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John Wesley Ryles is best known for "Kay," the 1968 pop and country hit that established him as a hitmaker. He went on to score dozens of country hits for a variety of labels, and John Wesley Ryles comes from his late-'70s period on ABC Records. The album contains "Once in a Lifetime Thing," which made the Top Five in 1977 to become the highest-charting country hit of his career. The country ballad "Fool" was also a chart item and typifies the sort of material Ryles gravitates toward on the album. Befitting his crossover style, he covers a pair of soul songs, "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "Tell It Like It Is." Three songs were written by the album's engineer, Terry Skinner. John Wesley Ryles is very much a product of the '70s, from Ryles' blond bowl-cut hairstyle and country-rock voice to the effects-laden electric guitars that whoosh and swirl around him.

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Adequate remake of "Kay" but a remake nonetheless. Not for country purists.


Born: December 2, 1950 in Bastrop, LA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although singer/songwriter John Wesley Ryles had over thirty chart singles between 1968 and 1988, he never reached the heights of some of his contemporaries. He was raised in rural Louisiana and Texas in a family who entertained themselves in the evening by singing. A guitar player from age six, he made his radio debut the following year. His family formed the Ryles Family Singers and entertained on various local radio stations until accepting an invitation to become regulars on Fort Worth's Cowtown...
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