his teen years, Weller performed regularly on the local radio show
Georgia Jubilee, where he shared time with the likes of Jerry Reed,
Joe South, and Billy Joe Royal. He soon became a regular session
guitarist in the area, most notably playing on Royals 1965 hit
"Down in the Boondocks".
in Royals touring band, Weller met Paul Revere& the Raiders,
who offered him their lead guitar slot in 1967. Weller spent the
next four years as a member of the Raiders, and in 1969 he worked
with pop singer Tommy Roe in a songwriting capacity, co-writing the
smash hits "Dizzy" and "Jam Up Jelly Tight."
that year, Raiders front man Mark Lindsay offered Weller the chance
to return to his first love, country music, when the group canceled
a recording session. Weller took the studio time instead, and his
version of Joe South's "Games People Play" went to number
two on the country charts that year; moreover, the follow-up
single, South's "These Are Not My People," reached number
five. Weller departed the Raiders to focus on his solo career in
1971, the same year he scored three straight Top Five hits on the
country charts with "Another Night of Love," "Indian
Lake," and "The Promised Land."
reached the country Top 20 three times over 1972-1973 with songs he
either wrote or co-wrote: "The Roadmaster," "She
Loves Me (Right Out of My Mind)," and "The Perfect
Stranger." He also penned Bob Luman's country smash
"Lonely Women Make Good Lovers" in 1972, and it was later
covered for another hit by Steve
final Top Ten hit was a 1973 cover of Chuck Berry's "Too Much
Monkey Business," and he reached the Top 20 twice more in 1974
with "I've Just Got to Know (How Loving You Would Be)"
and "You're Not Getting Older (You're Getting Better)."
1975, he left Columbia to record an album for ABC/Dot but
subsequently returned to Columbia and continued to record for them
through the early '80s. He couldn't duplicate his earlier run of
commercial success as a singer but kept up his songwriting;
when a few small-label efforts in the '80s failed to attract much
attention, he supplied material to stars like Reba
McEntire ("They Asked About You"), John
Michael Montgomery ("She Don't Need a Band to
Dance"), and George
Jones ("Wrong's What I Do Best"), among others.
As written by Steve Huey, All Music Guide