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    The Lea Jane Singers

    Vocal ensemble, led by Lea Jane Berinati, that backed some of the biggest names in country music in the ‘70s and ‘80s. 

     

    In 1970, they accompanied Mac Curtis on his country crossover album, Early in the Morning.  They did a lot of recording with Dolly Parton, including “Love is Like a Butterfly”, which took flight in 1974.  In 1975, they reunited with Dolly on “The Bargain Store”, made the cut on Best of Dolly Parton and Best of Dolly Parton Vol. 2, and worked on the Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner collaboration, Say Forever You’ll Be Mine.  Best of Dolly Parton rocketed to #5 on the Billboard Country chart.  They were also in the studio with Dolly for All I Can Do in February 1976. 

     

    In 1977, they teamed up with Sally Bishop on “My Man”, backed with “Pig Latin Song”, and Ronnie Milsap for It Was Almost Like a Song, which included the hit, “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life”.  On 12th June 1978, Best of Dolly Parton was certified gold.  They rounded out the decade with a flurry of albums:  Half Singin’ and Half Pickin by Jerry Reed; Images by Ronnie Milsap; Million Mile Reflections by Charlie Daniels Band; and, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius. 

     

    In 1980, they provided vocal support for Jerry Lee Lewis on Killer Country.  They did the same in 1981 for Tom Jones on Darlin’ and Ricky Skaggs on Highways & Heartaches, which was released to great acclaim in 1982.  In April 1983, they appeared In Concert! with Tom T. Hall.  This appears to be one of their last dates, although there are numerous opportunities to hear them on CDs such as The Essential Ronnie Milsap, The Very Best of Dolly Parton, and Rockin’ My Life Away:  The Jerry Lee Lewis Collection.

     

    Members:

    Lea Jane Berinati

    Janie Fricke

    Richard Law

    Judy “The Gidget” Marshall

    Judy Rodman

    Karen Taylor-Good

    Sharon Vaughn

    Duane West

    Chuck Woolery

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.helium.com/users/313040
    2. http://www.myspace.com/mightyisismusic
    3. http://www.pcuf.fi/~tapiov/discographies/maccurtis.htm
    4. http://www.rockabillyhall.com/raveonreviews.html
    5. http://libweb.uoregon.edu/music/Discographies/countrydiscomz.html
    6. http://eil.com/fulltext/search.asp?searchtext=Best+Of+Dolly+Parton+Vol.+2&type=2&style=2&zone=title&sort=-C-F&artlist=0&artcode=&prodtype=1
    7. http://www.amazon.co.uk/All-I-Can-Do/dp/B001GT5XU6
    8. http://cgi.ebay.com/Sally-Bishop-45-My-Man%2FPig-Latin-Song-Single-Woodsmoke_W0QQitemZ250382768160QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090303?IMSfp=TL090303134003r21119
    9. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3jfwxqw5ldje
    10. http://www.dollyon-line.com/archives/albums/bestof/
    11. http://cgi.ebay.com
    12. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1945743&skuId=17591919&type=product
    13. http://www.soundunwound.com/sp/contributor/view/The+Lea+Jane+Singers?contributorId=303512
    14. http://www.jordanaires.net/History/DuaneWest.htm
    15. http://www.jan-lachmann.de/killerco.htm
    16. http://www.tomjones.com/discography/index.aspx?id=19
    17. http://www.buymusichere.net/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=13&upc=88697397102
    18. http://cgi.ebay.com/SKAGGS,-RICKY---Highways-and-Heartaches_W0QQitemZ120389880387QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090310?IMSfp=TL090310121008r20484
    19. http://www.karentaylorgood.com/media/Biography_Country_Music_People_KarenTaylor-Good.pdf
    20. http://www.lpdiscography.com/h/Hall/hall_inconcert.htm
    21. http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1511697/a/Rockin'+My+Life+Away:+The+Jerry+Lee+Collection.htm
    22. http://www.virginmega.fr/artiste/the-lea-jane-singers-385342,-1,page1.htm

        

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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