New Hall of Famer Barbara Mandrell

Barbara Mandrell is set to receive country music’s highest honor, induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Sunday, May 17, at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Barbara will be joined by two of her close friends, Roy Clark and multi-instrumentalist Charlie McCoy.

Barbara was one of country’s first multi-media stars. She scored six No.1 singles, including “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” and others. From 1980–1982, she hosted her own TV series, the highly-rated Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, with her younger sisters Louise and Irlene. She is the only female artist to win consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year awards, in 1980 and 1981. Barbara has also acted in several television films.

In this Country Weekly Web Exclusive, Barbara shares some thoughts on her Hall of Fame induction and what it means to her. She also talks about her father and mentor, Irby Mandrell, who passed away on March 5.

CW
What does becoming a member of the Hall of Fame mean to you?
BM
I think anyone would tell you, if they were being candid, that the Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of your career. It’s something we think about. You can’t do better than to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
CW
We know that you are grateful that your father was able to share the news of your induction with you.
BM
All of this happened before my father passed away on March 5. We were given the news [of the induction] in February, so I’m overwhelmed with such gratitude that he was able to share that with me. Daddy was my business manager, my guide, my friend. I learned so much from him. So, maybe I didn’t earn it (laughs), but he sure did!
CW
How special is it to be going in with Roy and Charlie?
BM
I am so glad you asked that. I love and adore both of those men, and I have had the privilege of working with them many times. I made several guest appearances on Hee Haw, which Roy hosted. And not only is Roy a talented showman, but he’s just a fun guy to be around. And Charlie McCoy—what can I say? He played on almost every record I ever made. He is a true friend and one of the giants of our industry.
CW
Do you have a speech prepared?
BM
I started working on it, but then I thought about Daddy and what this would mean to him. So, I haven’t gone back to finish it, but I know I will. I know God will give me a way to say what I want to say.

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