Susan Raye

Cheating Game

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"Cheating Game" was a Top 20 country hit for Susan Raye in 1973 and provided the title for this album from the same year. Raye blended adult pop and country music in a style similar to that of Crystal Gayle, years before Gayle became a big-name entertainer. Evidence of Raye's professional alliance with Buck Owens is all over the album, from the songs written by him and his son, Buddy Alan, to what sounds like uncredited background vocals by Alan on a couple of tracks. Owens had a hand in writing over half of the songs on the album, from his old favorite "Love's Gonna Live Here" to "The Kansas City Song," which he composed with frequent collaborator Red Simpson. Professional associations notwithstanding, the hard country names on the jacket can't be heard in the grooves of this smooth, contemporary-sounding country-pop album.

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