Sunday, August 16, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jeanne Pruett

Artist:Jeanne Pruett
Song:Satin Sheets
Album:Satin Sheets

Satin Sheets was the only number one country music hit for Jeanne Pruett in 1973. It also crossed over to pop. Jeanne had country music success in the 70s and then retired in the 80s. She was born Norma Jean Bowman Jan. 30, 1937 in Pell City, AL. She grew up as a country music fan and sang in high school. At age 19, she married guitarist Jack Pruett and they moved to Nashville. He worked for Marty Robbins and Jeanne worked as a secretary at Robbins' publishing company. Robbins recorded a few of Jeanne's songs and she recorded for RCA in the 60s with little success. Then Jeanne signed with Decca Records in 1969. After a couple of her singles charted, Jeanne struck gold when Satin Sheets topped the country music charts and reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a traditional country record recorded at a time when country music was leaning in a more pop direction. The record was produced by veteran steel guitarist Warren Haynes. Satin Sheets was written by John Volinkaty who came up with the idea for Satin Sheets while grocery shopping near his home in Minneapolis. He wrote the song in 30 minutes and then it took three years to get someone to listen to it. It was Volinkaty's only hit song. Jeanne had a few more chart hits but Satin Sheets was her biggest hit. When record sales fell off, Jeanne retired to raise her family in 1985. Varese Records released a really good Jeanne Pruett comp in 1998. Unfortunately it's out of print and this budget CD released in 1991 is too short. But Universal needs to get a better Jeanne Pruett comp out there. They have chosen to license her music instead of releasing a CD themselves. Apparently Jeanne is a great cook. She hosted a cooking show on TNN in the 80s and has written several cookbooks. Jeanne performed occasionally usually on The Grand Ole Opry until she retired in 2006. She still manages her own publishing company. Here's Jeanne Pruett performing Satin Sheets on That Good Ole Nashville Music 1973.

1 comment:

  1. That is the country music I grew up with. My parents and grandparents would listen to this type of music. I remember the female singers with their hair all done up singing like this about hard times and bad cheating men. That was all back in the 60's and 70's.