Although he was a notable country star of the late 1970s and early '80s, history hasn't been kind to R. C. Bannon. Thirty-plus years since his biggest hit -- 1979's country cover of "Reunited" -- and still not a single best-of set has come out... anywhere. Bannon was best known for his duets with his wife, Louise Mandrell, the younger sister of country superstar Barbara Mandrell. Bannon quit headlining in the early '80s, but continued to tour with Mandrell and to successfully write songs, such as "Only One Love In My Life" (a hit for Ronnie Milsap) and more recently Steve Azar's "I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday)". Here's a quick look at his work...
R. C. Bannon "Have Some R.C." (Aura Cee Records, 1976-?) (LP)
This indie album was released back when Bannon was still a struggling local, doing bar band gigs in the Pacific Northwest, mostly around Seattle. It was recorded at the legendary Ripcord Records studio, but released on Bannon's own one-off Aura Cee label. All of the songs but two were Bannon originals, with covers of "Proud Mary" and "Delta Dawn" being the exceptions. Two tracks were recorded in Bakersfield, at the Buck Owens Studios, with Owens protegee Mayf Nutter producing the session.
R. C. Bannon "R.C. Bannon Arrives" (Columbia, 1978) (LP)
R. C. Bannon & Louise Mandrell "Inseparable" (Epic, 1979) (LP)
R. C. Bannon & Louise Mandrell "Love Won't Let Us Go" (Epic, 1980) (LP)
R. C. Bannon & Louise Mandrell "Me And My R.C." (RCA, 1981) (LP)
R. C. Bannon & Louise Mandrell "(You're My) Super Woman And (You're My) Incredible Man" (RCA, 1982) (LP)
R. C. Bannon "And Then I Wrote These" (2008)
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