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Tagged: Margaret Lewis

Reconsider Me

Co-written and first recorded (as a demo) by Margaret Lewis (1965, released 1995).
Hit versions by Johnny Adams (US #28/R&B #8 1969), Ray Pillow (C&W #38 1969), John Wesley Ryles (#39 1971), Narvel Felts (US #67/C&W #2 1975).

From the wiki: “‘Reconsider Me’ is a Country/Soul ballad written by Margaret Lewis and Mira Smith, and first recorded as a demo by Lewis in 1965. It was finally released in 1995 on the Ace Records compilation album Shreveport Stomp – Ram Records, Vol. 1.

“Lewis first came to public notice in the late 1950s as a performer on the Louisiana Hayride radio program, where she also met Smith, a local musician who happened to own her own record label – Ram Records – one of the first women in the recording industry to do so. After Ram closed down in the early 1960s, Lewis and Smith concentrated on songwriting, eventually moving to Nashville and signing with noted producer Shelby Singleton as songwriters for his SSS International and Plantation Records labels. Between them, Lewis and Smith composed more than 100 songs, including ‘Mountain of Love’ (David Houston), ‘I Almost Called Your Name’ (Margaret Whiting), ‘The Girl Most Likely’ (Jeannie C. Riley), and their signature success,’Reconsider Me’ (Johnny Adams).