The founding members of Shenandoah, formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA, in the mid-80s were Marty Raybon (8 December 1959, Greenville, Alabama, USA; lead vocals), who started out as a bricklayer before joining American Bluegrass Express, where he stayed for nine years before leaving to join Heartbreak Mountain, Jim Seales (b. 20 March 1954, Hamilton, Alabama, USA; guitar), Ralph Ezell (b. 26 June 1953, Union, Mississippi, USA; bass), Stan Thorn (b. 3 March 1959, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA; keyboards) and Mike McGuire (b. 28 December 1958, Hamilton, Alabama, USA; drums). They were first known as the MGM Band, but after the songwriter Robert Byrne recommended them to the producer Rick Hall (of Fame Studios) and they signed with Columbia Records, they were renamed Shenandoah. Their self-titled 1987 debut included the Top 10 hit She Doesnt Cry Anymore, the first recording to introduce Raybons powerful singing voice to a wider audience. They made...
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