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The Kendalls

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The Kendalls were a U.S. country music duo, which had a number of hits during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The duo consisted of Royce Kendall (born September 25, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri; died May 22, 1998) and his daughter Jeannie Kendall (born October 30, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri).

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Formed in 1969, The Kendalls recorded an album for Stop Records, from which a single, a cover of John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (previously a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary) was released in 1970, which just narrowly missed the top fifty on the U. S. country charts. The duo signed with Dot Records in 1972, and released an album and 2 singles, “Two Divided By Love”, a cover version of The Grass Roots hit and “Everything I Own”, a cover of the group Bread’s hit, both minor hits for the duo. Eventually they parted with their record label, focusing on performing live for a number of years, before signing with the independent Ovation label in 1977. Their first single for the label, a cover of the Kitty Wells hit “Making Believe”, charted only making the Top 80. Meanwhile, Emmylou Harris had released her version of “Making Believe” which was on the charts at the same time as the duo’s version. However, it was their second single, a “cheating” song called “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away”, that proved to be their breakthrough. The song topped the country charts and was also a minor crossover pop hit, and won the 1978 Grammy for Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group. Subsequent hits included “Just Like Real People”, “It Don’t Feel Like Sinnin’ to Me”, “Sweet Desire”, “You’d Make an Angel Want to Cheat”, and a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Put it Off Until Tomorrow”.

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  • LarkCGN

    Heaven's Just a Sin Away is heavenly. Also they had wonderful harmonies! Moving country music. RIP Mr. Kendall!

    28 Aug 2007 Reply
  • AnweshaGhosh

    Thats a nice profile photo! :) The father daughter duo gave us some great songs!... Thank God for the radio, Making Believe and Heaven's just a Sin Away are my favourites!

    8 Aug 2007 Reply

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