JANIE FRICKE: RADIO ROMANCE EXHIBIT OPENED AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

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

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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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CYNDI LAUPER, DON MCLEAN, BILLY RAY CYRUS AND MORE JOIN GEORGE JONES FOR HIS FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 17:18

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA

Nashville, TN (March 12, 2013) – Cyndi Lauper, Don McLean, Billy Ray Cyrus are the latest to be added to George Jones’ final Nashville concert taking place at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Commenting on the added performers George Jones says, “Now, people may not know this, but I have been a fan of Cyndi’s since I first saw her years ago at the Grammy awards, what a thrill it was to hear she will be part of this final celebration. Don McLean and I first met in the ‘70s, here in Nashville, and I love his singing, his songwriting, and I know his performance will be just as special as when I first saw him sing. Billy Ray is an old friend and someone I have spent many times together, bless his heart for wanting to be with me on this show. I love and respect all these singers.”

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