It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Norma Jean (Country)

"Pretty Miss Norma Jean" may be best remembered as Porter Wagoner's stage partner before he was paired with Dolly Parton, but she was also well known for an often hard-edged group of songs that spoke of poverty, hard work, and the instability of romantic relationships. Although she didn't have the songwriting creativity of Loretta Lynn or Dolly Parton, she was comparable to those stars in her general outlook. Norma Jean Beasler was no stranger to poverty herself, born into a hard-working farm family near Wellston, OK. As a child, she wanted to be a country star like Kitty Wells, whom she tried to emulate. She made her professional debut singing "If Teardrops Were Pennies" at age 12 on the radio in Oklahoma City. In high school, she toured with a few Western swing bands, including those of Billy Gray and Merle Lindsay.

Her big break came in 1958 when she became a cast member of the Springfield, MO-based ABC-TV show Ozark Jubilee, where Red Foley suggested shortening her name to "Norma Jean." She recorded briefly for Columbia and then moved to Nashville in 1960, becoming a backup vocalist for Porter Wagoner's touring and television shows. She had met Wagoner on the Jubilee, and her new level of exposure led to a contract with RCA Victor. She had her first chart single, "Let's Go All the Way," in 1964; the song made the Top 15 and was followed by the Top 25 hit "I'm a Walkin' Advertisement (For the Blues)." That year she had her first Top Ten single, "Go Cat Go," which stayed on the country charts for four months and became a minor pop hit as well. Her chart success continued through the mid-'60s with songs such as "I Wouldn't Buy a Used Car From Him" and the innovative love-triangle trio "The Game of Triangles" (1965), which also featured Bobby Bare and Liz Anderson.

On television, Norma Jean presented a wholesome image at odds with her hurtin' and cheatin' songs, yet in her personal life both those themes were relevant. Around the mid-'60s, she became romantically involved with her mentor Wagoner, who was separated from his wife at the time. The affair led her to leave Wagoner's organization, but she continued to appear on the Grand Ole Opry (between 1965 and 1969) and recorded more singles for RCA. In 1967 she had two Top 30 hits, "Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You" and "Heaven Help the Working Girl," an early feminist song. In the late '60s, Norma Jean returned to Oklahoma after marrying Jody Taylor; she had her last chart hit in 1971 with "The Kind of Needin' I Need." The 1972 album I Guess That Comes From Being Poor echoed Parton's In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) and bore comparison with that masterwork. In later years Norma Jean struggled with alcoholism and announced a new commitment to Christianity. She continued to tour and to record occasionally on independent labels, and in 1982, she and Claude Gray teamed for a minor hit with a remake of "Let's Go All the Way." ~ Sandra Brennan & James Manheim, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

Comments

Beautiful !!!
great singer
mitchellaust i n 1 0 3 0
great, great voice
Damn ! I think I just fell in Love with Norma Jean, but that might be the liquor talking, Im not sure
Very good,really takes you back!
karensteig
Are there any Norma Jean karaoke?
Great voice!
bellybumper6 5
she sing with feelings
mschermer1
She has that special voice..Dolly P. can retire
Real great singer from Old country boy from North Carolina
Yea for Brady Texas...wish I could be there and see her!
She's the real deal!
she gonna be in brady,tx in march of 2012
She's the best!
Love her!!!
you can hear Norma on RFD TV on Saturady nites. They have a show called Family Reunion and it's great! Lots of old singers
nobody can compare with Norma, she's one of a kind.
Dolly is good,but Norma she'll never be.
sunbum14
To me, Dolly's a comedy compaired to Norma Jean.
txshaft0307
She still has Dolly beat, any way you look at it!!!
You got that right Dave
dave.goldbla t t
Got dang. She can sing.
I, always liked her and her songs a great performer.
Love her sound!
dnlstein1
NORMA JEAN HAD DOLLY BEAT ALL THE WAY AROUND!! SHE IS WHAT WE ALL LOVE ABOUT COUNTRY MUSIC.
I found her CDs at this link:
http://www.p u r e c o u n t r y m u s i c . c o m / c a t e g o r y / n o r m a - j e a n / ? r = p g o o g l e & g c l i d = C K - H 9 u 7 F s p w C F S X y D A o d g B Q J o w

