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Janie Fricke

Janie Fricke was one of the most popular female country singers of the '80s, racking up an enviable string of hits and proving herself a versatile vocalist with a particular flair for ballads. Fricke was born in South Whitney, IN, in 1952 and learned piano and guitar as a child; her first vocal influences were folkies like Joan Baez and Judy Collins, but she fell in love with country music as well. During college, she sang commercial jingles for a Memphis radio station and moved to Nashville in 1975, where she quickly became an in-demand session vocalist. She got her first major exposure in 1976, when producer Billy Sherrill teamed her with Johnny Duncan for a set of duets that included "Joe and the Cowboy," "Stranger," and "Thinkin' of a Rendezvous," the latter of which went to number one on the country charts. Sherrill signed Fricke as a solo act, and produced her 1977 debut single, "What're You Doing Tonight," which just missed the Top 20. Collaborations with Charlie Rich (the number one hit "On My Knees") and Duncan again (the Top Five "Come a Little Bit Closer") kept Fricke going strong through 1978, but her solo singles over the next couple of years had a hard time taking off. Sherrill advised her to establish an identity by focusing on one style, and Fricke began to record a generous selection of ballads.

As a result, Fricke had a breakout year in 1981, when she landed two Top Five hits with "Down to My Last Broken Heart" and "I'll Need Someone to Hold Me (When I Cry)." That only set the stage for her smashing success over 1982-1984, when she scored an amazing six number one hits -- "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby," "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy," "Tell Me a Lie," "He's a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen)," "Let's Stop Talkin' About It," and "Your Heart's Not in It." Plus, the three singles she released during that time period that didn't top the charts all made the Top Ten. By this time, she'd broadened her style to include more up-tempo tracks as well. Fricke landed five more Top Ten hits from 1985-1986, including another number one in "Always Have, Always Will" and a number two in "She's Single Again." However, her commercial momentum slowed abruptly afterward, and following 1989's Labor of Love album, she and CBS Records parted ways. She recorded two albums for the small Branson label in 1992 and 1993, and issued the gospel record Hymns of Faith on Intersound in 1996. In 2000, she mounted a comeback tour behind the album Bouncin' Back, and two years later issued the concert set Live at Billy Bob's Texas, which featured many of her old hits. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Black And White - The First Word In Memory

2. He's Breathing Down My Neck

4. Nothing Left To Say

5. Comin' Apart at the Seams

6. Always Have, Always Will

7. Don't Put It Past My Heart

8. When A Woman Cries

9. He's Making A Long Story Short

10. I'd Take You Back Again

12. The First Word In Memory Is Me

13. One Way Ticket

14. First Time Out Of The Rain

15. Love Like Ours

16. Your Heart's Not In It

17. In Between Heartaches

18. Another Man Like That

20. Take It From The Top

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Track List: Now & Then

1. She's Single Again

2. It Aint Easy Being Easy

3. He's A Heartache (Lookin' For A Place To Happen)

4. Always Have, Always Will

5. Your Heart's Not In It

6. I Need Someone To Hold Me

7. Do Me With Love

8. You Don't Know Love

9. Let's Try Again

10. The First Word In Memory Is Me

11. Somebody Else's Fire

12. If The Fall Don't Get You

13. Where's The Fire

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Track List: Live At Billy Bob's Texas

1. Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby (Live)

2. Let's Stop Talking About It (Live)

3. He's A Heartache (Live)

4. Any Other Stone (Live)

5. She's Single Again (Live)

6. I'll Need Someone To Hold Me (Live)

7. Do Me With Love (Live)

8. Your Heart's Not In It (Live)

9. Someone Else's Fire (Live)

10. See-Saw Ride (Live)

11. You Don't Know Love (Live)

12. Down To My Last Broken Heart (Live)

13. Tell Me A Lie (Live)

14. Quilt Of Dreams (Live)

15. Bouncin' Back (Live)

16. It Ain't Easy Being Easy (Live)

17. Love Forever More (Live)

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Track List: Saddle The Wind

1. Sugar Moon

2. I'll Walk Before I'll Crawl

3. Heart

4. I'm Not That Good At Goodbye

5. Don't Touch Me

6. Where Does Love Go (When It's Gone)

7. If I Were Only Her Tonight

8. The Healing Hands Of Time

9. Crazy Dreams

10. Saddle The Wind

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Track List: The Very Best Of Janie

1. It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy

2. He's A Heartache

3. You Don't Know Love

4. Let's Stop Talkin' About It

5. The First Word In Memory Is Me

6. Tell Me A Lie

7. She's Single Again

8. Your Heart's Not In It

9. If The Fall Don't Get You

10. Ridin' High

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Whoops, fumble fingers got got knocked out before I finished comment. You are the greatest female C&W singer in a long long time. You sing right down to the soul. Thank You, Janie!
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If you find out, let meknow
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yes she is a great singer
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takeitorleav e i t 9 2 0 6 5
she a great sing
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gfranchi
very good different sounding voice.
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lookn for song it not there lol

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