Mike Reid (singer)

Michael Barry Reid (born May 24, 1947[1]) is an American country music artist, composer, and former American football player.

Born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Reid attended college at and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, where he played defensive lineman for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team. He then spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League, earning trips to the Pro Bowl after the 1972 and 1973 seasons, before retiring after the 1974 season. He subsequently focused on his musical career, co-writing several hit singles for country music artists, including Ronnie Milsap's "Stranger in My House", which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1984. Reid later began a solo recording career, releasing two studio albums for Columbia Records. He charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart as a singer, including the Number One hit "Walk on Faith".

Mike Reid
Birth nameMichael Barry Reid
BornMay 24, 1947 (age 71)
Altoona, Pennsylvania
GenresCountry music, Rock, musical theatre
Occupation(s)songwriter, musical theatre composer, musician
Years active1960s–present
LabelsColumbia (solo releases)
Associated actsRonnie Milsap (eight number-one songs)

Football career

Mike Reid
No. 68, 74
Position:Defensive tackle
Career information
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:64
Player stats at NFL.com

At college, Reid was a captain on both the Nittany Lions undefeated 1968 and 1969 teams that went 22-0. In his senior year (1969), the tackle spearheaded Penn State on defense with 89 tackles and was a unanimous All-America choice and All-East selection. He also was awarded the 1969 Maxwell Trophy and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Reid also wrestled at Penn State and in 1967 he won the Eastern heavyweight wrestling title.[2]

Reid was the first-round selection (#7 pick overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1970 NFL Draft. In the team's third season, it won the AFC Central Division and made the playoffs. In 1971, Reid established himself as one of the NFL's best pass rushers by recording 12 sacks, a figure he repeated in 1972. In 1971 Reid was a consensus All-AFC selection and the following year he was consensus All-Pro as well as being voted consensus All-AFC again.

In 1973, he topped those marks by recording 13 sacks. He was named All-Pro by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and was second-team All-Pro according to the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers Association. For the third consecutive season Reid was consensus All-AFC.

In 1974, due primarily to injuries, he recorded only seven sacks, bringing his career total to 49. In his final season, Reid was again an All-AFC selection by Pro Football Weekly. Although sacks were an unofficial statistic, the Bengals kept track of them and Reid retired as the leading sacker in the team's short history.

He made two trips to the Pro Bowl (1972 and 1973) before his retirement following the 1974 season due to knee and hand injuries and his desire to focus on a music career. In 1996, he received the NFL Alumni Career Achievement Award for his success in his post-NFL career.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Walter Camp "Alumnus of the Year" award in 1987. In 1995, he received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. Reid was named as part of the Bengals' 40th Anniversary All-Time team in 2007. In 2017, Reid was named as part of the Bengals' 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Music career

After receiving his BA in music from Pennsylvania State University in 1969, Reid would perform as a pianist for the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

When he abandoned his football career, he formed a band and began playing at a Holiday Inn location across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, then abandoned the idea of performing in bands and began playing solo at the Blind Lemon, and in the process, beginning to write his own songs. Living in Mount Lookout, he drove Eastern Avenue daily, and slowly Eastern Avenue River Railway Blues grew out of that. After a gig in Atlanta, Reid and some other musicians attended Southeastern Music Hall about 3:30 a.m. A cassette tape of that session somehow found its way to Jerry Jeff Walker, who, in 1978, became the first artist to record a Reid song, that being Eastern Avenue River Railway Blues.[3]

In 1980, Reid moved to Nashville, and quickly became known as an in-demand songwriter for the likes of Ronnie Milsap. Larry Gatlin also helped Reid spearhead his songwriting career.

In 1984, Reid won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song with "Stranger in My House", which was recorded by Ronnie Milsap. Reid would also contribute compositions to artists such as Marie Osmond, Tanya Tucker, Collin Raye, Alabama, and Conway Twitty. In the 1980s and 1990s, Reid wrote twelve No. 1 singles[1] including "Forever's as Far as I'll Go" which was recorded in 1990 by Alabama; their twenty-ninth number one country hit. He was also featured as a guest vocalist on Milsap's "Old Folks", a No. 2 hit from early 1988. He also co-wrote, with Allen Shamblin, Bonnie Raitt's standard "I Can't Make You Love Me".

In 1990, Reid signed to Columbia Records as a recording artist. His debut album Turning for Home produced a No. 1 country hit in its lead-off single "Walk on Faith", although the album's other singles were not as successful. His second and final album, 1992's Twilight Town, produced two singles which both missed the Top 40.

By 1991, Reid composed the music for the Civil War musical A House Divided. After that he wrote six more musicals, including Quilts, Different Fields, Eye of the Blackbird, Tales of Appalachia, In This House, and The Ballad of Little Jo, a 1997 winner of the Academy of Arts and Letters' Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater.[4]

Reid was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.[1]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
[5]
Turning for Home 22
Twilight Town
  • Release date: September 29, 1992
  • Label: Columbia Records
59
New Direction Home
  • Release date: February 6, 2012
  • Label: Off Row Records

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[6]
CAN Country
[7]
1988 "Old Folks" (with Ronnie Milsap) 2 12 Heart & Soul
1990 "Walk on Faith" 1 1 Turning for Home
1991 "Till You Were Gone" 17 8
"As Simple as That" 14 11
"I'll Stop Loving You" 23 11
1992 "I Got a Life" 54 81
"Keep On Walkin'" 45 52 Twilight Town
"Call Home" 43 42

Songwriting

For the most notable recordings of songs written by Mike Reid see Category:Songs written by Mike Reid (singer)

Music videos

Year Video Director
1991 "Walk on Faith" Deaton-Flanigen Productions
1992 "I'll Stop Loving You"
"Keep On Walkin'" Phil Tuckett
1993 "Call Home" Deaton-Flanigen Productions

References

  1. ^ a b c "Mike Reid". Nashville Songwriters Foundation. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ CSTV.com
  3. ^ "An American Poet" by Roger Naylor, Cincinnati Magazine, October 1988, pages 36-37
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-12. Retrieved 2010-06-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater
  5. ^ "Mike Reid - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mike Reid - Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mike Reid - Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved December 21, 2018.

