walt aldridge

Instruments: Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Engineer and Producer
Date of Birth: November 12,1955
Place of Birth:Florence, Alabama

1995 Music Creator's Award; Walk of Fame Star

Walt Aldridge, a songwriter, singer, musician, engineer and producer has exercised his musical skills in Muscle Shoals and Nashville for eighteen years.

Billboard magazine named Aldridge one of the Top Ten Country Songwriters of the year in 1989 and 1991 on the strength of such songs as Rickey Van Shelton's "I Am A Simple Man". His song "(There Ain't) No Gettin' Over Me" was ASCAP's most performed country song in 1982 and in the tip 5 in 1983. "Holding Her and Loving You" was named song of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. In 1992, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame awarded Aldridge with a bronze star in their Walk of Fame.

Aldridge was lead singer, guitarist and producer for the country rock group The Shooters, and wrote or co-wrote all their Top 40 singles. The Shooters were among Billboard's Top 10 New Country Artists of the Year in 1987.

His work spans a wide spectrum of music, including the techno-pop song "My Love Is Chemical" which was recorded by Lou Reed as part of the soundtrack for the movie "White Nights", starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Although his primary focus has been songwriting, he has found time to lend his management skills to Fame and Rick Hall Publishing and Fame Productions and a co-publishing venture with EMI Music called Waltz Time Music. Additionally, he is becoming more and more involved with production. His credits include Lacy J. Dalton, Marty Stuart, Linda Davis, T.G. Sheppard, Fish Heads and Rice. A new production agreement with Arista promises to involve Aldridge even more with record production.

Chart Songs as a Songwriter


Song Title Recording Artist Chart* Year
Holding Her And Loving You Earl Thomas Conley 1 1983
I Am A Simple Man Ricky Van Shelton 1 1991
There's No Gettin' Over Me Ronnie Milsap 1 1981
Till You're Gone Barbara Mandrell 1 1982
Fear Of Being Alone Reba McEntire 2 1996
She's Got A Single Thing In Mind Conway Twitty 2 1989
Like There Ain't No Yesterday Blackhawk 3 1996
She Sure Got Away With My Heart John Anderson 3 1984
One Owner Heart T.G. Sheppard 4 1985
Deep Down Pan Tillis 6 1996
Leave Him Out Of This Steve Wariner 6 1992
See If I Care Shenandoah 6 1990
I Sure Can Smell The Rain Blackhawk 9 1994
Crime Of Passion Ricky Van Shelton 7 1987
Doncha T.G. Sheppard 8 1985
In Over My Heart T.G. Sheppard 9 1986
Whatever Comes First Sons Of The Desert 10 1997
Save The Last Chance For Me Johnny Lee 12 1985
Borderline Shooters 13 1989
Song Title Recording Artist Chart* Year
Anybody Else's Heart But Mine Terri Gibbs 17 1983
She's Steppin' Out Con Hunley 17 1981
If I Ever Go Crazy Shooters 17 1989
What Ever Comes First Sons of the Desert 19 1997
They Only Come Out At Night Shooters 21 1987
High Cost Of Loving Exile 27 1983
Your Own Little Corner of My Heart Blackhawk 27 1999
Never Say Never T. Graham Brown 30 1989
Fit To Be Tied Down Conway Twitty 30 1990
Tell It To Your Teddy Bear Shooters 34 1987
Familiar Pain Restless Heart 40 1992
Give My Heart To You Billy Ray Cyrus 41 1999
Somebody Will River Road 51 1998
Born In A High Wind T.G. Sheppard 63 1991
Free Me Wayne Toups 66 1999
Holding Her & Loving You Clay Walker 68 1998
The Call Little Texas 71 1997

*Chart position is based on Billboard Magazine Pop, Country, R&B, & A/C Charts. Other music industry charts may have shown higher chart positions.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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