S-K-O

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Country group formed in the 1980s by three well-traveled country singer-songwriters.
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This US group comprised three songwriters, Thom Schuyler (b. 1952, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA), Fred Knobloch and Paul Overstreet (b. 17 March 1955, Newton, Mississippi, USA), who decided to work together as an occasional band. Schuyler was, by trade, a carpenter, whose songwriting abilities were discovered by Eddie Rabbitt when he was making alterations to the latter’s studio. Schuyler wrote ‘16th Avenue’, ‘Hurricane’ and ‘I Don’t Know Where To Start’ and had Blue Heart, released by Capitol Records, which led to some entries on the US country chart. With Paul Overstreet, he wrote ‘I Fell In Love Again Last Night’ (the Forester Sisters), and ‘A Long Line Of Love’ (Michael Martin Murphey), both US country number l hits. Knobloch, pronounced ‘no-block’, (b. Jackson, Mississippi, USA) worked in Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1983. He wrote ‘The Whole World’s In Love When You’re Lonely’ and ‘Julianne’ (the Everly Brothers). As Fred Knoblock (sic), he had a US pop hit with ‘Why Not Me’ and country hits with ‘Memphis’ and, with Susie Allanson, ‘Killin’ Time’. Overstreet, a more traditional country songwriter, wrote both ‘On The Other Hand’ and ‘Forever And Ever, Amen’ with Don Schlitz (both US country number l hits for Randy Travis); ‘Diggin’ Up Bones’ with Al Gore (also a number l for Travis); and ‘You’re Still New To Me’ with Paul Davis (a US country number l for Marie Osmond and Paul Davis). Fred was briefly married to Dolly Parton’s sister, Freida.

The first S-K-O release, ‘You Can’t Stop Love’, made the US country Top 10. Their second single, ‘Baby’s Got A New Baby’, topped the US country chart in 1987. At that time, Overstreet opted for a solo career and he had a further US country number l with Tanya Tucker and Paul Davis with a song he wrote with Don Schlitz, ‘I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love’. He also wrote ‘You Again’ (the Forester Sisters), ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ (Keith Whitley) and ‘Deeper Than The Holler’ (Randy Travis), all with Don Schlitz and all US country number l hits. His place was taken by songwriter Craig Bickhardt (b. Pennsylvania, USA), thus making the group S-K-B. Bickhardt had a band, Wire And Wood, which opened for many well-known acts in the early 70s. He wrote or co-wrote ‘Finally Found A Reason’ (Art Garfunkel), ‘I’m Falling In Love Tonight’ (the Judds), ‘Never Been In Love’ (Randy Meisner), ‘You’re The Power’ (Kathy Mattea), ‘Give A Little Love To Me’ (the Judds), ‘I Know Where I’m Going’ (the Judds), and songs for the film, Tender Mercies. S-K-B finally had a US Top 10 country single with ‘Givers And Takers’ before disbanding in 1989.