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March 26-28

Why today? In honor of Reba McEntire’s 55th birthday on Sunday, I’m playing my favorite of all the Oklahoma redhead’s work on this weekend edition of 3 Chords a Day.

About the record: MCA 52468, recorded July 1984 at The Music Mill studio in Nashville. Released September 1984; reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s country chart. Also appeared on the album My Kind Of Country, MCA 5516, released October 1984. It reached No. 13 on Billboard‘s country album chart.

About the artist: Reba McEntire, says William Ruhlmann in his bio of her, “was the most successful female recording artist in country music in the 1980s and 1990s, during which time she scored 22 number one hits.” One of them was “How Blue,” which appeared on her most-country of albums.

We haven’t heard from her here in a long time; she was the fifth artist I featured on what then was 3 Chords and a Tweet, back in August. What I said then still holds true: “I’m not a love-every-song fan of Reba McEntire. But her good ones … are really good.” The featured song that day was “Somebody Should Leave,” the other No. 1 single contained on My Kind Of Country. That, and this, are good stuff.

Enjoy, and I’ll see you Monday.