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Billie Jo Spears

Billie Jo Spears landed a few big country hits during the '70s, thanks to a sultry, bluesy voice that made her a perfect torch balladeer; while she never quite edged her way into stardom in the U.S., she earned a devoted following in Great Britain and toured there frequently. Spears was born in Beaumont, TX, in 1937 and made her professional debut at age 13 in an all-star country concert in Houston; not long after, she recorded the single "Too Old for Toys, Too Young for Boys" as Billie Joe Moore for Abbott Records. After high school, she sang in nightclubs and looked for a record deal, recording some demos with producer Pete Drake. She got a contract with United Artists in 1964 and moved to Nashville, where she worked with producer Kelso Herston. Her initial singles fared poorly, and when Herston moved to Capitol two years later, Spears followed. Success continued to elude her until 1969, when "Mr. Walker, It's All Over" climbed into the country Top Five. She charted several more times through 1972 but was forced to have surgery on her vocal cords twice over the next two years in order to remove nodules and polyps that could have robbed her of her voice entirely.

Spears made a full recovery, however, and returned to United Artists in 1975. She scored her first number one hit with the sensual "Blanket on the Ground" that year, and two of her 1976 singles -- "Misty Blue" and "What I've Got in Mind" -- reached the Top Five. She had several other minor hits that year and also cut an album of duets with Del Reeves. "If You Want Me" made the Top Ten in 1977, the last time Spears would visit that territory; several more singles reached the Top 20 by decade's end, but songs like "'57 Chevrolet" and "Lonely Hearts Club" were much bigger hits in Britain, and Spears began to devote more of her touring attention to the overseas market. Her last Top 20 single was 1981's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad," after which she and United Artists parted ways. Spears recorded sporadically for independent labels, usually based in the U.K. or Ireland, during the '80s and early '90s. She recovered from triple bypass surgery in 1993 and continued to tour, traveling regularly to the U.K. to perform for a still-affectionate fan base. ~ Steve Huey
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Track List: Country Girl

2. Blanket On The Ground

3. Crystal Chandeliers

4. Silver Threads And Golden Needles

5. Queen Of The Silver Dollar

6. Misty Blue

7. It's A Heartache

8. Fire And Rain

9. Cryin' Time

10. Fever

12. This Ole House

13. Rocky Top

14. Blue Blue Day

15. For The Good Times

16. Here You Come Again

17. Just The Way You Are

18. Blue Bayou

20. All I Have To Do Is Dream

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Track List: Billie Jo Spears Sings The Country Greats

1. 57 Chevrolet

3. (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

4. Till Something Better Comes Along

5. Sing Me An Old Fashioned Song

6. Every Time I Sing A Love Song

7. See The Funny Little Clown

8. That's What Friends Are For

9. Blanket On The Ground

10. Ode To Billy Joe

11. Misty Blue

12. I Don't Wanna Play House

13. Hurt

14. Stand By Your Man

15. He's Got More Love In His Little Finger

16. Take Me To Your World

17. What I've Got In Mind

18. If You Want Me

19. Never Did Like Whiskey

20. Lonely Hearts Club

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Track List: Country Classics

1. Blanket On The Ground

2. What I've Got In Mind

3. Today I Started Loving You Again

4. Don't Ever Let Go Of Me

5. All I Want Is You

6. I've Never Loved Anyone More

7. Say It Again

8. I Fall To Pieces

9. True Love

10. Love Ain't The Question (Love Ain't The Answer)

11. Every Time I Sing A Love Song

12. I've Got To Go

13. Since I Fell For You

14. Come On Home

15. What A Love I Have In You

16. There's More To A Tear Than Meets The Eye

17. What The World Needs Now Is Love

18. Love Ain't Gonna Wait For Us

19. I Love You Because

20. Put A Little Love In Your Heart

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fromchuck
Is she still alive ? if so will she play in L V anytime ? I have her Pandora and listen to her all the time love her
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yougotit1964
One of the all-time best
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Awesome singer
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fromchuck
Love her voice and songs
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fromchuck
Love the song Blanket on the ground Chuck
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GREAT
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tcj1946
So sad we lost her last year! Love her LP's
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Best country artist I have known....lov e all her music...she is a Star!!!!!!
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seandpaddock
A Star in her own right
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Yes, she is one of the greatest female REAL C&W singers - love her song "Dallas"
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purekountry5 5
one of the greatest
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Fantastic voice !!!

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