Louise Mandrell

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Louise Mandrell
Louise Mandrell in 1993.jpg
Louise Mandrell in 1993
Background information
Birth name Thelma Louise Mandrell
Also known as Louise Mandrell
Born (1954-07-13) July 13, 1954 (age 60)
Origin Corpus Christi, Texas
Genres Country
Occupations Singer, Entertainer
Instruments vocals, Guitar, fiddle, Clarinet, drums, Saxophone, Accordion, Keyboard, Bass
Years active 1977–present
Labels Epic Records
RCA Nashville
R&J Records
Associated acts Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Eric Carmen, R.C. Bannon, Alabama, Reba McEntire
Website [Site] http://www.LouiseMandrell.com
[Facebook] http://facebook.com/LouiseMandrell
[Twitter] https://twitter.com/OfficialLouiseM

Thelma Louise Mandrell (known by her middle name "Louise") was born July 13, 1954 and is an American country music singer. She is the younger sister of country singer Barbara Mandrell, and older sister of actress Irlene Mandrell. Louise had a successful singing career in country music with a string of hits during the 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Mandrell was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Although she never developed the scale of fan base or the 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. With their parents coming from a musical background, Barbara started off working as a singer, and playing the steel guitar and other instruments, and worked for Patsy Cline in the early 1960s.[citation needed] Mandrell learned to play the guitar and bass. Soon, their parents founded the Mandrell Family Band, which toured the United States and Asia.

Barbara's professional recognition in country music in the early 1970s with hits like "Treat Him Right", "Show Me" and "The Midnight Oil" gave Mandrell opportunities at success, and she started performing in Barbara's band The DoRites, which toured with Merle Haggard in the early 1970s.[citation needed] Her first time in the studio was on the recording "Always Wanting You", a no. 1 hit for Haggard in 1975.[citation needed] In 1978, Mandrell signed with Epic Records.

Music career[edit]

Mandrell released her first single in 1978, called "Put It On Me", which entered the top 100 country music singles in the USA.[citation needed] In 1979 she released her next single, a version of "Everlasting Love", which also entered top 100. She started singing duets with her husband R.C.Bannon, such as "I Thought You Never Asked," which entered the top 50, and a cover of the number 1 song by Peaches & Herb, "Reunited", which went to number 13, her first significant hit. In 1980, following two more solo efforts that did not see the same success, she then 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 with RCA Nashville. In 1982, Mandrell had two top 40 hits, as well as the top 20 hit "Some of My Best Friends Are Old Songs".

1983 turned out to be her most successful year, entering the top 15 with "Runaway Heart" the two top 10 hits "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" and "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet", and in 1985 the song "I Wanna Say Yes" entered the top 5.

In 1984, RCA released her first video for the hit single "Some Girls Have All The Luck". Her songs at this time focused on the popular Countrypolitan sound that was coming out of Nashville from many country artists,[citation needed] Barbara Mandrell included.

Mandrell's last studio album "Dreamin'" was released in 1987, with the single "I Want To Hear It From Your Lips" and having her last top 40 hit with the single "Do I Have To Say Goodbye". Her last charted single came in 1988, a cover of the song "As Long As We Got Each Other", a duet with Eric Carmen.

In 1988, Mandrell parted ways with RCA Nashville. During the 1990s she released the videos and songs "Jean Paul" and "Down Home Christmas".

Personal life[edit]

Her marriage to Ronald Shaw on July 1, 1971 ended in divorce in 1973 and subsequent marriage to Gary Lamar Buck of the country music group, the Four Guys July 23, 1975 also ended in divorce in 1978.

In 1978 Mandrell also met and married R.C. Bannon, February 26, 1979 who later co-wrote songs for Barbara. "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. Bannon and Mandrell have one child Nicole.

In 1991, Louise was divorced from Bannon and two years later married John Haywood on July 16, 1993.

Louise and RC adopted Nicole Mandrell Shipley 1986, 2013 Louise became a grand mother for the 1st time.

Theater and writing[edit]

After leaving RCA Records Mandrell she continued to perform almost every day to packed houses.[citation needed] In 1991, TNN began re-airing the Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Show.

From 1992 to 1994, she headlined at the 4,000 seat Grand Palace theatre in Branson, Missouri along with Kenny Rogers.[citation needed] On occasion, she shared the stage with Barbara, Sawyer Brown, Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, and several other well known country and pop music entertainers at The Grand Palace.

