The Country Music Group Exile

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The country music group Exile had many changes in line-up during its first sixteen years, including the loss of their lead singer Jimmy Stokley around the release of their album All There Is. Despite this, the group managed to assess their abilities and turn Exile into a new and arguably more successful group as they went on in their career. This group proves that there’s a way to get around every obstacle, because they are still playing even now, 53 years after their original debut. The groups first album released after Jimmy Stokley’s forced departure was not one that the group enjoyed recording. All There Is was full of disco influence; a style that was being forced on many groups at the time. As a group that did not even like disco,…show more content…
For a good amount of time, Buzz lost contact with the members of Exile, but has since reconciled with them He attended the band’s thirty-year anniversary and a benefit for Jimmy Stokley in 1984. Following Buzz’s departure, Exile hit a slump. Heart and Soul failed to reach the charts, and Exile was just not as popular in the rock industry as they would have liked to be. The group received some critical reviews, most notably one from the New York Times, in which the reporter said “I only wish I hadn’t rushed through traffic to see Exile” (177). Under new management, Exile decided to move completely into the country genre. Despite the groups hesitations, this turned out to be a beneficial change. Country music was in its first stages of reform, and at the time was popular for incorporating elements of pop. Exiles approach to the genre paved a new path to success. In order to gain a new fan base in this unfamiliar territory, Exile took off six weeks in order to learn popular country songs and put together various medleys. Among these medleys were an Everly Brothers medley, a 15-minute Beatles medley, and, most importantly, a 15-minute Motown medley. The Motown medley consisted of five songs: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “My Girl,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.” When Buddy Killen invited Exile to play a

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