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Greg Guidry

Origin: St. Louis, Missouri (USA)

Greg Guidry
Greg Guidry

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- Gregory M. Guidry (January 23, 1954 – July 28, 2003), better known as Greg Guidry was an American singer-songwriter.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he played piano and sang gospel as a child, and sang in a band with future Doobie Brother Michael McDonald as a teenager. With quite a bit of help from Rich Lang, friend and fellow multi-talented musician, they wrote and recorded several demos, drove to New York from St.Louis and signed a publishing contract with CBS Records in 1977 and wrote songs for Climax Blues Band, Robbie Dupree, Exile, Johnny Taylor, Sawyer Brown, and Reba McEntire. In 1981 he sang as a backing vocalist for the Allman Brothers Band on their 1981 album Brothers of the Road. He signed with Columbia in 1982 and released an album, Over the Line, which produced two hit singles, "Goin' Down" (US #17, US AC #11) and a duet with his sister Sandy, "Into My Love" (US #92).[1]

While he continued to do songwriting work later in the 1980s, he did not issue a follow-up album until 2000, when Soul'd Out and Private Session were released, and his debut album was re-released.

On July 28, 2003, Guidry died in a fire at age 53. His charred body was found in a car parked in his garage in Fairview, Tennessee. His death was ruled a suicide. -

- Singer/songwriter Greg Guidry was born in St. Louis, MO on January 23, 1954, and started out singing gospel music as a child. He remained active with music growing up and sang in bands through high school and college, including several with future Doobie Brother (and St. Louis native) Michael McDonald. He signed a publishing deal in 1977, spending the next several years writing for other artists and even singing backup for the Allman Brothers Band in 1981. Columbia Records signed Guidry as an artist in 1982 and issued his debut, Over the Line. With its adult pop sound, Over the Line produced a hit with the first single culled from it, "Goin' Down." The song peaked at number 17 in the spring of 1982 and managed to do even better on the adult contemporary charts, where it reached Top Ten status. The follow-up track, a duet with sister Sandy Guidry, failed to duplicate the success of "Goin' Down" and spent a mere two weeks on the charts. Guidry would continue to write for others, but it would be nearly 20 years before he would issue additional material, with 2000's self-released Soul'd Out and Private Session. Guidry died on July 28, 2003 at his home in Fairview, TN. His burned body was found in a car parked in his garage, and his death was ruled a suicide. He was 49 years old. -

- Gregory M. Guidry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Greg is a singer-songwriter-pianist who had 2 A.C./A.O.R. hit singles in the US Pop Charts in 1982, one of which, Goin’ Down, reached the Top 10. Greg began singing Gospel as a child and by his teens had taken piano lessons and was playing and singing in local bands throughout high school and college. He was also lead singer of some of the same bands in St. Louis as his good friend, Michael McDonald.

In 1977, he signed a deal with CBS Songs Publishing. He started writing songs and played with various bands during that time. In 1981, he got a gig as a background singer on the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND’s Brothers Of The Road (for Arista Records). His songs were used on albums by such great artists like Climax Blues Band, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Robbie Dupree, Exile, Johnny Taylor, Sawyer Brown and Reba McEntire.

Greg signed to Columbia Records in 1982 and released his first solo LP Over The Line that same year. Over The Line featured David Hungate (TOTO), Dan Huff, Bobby LaKind, David Sanborn, William Page, and Dennis Henson (Fools Gold).

The single Goin’ Down, also written by Guidry, was taken from the album and reached #17 in the Billboard Top 40 (also #10 on Radio and Records Pop Charts and #10 on Radio and Records Adult Contemporary Charts). Only one follow-up single Into My Love (a duet with his sister Sandy), made the Charts. During the ’80s, Greg worked a lot as a songwriter (in particular for EMI Music Publishing), and collaborating with songwriters like Bill LaBounty, Steve Kipner and Jeff Silbar. He has also his own publishing company called “Send Us Music, Inc.”

Greg has worked with a lot of artists: The Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Cobb, Charlie Daniels, James Ingram, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Robbie Dupree, Bill Champlain, Keith Thomas, David Goldfiles, Randall Hart, Dennis Henson, Marguerite Luciani, Joe Pizzulo, John Ryan, Jeff Silverman, Dan Toler, David Frankie Toler, Butch Trucks, and Chip Young.

His credits as background vocalist includes: Allman Brothers Best Of album (1994), Jag Fire In The Temple and The Only World In Town (1991), David Martin Stronger Than The Weight (1994), as well as vocals for The Allman Brothers Brothers Of The Road (1981).

July 28, 2003 Greg Guidry (age 53) died in a fire accident of his residence. A charred body found in a car parked inside the home garage were identified as that of singer-songwriter Greg Guidry. -

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