Clean Cut

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Clean Cut
Barbara Mandrell-Clean Cut.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 27, 1984
RecordedJanuary 1984 (Nashville, TN)[1]
GenreCountry pop
ProducerTom Collins
Barbara Mandrell chronology
Spun Gold
Clean Cut
Meant for Each Other
Singles from Clean Cut
  1. "Happy Birthday Dear Heartache"
    Released: January 1984
  2. "Only a Lonely Heart Knows"
    Released: May 1984
  3. "Crossword Puzzle"
    Released: October 1984

Clean Cut is the fifteenth studio album by American country artist Barbara Mandrell. The album was released in March 1984 on MCA Records and was produced by Tom Collins. It was one of two studio albums Mandrell released in 1984.

Background and content[edit]

Clean Cut was recorded in January 1984 at the Woodland Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.[1] Like Mandrell's previous releases, the album contained ten tracks. Most of the song's themes were built around the traditional working class country music perspective but had a country pop arrangement. Songs such as "Only a Lonely Heart Knows", "Happy Birthday Dear Heartache", and "I Can Depend on You" had a significant pop-sounding arrangement.[2] Like most of Barbara's MCA output, Clean Cut was only ever issued on a long-playing record, with five songs per side.[3]


Unlike her previous releases, Clean Cut spawned three singles in 1984. "Happy Birthday Dear Heartache" was the first single from the album released in January 1984. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Magazine Country Singles Chart and No. 18 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The second single, "Only a Lonely Heart Knows" was issued in May 1984 and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart and became her final number one hit on the Canadian Country chart. "Crossword Puzzle" was the third and final single released from the album, reaching No. 11 on the Billboard Country chart, becoming her first single since 1981 to miss the Top 10 on the chart.[4] Clean Cut was also released in 1984 and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart and peaked outside the Billboard 200 albums chart, reaching No. 204.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Happy Birthday Dear Heartache" (Mack David, Archie Jordan) – 2:34
  2. "If It's Not One Thing, It's Another" (Steve Dean, Frank J. Myers) – 3:48
  3. "I Can Depend on You" (Dennis Morgan, Stephen Allen Davis) – 3:54
  4. "I Wonder What the Rich Folk Are Doin' Tonight" (W. T. Davidson, Myers, Dean) – 2:49
  5. "Crossword Puzzle" (Dean, Myers) – 3:37

Side two

  1. "Only a Lonely Heart Knows" (Morgan, Davis) – 3:48
  2. "Just Like Old Times" (Rafe VanHoy, Deborah Allen) – 2:58
  3. "Look What Love Has Done" (Morgan, Davis) – 3:21
  4. "Take Care of You" {Morgan, Davis) – 3:00
  5. "Sincerely, I'm Yours" (David, Jordan) – 2:48



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
U.S. Top Country Albums 8
U.S. Billboard 200 204


Year Song Chart positions
US Country CAN Country
1984 "Happy Birthday Dear Heartache" 3 18
"Only a Lonely Heart Knows" 2 1
"Crossword Puzzle" 11 10


  1. ^ a b "Recording Sessions - Barbara Mandrell". Country Music.Blogspot. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Clean Cut > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Clean Cut by Barbara Mandrell". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Billboard chart positions > singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Clean Cut charts & awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2010.