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Jean Shepard

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Jean Shepard (born November 21, 1933 in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma as Ollie Imogene Shepard)was one of the first female vocalists in the country music field to become a major star in the early 1950’s.

Shepard’s family moved west to Visalia, California in hopes of a better life. In high school, Shepard formed the Melody Ranch Girls, which became locally famous. One night, Country star Hank Thompson saw Shepard performing at a show and liked what he heard. With Thompson’s help, Shepard was able to get a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1952. In 1952, Shepard cut various recordings, but none were successful.

In 1953, Shepard cut a duet recording with up and coming country star Ferlin Husky called “A Dear John Letter”. The song became a huge hit that year and went right to #1 on the Country charts. The song made both singers instant stars.

Jean Shepard’s next big hit was in 1955 and was a solo hit called “A Satisfied Mind”. At this time, Shepard moved to Missouri to work on a new show caled Ozark Jubliee. In 1955, Shepard also joined The Grand Ole Opry, where she still remains a member. In 1960, Jean Shepard married fellow Country star Hawkshaw Hawkins. However, in 1963, Hawkins died in a plane crash, which was the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas.

In 1973, Shepard left Capitol Records and signed with United Artists Records, immediately having the biggest hit record of her career with “Slippin’ Away”, written by Bill Anderson.

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  • AngeloSwift13

    #1 this week too <3

    14 Aug 12:55pm Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    I'm back at the #1 position this week, yayyyyy <3

    5 Aug 6:06pm Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    This week I'm the #2 top listener. I want to return to #1, dammmmn.

    2 Aug 10:43pm Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    I'm the top listener this week too, awww <3

    28 Jul 4:27pm Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    I'm the top listener this week <3

    15 Jul 2:52pm Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    LOVE LOVE LOVE <3

    7 Jul 11:47am Reply
  • SonnyRayKIKK

    Jean Shepard has a tone that must be acquired. Once you get into her style, the Country just exudes all over the place. While I prefer dark-haired ladies, Jean's blonde locks will do. Her rendition of Satisfied Mind harkens back to those grand old days when Country was Country and you could rely on a singer to deliver the goods.

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • hildy1877

    Excellent music, a great voice!

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • Leuchtenburg1

    wunderbar....

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • davidn87

    Does anyone know what album "A Bridge That You Keep Burning" is on? Love hearing her sing it on the Opry and I have an mp3 I recorded of it but cannot find anywhere to buy the original.

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • gramapeachz

    looking for; the answer to that back street affair. if wrong artist and you know what song i am looking for plz tell me tyvm

    14 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Blackleg1979

    Awesome - unfairly neglected.

    20 Nov 2007 Reply