Janie Fricke

Born Dec 19, 1947

Janie Fricke, also spelled Frickie, is an American country music singer, best remembered for a series of country music hits in the early to mid 1980s. Janie Fricke was one of the most popular female country singers of the '80s, racking a string of hits and proving herself a versatile vocalist with a particular flair for ballads. She won the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" awards in 1982 and 1983.… Read More

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1947 Birth Fricke was born in South Whitley, Indiana, in 1947 to parents Phyllis Kyler and Waldemar Fricke and learned piano and guitar as a child; her first vocal influences were folk artists like Joan Baez and Judy Collins. … Read More


1975 27 Years Old In 1975 Fricke moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she became an in-demand background vocalist. … Read More
However, it was likely her contribution to Duncan's number one hit "Stranger" in 1977 that generated the most interest. … Read More


Collaborations with Charlie Rich (the number one hit "On My Knees") and Duncan (the Top Five "Come a Little Bit Closer") kept Fricke going strong through 1978, but her solo singles over the next couple of years had a hard time taking off.
1979 - 1981 3 More Events
Fricke had her breakthrough success over 1982–1984, when she scored six number-one hits — "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby", "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy", "Tell Me a Lie", "He's a Heartache", Let's Stop Talkin' About It", and "Your Heart's Not In It."
1983 35 Years Old In 1983 she released her next studio album, Love Lies, which peaked at No. 10 on the Top Country Albums chart. … Read More
1984 36 Years Old In 1984, Fricke released her next album, First Word in Memory. … Read More
1985 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Fricke's 1985 album, Somebody Else's Fire peaked at No. 21 on the Top Country Albums chart, and yielded three top ten hits.
1986 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986 she released her next album, Black & White, which included her last No. 1 hit, "Always Have, Always Will", as well as her last Top 20 hit, "When a Woman Cries", which peaked at No. 20 in 1986.
As neo-traditional country music artists, including Patty Loveless and Randy Travis, gained popularity in 1987, the country-pop music Fricke had been recording since 1982 was no longer in style on country radio. … Read More


1988 40 Years Old In 1988, Fricke's Saddle the Wind album peaked at No. 64 on the Top Country Albums chart.
1989 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Her last charted single, 1989's "Give 'Em My Number", peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Country Chart.
1992 44 Years Old Fricke recorded two albums for the small Branson label in 1992 and 1993, and issued the gospel record Hymns of Faith on Intersound in 1996.


2000 52 Years Old Fricke's album Bouncin' Back was released in 2000 under her own label, JMF Records. … Read More
2004 56 Years Old In 2004, Fricke released a bluegrass album under DM records, The Bluegrass Sessions. … Read More
2005 57 Years Old Fricke continues to be actively involved in the music industry today. In 2005, she attended the Country Music Association Awards.
2007 59 Years Old Fricke was the Firefighters' Marshal for Winchester, Virginia's "80th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival" in May 2007.


2013 65 Years Old Fricke performed for five hours at the Independence Day festival in Slidell, Louisiana, on July 4, 2013 to a crowd of over 8,000. … Read More
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