It’s a Thrifty Thursday #albumofthedaywith one of the many spoils of #cratediggingthrough the discount bins. Today’s featured artist is the #countryrockband #Exile. A group of high school students, led by singer-songwriter #JPPennington, formed a rock band in 1963 in Richmond, Kentucky. They called themselves the Exiles because, according to Pennington, they felt a kinship to all the exiles fleeing Castro’s Cuba. They were originally billed as Jimmy Stokley and the Exiles, as he served as their lead vocalist until 1979. They got their 1st big break when #DickClark’s Caravan of Stars hired them to perform on several dates in Kentucky. They continued touring nationally with the Caravan through 1968, eventually landing a record deal in 1973. It wasn’t until 1978 that they finally had a hit, the synth-pop soft rock gem #KissYouAllOver, which pulses like a beast and is frequently listed amongst the sexiest songs of all time. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 but would be their only mainstream success. After Stokley’s departure, Pennington took over lead vocals and became the primary songwriter. They had a few minor pop hits but then retooled for the country market. Starting in 1983, they scored 7 consecutive number-1 hits and were a dominant force on country radio throughout the 80s and into the early 90s. Pennington exited the band in 1990, though he has popped in and out over the years. He has also enjoyed quite a career as a songwriter for other artists and has been honored as BMI Writer of the Year and ranked in BMI’s Top 100 Writers of the Century. Today’s featured #albumis their 1986 #greatesthits #LP, which does an excellent job representing their transition from rock to country. I was delighted when I found it when thumbing through the dollar bins at an local flea market. I grew up on 70s and 80s country music, and used to jam to this cassette when mowing lawns, so I knew every one of the 10 tracks by heart. Apart from the aforementioned sexy slow jam, highlights include the buoyant #WokeUpInLove, the rollicking #GiveMeOneMoreChance, the goofy pop-rocker #SuperLove, and the sublimely romantic, surging, yet peppy #ICouldGetUsedToYou.