Richard Leigh

Mar 4, 2010 |  0 comments
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Richard Leigh has been writing songs since he was ten years old, and professionally since he was twenty-three.  His first break came in 1976 when Crystal Gayle released “I’ll Get Over You,” and took it to #1 on  Billboard’s Country Chart. This was made all the sweeter when “I’ll Get Over You” garnered Leigh his first of now seven Song of the Year nominations, this one from the Country Music Association (CMA). Two years later, Leigh was back at the CMA’s, this time to take home the Song Of The Year award for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” which itself has had a phenomenal career:“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” reached the #1 position on both Pop and Country charts and remained on the charts for more than six months; it was nominated for Grammy Awards in both the Pop and Country “Best Song” categories (a feat not repeated until 1993); won a Grammy Award for “Best Country Song”;was a million selling single, and was named one of the ten most performed “Country Songs Of The Century” at the 1999 ASCAP Awards. To date, Leigh has made fourteen trips to the Top Ten and has written or co-written eight #1 singles: the hauntingly beautiful “Somewhere In My Broken Heart” (written with Billy Dean), voted 1991 Song Of The Year by the Nashville Songwriter’s Association (NSAI), and also by the Academy Of Country Music (ACM); “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” (written with Layng Martine, Jr.), nominated at the 1993 Grammy Awards for “Best Country Song); “Come From The Heart” (written with Susanna Clark and recorded by Kathy Mattea);  Don William’s “That’s The Thing About Love” (written with Gary Nicholson); Steve Wariner’s “Life’s Highway” (written with Roger Murrah); Mickey Gilley’s “Put Your Dreams Away”  (written with Wayland Holyfield), and the aforementioned  “I’ll Get Over You” and “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” both written by Leigh and recorded by Crystal Gayle.
Leigh, who has had hits in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, has just enjoyed his first hit of the 21st century. 

His most recent top ten hit “Cold Day In July,” powerfully delivered by The Dixie Chicks.

Visit Richard’s website:  http://www.myspace.com/gypsyrootsjazz

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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