What Happened to Ricky Van Shelton?
BY COURTNEY FOX | September 22, 2021
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Do you remember Ricky Van Shelton? The country music star scored big hits with "I'll Leave This World Loving You," "Keep it Between the Lines," "Hole in my Pocket," "I Meant Every Word He Said," "Wild Man," "Statue of a Fool" and his Dolly Parton duet, "Rockin' Years." Over the course of his 20-year career, Shelton had 10 No. 1 hits and was among the ranks of timeless country singers like Conway Twitty, George Strait, Randy Travis and Garth Brooks.
Shelton released his debut album Wild-Eyed Dream in 1987. The album, which spawned the hits "Crime of Passion," "Life Turned Her That Way," "Somebody Lied" and more, hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart. He followed up the album's success with his sophomore release, Loving Proof, which featured "From a Jack to a King," "Don't We All Have the Right" and the Hank Cochran-penned "He Got You," which was originally recorded by Patsy Cline as "She's Got You."
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We were supposed to work Ricky Van Shelton at the World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Illinois back in early 90s. But Van Shelton was sick with Strep throat and could not perform.
Alan Jackson was free and came in as last minute substitute. He put on such a great performance the crowd gave him a standing ovation.