“Baby Bye Bye”
Written by Jamie Brantley and Gary Morris
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 8, 1985
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March 2, 1985
For Gary Morris, the road to stardom went through the White House.
Morris hailed from Forth Worth, Texas, and had considered a career in sports before committing to a music career while in college. He moved to Colorado, where he was successful on the club circuit. After writing and recording some jingles, he started singing at fundraisers for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. This led to a job at the White House, and as his luck would have it, country producer Norro Wilson heard him singing there and got him to sign with Warner Bros. Nashville.
His self-titled debut album was released in 1982, and it included his breakthrough top ten single “Headed For a Heartache.” His second set, Why Lady Why, included his hit version of “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” which helped that album become his only gold-selling studio set to date. All four singles from that album went top ten, and three of them went top five.
His third set, Faded Blue, kicked off with two more top ten singles. With the third and final release from the project, he earned his first No. 1 hit.
“Baby Bye Bye” is a great showcase for Morris. He sounds fantastic, delivering a rapid fire lyric without coming up from air. The production is fresh and interesting, and the lyric is well written. It’s an enthusiastic kiss off anthem to a woman who has done her man wrong one too many times: