Barbara Mandrell At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
One of the most successful female vocalists of the 1970s and 80s, Barbara Mandrell was born on Christmas Day in 1948 in Houston, Texas. Born into a musical family, Mandrell was reading music and playing the accordion by the time she was five years old. After attending a music trade convention in Chicago six years later, Mandrell caught the eye of Chet Atkins and Joe Maphis with her unforgettable skills on the steel guitar. Shortly after, she was performing in Maphis’ nightclub show in Vegas and, later, touring with artists like Red Foley, Tex Ritter and Johnny Cash. In 1961, she had her network debut on the show Five Star Jubilee. After moving to Nashville with the dreams of becoming a country star with her father as her manager, Mandrell was signed to Columbia Records in 1969. From there, her success took off. Just three years later, she would be invited to join the ranks of the Grand Ole Opry.