Filed by Steve Barrett
You know, you could have a country hit in the late ’60s or early ’70s just by showing up at a recording studio with the name Jeannie, or some variation thereof.
There was sassy Jeannie C. Riley, of “Harper Valley P.T.A.” fame.
And mournful Jeanne Pruett, who shed many a tear on her “Satin Sheets.” (Original name Norma Jean Bowman. What’s up with female stars who shunned the name Norma Jean?)
And Jeannie Seely, who pleaded, “Don’t Touch Me.”
And finally, Jeannie Kendall, for whom “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away.”
Speaking of Jeannie Kendall, who joined forces with her father Royce (who had a brother named Floyce, I kid you not) to form The Kendalls, has anybody else noticed that Alison Krauss sounds like her absolute clone? And I mean that in the best sense. They both have great voices. I’m just sayin’.
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