WATCH: Reba McEntire’s Beautiful Performance of ‘Lonely Alone’ on A&E’s ‘Live By Request’ in 1999

by Quentin Blount

We are taking it back more than two decades for this country throwback. Today we look back at a performance from Reba McEntire in 1999.

21 years ago, McEntire stepped on to center stage to perform her song “Lonely Alone.” Live from Sony Music Studios in Manhattan, her performance took place on A&E’s show Live By Request. During the show, she also takes requests from viewers by telephone and e-mail. The two-hour special allowed fans to request songs by calling an 800 phone number displayed on the screen.

“Lonely Alone” was part of McEntire’s album If You See Him. Here’s a video of her singing the classic country song.

Meanwhile, that was just part of McEntire’s big week. On the same day as her A&E special, her 27th album, So Good Together, was released. And on Thanksgiving Day that year, she starred in a CBS movie called “Secret of Giving.”

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As evident from the video of the performance, McEntire knows how to make an audience come alive. That’s especially true when performing a song from Parton, her long-time friend.

It’s clear from McEntire’s performance that she has a lot of respect for Parton. Both of the country music superstars recently sat down together on McEntire’s new Spotify podcast, “Living & Learning.”

On the podcast, Parton is asked if she ever considers retiring from the music industry. Her answer was a resounding no.

“So, as long as I’m living, I’m a workin,'” Parton says on the podcast. “And like Reba, we’ve talked about retiring. I said, ‘What would I do? There’s no way I could retire.”

Parton continues, saying she wants to go out on her own terms — preferably in the middle of a song.

“I’ve always said I want to be just like one of those little fainting goats, you know,” Parton says. “I just always want to be running along and just keel over one day. And just die right in the middle of a song. Hopefully, one that I’ve written.”