Janie Fricke
American musician
Janie Fricke
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.
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WOMP WOMP: Woman Pays For iPhones, Gets VERY Expensive Fruit
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There are apples, and then are Apples. One hapless phone customer in Australia reportedly found this out the hard way, when she paid for what she thought was a pair of iPhones and ended up with two very expensive pieces of fruit. The unidentified 21-year-old woman had negotiated to buy the phones on Gumtree, an online classifieds site. Officials from the Upper Mt Gravatt Crime Prevention Unit told the Herald Sun that the woman discovered the scam after she exchanged $1,500 for two iPhone boxes in a local McDonald's parking lot. When she opened the boxes up, she found the boxes contained only apples, not handsets. "[B]e smart about what you buy," Upper Mt Gravatt Senior Constable Jess Hopkin said, according to the Herald Sun. "If something seems too good to be true, it probably is." This is not even the first time an Apple fan has been fooled by a fraudster at a McDonald's. In 2011, a 22-year-old South Carolina woman bought a $180 iPad that turned out to be a piece ...
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Walmart Sells Customer $499 Fake iPad
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Buying an iPad should be a treat. But more and more often, consumers are being tricked. iPad scams are on the rise, and a recent one in New Jersey shows how important it is to check what you're buying before you take it home. Jamie Frick paid $499 for an iPad at a New Jersey Walmart, only to later open the box and find a counterfeit iPad, NJ.com reports. When Frick realized that she had been sold a fake iPad, she attempted to return the product to Walmart, where she was initially refused a refund. Frick filed a claim in small claims court and contacted NJ.com's Bamboozled blog for help. Walmart ultimately issued Frick a full refund and gave her a $50 Walmart gift card for the "inconvenience." Walmart didn't immediately return a request for comment from The Huffington Post. This isn't the first time something like this has happened at a Walmart store. Last October, Bobbi Linden bought what she thought was an iPad but was actually a stack of notebooks at a Texas Walm ...
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Janie Fricke: The 'Country Side Of Bluegrass'
NPR - about 5 years
Fricke was one of the most popular country-music vocalists of the 1980s. Between 1982 and 1984, she scored six No. 1 hits. Since then, her career has dimmed, but now she's back, having arranged some of her biggest hits with bluegrass instrumentation. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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2011 Fall Calendar - Illinois Times
Google News - over 5 years
Janie Fricke (Saturday night). Contests Saturday. burgoo.org. 300 W. Main, Arenzville. Sep 09-10, 5pm-12am Fri, 8am-12am Sat, Food, fun, bands and entertainment for all. Join ZumbaFest on Saturday morning. 227 W Main Street, Havana, 309-543-3849
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Syracuse, RFD - Syracuse New Times
Google News - over 5 years
Her biggest success to date, “From a Table Away,” harkens to earlier generations of woman singers, particularly Lorrie Morgan or maybe Janie Fricke. An earlier single, “If I Could,” should be a real showstopper, boasting a rapidfire, almost yodeling
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Country singer Corbin slated to take stage - The Morning Journal
Google News - over 5 years
After taking guitar lessons at age 14, Corbin joined a band, which won an opening slot at a music festival, followed by opening acts for Janie Fricke and Mel McDaniel. Corbin later attended the University of Florida's College of Agricultural and Life
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The Roys To Host Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree - Nashville.com
Google News - over 5 years
They've also been touring with country songstress, Janie Fricke, and more joint shows are scheduled. Upcoming shows include Dollywood's Show Street Theatre (Pigeon Forge, TN); Dogwood Park Concert Series (Greeneville, TN); Purple Fiddle (Thomas, WV);
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Memphis Native Deborah Allen Confirmed For Multiple Appearances During Elvis ... - Music Indistry News Network
Google News - over 5 years
... Wrong Before,” Deborah Allen has written songs recorded by an impressive list of artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Brooks & Dunn, Janie Fricke, Mickey Gilley, Sheena Easton, Diana Ross and Fleetwood Mac, among others
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Year of Alabama Music: Vern Gosdin (1934-2009) - The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Another cover, "Never My Love," featured harmonies by Janie Fricke. Singles: Radio hits during 1980s included "Set 'Em Up Joe," "I'm Still Crazy," "Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time." "I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight),"
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Family farm welcomes campers, horses and musicians - Shelby Star
Google News - over 5 years
Recording artists, Marshall Tucker, John Connelly, Janie Fricke and 38 Special have performed concerts on the Circle J Stage, along with local bands including Carolina Risin', Bandana, Triad, Madder Don't, Tater Double Cross, Twist of Fate,
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Notes from the music beat - Royal Oak Daily Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
McCoy's enthusiasm is also bolstered by the participation of Charley Pride and Janie Fricke in the show. Each is significant in his career: Fricke heard McCoy sing at a talent contest in 1981 and told Pride about him, who hired McCoy as an opening act
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Exitoso evento de recaudación de la ADA - El Extra
Google News - almost 6 years
