Monday, February 13, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-John Michael Montgomery

Artist:John Michael Montgomery
Song:The Little Girl
Album:The Very Best Of John Michael Montgomery

John Michael Montgomery had a total of seven number one country music hits mostly in the 90s. The somewhat controversial The Little Girl was the last of those number one hits in 2000 though it did cross over to the pop charts. He built his career on songs that were more romantic than this. He was born Jan. 20, 1965 in Danville, KY. His father led the family country music band and his brother Eddie Montgomery is half of Montgomery Gentry. He was discovered playing a club in Lexington and signed with Atlantic Records in 1991. Life's A Dance was his 1992 debut CD and I Love The Way You Love Me was his first number one country hit. His second CD Kickin' It Up had three number one hits including I Swear which was a pop hit for the boy band All-4-One. Montgomery continued this success until he started to fade with the 1996 CD What I Do The Best. The decline continued until he topped the country charts with the 2000 song The Little Girl. It also was a top forty pop hit. The song features Allison Krauss on harmony vocals. The song is about a girl who witnesses the murder and suicide of her alcoholic parents. She was adopted and then finds her faith. The song is not based on fact. Songwriter Harley Allen based the song on an urban legend that was given to him and wrote it in 15 minutes. Allen is the son of bluegrass musician Red Allen. He has recorded solo albums but most of his success has been writing songs for others. This was Montgomery's final number one hit. Atlantic's Nashville office was closed and Montgomery was moved to Warner Bros. He recorded two underperforming albums there and left Warners in 2004. You can get all his hits on this CD. Montgomery had some health problems and prescription drug problems. He was in rehab in 2008. He recorded a CD on his own label in 2008 and still tours today. There is a music video for The Little Girl but like a lot of Warner Music videos, it's nowhere to be found. I wish Warners would join Vevo. But here is John Michael Montgomery performing The Little Girl on TNN 2000.

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