Personalities | Reba McEntire | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists

(Vocals, b. 1954)

Multi-award winning Oklahoma-born Reba McEntire’s introduction to country music came through singing as a teenager with her siblings, Dale (nicknamed Pake) and Susie, as The Singing McEntires. Red Steagall heard her sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the National Rodeo finals in 1974, and she signed to Mercury Records, where mostly minor hits ensued. Moving to MCA, ‘Can’t Even Get The Blues’ (1983) became the first of over 30 No. 1s. CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year for four years and Entertainer Of The Year (1986), McEntire has also developed a career as an actress with starring roles in movies and on Broadway (Annie Get Your Gun) as well as her own high-rating sitcom, Reba.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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