Mike Reid Biography

24 May 1947, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA. Reid gained a degree in music from Penn State University but he was also an outstanding football player, becoming a professional for the Cincinnati Bengals. He won a national award as Defensive Rookie of the Year. Although he became a football star, he quit in 1975 to play keyboards for the Apple Butter Band in Cincinnati. He then became a solo performer with most bookings based on his previous fame including some performances as a guest pianist with symphony orchestras. In 1980, he moved to Nashville. He befriended Ronnie Milsap and wrote several US country hits for him, including ‘Inside’ (a number 1), ‘Stranger In My House’, ‘Lost In The Fifties’ and ‘Old Folks’, which was a duet. Since then, he has written numerous country successes including ‘One Good Well’ (Don Williams), ‘Tell Him I’m Crazy’ (Shelby Lynne), ‘Love Without Mercy’ (Lee Roy Parnell), ‘Born To Be Blue’ (Judds) and ‘He Talks To Me’ (Lorrie Morgan). He also wrote a contender for one of the best ever love songs, Willie Nelson’s ‘There You Are’. He wrote all the songs on his first album, Turning For Home, which was produced by Steve Buckingham, and topped the US country charts with ‘Walk Of Faith’. In 1992 Collin Raye topped the charts with Reid’s ‘In This Life’.

Reid was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.