Hope this helps
moondog188
too coutry for me
murray72
Hey darlin', you are what country music is supposed to sound like! I remember you from Porters show although I was very young. It would be so great to have this kind of music again! Love all you folks from the sixties! Mike
i would like to see norma jean to come back and sing.i think she is a fantastic singer so if norma if you see this think about it and do it girl you can do it. we love you let us know about you ok.
brenda posey
i love norma jean music.is she alive now or is she dead ?
kivmaki_3
I have always loved pretty Norma Jean. I remember her from the old Porter show. I just wished that she had more records. She was great!!
janitorrb
i think she is fantastic singer
nfsamac
I have tried "iTunes" and "Amazon" to purchase the album "I Guess That Comes From Being Poor" to no avail. Where can I purchase the album? I want it for my collection of Norma Jean's songs,
Mac

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[114, 83, 68, 125, 107, 110, 107, 66, 118, 94, 78, 112, 83, 106, 68, 80, 115, 64, 94, 70, 110, 126, 90, 118, 107, 112, 80, 116, 108, 78, 123, 96, 90, 108, 75, 91, 118, 83, 84, 115, 115, 113, 127, 93, 110, 118, 105, 83, 76, 80, 96, 77, 75, 93, 83, 105, 86, 69, 100, 76, 91, 124, 109, 81, 111, 115, 76, 113, 93, 79, 104, 88, 120, 74, 75, 84, 108, 77, 108, 127, 83, 119, 72, 106, 78, 82, 70, 93, 95, 78, 71, 87, 85, 97, 99, 97, 104, 84, 100, 123, 115, 104, 73, 76, 108, 116, 105, 121, 92, 101, 72, 121, 106, 115, 92, 93, 64, 90, 123, 88, 124, 81, 112, 121, 84, 120, 120, 121, 110, 66, 71, 72, 117, 115, 125, 119, 93, 103, 124, 90, 119, 67, 96, 111, 94, 95, 94, 70, 79, 124, 102, 110, 121, 88, 85, 77, 84, 115, 74, 113, 110, 83, 95, 102, 119, 102, 111, 67, 125, 91, 84, 96, 104, 124, 85, 123, 119, 84, 99, 64, 96, 115, 90, 98, 113, 112, 126, 76, 124, 70, 98, 103, 89, 109, 73, 124, 78, 109, 68, 102, 127, 118, 71, 121, 119, 85, 97, 104, 71, 100, 104, 124, 121, 72, 116, 93, 107, 76, 67, 126, 112, 98, 104, 115, 101, 92, 96, 106, 87, 65, 121, 91, 97, 111, 118, 81, 119, 94, 87, 105, 79, 94, 126, 116, 84, 96, 74, 103, 123, 112, 74, 71, 74, 119, 92, 97, 66, 66, 124, 88, 64, 75, 86, 95, 67, 73, 105, 127, 96, 107, 114, 98, 100, 106, 118, 92, 125, 65, 86, 65, 123, 74, 105, 119, 122, 108, 90, 94, 77, 114, 110, 75, 105, 127, 111, 105, 120, 76, 99, 66, 104, 69, 127, 108, 95, 107, 100, 99, 99, 77, 101, 120, 83, 71, 74, 64, 126, 87, 95, 88, 118, 90, 115, 103, 70, 75, 115, 104, 92, 76, 125, 114, 68, 64, 91, 113, 90, 124, 97, 122, 109, 104, 123, 89, 87, 98, 117, 104, 84, 108, 92, 84, 106, 96, 109, 122, 90, 117, 69, 115, 107, 117, 67, 67, 112, 64, 78, 119, 116, 118, 104, 112, 74, 95, 73, 99, 103, 106, 88, 103, 127, 113, 72, 69, 101, 79, 73, 112, 115, 90, 118, 71, 88, 100, 90, 124, 84, 104, 118, 73, 88, 73, 104, 73, 65, 120, 71, 87, 122, 121, 121, 122, 126, 97, 72, 69, 83, 117, 109, 86, 66, 79, 115, 108, 102, 123, 90, 121, 123, 124, 82, 82, 93, 100, 124, 106, 114, 64, 108, 72, 95, 116, 102, 100, 94, 93, 72, 89, 85, 74, 86, 64, 112, 106, 96, 121, 67, 87, 65, 106, 102, 100, 87, 77, 92, 113, 82, 77, 110, 65, 74, 70, 99, 112, 75, 108, 122, 70, 114, 93, 82, 87, 126, 66, 81, 108, 103, 113, 96, 108, 85, 94, 100, 103, 110, 111, 96, 89, 121, 125, 105, 124, 126, 73, 124, 95, 74, 125, 89, 99, 93, 112]