Sue Richards

Born: Nov. 26, 1941 Muscle Shoals, AL

A native of the Shoals area, Sue Richards began singing Gospel music with her family at the age of 4, then released her first record on the Sun label at the age of 11, recording under her maiden name Maggie Sue Wimberly.

The record "How Long" was backed with "Daydreams Come True" and was produced by Sam Phillips. She was the third female act on Phillips label and although the songs were rockabilly in style remain closest to pure country among Phillips acts.

She recorded "Too Many Daddys" for Epic Records in 1969, and released "I Just Had You On My Mind" on ABC-Dot in 1973. Her biggest hit "Sweet Sensuous Feelings" on ABC-Dot hit the charts in 1976. The song was written by Ava and Roy Aldridge.

Richards toured as a background vocalist with Tammy Wynette from 1977 until Wynette's death in 1998.

As a songwriter, Richards wrote "Let's All Go Down to the River", written with Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery, "I Just Had You On My Mind", "Somebody Hold Me (Until She Passes By)", written with Ava and Roy Aldridge, "Ease Me To The Ground", "Please Tell Him That I Said Hello", "He Was There When I Needed You" and "Imaginary Arms"

Song Title Recording Artist Chart* Year
Somebody Hold Me Until She Passes Narvel Felts 10 1976
Let's All Go Down To The River Jody Miller & Johnny Paycheck 13 1972
He Was There When I Needed You Tammy Wynette 17 1980
I Just Had You On My Mind Dotsy 21 1978
I Just Had You On My Mind Billy "Crash" Craddock 22 1980

*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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