Reba McEntire is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her hit song “Fancy.” Her sass and strong voice have turned this into one of her most iconic songs.
However, at the time, Reba didn’t think that song was be as successful as it is today. She shares her thoughts in a tweet.
“When ‘Fancy’ was released 30 years ago today, I had no idea that it would go on to become my most well-known and most requested song. That’s the power of a great story song!” she writes in a post.
In honor of this milestone, Reba is releasing three different versions of the legendary song. The collection is titled Reba Stories: The “Fancy” Chapter. The first is the original track, followed by a recording of the red-headed singer performing the song at the Ryman. Lastly, is a remix done by Dave Audé.
Listen to the Reba Stories here.
Reba’s ‘Fancy’ Story
The legendary singer-songwriter might not have thought that “Fancy” was going to be as successful as it is when she was recording the song 30 years ago. As a matter of fact, Reba wasn’t the first to tell the tale of the strong, independent woman.
It was Bobby Gentry who wrote and recorded the rag to riches story for her 1970 album.
While Gentry never directly said that “Fancy” was based on a true story. But she did consider real issues facing women when writing the song.
“‘Fancy’ is my strongest statement for women’s lib, if you really listen to it,” Gentry said in 1974. “I agree wholeheartedly with that movement and all the serious issues that they stand for–equality, equal pay, daycare centers, and abortion rights.”
For Reba, she instantly fell in love with the song, but her producer at the time vetoed the idea.
“The first time I ever heard it I fell in love with it because I like story songs,” McEntire said. “I’m a huge fan of Dolly Parton, Tom T. Hall — people who write story songs — Bobbie Gentry, ‘Ode to Billie Joe.’ Well, ‘Fancy’ was the first one that was really big in 1968. Later on, when I got to start recording and singing old songs, I wanted to do ‘Fancy.’ Jimmy Bowen wouldn’t let me because it’s a rags-to-riches song and probably in a very not appropriate form. She’s a prostitute…Later on when I got to record with Tony Brown he let me record it.”
Even though “Fancy” only peaked at No. 7 on the country charts, Reba still considers it her biggest hit.