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Barbara Mandrell

Thanks to a string of hit singles and a popular television variety series, vocalist Barbara Mandrell was arguably the biggest female star in country music in the late '70s and early '80s. Born the oldest daughter into a musical family in Houston, Texas, on Christmas Day, 1948, Mandrell was already reading music and playing accordion by the age of five. Just six years later, she was so adept at playing the steel guitar that her father escorted her to a music trade convention in Chicago, where her talents caught the attention of Chet Atkins and Joe Maphis. Soon after, she was a featured performer in Maphis' Las Vegas nightclub show, followed by television performances and tours with Red Foley, Johnny Cash, and Tex Ritter.

When Mandrell was 14, her family formed its own group, with her father Irby on vocals and guitar, her mother Mary Ellen on bass, and Barbara handling pedal steel and saxophone. The band also included drummer Ken Dudney, whom Mandrell would eventually marry. The Mandrells toured the U.S. and Asia before Barbara made her first recordings in 1963, among them the minor hit "Queen for a Day." After a few more years of touring, Mandrell briefly retired in order to become a housewife, but she soon grew restless and returned to the music business. After signing with Columbia in 1969, she notched her first chart hit, a cover of the Otis Redding classic "I've Been Loving You Too Long." In 1970, Mandrell scored the first of many Top 40 hits with "Playin' Around with Love." In the same year, she began performing with singer David Houston, and their partnership also generated considerable chart success.

In 1975, Mandrell jumped to the ABC/Dot label, and under the guidance of producer Tom Collins reached the Top Five for the first time with the single "Standing Room Only." After a series of successive hits, she earned her first number one with 1978's "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed," which was immediately followed by another chart-topper, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right," in early 1979. Later in the year, "Years" also reached number one, as did three more singles -- "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," "'Til You're Gone," and "One of a Kind Pair of Fools" -- between 1981 and 1983, a period during which Mandrell also received numerous industry awards and accolades.

In 1980, the TV program Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters premiered on NBC. In addition to hosts Barbara, Louise, and Irlene Mandrell, the show featured musical guests and comedy sketches. Each broadcast also closed with a gospel song, and in 1982 Mandrell released her own inspirational album, He Set My Life to Music. As a result of her busy schedule, she began suffering from vocal strain, and on doctor's orders pulled the plug on the television program in 1982. In 1983, she premiered The Lady Is a Champ, a Las Vegas stage show, and released two LPs, In Black & White and Spun Gold.

A collection of duets with Lee Greenwood, Clean Cut, followed in 1984. Tragedy struck later in the year, however, when Mandrell and two of her children were involved in a nightmarish head-on car crash that left the other driver dead. Though Mandrell and her kids survived, all three faced a long period of recovery. When she finally returned to performing a year later, the country music landscape had changed dramatically, with the "new traditionalist" movement gaining dominance while the glitzier, more pop-influenced music Mandrell performed began falling out of favor. As the '80s became the '90s, she began focusing almost exclusively on live performing, where she remained a significant draw; in 1990 she also published her autobiography, Get to the Heart: My Story. Two other studio albums appeared -- 1991's Key's in the Mailbox, her last for Capitol and 1997's It Works for Me -- and she also occasionally appeared on television, but gradually drifted toward a retirement she officially announced in 1997. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Barbara Mandrell: The Ultimate Collection

1. Tonight My Baby's Coming Home

2. The Midnight Oil

3. Standing Room Only

4. Married But Not To Each Other

5. Woman To Woman

6. Tonight

7. Sleeping Single In A Double Bed

8. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Wanna Be Right

9. Fooled By A Feeling

10. Years

11. Crackers

12. The Best Of Strangers

13. I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool

14. Till You're Gone

15. In Times Like These

16. One Of A Kind Pair Of Fools

17. Happy Birthday Dear Heartache (Live)

18. Only A Lonely Heart Knows

19. There's No Love In Tennessee

20. Angel In Your Arms

21. Fast Lanes And Country Roads

22. No One Mends A Broken Heart Like You

23. I Wish That I COuld Fall In Love Today

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Track List: The Midnight Oil/Treat Him Right

1. The Midnight Oil

2. Give A Little, Take A Little

4. Show Me

5. In The Name Of Love

6. Tonight My Baby's Coming Home

8. Satisfied

9. Holdin' On (To The Love I Got)

12. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man

14. Playin' Around With Love

15. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)

