Barbara Mandrell Part One
I forgot to do Barbara Mandrell Part One, until now, so please read up and listen to her album.
Barbara Ann Mandrell (born December 25, 1948) is an American country music singer, musician, and actress. She is known for a long series of country hits in the 1970s and 1980s as well as her own prime-time variety TV show on NBC that helped her become one of country‘s most successful female vocalists of that period. She gave her last concert at the Grand Ole Opry House on October 23, 1997, and subsequently retired from performing music. Mandrell was inducted into the Country Music Hallof Fame in 2009. Although retired, Mandrell is still a member of the Grand Ole Opry; an honor she has held since 1972.
Mandrell in 1991
Barbara Ann Mandrell
December 25, 1948 (age 70).
Houston, Texas, U.S.
The Sweetheart of Steel.
Ken Dudney (m. 1967).
• Country country pop Nashville sound.
• Vocals pedal steel guitar banjo accordion saxophone.
• Columbia ABC/Dot MCA Capitol.
• George Jones David Houston Louise Mandrell Irlene Mandrell Lee Greenwood.
Mandrell was the first performer to win the Country Music Association‘s “Entertainer of the Year“ award twice (1980, 1981). She also won the Country Music Association‘s “Female Vocalist of the Year“ in 1979 and 1981.
Mandrell‘s first Billboard number-one hit was 1978‘s “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed“, immediately followed by “( If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right“in early 1979. In 1980, “Years“ also reached number one. She added one morechart topper in each of the next three years. “I Was Country When Country Wasn’tCool“ (her signature song), then “‘Till You‘re Gone“ and “One of a Kind Pair of Fools“— all hit number one between 1981 and 1983, a period during which Mandrell also received numerous industry awards and accolades.
Barbara Ann Mandrell was born on Christmas Day of 1948 to Irby Matthew Mandrell(1924— 2009) and Mary Ellen (née McGill; born 1931) in Houston, Texas. Her mother was a homemaker and musician hailing from rural Wayne County, Illinois. Her father Irby was a World War II naval veteran and Texas police officer from Garland County, Arkansas. Irby Mandrell was an accomplished musician and entrepreneur as well. He used his impeccable social skills and knowledge of the music industry tomanage all three of his daughters‘ careers for over 3 decades.
Mandrell was an only child until July 13, 1954, when her sister Thelma Louise Mandrell was born. Baby sister Ellen Irlene Mandrell arrived 18 months after Louise on January 29, 1956.
The eldest daughter of the musical family, Barbara Mandrell was already reading music and playing accordion when her sisters were infants. Six years later, she had become so adept at playing steel guitar that her father took her to a music trade convention in Chicago. While there, her talents caught the attention of RCA Records producer and session musician Chet Atkins and popular musician and bandleader Joe Maphis. Soon after, she became a featured performer in Maphis‘ Las Vegas nightclub show, followed by tours with Red Foley, Tex Ritter, and Johnny Cash. Her network TV debut came on the NBC-TV series Five Star Jubilee in 1961.
While growing up, Mandrell learned to play the pedal steel and lap steel guitars and many other instruments, including the accordion, saxophone, and banjo. She played steel guitar for Patsy Cline, who once wrote to a friend that Mandrell was,“a 13-year-old blonde doll who plays the steel guitar out of this world! What a show woman!“ Mandrell toured at age 13 with Cline, Johnny Cash, and George Jones. She also played guitar for Joe Maphis in Las Vegas and on the Town Hall Party show in Los Angeles. A few years later, Mandrell and her sisters Louise and Irlene, as well as her parents, founded the Mandrell FamilyBand. They toured across the United States and Asia. Their drummer, Ken Dudney, became Mandrell‘s husband shortly after graduating from Oceanside HighSchool.
Dudney received a commission in the Navy, serving as a pilot, and was sent overseas. Mandrell decided that she would become a country singer and moved to Nashville. Her father was then her manager, and with his help, she signed with Columbia Records in 1969. Over the next few years, Mandrell had a few minor hits. Her producer at the time was Billy Sherrill, known for producing other well-known singers in country music such as Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich, and Tanya Tucker.
Country Music Career
1969— 1974: Country beginnings
Within 48 hours of a nightclub appearance near the Grand Ole Opry, she received offers for recording contracts from six record companies. After signing with Columbia in 1969, she notched her first chart hit, a remake 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. Mandrell‘s first releases earned respect from her country peers, but her first big breakthrough with fans came in 1973 with the single “The Midnight Oil“; it was the first cheating song sung from the perspective of the woman who is doing the cheating, which at the time was unheard of.
While with Columbia Records, Mandrell worked with legendary country producer Billy Sherrill. Under Sherrill‘s direction, Mandrell recorded country-soul material, which never gained her widespread success. Her early hits included 1970s “After Closing Time“ (a duet with David Houston) and 1971‘s “Tonight My Baby‘s Comin‘ Home“, “Treat Him Right“, and her version of Joe Tex‘s “Show Me“. Her records did not generate high sales on the Columbia label. Sherrill later said in the book, How Nashville Became Music City, that he was asked every year by the other Columbia executives why he was keeping Mandrell, because she was not selling records. Sherrill kept Mandrell with the label until 1975.
1975— 1984: Country-Pop
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 scored her second number one with 1978‘s “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed“, immediately followed by another chart-topper, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right“ in early 1979.“If Loving You Is Wrong“ was also a major crossover smash, becoming Mandrell‘s only single to reach the top 40 on the pop chart, peaking at number 31. The song also peaked in the top 10 on adult contemporary radio stations.
During the 1980s, Mandrell had more hits, including “Crackers“ and “Wish You Were Here“. All of these singles and more reached the country top 10 and some also hit number one, including “Years“. Three more singles hit number one: “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool“, “‘Till You‘re Gone“, and “One of a Kind Pair of Fools“,between 1981 and 1983, a period during which Mandrell also received many industry awards and accolades. “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool“ is one of Mandrell‘s best-known songs. The best-known version is the live version featuring George Jones. In 1983, she won a Grammy award for “Best Inspirational Performance“for the song, “He Set My Life to Music“.
In 1980, Mandrell became the third woman to win the “Entertainer of the Year“award from the Country Music Association. She repeated this in 1981 by winning the award for the second time. This was unprecedented, as prior to her, it was presumed, that it only went to an artist once, but she nabbed it a second year in a row with her non-stop touring, hit records, and popular TV show. This began the huge array of awards that she would win: several CMA, ACM, and MCN awards, seven American Music Awards, and nine People‘s Choice, making her one of the most awarded country acts in history.
Performing ‘To Me‘ duet with DoRite Dan Schafer,.‘ Moments‘ tour 1986.
A collection of duets with Lee Greenwood, Meant for Each Other, followed in 1984. From this album, Greenwood and Mandrell had two hits on the country chart spanning 1984 and 1985, including the top-five hit, “To Me“, and the top-20 “It Should Have Been Love by Now“.
Also in 1984, she opened a fan-based attraction across from the old location of the Country Music Hall of Fame in the heart of Music Row in Nashville called Barbara Mandrell Country, a museum about her life and career.