by 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.