Jeannie Seely was an East Coast native (from Pennsylvania) who got the country bug as a young girl, and set out to make her fortune in the music business, at first writing songs for others to sing, and then eventually moving to Nashville, where she was the "girl" singer in Porter Wagoner's road show, after Norma Jean left in 1965. The next year, she broke out as a solo artist, scoring a national hit with her first single, Hank Cochran's "Don't Touch Me," and later became a lifelong member of the Grand Ole Opry. Seely later hit the road as Jack Greene's duet partner, and was married to Cochran for several years. Her career was sidelined in 1977 when she was in a near-fatal car crash; Seely has recorded off and on over the years, and also did a lot of stage and film acting, often country biopics and other music-related roles. Here's a quick look at her career...




CD Discography

Jeannie Seely "Greatest Hits: Original Country Recordings" (Sony Special Products/Point Productions, 1992)


Jeannie Seely "Greatest Hits On Monument" (Sony, 1993)
A straight reissue of a 1973 best-of, all of it quite good. This has two more songs on it than the Original Country Recordings disc above.


Jeannie Seely & Jack Greene "20 All-Time Greatest Hits" (Tee Vee, 2003)
Apparently these are re-recorded versions of their old hits, duets and songs from each singer's career from the 1970s... Not sure when these recordings were made, but it's marginal material, at best.


Jeannie Seely & Jack Greene "Greatest Hits" (Hollywood, 1994)
Not sure about these either... These might be the real deal.




LP Discography

Jeannie Seely "The Seely Feeling" (Monument, 1966)
(Produced by Fred Foster)


Jeannie Seely "Thanks Hank" (Monument, 1967) (LP)
(Produced by Fred Foster)

A mellow, easygoing tribute to songwriter Hank Cochran who, not coincidentally, was Seely's husband at the time. This is a nice album -- much like his records, this is not dazzling, but it gets the point across. Also, much like his records, there was no chart action, though country fans can take comfort in the fine, low-key performances. (Reissued as Make The World Go Away, on Columbia's Harmony imprint; the Harmony reissue is missing three songs: "These Memories," "I Want To Go With You," and "Someone's Waiting.")


Jeannie Seely "I'll Love You More" (Monument, 1967) (LP)
(Produced by Fred Foster)

This one's maybe a little snoozy. The songs are all pretty slow and downcast, a bit lethargic, even. Fine, expressive singing, but the string-laden, slow arrangements all start to sound the same after a while.


Jeannie Seely "Little Things" (Monument, 1968) (LP)
(Produced by Fred Foster & Jim Malloy)


Jeannie Seely "Jeannie Seely" (Decca, 1969) (LP)
(Produced by Owen Bradley)


Jeannie Seely & Jack Greene "Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely" (Decca, 1969) (LP)
(Produced by Owen Bradley & Harry Silverstein)


Jeannie Seely "Please Be My New Love" (Decca, 1970) (LP)


Jeannie Seely "Can I Sleep In Your Arms/Lucky Ladies" (MCA, 1973) (LP)
(Produced by Walter Haynes)

Maybe the most interesting thing about this album is just how much of a throwback it is, with mid-tempo weepers that recall her late '60s sound, and a couple of loping country shuffles, such as Wayne P. Walker's "Pride" and Mel Tillis's "Alright, I'll Sign The Papers," which go back to a late-'50s style. This was even more remarkable since at the time, MCA's country division had perhaps the most dynamic, distictive in-house production style of any major-label -- their stuff in the early '70s ranks among my favorite pop-country -- but this album doesn't follow that path. And that's not to say there's anything wrong here -- indeed, this is a mighty tasty record, definitely worth checking out! It's just Seely was following her own muse, current trends or not.


Jeannie Seely & Jack Greene "Two For The Show" (MCA, 1973) (LP)


Jeannie Seely & Jack Greene "Live At The Grand Ole Opry" (Pinnacle, 1977) (LP)
(Produced by Jack Greene & Hank Cochran)


Jeannie Seely "Number One Christmas" (Power Pak, 1994)


Jeannie Seely "Personal" (1997)


Jeannie Seely "Been There, Sung That" (1999)


Jeannie Seely "Life's Highway" (OMS, 2003)
It's interesting to hear one-time chart-topper Jeannie Seely adopting a bluegrass-based backing (courtesy of 'grass pickers Glenn Duncan, Rob Ickes, Buck White and others...) Honestly, though, her voice ain't what it used to be, and while this disc will be a welcome addition for her devoted fans, it's not nearly as strong as her best old stuff.




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