Song:Third Rate Romance
Album:The Definitive Collection
Sammy Kershaw brought some Cajun flavour to country music of the 90s. He had nine top ten hits including this cover of the 70s hit Third Rate Romance. When his music career faded, he turned to Louisiana politics. He has returned to music recently. He was born Feb. 24, 1958 in Kaplan, LA. He is the third cousin of legendary Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw. After his grandfather gave him his first electric guitar at age 11, Kershaw's father died and he went to work to support his family. He played local clubs at night. While in the 80s band Blackwater, Kershaw became addicted to drugs and alcohol. He quit cold turkey in 1988 and quit the music business. He took a management job at Wal-Mart. But one of his friends convinced Kershaw to send a demo to Mercury Records. He signed in 1990 and worked with producers Buddy Cannon and Norro Smith. Kershaw's 1991 debut CD Don't Go Near The Water was certified Platinum and his debut single Cadillac Style reached #3 on the Country Singles chart. Then from his second CD Haunted Heart, Kershaw scored his only number one country hit She Don't Know She's Beautiful in 1993. With his third album Feelin' Good Train, National Working Woman's Holiday and Third Rate Romance both reached #2 on the Country Singles chart. Of course Third Rate Romance was a top twenty pop hit in 1975 for the Amazing Rhythm Aces and it was written by that group's lead singer Russell Smith. Kershaw started to fade after this. Love Of My Life was his final top five country hit in 1997. He left Mercury in 1999. You can get all his Mercury hits on this comp. Kershaw recorded a duet with Lorrie Morgan in 1997. He became her fifth husband in 2001 and they recorded an album together on her label RCA. They divorced in 2007. While Kershaw recorded a couple of CDs, he turned his attention to politics and unsuccessfully ran twice for Louisiana Lieutenant Governor. He declared bankruptcy in 2007 mostly due to a failed restaurant he owned with Morgan. Kershaw now records for his own label Big Hit Records. In 2013, he released the CD All In The Same Boat with Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin and they toured together. His latest CD Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones was released in July and Kershaw is currently on tour. Here's the video for Third Rate Romance by Sammy Kershaw.