On September 12, 1997, Mandrell opened up her own 1400 seat theater, The Louise Mandrell Theater (now the Smoky Mountain Opry) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, alongside other theaters such as Lee Greenwood's. Mandrell appeared in every performance there, encompassed numerous musical styles including Country, jazz, and big band. It was considered the most attended (non-dinner) show in the Smoky Mountains.[citation needed] The Louise Mandrell Theater had its last performance, to a sold out house, on December 31, 2005.[citation needed]

In 1983, Mandrell co-wrote the Mandrell Family Album with writer Ace Collins. Later, they produced a series of children's books.

Now, In 2012 she is performing the title role of "Calamity Jane" at Roger Rockas Dinner Theatre in Fresno, CA through September 16, 2012

Later career[edit]

Mandrell continues to perform at selected special occasions and corporate events.[citation needed] In December 2007, she performed in Washington DC with the National Army band.[citation needed]

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday period 2008-2009, Mandrell performed at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville for one month.[citation needed] The multi-instrumental dinner show was entitled "Joy To The World". Mandrell also announced her intention to create a new show in 2010, "The Gift".[citation needed]

In 2009, she signed with Strouadavarious Records and announced her intention to release an album of country classics and a Christmas-themed album.[citation needed]

During 2011 & 2012, Mandrell joined Lee Greenwood on selected tour dates, including a 6 week Branson run at the Welk Resort Theatre from September 12-October 22.[citation needed]

Louise's final Christmas Show at Gaylord Opryland titled "Louise Mandrell's Christmas Dinner Party" took place Nov 18-Dec 25 of 2011.

In 2012, Mandrell played Calamity Jane at Roger Rockas Dinner Theatre in Fresno, California. She also played several concerts with Lee Greenwood during the year.

Commercial spokesperson[edit]

Louise was the spokesperson for Sanderson Farms' Miss Goldy's Chicken for 20 years, and for White Rain in the mid 1980s.

Television appearances[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak
positions
US Country
Louise Mandrell
  • Release date: July 1981
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
Close Up
  • Release date: February 1983
  • Label: RCA Nashville
  • Formats: LP, cassette
30
Too Hot to Sleep
  • Release date: August 1983
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
26
I'm Not Through Loving You Yet
  • Release date: May 1984
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
54
Maybe My Baby
  • Release date: May 1985
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
60
Dreamin'
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
Winter Wonderland
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: Time–Life
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Personal
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: Mandrell, Inc.
  • Formats: CD, cassette
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Albums with R. C. Bannon[edit]

Title Details Peak
positions
US Country
Inseparable
  • Release date: 1979
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
Love Won't Let Us Let Go
  • Release date: October 1980
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
Me and My R. C.
  • Release date:
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
20
Super Woman and Incredible Man
  • Release date:
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
44
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilations[edit]

Title Details
The Best of Louise Mandrell & R. C. Bannon
(with R. C. Bannon)
  • Release date: November 1983
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
The Best of Louise Mandrell
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
Anthology
  • Release date: October 13, 1998
  • Label: Renaissance Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1975 "Armadillo" N/A
1978 "Put It on Me" 77 Louise Mandrell
1979 "Everlasting Love" 69
"I Never Loved Anyone Like I Loved You" 72
1980 "Wake Me Up" 63
"Beggin' for Mercy" 82
"Love Insurance" 61
1982 "(You Sure Know Your Way) Around My Heart" 35 40 Me and My R. C.
"Some of My Best Friends Are Old Songs" 20 39 Super Woman and Incredible Man
1983 "Romance" 22 35
"Save Me" 6 2 Close Up
"Too Hot to Sleep" 10 26 Too Hot to Sleep
1984 "Runaway Heart" 13 10
"I'm Not Through Loving You Yet" 7 8 I'm Not Through Loving You Yet
"Goodbye Heartache" 24 29
1985 "This Bed's Not Big Enough" 52
"Maybe My Baby" 8 23 Maybe My Baby
"I Wanna Say Yes" 5 3
1986 "Some Girls Have All the Luck" 22 37
"I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips" 35 41 Dreamin'
1987 "Do I Have to Say Goodbye" 28 57
"Tender Time" 74
1988 "As Long as We Got Each Other" (with Eric Carmen) 51 The Best of Louise Mandrell
1991 "Jean Paul" N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles with R. C. Bannon[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1979 "I Thought You Never Asked" 46 Inseparable
"Reunited" 13
"We Love Each Other" 48
1981 "When There's Smoke There's Fire" 35 45 Me and My R. C.
1982 "Our Wedding Band" / "Just Married" 56 45
1983 "Christmas Is Just a Song for Us This Year" 35 A Country Christmas
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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