico (And Adios Baby to You)" and the number
    one "She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime)." His last
    Top Ten appearances came in 1979 with "Slow Dancing" and
    "The Lady in the Blue Mercedes," after which his commercial
    momentum abruptly halted. He and Columbia parted ways in
    the early '80s, and he subsequently remarried and returned
    to Texas. He recorded a bit for small labels during the '80s and
    '90s, cutting a couple of singles in 1986.

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