December 1

Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s “Satisfy You”

Janis Gill and Don Schlitz were the composers of the song Satisfy You. Recorded by American country music duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo, it was released in April 1988 as the first single from their album One Time, One Night. On the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, the song hit the 5th spot. It was the Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s fourth overall best performance in the US charts for a single.

Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s Background

Sweethearts of the Rodeo is an American country music duo composed of sisters Janis Oliver (guitar, vocals) and Kristine Arnold (née Oliver) (vocals). Between 1986 and 1991, the duo recorded for Columbia Records. For the label, they released four albums and twelve singles. During the 1990s, they too recorded two albums for Sugar Hill Records. In the late 1980s, the duo reached Top Ten on the Hot Country Songs chart seven times. “Midnight Girl/Sunset Town” and “Chains of Gold” were their highest-charting singles, both in 1987.

In 1985, Sweethearts of the Rodeo won the Wrangler Country Showdown talent contest. Shortly after that, they signed with Columbia Records. Their first single, “Hey Doll Baby”, debuted in April 1986, followed by the release of their self-titled debut album. After it came, the duo’s first Top Ten hit at No. 7 is “Since I Found You”. Written by Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd, its success helped them secure their own record deal.

A second album, One Time, One Night, recorded three more Top Ten hits: “Satisfy You”, “Blue to the Bone”, and a cover of The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine”. On the other hand, their next single “If I Never See Midnight Again” peaked at No. 39. Two more albums for Columbia followed (1990’s Buffalo Zone and 1992’s Sisters), but none of them produced any major hits. In the end, in 1992, Columbia dropped the duo.

In the 1990s, Sweethearts of the Rodeo continued to tour. A few years later, they released two albums of bluegrass music on the Sugar Hill label: Rodeo Waltz in 1993 and Beautiful Lies in 1996. Apart from making music, Janis and Kristine owned a clothing shop in Franklin, Tennessee called “Gill & Arnold” until the late 1990s. In the year 1997, Janis and Vince Gill got divorced. She married Roy Cummins in 2000.


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