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Classic Rewind: Wayne Kemp – ‘I Turn My Mind On You’

4 responses to “Classic Rewind: Wayne Kemp – ‘I Turn My Mind On You’

  1. Ken Johnson July 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Wayne Kemp is truly an underated talent. Better known for songwriting rather than his singing he released some great hard country singles for Decca and MCA. This song was the flip side of his first Decca single “Won’t You Come Home (And Talk To A Stranger)” that climbed to #61 in March 1969. Here’s an expanded version of the clip from the Porter Wagoner Show with both songs and a short chat with Porter about the hits that Wayne wrote for Conway Twitty.

  2. Paul W Dennis July 21, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Loved seeing these video clips

    Wayne Kemp was a pretty decent, but not great singer, who simply never caught a break with his own singles but placed a long list of songs with other artists, both singles and album cuts. Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb recorded “’Won’t You Come Home And Talk To A Stranger” on their IF WE PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER album, and Loretta included the song in her stage show for a few years. In addition to the songs mentioned in the interview Kemp wrote or co-wrote numerous other hits , including “Love Bug” (George Jones), “One Piece at a Time” (Johnny Cash), “The Fireman” (George Strait) and “I’ll Leave This World Loving You.” (Ricky Shelton).

    As far as I know, there is nothing currently available by Wayne on CD but there are some digital downloads available. Kemp released a number of vinyl albums all of them worthwhile and charted twenty-four singles (21 with major labels) with only one reaching the top twenty.

    Conway Twitty wasn’t predatory, unlike some other artists. Kemp recorded “Image of Me” first, and although Twitty liked the song, he wouldn’t record it until Kemp’s version had a fair chance to become a hit. Kemp’s version didn’t chart so Conway went into the studio and recorded his version , which became Conway’s first top ten country hit

  3. Luckyoldsun July 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I like how Porter introduces him as a “boy.” The guy looks like he’s about 40 and with his suit and his hairstyle, he looks like he could be the manager of the local bank or insurance office.

    • Ken Johnson July 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      At the time this was taped Wayne was about 27 or 28 years old while Porter was in his early 40’s. As was often the custom on the Grand Ole Opry an older male refers to a younger male as a “boy” even though the latter might be just a few years younger. It was always done tongue-in-cheek with no insult intended. Porter likely picked up the habit there.

      Many country stars dressed as Wayne did in the late 1960’s attempting to shed the hick/hayseed image of country music. Rather than wearing rhinestones most male performers opted for suits and business attire. Some even dressed in the “mod” styles of the time including turtlenecks and Nehru jackets.

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