Barbara Mandrell Live

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Barbara Mandrell Live
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Live album by
ReleasedAugust 7, 1981
GenreCountry pop
LabelMCA Nashville
ProducerTom Collins
Barbara Mandrell chronology
Love Is Fair
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Barbara Mandrell Live is a live album by the American country music singer Barbara Mandrell, released in August 1981.

This album spawned two hit singles, "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" and "Wish You Were Here". "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" became Mandrell's signature song, and a return to her roots, peaking at #1 on the Country charts in 1981. The song features an uncredited appearance by George Jones. "Wish You Were Here" peaked at #2 on the Country charts, and also appeared on the Adult Contemporary charts, reaching #40. The album includes cover versions of popular songs, including "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and the Hank Williams' hit "Hey Good Lookin'", and closes with a full-length vocal version of "Country Girl", the theme song to Mandrell's 1980-82 television show, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

This album was one of Mandrell's biggest-selling albums in the United States, receiving a "Gold" certification by the RIAA, after the album moved 500,000 copies. This is only one of two albums by Mandrell that received any certification by the RIAA in the United States. The album peaked at #4 on the Top Country Albums chart (her highest peak position on that chart), as well as #86 on the Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Introduction
  2. "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed"
  3. "Unsung Heroes"
  4. "She's Out There Dancin' Alone"
  5. "Doin' It Right" (band instrumental)
  6. "Years"/"Love Is Fair"
  7. "Hey Good Lookin'"
  8. "Wish You Were Here"
  9. "Mountain Dew"/"Fireball Mail"/"Old Joe Clark"/"Night Train"/"Uncle Joe's Boogie"
  10. "In My Heart"
  11. "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" (featuring George Jones)
  12. "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
  13. "Country Girl"


All tracks except 11[edit]

Track 11[edit]

  • Mike Baird - drums
  • Anita Ball - background vocals
  • Lea Jane Berinati - background vocals
  • David Briggs - piano
  • Jimmy Capps - acoustic guitar
  • Sonny Garrish - steel guitar
  • Vicki Hampton - background vocals
  • George Jones - featured vocals
  • Barbara Mandrell - lead vocals
  • Charlie McCoy - harmonica, vibraphone
  • Farrell Morris - percussion
  • Fred Newell - electric guitar, banjo
  • Neil Stubenhaus - bass guitar
  • Fred Tackett - acoustic guitar
  • Marty Walsh - electric guitar


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 86


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US AC CAN Country
1981 "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" 1 14
"Wish You Were Here" 2 40 11