17. Treat Him Right

18. Break My Mind

23. The Ten Commandments Of Love

24. This Time I Almost Made It

26. After Closing Time

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Barbara Mandrell

1. Standing Room Only

2. Married But Not To Each Other

3. Woman To Woman

4. Sleeping Single In A Double Bed

5. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right

6. Years

7. Crackers

8. I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool

9. 'Till You're Gone

10. One Of A Kind Pair Of Fools

11. Happy Birthday Dear Heartache

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A true prodigy. A real woman an Artist no doubt. I don't like using the word Fan, it's short for fanatic. I call myself a friend. Your an awesome profound woman and Artist. Your music got me through allot growing up. I thank you for all you gave and still giving for years to come. You are missed, but never forgotten. I definitely was country when country wasn't cool.. Love Kimberly
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Wtf
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Great Voice, Great Looks, and a truly Great Lady!!!!
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Don't read this it actuay works you will be kissed on the next closest Friday by the love of your life.tommoro w will be the best day of your life however if u don't post this u will die in two days now that u started reading this don't stop post this on five songs in the next 143minutes once your done press f6 ur lovers name will pop up in
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rodwyrod
Miss you Barbara just back from the Judd's in las wish you do some shows In las I would be front and center...
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mrs Barbara mandrell was then an still is the sweet heart of country music an always be but they never play her songs anymore that's brandedmans stations about keeping her an ones like her around in are hearts
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a true lady with talent
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Love this song.
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Her voice/music was played to me while in a coma. Helped me recover as well as soothed my family, as they watched me recover.
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This is the real thing, when it comes to country music.Todays pop country sucks when compared to the old school.
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rgaskins36
I saw her in concert back in the early 80's along with Steve Wariner (who also shares the same birthday with her) - knowing that is how I won free tickets to the show. Also, I used to work with a guy that was such good friends with her husband (Ken Dudney) while they were in the service and my friend Paul was in their wedding. Small world. Plus, when I was collecting vinyl, I had nearly every alum that Barbara had ever put out. A very talented lady!!!
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Has always and will always be my all-time favorite! Beautiful, giving and so amazingly talented - musical perfection!
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rickrnaz
She was always a class act. Her band and back up singers were alway dressed to perfection. Not like todays performers.
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Barbara God gave you a gift to be shared with the many fans that love you. Sing country & gospel from your heart as always. Your missed!!
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rodwyrod
Miss you Barbara would love to see you in las one more time!!!!
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gigemlala
Don't read this because it atually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life tommorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it actually works.
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karmapatty2
70 's Country artists were the best.
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Love her music miss her and many more
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djc4
I miss her alot
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One of my favorite Country Women. A honest class act.
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Very talented and beautiful lady. Wish she would join the other great country musicians on Country Reunion. I would love to see her again
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she is one of the best they need to bring her kind of country back to radio this new age stuff is not all that some is okay but the old stuff is ALOT better !
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wltrbuckley4 8 7
always been in love with her
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davebracey
I am a huge fan and I love her Precious Memories gospel album.
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pate936
i miss her !!!!
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takeitorleav e i t 9 2 0 6 5
barbara mandrell is a great country singer
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ajkruschke
Barbara Mandrell is by far one of the classiest Ladies in Music. She will always be number one with me.
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syoggerst
I love Barbara Mandrell, she is the Best!!
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jhbates
I am looking for I Love You, I Love you--a beautiful duet sung with David Houston.
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She is a great singer, and she is my wifes favorite artist.
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stuckgm
I love Barbara Mandrell! She was one of my favorites! Her and Reba, I miss her...the two best!
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I when was coutrny when coutrny wanstn't cool
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tsizemore7
BEAUTIFUL WOMAN; UNMISTAKABLE VOICE;
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dont like this artist
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paregan
The Our House To Yours album, has the most touching Christmas song, Born To Die. I cry every time this song is played. I would love to have any of her Christmas music available on Pandora for my Christmas station.
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mcmorton
Wish her Christmas Album were here. Loved it!
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Is her gospel record in print still?(He set my life to music)
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Barbara is my all time favorite!
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I love to hear her sing. She's so talented with so many instruments.
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I really love her music. I enjoyed the show that she was in with her sisters!!!!
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bstapl2006
she is the greatist!!!!

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