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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).

 

  Barbara Mandrell Tribute

 The Barbara Mandrell   Farewell Concert in 1997

 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 Charlie Daniels & 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 Donnie Osmond and Ray Stevens  1982

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

 

 

 

Barbara Mandrell

The Barbara Mandrell Show