Clean Cut

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Clean Cut
Barbara Mandrell-Clean Cut.jpg
Studio album by Barbara Mandrell
Released March 27, 1984
Recorded January 1984 (Nashville, TN)[1]
Genre Country pop
Label MCA
Producer Tom Collins
Barbara Mandrell chronology
Spun Gold
(1983)Spun Gold1983
Clean Cut
Meant for Each Other
(1984)Meant for Each Other1984
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 release, 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] Clean Cut was originally released by MCA Records on a LP album with five songs appearing on each side of the record. The album has not been reissued on a compact disc.[3]

There was no review provided by any critics or Allmusic.[2]


Unlike her previous releases, Clean Cut spawned three singles in 1984. "Happy Birthday Dear Heartache" was the first single released from the album in 1984, released in January. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Magazine Country Singles Chart and #18 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The second single, "Only a Lonely Heart Knows" was issued in May 1984 and reached #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 #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 #8 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart and peaked outside the Billboard 200 albums chart, reaching #204.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Happy Birthday Dear Heartache" – 2:34
  2. "If It's Not One Thing, It's Another" – 3:48
  3. "I Can Depend on You" – 3:54
  4. "I Wonder What the Rich Folk Are Doin' Tonight" – 2:49
  5. "Crossword Puzzle" – 3:37
Side two
  1. "Only a Lonely Heart Knows" – 3:48
  2. "Just Like Old Times" – 2:58
  3. "Look What Love Has Done" – 3:21
  4. "Take Care of You" – 3:00
  5. "Sincerely, I'm Yours" – 2:48


  • Barbara Mandrell – vocals

Sales chart positions[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. ^ a b "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.