Louise Mandrell is Barbara Mandrell's younger sister, and a country star herself, whose star peaked in the early 1980s. She was married to singer R.C. Bannon, and recorded several albums of duets as well as her own solo records. Mandrell was only moderately successful on the charts, consistently entering the Top 20, but seldom the Top Ten, and never quite hit the level of superstardom enjoyed by her sister. Here's a quick look at her work...
Louise Mandrell "Anthology" (Renaissance, 1998)
A comprehensive collection of the "best" work by a decidely lesser commercial country artist. Barbara Mandrell's little sister, Louise also married her way into show biz, singing numerous 1980s duets with then-husband R. C. Bannon (which are also collected here)... With a thin but perky twang, she threw herself gamely into these relatively rootsy, somewhat synthy popbilly ditties. She has a convincing earnestness which manages to get through the indifferent production and the general sub-Sheena Easton vibe, but even with her moderate charms, this is still second-string material.
Louise Mandrell & R. C. Bannon "Inseparable" (Epic, 1979) (LP)
Louise Mandrell & R. C. Bannon "Love Won't Let Us Go" (Epic, 1980) (LP)
Louise Mandrell "Louise Mandrell" (Epic, 1981) (LP)
Wow... nice 'fro!
Louise Mandrell & R. C. Bannon "Me And My R.C." (RCA, 1981) (LP)
Louise Mandrell & R. C. Bannon "(You're My) Super Woman And (You're My) Incredible Man" (RCA, 1982) (LP)
Louise Mandrell "Close Up" (RCA, 1982) (LP)
Louise Mandrell "Too Hot To Sleep" (RCA, 1983) (LP)
Louise Mandrell & R. C. Bannon "The Best Of..." (RCA, 1983) (LP)
Louise Mandrell "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet" (RCA, 1984) (LP)
Louise Mandrell "Maybe My Baby" (RCA, 1985)
Louise Mandrell "Dreamin' " (RCA, 1986) (LP)
Louise Mandrell "The Best Of Louise Mandrell" (RCA, 1987)
Louise Mandrell "Winter Wonderland" (1997)
Louise Mandrell "Personal" (Mandrell, Inc., 2000)
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