Janie Responds To George Jones Passing

Friday, 26 April 2013 17:08

JanieFricke publicity_sm“George Jones was one of the most endearing, warm and friendly people I have ever had the privilege to meet. I have been lucky enough to work with George and Nancy and I am so blessed to have been a small part of their lives for a short time. While I am deeply saddened, I know his legend will live on.”



Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:21

2013hofNashville, Tenn. (April 23, 2013) – Janie Fricke, one of country music’s original 80’s ladies, is being spotlighted in one of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s latest exhibits. Radio Romance: Mainstream Country in the 1980s highlights a collection of artists that heavily incorporated pop influences into their country music. The exhibit traces Fricke throughout various points in her career including her early days as a popular background vocalist.

Fricke is featured alongside other revolutionary pop-country artists Barbara Mandrell, Eddie Rabbitt and Steve Wariner. The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor inside the “Sing Me Back Home” exhibit and will run through April 2015.

The artifacts on display in the Radio Romance include:

• Stage costume: Ruth Kemp designed a bugle-beaded blouse, belt and skirt for Fricke to wear when she performed at Camp David for President Reagan in 1981

• Awards: Fricke’s 1982 CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year and 1983 ACM Award for Top Country Female Vocalist


Where Are They Now: Janie Fricke

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 15:58

Janieby Karen Walker

Way back in the 80′s, I was an impressionable teenager. One day, I heard a song on the radio by a woman with a killer and somewhat teary sound. I wanted to be just like her! So, I bought some headbands, slicked back the sides of my hair and tried (but failed) to sing just like her. Janie Fricke was something special.

Janie Fricke had spent the 70′s as an in demand backing vocalist for the likes of Ronnie Milsap, Crystal Gayle, Conway Twitty and others. She had the rare luck of hitting the ground running the minute she moved to Nashville.

Then she got the break of teaming up with Johnny Duncan on a couple of songs and everyone wanted to know who she was! They found out when she stepped from the background into the limelight. Her 4th album was the charm. 1981 began her quick climb to the top. In 1982 and 1983, she was named the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and racked up a string of hits, many number ones.


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