Somebody Should Leave
Somebody Should Leave is a song written by Harlan Howard and Chick Rains, and recorded by American country music artist, Reba McEntire. It was released in January 1985 as the single from her album My Kind of Country. It was McEntires second number one single in a row on the Billboard country music chart, like her previous single, Somebody Should Leave was recorded in 1984 at MCA studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It was one of new tracks that would appear on McEntires My Kind of Country album in the year. The song is a ballad describing a woman who finds herself in a relationship with her husband. The female narrator realizes a divorce is needed but they are faced with a dilemma, as she states in the song, he needs the kids and they need me. William Ruhlmann of Allmusic praised the track, saying, a characteristically direct Howard story song about an impending divorce a couple was studiously avoiding, the website, My Kind of Country gave Somebody Should Leave high critical praise, calling it a tearjerker.
The website further went on to praise the song and the story behind it, saying, An instant classic, with an emotionally charged vocal performance, Reba approached Harlan Howard when she was looking for material for the album. He played her a song that she didn’t like, so she turned it down as politely as she could. Howard responded that he was testing her to see if she could distinguish between a good song and a bad one — and to see if she had the nerve to him that she didn’t like the song. Reba had passed the test, and being allowed to record “Somebody Should Leave” was her reward, Kurt Wolff of Country Music, The Rough Guide commented that the song is weepy, it exhibits tasteful restraints. Somebody Should Leave was released as a single January 28,1985, the song became McEntires second number one single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in a row, reaching the top spot by May 1985. With the help of the album and the single itself, McEntire would win the Country Music Associations Female Vocalist of the Year, her second honor from the association.
The song was considered to have a sound, which categorized McEntire as a new traditionalist. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
How Blue is a song written by John Moffat, and recorded by American country music artist Reba McEntire. It was released in September 1984 as the first single from the album My Kind of Country and it was her third number one single on the Billboard country music chart and would be the first of a series of number one singles during the 1980s and 1990s. How Blue was recorded at the MCA studio in Nashville, Tennessee in 1984, the song was one of several new tracks released on McEntires second MCA album, My Kind of Country, which mainly included cover versions of traditional country songs. The song itself was considered a departure from any of McEntires previously released singles, as it contained a sound, with fiddle. The songs content describes a woman who asks herself how blue or lonely she can feel until she has gotten over her lover, whom she had recently broken up with. The songs chorus explains the storyline, How blue can you make me How long till I heal How can I go on loving you when youre gone How blue can I feel, since its release as a single, How Blue has received positive critical reception from critics.
Kurt Wolff of the book, Country Music, The Rough Guide called the song, producer Harold Shedd had found the song and had to convince a reluctant Reba to record it. She initially felt that it was a song, but she reconsidered when the line “ain’t you got a heart left in your breast” was changed to “chest”. How Blue was released on September 24,1984 on MCA Nashville Records, the song reached number one on the Billboard Magazine country music chart months before My Kind of Countrys release, reaching the top spot in January 1984. The song peaked at number 6 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts around the same time, lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Reba Nell McEntire is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. She began her career in the industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall who brought her to Nashville and she signed a contract with Mercury Records a year in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five studio albums under the label until 1983. The album brought her success, bringing her a series of successful albums. She has sometimes referred to as The Queen of Country. And she is one of the artists of all time. In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990s Tremors, Reba Nell McEntire was born March 28,1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Jacqueline and Clark Vincent McEntire. She was named for her maternal grandmother Reba Estelle Smith, Reba Smith was the daughter of Byron Williams B. W.
Her father, and her grandfather, John Wesley McEntire, were both champion steer ropers and her father was a World Champion Steer Roper three times, John McEntire was the son of Clark Stephen McEntire and Helen Florida McEntire. Her mother had wanted to be a country-music artist but eventually decided to become a schoolteacher. Reba reportedly taught herself how to play the guitar, Reba played guitar in the group and wrote all the songs. The group sang at rodeos and recorded The Ballad of John McEntire together, released on the indie label Boss, the song pressed one thousand copies. In 1974, McEntire attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University planning to be a school teacher. While not attending school, she continued to sing locally. That same year she was hired to perform the anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Country artist Red Steagall, who was performing that day, was impressed by her vocal ability and agreed to help her launch a country-music career in Nashville. After recording a tape, she signed a recording contract with Mercury Records in 1975
New Fool at an Old Game
New Fool at an Old Game is a song first recorded by Canadian country music artist Michelle Wright. Wrights version was released in 1987 as the single from her album Do Right by Me. American Country Music Hall of Fame artist Reba McEntire released her version in December 1988 as the single from her album Reba. It was her number one on the country chart. The single went to one for one week and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart. New Fool at an Old Game was written by Steve Bogard, Rick Giles, and Sheila Stephen
Sweet Sixteen (Reba McEntire album)
Sweet Sixteen is the 14th studio album by American country music singer Reba McEntire, released in 1989 on MCA Records. Four singles from the album entered the Billboard country charts, the number one hits Cathys Clown and Walk On, the albums title derives from its being McEntires sixteenth album, counting compilation and Christmas albums. The album is certified Platinum by the RIAA, for selling over 1,000,000 copies, the album debuted at #17 on the Country Albums chart for the week of May 27,1989, and peaked at #1 for the week of June 24,1989. It stayed at #1 for 13 consecutive weeks, the album sold over 500,000 copies in just 9 weeks. Adapted from the liner notes. – electric guitar, acoustic guitar Steve Wariner – background vocals
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, opinion, events and it is known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows, Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson acquired Hennegens interest in 1900 for $500, in the 1900s, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses and burlesque shows. It created a service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the industry as the jukebox, phonograph. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment so that it could focus on music. After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegans children, until it was sold to investors in 1985.
The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 1,1894 by William Donaldson, initially, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry and was called Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production, the first issues were just eight pages long. The paper had columns like The Bill Room Gossip and The Indefatigable, a department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896. The title was changed to The Billboard in 1897, after a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegans interest in the business in 1900 for $500, to save it from bankruptcy. That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, San Francisco, London and he re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment like fairs, circuses and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of events in 1901.
Billboard covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism, economics and it had a stage gossip column covering the private lives of entertainers, a tent show section covering traveling shows and a sub-section called Freaks to order. According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson published articles attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting good taste