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    Susan Raye

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Would You Settle for Roses lyrics
    2I Ain't a Gonna Be Treated This Way lyrics
    3Heartbreak Mountain lyrics
    4Hello Happiness Goodbye Loneliness lyrics
    5Greatest Gift of All lyrics
    6Bad Bad Dream lyrics
    7Everybody's Somebody's Fool lyrics
    8Put a Little Love in Your Heart lyrics
    9I Think I'm Going to Like Loving You lyrics
    10Without You lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1The Best of Buck and Sue [w. Buck Owens] [Capitol] [1972]
    2My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own [Capitol] [1972]
    3Merry Christmas from Buck and Susan [Capitol] [1971]
    4Pitty Pitty Pater [Capitol] [1971]
    5Great White Horse (w. Buck Owens) [Capitol] [1970]
    6We're Gonna Get Together (w. Buck Owens) [Capitol] [1970]
    7One Night Stand [Capitol] [1970]
    8Wheel of Fortune [Capitol] [1972]
    9I've Got a Happy Heart [Capitol] [1972]
    10Willy Jones [Capitol] [1971]


    Best known for her work in conjunction with mentor Buck Owens,
    singer Susan Raye was born October 8, 1944, in Eugene, OR. She
    first began singing with a high-school rock group, but after the band
    called it quits, she auditioned for a local country station. Not only did
    she begin performing on the radio, she also landed work as a disc
    jockey, eventually becoming the host of a Portland TV program
    called Hoedown.

    It was at one of Raye's performances at an area nightclub where
    she met Jack McFadden, Owens' manager. McFadden was so
    impressed with her vocal talents that he persuaded Owens to fly
    her to his home in Bakersfield, CA, for an audition. Owens
    immediately offered Raye a slot on an upcoming tour, and in
    1969, she cut her first record, "Maybe If I Close My Eyes (It'll
    Go Away)." Her next record, a cover of Jackie DeShannon's pop
    smash "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," was also her first Top 30
    hit. At about the same time, she began a nine-year stint as a
    featured performer on the program Hee Haw.

    Raye issued her first solo LP, One Night Stand, in 1970; the single
    "Willy Jones" became her first Top Ten hit, lending its name to the
    title of her follow-up album the next year. Also in 1970, she
    released two duet records with Owens, We're Gonna Get Together
    and The Great White Horse. Her biggest year as a solo artist came
    in 1971, when she issued three consecutive Top Ten hits — "L.A.
    International Airport," "Pitty, Pitty, Patter," and "(I've Got A)
    Happy Heart." The title track of 1972's My Heart Has a Mind of
    Its Own also reached the Top Ten.

    After hitting number nine in 1974 with "Whatcha Gonna Do With a
    Dog Like That" and scoring a success with Owens on a cover of the
    Mickey & Sylvia classic "Love Is Strange," Raye's hitmaking days
    were largely over; after issuing the 1976 LP Honey, Toast and
    Sunshine, she left Owens' tutelage to release a self-titled album
    in 1977. A year later, she retired in order to raise her six kids and
    returned to college to pursue a degree in psychology. In 1985, she
    came out of exile to release the album Susan Raye: There and
    Back, which generated the minor hit single "I Just Can't Take the
    Leaving Anymore."

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