‘Can’t Even Get the Blues’ became the legend’s first of 24 Hot Country Songs leaders.

On Jan. 8, 1983, Reba McEntire‘s “Can’t Even Get the Blues” became her first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.

Penned by Rick Carnes and Tom Damphier, the song marked McEntire’s 16th entry on the survey.

McEntire was born in McAlester, Okla., and her father, Clark, and grandfather, John, were both rodeo champions. Red Steagall was in attendance when McEntire sang the national anthem at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City in 1974 and convinced her to move to Nashville.

To date, McEntire has rolled up 24 Hot Country Songs No. 1s, among 59 top 10s. Among women, only Dolly Parton boasts more leaders, with 25.

McEntire, who has also achieved star status in film, television and stage, has won numerous major awards, including entertainer of the year at the 1986 Country Music Association Awards. She was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, McEntire, 64, will compete for best country album, for 2019’s Stronger Than the Truth. It’s her first nomination in the category in 25 years.





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