b. 25 December 1944, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Gordy was first noted as the bass player for Elvis Presley’s 70s band. At the same time he was playing with Gram Parsons and after Parsons’ death, he became a member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band. He was a session musician on many country rock albums, notably by Eric Andersen, the Bellamy Brothers, Jonathan Edwards, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Chris Hillman, Albert Lee, Lyle Lovett, Mickey Newbury and Ricky Skaggs. He also played on several Billy Joel albums. When Gordy turned to record production, he had four US country number 1s with Earl Thomas Conley - ‘What She Is (Is A Woman In Love)’, ‘We Believe In Happy Endings’ (a duet with Emmylou Harris), ‘What’d I Say’ and ‘Love Out Loud’. He also produced the Bellamy Brothers including ‘Old Hippie’ and ‘Kids Of The Baby Boom’. In the mid-90s he re-established Alabama as a major chart act. Gordy is married to Patty Loveless and, naturally, produces her records. He also plays part-time with the country supergroup the Notorious Cherry Bombs.
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