“I Feel Like Loving You Again”
Written by Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throckmorton
#1 (1 week)
January 31, 1981
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 6, 1981
T.G. Sheppard takes a break from the salacious singles and delivers a straight ahead love song.
It’s a darn good song too, capturing the longing and desperation that sends a wounded lover back into the arms of the woman who has repeatedly hurt him. It gives us an opportunity to hear Sheppard’s talents as a singer purely displayed, as there isn’t a single line in the song that would make a woman cautious about leaving him alone with her drink.
So how does he do as a singer of a straight ahead love song?
Dear God, he does terribly. He’s reaching for notes that aren’t in the same zip code, and as he painfully strains himself, there’s a female back up singer responding to him in the chorus, and she’s using a little girl whisper that would make Barbara Fairchild say, “Nope. That’s too much.”
Mercifully, there’s a John Conlee version of this song and it’s so much better than the Sheppard version that they should be played back to back for the Country Music Hall of Fame nominating committee. They’d induct Conlee on the spot by universal acclaim.
He’s back to the gutter with his next hit, and of course, it went to No. 1 as well.
“I Feel Like Loving You Again” gets a D.
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