1982 Greg Guidry – Goin’ Down
Greg and five of his brothers and sisters formed a gospel group while still teenagers. Curtis Mayfield signed them to Curtom Records as an R&B act, but no recordings appear to exist.
He also played in bands in the St. Louis area with Michael McDonald (and shortly after that, Michael became a member of the Steely Dan touring group and ended up a member of the Doobie Brothers).
Greg signed with CBS Records in 1977. He worked with Nashville’s Rich Lang and recorded demos. The list of artists that recorded songs Greg wrote includes Climax Blues Band, Robbie Dupree, Johnnie Taylor, Sawyer Brown, and Reba McEntire. He also did some studio work, including background vocals on an Allman Brothers album in 1981.
Greg signed with Columbia Records in 1982 and John Ryan produced his first album, Over the Line. Greg wrote the song Goin’ Down and co-produced the recording with John. He sang and played piano on the single. It peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 in 1982 and reached #11 on the Adult Contemporary chart. A follow-up single only reached #92, and that was Greg’s last chart appearance.
Greg’s next albums did not appear until 2000 when he self-released two more albums.
Police found Greg’s burned body in a car in his garage in 2003, with his death resulting from suicide.
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