Loretta Lynn “Lorrie” Morgan (born June 27, 1959, in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American country music singer. She is the daughter of George Morgan, a country music singer who charted several hit singles between 1949 and his death in 1975. Lorrie Morgan charted her first single in 1978, although she did not break into the top of the U.S. country charts until her 1989 single, “Trainwreck of Emotion.” Since then, she has charted more than 25 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, with three number one hits: “Five Minutes,” “What Part of No” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” She has also recorded more than 15 studio albums. At various points in her life, Morgan has been married to three different country singers: Keith Whitley, Jon Randall and Sammy Kershaw. She has sold over 6 million records worldwide.
Morgan made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at age 13, performing Fred Spielman and Janice Torre’s “Paper Roses.” After her father died in 1975, she took over his band at age 16 and began leading the group through various club gigs. Within a few years she disbanded the group, and in 1977 she joined the Little Roy Wiggins band. She then became a receptionist and demo singer at Acuff-Rose Music, where she also wrote songs. In the late 1970s, she was the featured vocalist on a morning television show hosted by Ralph Emery, on Nashville’s WSM-TV (now WSMV); Emery was a longtime friend of her father, who appeared on Emery’s Opry Star Spotlight, an overnight music and interview show that ran for many years on WSM-AM.
Morgan had one minor hit single in 1978; the following year she recorded another minor hit with “I’m Completely Satisfied With You,” an electronically dubbed duet with her late father. She began touring Nashville nightclubs and opened for a number of acts, including Jack Greene, Billy Thunderkloud and Jeannie Seely. She toured as a duet partner with George Jones and spent two years as part of the Opryland USA bluegrass show and as a regular singer on TNN’s Nashville Now.
In 1984, Morgan scored a minor hit with “Don’t Go Changing.” That year she became the youngest singer ever to join the Grand Ole Opry Four years later, she signed with RCA Records, her first major label; her first album on that label, Leave the Light On, was released in 1989.
In 1990, Morgan had her first number one single, “Five Minutes.” Morgan’s second album, Something in Red, was released in 1991 and went platinum. The same year, she married her third husband, Brad Thompson, Clint Black’s bus driver. Watch Me, her third album, was released on RCA’s newest label, BNA Records; it contained the number-one single, “What Part of No.” Watch Me also was certified platinum, making Morgan the first female country artist to have three albums in a row to be certified platinum. Morgan’s romantic life gained tabloid attention with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.
In 1994 she was voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the fans in TNN’s Music City News Awards. She would earn this honor again in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Morgan also appeared on Frank Sinatra’s Duets II album, singing a version of “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” intertwined with Sinatra’s “My Funny Valentine.”
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