BARBARA MANDRELL SPECIAL . . .
The Barbara Mandrell and Sisters Variety Show
Barbara Ann Mandrell (born December 25, 1948) is an American country music singer and actress. She is known for a series of Top 10 hits and TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s that helped her become one of country's most successful female vocalists of that period. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
She was the first performer to win the Country Music Association's "Entertainer of the Year" award twice. She was the only female to have done so until Taylor Swift equaled her. She also won twice the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" in 1979 and 1981.
Mandrell's first Billboard No. 1 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 No. 1. She added one more chart topper in each of the next three years. "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" (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.
In 1980, the TV program Barbara Mandrell and 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, which led to Mandrell recording her own inspirational album, He Set My Life to Music (1982). 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. (Variety shows were also falling out of favor at the time; the series would be NBC's last variety series to date.) She received one award (People's Choice) and two nominations (Golden Globe and TV Land Award) for her work on the show.
Barbara Mandrell married Ken Dudney on May 28, 1967. Dudney had been the drummer in the Mandrell Family Band. Mandrell and Dudney have three children, Kenneth Matthew Dudney (b. 1970), Jaime Nicole Dudney (b. 1976), and Nathaniel Mandrell Dudney (b. 1985).
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Larrt Gatlin and Robert Guilluame
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Charlie Pride and Hoyt Axton
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bowser and RC Bannon
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Charlie Pride and B.J. Thomas
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Brenda Lee
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Sylvia and Ray Charles
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Alabama
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Alabama and Glen Campbell
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Tony Orlando and B.J. Thomas
The Barbara Mandrell Show with T. G. Sheppard And Paul Anka
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Burt Reynolds
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Dolly Parton and John Schneider 1980
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Bob Hope and Marty Robbins 1980
The Barbara Mandrell Show with Mel Tillis & Phyllis Diller