USA Louise Mandrell
* 13. Juli 1954 in Corpus Christi, Texas

Sängerin, Schauspielerin, Songschreiberin, Autorin
Instr.: Banjo, Gitarre, Fiddle, Upright Bass, Accordeon, Drums, Mandoline, Klarinette, Autoharp, Bass Gitarre, Synthesizer
Stil : Contemporary Country / Pop-Country


 Mandrell was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Although she never developed the iconic fan base of worldwide recognition that her older sister Barbara Mandrell gained in Country Music, Louise Mandrell is still credited as one of Country Music's more successful female vocalists of the 1980s. Her early life started off much like her sister's. Her family was always a musical family; her parents came from a musical background. Barbara started off working as a singer, and playing the steel guitar and other instruments — even working for Patsy Cline in the early 1960s.[citation needed] It would be no surprise Louise would pick up instruments as well. She played the guitar and bass. Soon, her parents founded their band called the Mandrell Family Band. The family band toured all over the United States and even Asia. The band jumpstarted Louise's professional career in music.

When her sister Barbara Mandrell got professional stardom in country music in the early 70s, with hits like "Treat Him Right", "Show Me" and "The Midnight Oil", it gave Louise opportunities to become successful. Mandrell started performing in her sister's band, The Do-Rights. She also toured with Merle Haggard in the early 70s.[citation needed] Her first time in the studio was on the recording "Always Wanting You," a #1 hit for Merle in 1975.[citation needed] In 1978, she signed with Epic Records.

The year 1978 was a great change for Mandrell. She didn't just sign on with Epic Records, but she also met and married country singer/song-writer R.C. Bannon "One of a Kind, Pair of Fools" is a 1983 single written by Bannon and John Bettis and recorded by Barbara Mandrell and "Only One Love in My Life" was written by R.C. Bannon and John Bettis and would be Ronnie Milsap's tenth number one plus many more. She released her first single in 1978, called "Put It On Me". The single enterd the top 100 country singles. Her next single came the next year with a version of "Everlasting Love", which was again top 100 country singles. She started singing duets with her husband, as well beginning with "I Thought You Never Asked," which went Top 50 for them. That year, she also released another song, which was a cover of the number 1 smash by Peaches & Herb, "Reunited", which was another duet with her husband. The song went to #13 on the Country charts, and became her first significant hit. Her two other solo efforts in 1980, were not so successful. Another huge boost came in 1980, when she joined her sister Barbara and younger sister Irlene on Barbara's TV variety show Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. This show showcased not only her singing, but her multi-instrumental and comedy talents as well. In 1981, she signed on with RCA Records. In 1982, Mandrell had two Top 40 hits. Another song released that year, called "Some of My Best Friends Are Old Songs", broke the Top 20, and gave Louise a major hit.

The year, 1983, turned out to be her most successful year. Her one song "Runaway Heart" was a Top 15 hit. She struck gold that year with two Top 10 hits called "Save Me" (originally recorded by Northern Irish singer Clodagh Rodgers) and "Too Hot to Sleep". In 1984, Mandrell had two other Top 40 hits "Goodbye Heartache" & "I'm not through loving you yet". She had her biggest hit in 1985 with the song "I Wanna Say Yes". The song was a Top 5 hit on the Country charts. RCA released her first video for her hit single "some girls have all the luck" Her songs at this time focused one the popular Countrypolitan sound that was coming out of Nashville from almost every successful Country artist.[citation needed] This style of music was what made Barbara Mandrell so famous in the late 1970s early 1980s. Her chart success fell in 1987 with her last studio album "Dream'in" was released. She had her last Top 40 hit that year called "Do I Have to Say Goodbye" following " I want to hear it from your lips". Her last charted single came in 1988 with "As Long As We Got Each Other", a duet with Eric Carmen, and was the theme song of the TV show Growing Pains.

She released (with the help of RCA) videos and songs to radio in the 90's. Jean Paul and Down home Christmas.

Louise co-wrote the Mandrell family album with writer Ace Collins. Later, they produced a series of children's books.

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