Country Throwback: Reba McEntire Is All Smiles Performing First #1 Hit on TV in 1983

by Katie Maloney

Watch country superstar, Reba McEntire, own the stage during her first television performance.

Undoubtedly, McEntire is one of country music’s most beloved stars. The country icon began her career after she was discovered at a rodeo in 1974. Not even a year later she had a record deal with Mercury Records. Since then, she’s skyrocketed to fame, released 33 studio albums, starred in her own television show, and solidified her place as a country music legend.

Today we celebrate her accomplishments with a throwback to the first time she performed on television. After releasing her very first number one song, “Can’t Even Get the Blues,” she was invited to perform the song on TV. Before performing the song, McEntire opened up to the audience.

“When we first got into the music business, there were a few things we were looking for, but the number one was a number one record. Now that was seven years ago…and last December we found out we were gonna get one. We were thrilled to death thanks to y’all, but you know, since this song has gone number one, do y’all know what?” she asked the crowd. “We can’t even get the blues a-no more!” she says before starting to sing.

Reba McEntire performs “Can’t Even Get The Blues.”

Reba McEntire Is A Huge Loretta Lynn Fan

Country music legend, Loretta Lynn, is releasing a new album, Still Woman Enough. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, Lynn asked McEntire to join her for a song. The two teamed up with fellow country superstar, Carrie Underwood, for the title track, “Still Woman Enough.”

Reba expressed her excitement about the collaboration on a Twitter post. Along with the album’s trailer, McEntire writes, “I am so excited to be part of my hero @LorettaLynn’s new album #StillWomanEnough available March 19th!”

The 13-song album celebrates women in country music. It will include new compositions as well as reinterpretations of some of Lynn’s classics. Lynn says that it’s important that female performers “stick together,” and the album celebrates that connection.

“I am just so thankful to have some of my friends join me on my new album. We girl singers gotta stick together,” Lynn says. “It’s amazing how much has happened in the 50 years since ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ first came out and I’m extremely grateful to be given a part to play in the history of American music.”