Friday Five: Reba
On this date in 1955, a fiery little red-headed baby named Reba Nell McEntire was born . Since then, the Oklahoman has won multiple awards, appeared in movies, and starred on Broadway as well as a couple of TV sitcoms. She is the epitome of a country icon, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. Along the way, she’s (unofficially) lost her last name, becoming simply… Reba. Today, we count down five of our favorite tunes recorded by this country queen. What are yours?
5. “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”
Cher was originally offered the song, Tanya Tucker recorded a version of it in 1981, and Vicki Lawrence had a Number One hit with it in 1973, but it’s Reba’s definitive version that has always struck this listener.
The next entry on the list just happens to be another cover. Bobbie Gentry originally released this in 1969, Lynn Anderson in 1971, and Reba two decades later.
3. “If I Had Only Known”
There are certainly more well-known Reba songs, but perhaps none as deeply personal as this one from For My Broken Heart, dedicated to the eight bandmates who were killed in a tragic plane crash in 1991.
2. “Whoever’s in New England”
Reba had already released ten albums by the time this single topped the charts in 1986. It also won McEntire a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
1. “The Heart Won’t Lie”
Because the only thing better than a Reba McEntire song is a Reba McEntire and Vince Gill song.
- Michael A.: Has anyone else had a difficult time trying to get the free download from the Reba site?
- Dave D.: I can't believe that I never saw the Willie Nelson Monk episode - and it was a Sharona episode, as …
- nm: Taylor Swift was on CSI once. Not only was Steve Earle on The Wire, in one episode Omar quoted him about …
- Barry Mazor: It's only a slight stretch to recall when Jimmy Dean met James Bond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwDGtj84YY
- Arlene: I suspect you'll also be including an episode of L.A. Law....
- luckyoldsun: The Johnny Cash episode was the one Columbo case where you really felt "the b--- had it coming."
- A.B.: Janice - I saw that too and sent him a Tweet about it.
- Janice Brooks: Peter Cooper needs an edit. Stringbean did not die in 1964.
- Leeann: I can't contribute to this list, but I did think of Steve Earle and The Wire. It's not my …
- Jeremy Dylan: That was a great episode of Monk. The "Georgia On My Mind" scene is just heartbreaking.