Entre las celebridades que acudieron estuvieron Nolan Ryan, Jason Garrett, Jason Witten, Darren Woodson, Daryl Johnston, Tuff Hedeman, Toby Petersen, Janie Fricke, Neal McCoy, Charlie Pride, Walt Garrison, Rudy Gatlin, Norm Hitzges, Terrance Newman,
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The Kentucky Opry is Celebrating 23 Years May 21 - West Kentucky Star
Google News - almost 6 years
Legends like: Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis and Janie Fricke, Roy Clark, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, George Jones, Don Williams, the Rockabilly Revival with Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, comedian Tim Hawkins and coming later
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CRITICS' CHOICE; New CDs
NYTimes - almost 7 years
ALAN JACKSON ''Freight Train'' (Arista Nashville) Over the last decade the country star Alan Jackson, who even at his most pugnacious possessed a parental sort of certainty, has only become stiller. Maybe it was 9/11, which prompted ''Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),'' one of his finest songs, or maybe it's the calm and complacency
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Johnny Duncan, 67, Country Music Singer
NYTimes - over 10 years
Johnny Duncan, a country music singer known for songs like ''She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed Anytime'' and ''It Couldn't Have Been Any Better,'' died on Monday in Fort Worth. He was 67. The cause was a heart attack, said Jim Harrell, the funeral director of Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin, Tex. Mr. Duncan, who had a string of country hits in the
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Charlie Rich, 62, 'Silver Fox,' Country Singer and Songwriter
NYTimes - over 21 years
Charlie Rich, the country singer known as the Silver Fox, who had several major hits in the 1970's, died yesterday at a motel in Hammond, La., where he and his wife had stopped for the night on their way to Florida. He was 62. The cause of death was a blood clot in his lung, said the coroner, Vincent Cefalu. A gifted pianist, singer and songwriter
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Disaster Leaves Imprint on Town
NYTimes - about 22 years
In a few moments of unforgettable terror, a tornado roared into Lancaster one night last April, killing three people, destroying 280 houses and damaging many more. It literally tore out the heart of the town, transforming the quaint, 19th-century Town Square into mounds of brick and glass and dirt. Eight months later, Lancaster is finding that
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES; The Driver Who Stopped Singing
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: His mother wanted him to be a pharmacist: Hang up the old mortar and pestle at 6 P.M., go home to the wife and kids. Steady. Dependable. Safe. The father, on the other hand, did not mind if his son went into the family occupation, which is driving cars at high speed. But Richard Petty often seemed bemused that his son, His mother wanted him
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Janie Fricke
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 65
    Fricke performed for five hours at the Independence Day festival in Slidell, Louisiana, on July 4, 2013 to a crowd of over 8,000.
    More Details Hide Details Fricke is also an occasional participant in the Country's Family Reunion DVD series, which airs on RFD-TV. In 1985, Fricke established the "Janie Fricke Scholarship at Indiana University" to benefit gifted students in the School of Music. The scholarships are open to active members of the Singing Hoosiers vocal ensemble who demonstrate financial need. Fricke has also participated in the "Country Music Hall of Fame Fundraising Campaign". Other artists who also support the project include, Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, Kate Campbell, Amy Grant, James Otto, and Gretchen Wilson.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    Fricke was the Firefighters' Marshal for Winchester, Virginia's "80th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival" in May 2007.
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  • 2005
    Age 57
    Fricke continues to be actively involved in the music industry today. In 2005, she attended the Country Music Association Awards.
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  • 2004
    Age 56
    In 2004, Fricke released a bluegrass album under DM records, The Bluegrass Sessions.
    More Details Hide Details The tracks from the album were Fricke's country hits from the 1980s recorded in bluegrass style for the album.
  • 2000
    Age 52
    Fricke's album Bouncin' Back was released in 2000 under her own label, JMF Records.
    More Details Hide Details She decided to sell her album on the Internet exclusively. Fricke continues to tour extensively, but she sets aside time to spend with her family on her Texas ranch near Lancaster.
  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 41
    After 1989's Labor of Love album, Fricke and Columbia records parted ways.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, Fricke became a regular on the TNN variety series The Statler Brothers Show, alongside Rex Allen, Jr. She, along with Allen, also hosted the show's spin-off, Yesteryear.
    Her last charted single, 1989's "Give 'Em My Number", peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Country Chart.
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  • 1988
    Age 40
    In 1988, Fricke's Saddle the Wind album peaked at No. 64 on the Top Country Albums chart.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 39
    Fricke's 1987 album, After Midnight released one Top 40 country hit, "Are You Satisfied", which peaked at No. 32.
    More Details Hide Details The other singles from the album did not break into the Top 40.
    She recorded a Top 25 hit with Larry Gatlin called "From Time to Time (It Sure Feels Like Love Again)", released on Gatlin's 1987 Partners album.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Fricke's success began to decline.
