Lovers, Friends and Strangers

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Lovers, Friends and Strangers
Barbara Mandrell-Lovers.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1977
LabelABC/Dot Records
ProducerTom Collins
Barbara Mandrell chronology
Midnight Angel
Lovers, Friends and Strangers
Love's Ups & Downs

Lovers, Friends and Strangers is the seventh studio album released by American country music singer, Barbara Mandrell, released in May 1977.

Mandrell's success was beginning to build with the release of this album. Lead-off single "Married, But Not to Each Other", which originally appeared on 1976's Midnight Angel, was Mandrell's biggest hit yet on the Billboard Country charts, peaking at #3. The second single ("Hold Me") was not a Top 10 hit, but instead peaked at #12. The album peaked only at #26 on the Top Country Albums chart. Besides the two singles, a cover version of "After the Lovin'" was included, which exemplified the type of songs Mandrell was recording at the time. This track was also nominated for a Grammy the following year for Best Female Performance – Country. Like many of her following albums, Lovers, Friends, & Strangers consisted of 10 tracks, instead of 11 like on her previous two releases, This Is Barbara Mandrell and Midnight Angel.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "She's Loved Me Out of You" – 2:56 (Dean Dillon, Gary Harrison)
  2. "Married, But Not to Each Other" – 2:56 (Denise LaSalle, Frances Miller)
  3. "This Is Not Another Cheatin' Song" – 2:47 (Rose Lee Maphis, Joe Maphis)
  4. "How Long Does It Take" – 2:49 (Dillon)
  5. "Bedroom Reunion" – 3:30 (Dillon, Johnny McCollum)
  6. "Hold Me" – 2:54 (Glenn Ray)
  7. "We Are the One" – 2:52 (Kent Robbins)
  8. "After the Lovin'" – 3:27 (Alan Bernstein, Ritchie Adams)
  9. "Lovers, Friends, and Strangers" – 2:42 (Robbins)
  10. "Let My Man Go, Jesus" – 2:52 (Don Devaney)



AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1977 Top Country Albums #26

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1977 "Married But Not to Each Other" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #3
1977 "Hold Me" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #12