William Neal Browder, 20 July 1944, Humboldt, Tennessee, USA. Sheppard is a nephew of old-time country performer Rod Brasfield, and his mother was a piano teacher who gave him lessons. Sheppard began his professional musical career in Memphis in the early 60s, working as a backing vocalist for Travis Wammack and then performing as Brian Stacey, having a regional hit with High School Days. After his marriage in 1965, Sheppard became a record promoter for Stax Records and RCA Records. In 1974, he was signed by Motown Records country arm, Melodyland, and had two number 1 country records with The Devil In The Bottle and Trying To Beat The Morning Home. He took his stage name from German shepherd dogs, although many have thought his name represents The Good Shepherd. Sheppard merged his Memphis soul background with country music, which included revivals of the Four Tops I Cant Help Myself and Neil...
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