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Subject: It also didn't help that he walked away from his career the minute the singles stopped being instant hits. He only released two studio albums between 1989 and his death, the last one being in 1998, and he stopped touring.


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He left the public eye, and the public forgot about him. It happens.
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Date Posted: Thursday, April 11, 01:08:59pm
In reply to: Sad, but true. 's message, "Even though he had some great hits, he was largely seen as disposable; his music was considered the nadir of commercialism of country music, a slick sound that has no root in the genre's long and varied history." on Thursday, April 11, 01:06:08pm


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"Smokey Mountain Memories" - Mel Street (co-written by Earl Thomas Conley)VideoThursday, April 11, 02:01:45pm
And interestingly he never came close to hitting Billboard's Hot 100 or even the Bubbling Under chart. Country hits that sold well also hit the pop charts. I'm guessing his songs were country radio-friendly but nobody bought them. (NT)RussThursday, April 11, 03:46:35pm


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