Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Musical Interlude: Somebody's Knockin' (1980-1)

In the course of music history, there've been a few blind singers that have had enormous success. Stevie Wonder & Ronnie Milsap are still around. Of course, we can't forget about the "Genius of Soul", Ray Charles.

Then, there is Terri Gibbs.

Perhaps the only blind female musician to hit the charts, Terri debuted in the fall of 1980 with "Somebody's Knockin'", which peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the country chart. It's a tale of being tempted by the devil, and it caused quite a stir upon its release.

For those who've knocked Terri's piano playing---some uninformed souls questioned the legitimacy of her playing at the 1981 Music City Awards---she learned to play the piano at 3, and, as Barry White explains in the intro, it was guitar legend Chet Atkins, head of country music at RCA for many years, who convinced Terri to relocate to Nashville---where she signed with MCA. Go figure.

The following clip appears to come from Solid Gold, where White is a guest co-host with Dionne Warwick.

Terri turned to Christian music and released a trio of Christian CDs before the end of the 80's, retiring in 1990.

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