  • 1986
    Age 38
    Annoyed by mispronunciations of her name, she changed the spelling to "Frickie" in 1986, but a few years later, reverted to the original spelling.
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    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 37
    Fricke also reprised her role of background vocalist on two of Merle Haggard's 1985 singles, "Natural High", and on "A Place to Fall Apart", which became a No. 1 hit.
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    Fricke's 1985 album, Somebody Else's Fire peaked at No. 21 on the Top Country Albums chart, and yielded three top ten hits.
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  • 1984
    Age 36
    In 1984, Fricke released her next album, First Word in Memory.
    More Details Hide Details The lead single, "Your Heart's Not In It" was a No. 1 hit in 1984, followed by the title track, which became a Top 10 hit the same year. During this time, Fricke also tried her hand at acting when she had a guest-starring role on the Dukes of Hazzard, playing the part of Ginny, a jewel thief who hid money in the dashboard of a getaway car that was to become the General Lee in the episode "Happy Birthday, General Lee" (Episode 131). She also was a part of the Louise Mandrell special "Diamonds, Gold and Platinum," among other TV specials.
  • 1983
    Age 35
    In 1983 she released her next studio album, Love Lies, which peaked at No. 10 on the Top Country Albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details The album spawned a No. 1 single, "Let's Stop Talkin' About It" and a Top 10, "If the Fall Don't Get You".
  • 1982
    Age 34
    By this time, Fricke had broadened her style to include more up-tempo tracks as well. She was rewarded in 1982 and again in 1983 with "Female Vocalist of the Year" from the Country Music Association.
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    Three of Fricke's No. 1s were spawned from her 1982 album, It Ain't Easy which became a successful-selling album.
    More Details Hide Details In 1983, Fricke toured with "Heart City Band" and Alabama.
    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."
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  • 1981
    Age 33
    As a result, Fricke had a breakout year in 1981, when she landed two Top Five hits with "Down to My Last Broken Heart" and "I'll Need Someone to Hold Me (When I Cry)."
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  • 1980
    Age 32
    In late 1980, Fricke's producer, Billy Sherrill noticed Fricke's limited success and realized the issue could be changed.
    More Details Hide Details Sherrill advised her to establish an identity by focusing on one style, and Fricke began to record ballads.
  • 1979
    Age 31
    In 1979 Fricke released her second and third studio albums, Love Notes and From the Heart.
    More Details Hide Details Only Love Notes produced one Top 20 hit. None of Fricke's albums at this time had charted yet on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
  • 1978
    Age 30
    However, Country radio still failed to regularly play her material, and because of this most of her other singles did not chart very high between 1978 and 1981.
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    She did have two Top 20 hits between 1978 and 1979: her cover of Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love With You)," which reached No. 12; and "I'll Love Away Your Troubles for Awhile," which peaked at No. 14.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 29
    During this time, Fricke had already released three studio albums, starting in 1977 with her debut album, Singer of Songs.
    More Details Hide Details The album produced her first three singles, "What're You Doing Tonight?", "Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love With You)", and "Baby It's You".
    Fricke teamed up with the Heart City Band and her 1977 debut single, "What're You Doing Tonight," just missed the Top 20.
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    Because of this, Fricke was able to gain a recording contract of her own from Columbia Records, where she remained for over ten years, beginning in 1977.
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    However, it was likely her contribution to Duncan's number one hit "Stranger" in 1977 that generated the most interest.
    More Details Hide Details In that song's chorus, Fricke sang the line, "Shut out the light and lead me." Listeners wondered who the mystery lady was singing those words in Duncan's song.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    In 1975 Fricke moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she became an in-demand background vocalist.
    More Details Hide Details She sang background for numerous other artists at the time, including Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, and Eddie Rabbitt. However, it was her work as background vocalist on several recordings by Johnny Duncan that first brought Fricke to national attention. After supplying uncredited background vocals for such Duncan hits as "Jo and the Cowboy," "Thinkin' of a Rendezvous", "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better", and "Stranger," she was finally rewarded when she was given equal billing with Duncan on his cover of Jay and the Americans' "Come a Little Bit Closer," in which she sang the song's chorus.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite growing up in a musical family and spending much of her childhood singing at home, school, and church, her parents encouraged her to continue her formal education for a "respectable" career. While studying for her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Indiana University, she was a member of the Singing Hoosiers. Responding to an audition call that was posted on the bulletin board at practice, she was thrilled to get a job singing commercial jingles and station breaks (one of her most notable commercial jingles was for the Red Lobster seafood restaurant chain, in which she sang their famous slogan, "Red Lobster for the seafood lover in you."). Still, her parents insisted that she return to school to finish her degree, which she did and then headed to California to pursue a career. Returning to Nashville, she signed with the Lea Jane Singers, which marked the beginning of her commercial success.
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