External links

Fallin' for You for Years

"Fallin for You for Years" is a song written by Mike Reid and Troy Seals, and recorded by American country music artist Conway Twitty. It was released in October 1986 as the second single and title track from the album Fallin' for You for Years. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

How Do I Turn You On

"How Do I Turn You On" is a song written by Mike Reid and Robert Byrne, and recorded by the American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It was released in October 1986 as the fourth single from the album Lost in the Fifties Tonight. "How Do I Turn You On" was Milsap's thirtieth number one country single, spending one week at number one and thirteen weeks on the country chart.

I Can't Make You Love Me

"I Can't Make You Love Me" is a song written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by American singer Bonnie Raitt for her eleventh studio album Luck of the Draw (1991). Released as the album's third single in 1991, "I Can't Make You Love Me" became one of Raitt's most successful singles, reaching the top-20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the top-10 on the Adult Contemporary.

In August 2000, Mojo magazine voted "I Can't Make You Love Me" the eighth best track on its The 100 Greatest Songs of All Time list. The song is ranked at number 339 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. On 27 November 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction, along with that of another 24 songs.

In Love (song)

"In Love" is a song written by Mike Reid and Bruce Dees, and recorded by American country music artist Ronnie Milsap. It was released in June 1986 as the third single from the album Lost in the Fifties Tonight.

In This Life (Collin Raye song)

"In This Life" is a song written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, and recorded by American country music singer Collin Raye that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was released in July 1992 as the first single and title track from his CD In This Life.

Inside (Ronnie Milsap song)

"Inside" is a song written by Mike Reid, and recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It was released in November 1982 as the third single and title track from the album Inside. The song extended his early 1980s success as both a country and crossover artist when it reached its peak popularity in early 1983.

It's Only Over for You

"It's Only Over for You" is a song written by Mike Reid and Rory Bourke, and recorded by American country music artist Tanya Tucker. It was released in March 1987 as the fourth single from the album Girls Like Me. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.The song was first recorded and released by Tammy Wynette on her 1985 album Sometimes When We Touch and subsequently, in 1987, by Michael Johnson on his album Wings.

Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)

"Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In The Still of the Night)", a single released by country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It is a medley of "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" written by Mike Reid and Troy Seals and a cover of The Five Satins' 1956 hit "In the Still of the Night".

Old Folks (Ronnie Milsap and Mike Reid song)

"Old Folks" is a song recorded by American country music artists Ronnie Milsap and Mike Reid, the latter of whom wrote the song. It was released in March 1988 as the third single from the album Heart & Soul. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

One Good Well

"One Good Well" is a song written by Mike Reid and Kent Robbins, and recorded by American country music artist Don Williams. It was released in April 1989 as the first single and title track from the album One Good Well. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Prisoner of the Highway

"Prisoner of the Highway" is a song written by Mike Reid, and recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It was released in September 1984 as the second single from the album One More Try for Love. The song was later included on one of his compilation albums that was released in 1992; this album was entitled Greatest Hits Vol. 3.

She Keeps the Home Fires Burning

"She Keeps the Home Fires Burning" is a song written by Mike Reid, Don Pfrimmer and Dennis Morgan, and recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It was released in April 1985 as the first single from his Greatest Hits, Vol. 2. album.

"She Keeps the Home Fires Burning" was Milsap's 41st single to be released, and his 26th No. 1 hit on the country charts, the song is highly regarded as one of Milsap's most popular songs. The song is also featured on numerous compilation albums; including 40 #1 Hits and The Essential Ronnie Milsap.

Show Her

"Show Her" is a song written by Mike Reid, and recorded by American country music artist Ronnie Milsap. It was released in October 1983 as the third single from the album Keyed Up. "Show Her" was Ronnie Milsap's twenty-fifth number one country hit. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.

Some Kind of Trouble (song)

"Some Kind of Trouble" is a song written by Mike Reid, Brent Maher and Don Potter, and recorded by American country music artist Tanya Tucker. It was released in February 1992 as the third single from the album What Do I Do with Me. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Still Losing You

"Still Losing You" is a song written by Mike Reid, and recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It was released in May 1984 as the first single from the album One More Try for Love.

Stranger in My House (Ronnie Milsap song)

"Stranger in My House" is a song written by Mike Reid, and recorded by American country music artist Ronnie Milsap. It was released in April 1983 as the first single from the album Keyed Up.

There You Are (Willie Nelson song)

"There You Are" is a song written by Mike Reid and Kye Fleming, and recorded by American country music artist Willie Nelson. It was released in September 1989 as the second single from his album A Horse Called Music, and his last release in the 1980s. The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

To Me

"To Me" is a song written by Mike Reid and Mack David, and recorded by American country music artists Lee Greenwood and Barbara Mandrell. It was released in July 1984 as the first single from the album Meant for Each Other. The song reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Where Do the Nights Go

"Where Do the Nights Go" is a song written by Mike Reid and Rory Bourke, and recorded by American country music artist Ronnie Milsap. It was released in September 1987 as the third single from the album Heart & Soul. The song was Milsap's thirty-third number one on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent thirteen weeks on the country chart.

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