Jean Shepard

Seven Lonely Days

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Honky-tonk heroine Jean Shepard revisited the titular Georgia Gibbs hit on Seven Lonely Days and scored a Top 20 hit. The album's first single, a ballad of devotion titled "I'm Tied Around Your Finger," didn't fare as well even though it expressed a tried-and-true "Stand By Your Man" sentiment. Most of the other songs are covers of recent hits, including "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," "Today I Started Loving You Again" and "Invisible Tears." Shepard performs a sex-change operation on Waylon Jenning's "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" and comes up with "Only Mama That'll Walk the Line," and revisits the theme of her earlier hit "Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar" with the sassy "Second Place" and "You Know Where You Can Go." Many of the honky-tonk women of the '50s, like Rose Maddox and Kitty Wells, had a hard time sustaining their chart success into the '70s, but Shepard managed to do fairly well even though she shared their increasingly uncommercial hard country sound.

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