J.L. Wallace, a native of Chattanooga, Tn., has lived in the Shoals area since the early 1970s, and has been instrumental in a variety of hits in several styles of music. The multi-talented artist plays, writes, produces and engineers.

His first efforts were in country, rock and pop music as a session musician, and included the album "Hank Williams, Jr. and Friends".

He moved into the field of Contemporary Christian music and producing and writing chart records on artists such as Will McFarlane and Michele Pillar. He wrote her singles "Reign On Me" and "Walk Across Heaven" with Butch Ledford.

His career gained momentum when he signed with Hall-Clement publishing company of the Welk Group and began writing with Terry Skinner and Ken Bell. The collaboration quickly turned out "Touch Me When We're Dancing" for the Carpenters and Alabama, and "Even The Nights Are Better" for Air Supply.

He produced the early albums by the Forester Sisters, and wrote "That's What You Do When You're In Love", "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes", and "Lyin' In His Arms Again". The group's first album produced three number one singles and a fourth in the top ten.

Chart Songs as a Songwriter

Song Title Recording Artist Chart* Year
Even The Nights Are Better Air Supply 1 1982
Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes Forester Sisters 1 1986
Touch Me When We're Dancing Alabama 1 1986
Touch Me When We're Dancing Carpenters 1 1981
I Just Came Here To Dance David Frizzell & Shelly West 4 1982
Blame It On Love Smokey Robinson & Barbara Mandrell 5 1983
Lyin' In His Arms Again Forester Sisters 5 1988
Honky Tonk Heart Highway 101 6 1989
Teach Me To Cheat Kendalls 7 1981
If You're Waiting On Me (You're Backing Up) Kendalls 10 1982
It's Just A Short Walk From Heaven John Schneider 10 1985
When You're In Love Forester Sisters 10 1985
I Just Need You For Tonight Billy "Crash" Craddock 11 1981
In My Eyes Lionel Cartwright 12 1990
Shine On Me John Wesley Ryles 13 1978
I Just Came Here To Dance Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack 15 1984
What A Lie Sammi Smith 16 1979
Back In The Fire Gene Watson 20 1989
Everybody Needs Love On Saturday Night Maines Brothers 24 1985
Dixie Man Randy Barlow 25 1981
If It Wasn't For Her, I Wouldn't Have You Daron Norwood 26 1994
Winners And Losers R.C. Bannon 26 1979
Me And You Donna Fargo 29 1987
Love Ain't Made For Fools John Wesley Ryles 33 1979
That's What I Get For Thinking Kendalls 35 1982

*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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Discogs discography: http://www.discogs.com/artist/J.L.+Wallace


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