Poets and Prophets: Allen Reynolds

When: Sat., Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m. 2012

Allen Reynolds penned The Vogues’ 1965 single “Five o’ Clock World” while he was working at a Memphis bank, and went on to a storied career as a songwriter and producer. Growing up in Memphis, Reynolds worked with singer-songwriter Dickey Lee and producer Cowboy Jack Clement at Sun Records. Reynolds and Lee wrote “I Saw Linda Yesterday” for Lee before moving in 1970 to Nashville, where he continued to work with Clement. In the ’70s, Reynolds wrote “Dreaming My Dreams With You” for Waylon Jennings, along with hits for Don Williams. Later in the decade, Reynolds produced records for Crystal Gayle, and continued his success into the succeeding decades with the likes of Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks. A true auteur, Reynolds has balanced commerce and art throughout his career — he should have some great stories to tell.

Edd Hurt

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