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This Ain't Hollywood (1980)

Updated: Jun 4

This Ain't Hollywood is the third studio album by the Christian Rock duo DeGarmo & Key, released on November 21, 1980 by Lamb & Lion Records. Distribution this time is by The Benson Company, home to Benson Records. The album was produced by DeGarmo & Key and Joe Hardy. Once again, they were credited as The DeGarmo & Key Band.

This Ain't Hollywood continues in the same vein as the first two albums, with a twinge of Doobie Brothers-style jazz rock and a couple of ballads mixed in. It would be the second single "Nobody Loves Me Like You" that would finally put D&K on the Christian radio map. The track features duet vocals by Amy Grant and gave the duo their first Top 10 hit in 1981. Grant and D&K went on tour throughout 1980 which gave both artists exposure and resulted in two live albums from Grant in 1981. The track "Love Is All You Need" was written with Mylon LeFevre. LeFevre also provides backing vocals.

In 1981, This Ain't Hollywood was the first D&K album to make its debut appearance on the Billboard Top Inspirational Albums chart (later renamed Top Christian Albums) with their first Top 10 album, peaking at number 7. DeGarmo & Key were nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year that same year and in 1982, they earned their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary. They were the first Christian Rock duo or group to be nominated for a Grammy Award. The Christian Rock band Petra would be the second, a couple of years later. This Ain't Hollywood was reissued on CD in 1992 by ForeFront Records and was reissued and remastered in 2021 on CD and limited edition vinyl by Girder Records.

Track listing

All tracks were written by Eddie DeGarmo and Dana Key, except where noted.

1. Stella, This Ain't Hollywood -3:24

2. When He Comes Back -2:47

3. You Gave Me All (Eddie DeGarmo, Dana Key, Joe Hardy) -3:30

4. Never Be the Same -2:58

5. All Night -4:23

6. Love Is All You Need (Eddie DeGarmo, Dana Key, Mylon LeFevre) -3:50

7. Nobody Loves Me Like You (duet with Amy Grant) -3:31

8. Light of the World -3:02

9. Over and Over -3:26

10. One Step Closer -3:28


DeGarmo & Key:

Dana Key -lead vocals, guitars

Eddie DeGarmo -keyboards

Joe Hardy -bass guitar

John Hampton -drums

The Memphis Horns:

Andrew Love -saxophone

Ben Cavley -trumpet

Jack Hale -trombone

Radio singles

1981 "You Gave Me All" -#19 Christian AC/CHR

1981 "Nobody Loves Me Like You" with Amy Grant -#6 Christian AC/CHR

Previous release: Straight On (1979)

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