Friday, December 16, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Paul Overstreet
Song:I Won't Take Less Than Your Love
Album:Cryin' Lyin' Lovin' & Leavin'
This one off single was a number one country music hit and was recorded for the 1987 Tanya Tucker album Love Me Like You Used To. But the song led to a solo contract for songwriter Paul Overstreet and he had success in the early 90s. Overstreet was born Mar. 17, 1955 in Newton, MS. He moved to Nashville after graduating from high school and played in bands at night while working during the day. He finally got his big break when George Jones had a top five country hit with Overstreet's Same Ole Me. Then The Forrester Sisters topped the country chart in 1984 with I Fell In Love Again Last Night. This was followed by the Randy Travis hit Diggin' Up Bones. So now everybody is recording Overstreet's songs. But he still wanted to perform. So he formed S-K-O with Thom Skyler and Fred Knobloch and they had a number one hit in 1986 with Baby's Got A New Baby. He also won awards for the Randy Travis hits Forever And Ever Amen and On The Other Hand. Overstreet wrote I Won't Take Less Than Your Love with longtime partner Don Schlitz. It topped the country charts and appearing on TV with Tanya Tucker and Paul Davis got Overstreet much needed exposure. After that S-K-O was supposed to reform but when MTM Records was sold to Warner Bros., Overstreet signed with RCA Records instead. He had several top ten country hits but Daddy's Come Around was the only one to top the chart in 1991. There is a Paul Overstreet comp on RCA but I Won't Take Less Than Your Love is on Capitol. You can get it on this budget various artists comp. Overstreet left RCA in 1994. He records for his own label and his songs are more religious these days. But for a long time, Paul Overstreet was one of the hottest songwriters in Nashville and I'm sure those royalty cheques still come in the mail. Here's Paul Overstreet with Tanya Tucker and Paul Davis performing I Won't Take Less Than Your Love on Hee Haw 1987.