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  • During the 2005 CMT 100 Greatest Duets special, it was mentioned that the original duet for "The Heart Won't Lie" was to be with Kenny Rogers, not Vince Gill.  When that fell through, Reba planned the song as a solo.  It was only later that Vince was added.
     

  • The things Reba will do for the perfect picture!  For the photo shoot for her 1996 album, What If It's You, Reba sat and stood on a swing that was suspended over the water by a crane!

  • Reba's brother, Pake, once had a Nashville record deal.  In the 1980's, Pake had his own record deal on RCA Records and toured as Reba's opening act.  He would do a fifteen-minute show of his own, then come back out and play in Reba's band.  Today, Pake spends most of his time steer roping and selling insurance.  He lives in Oklahoma.

  • Reba changed the first line of her single "You're Gonna Be" to "six pounds and nine ounces", because both her son Shelby and her granddaughter Chelsea weighed that much at birth.
     
  • Reba got her first bus in 1982. Before that she had been traveling in trucks, vans, and cars with horsetrailers full of equipment.
     
  • Reba and her sisters and brother would often sing three part harmony, taught by their mother, while on trips to her father's roping competitions.
     
  • Reba sang for the first time behind a microphone in first grade. She sang "Away in the Manger" during a Christmas program in the high school gymnasium.
     
  • Reba started gathering cattle on her dad's ranch at the age of six, and competed in rodeos by the time she was eleven. After she graduated high school, Reba competed in about fifty rodeos a year.
     
  • Reba was named after her grandmother, Reba Estelle Brassfield.
     
  • Reba first sang professionally at the age of four in Cheyenne , Wyoming on a rodeo trip. In a large crowd in the Edwards Hotel lobby, someone offered to pay her brother Pake to sing. Not wanting to be left out Reba sang "Jesus Love Me" for a nickel.
     
  • When Reba was a child, she, her sisters and brother would sell permits for $1 so deer hunters could hunt on her dad's ranch. This was how the children got the Christmas money.
     
  • Reba once held the record for the 75 yard dash in the Pittsburg County conference for track. She also cheered and played basketball. She even went to the basketball state finals.
     
  • Reba was in the Kiowa High Schools first and only cowboy band with her brother Pake and sister Susie. They played local Honky-Tonks and dance halls as The Singing McEntire's
     
  • Reba once had a race horse named after her high school mascot, Kiowa cowboy.
     
  • Reba's first number one, "Can't Even Get the Blues," almost didn't make it onto the Unlimited album, and it was the last single released.
     
  • Reba debuted at Carnegie Hall on October 28, 1987. It marked the first time she wore a dress by her stylist Sandi Spika.  The show was a sellout.
     
  • Reba had been to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time when she was seven years old. It was a memorable trip for her because she got sick during the show and left the building, she ran outside and threw up on the front steps.
     
  • When Reba finally met Meryl Streep, one of her favorite actresses at an LA movie premier, Meryl hugged Reba and said she had always wanted to thank her for filling in for her during the 1991 Oscars. Reba performed the Oscar nominated song, "Checkin' Out," from Streep's movie, Postcards From the Edge.
     
  • Reba's niece, Garett Beck, played the character Tillie in Reba's CBS movie Secret of Giving.  Garett also had a small part in Reba's movie Forever Love.
     
  • The 1997 Reba/Brooks & Dunn Tour was the largest grossing tour in Country Music history.  In addition to a successful tour, Reba recorded the award winning duet "If You See Him" with her pals Brooks & Dunn. They performed the song together in concert.
     
  • Reba ended a busy few days of European promotion in June 1999 with a live in-store performance and signing session at London 's Virgin Megastore.  Over 1,000 fans attended Reba's in-store, making it the biggest ever for a country entertainer.
     
  • Some of the dancers who have toured with Reba have gone on to perform in a couple of Broadway's hottest plays. Shaun Earl, who many of you may have seen in the “Fame” television series, was on Broadway last year in the hit play “Rent.”  He also traveled with the Broadway road production around the country.  And Bob Gaynor, who was on the same Reba tour as Shaun Earl, was in the Broadway production of “Aida.”
     
  • Reba wrote much of her best selling book Comfort From A Country Quilt while on the road. Her ever-present laptop came in very handy backstage before and after her concerts, and while travelling from city to city and country to country on tour.
     
  • Michael Higgins, the dance captain for Reba's "Singer's Diary" tour, has toured with Reba three times.  He was part of her orginal dance crew in 1995 and 1996, and the Singer's Diary in 2000.
     
  • In 1996 Reba's tour was the largest arena tour to go on the road (of all genres).
     
  • In 1995-1996 Reba played to over 2 million people.
     
  • Reba debuted at the Grand Ole Opry on September 17, 1977.  She almost wasn't let in because the guard at the Opry gate didn't see Reba's name on the list. Reba found a nearby phone and called her booking agent, Dick Blake, and he fixed the problem, and she was allowed in the building.  That was a good thing because Reba's mom, dad and sister Alice had driven 1400 miles round trip for Reba's 3 minute performance. Her act was cut from 2 songs to 1 because of a surprise appearance by Dolly Parton.
     
  • When Reba toured Australia in 1998 she opened shows for Kenny Rogers.  A year later, she sold out her own shows during a 12-city tour.
     
  • Before finding success in the music business, Reba was a barrel-racer who competed in many rodeos.  In fact, it was at the National Finals Rodeo in 1974 that Reba's musical career got its start when she was discovered singing the National Anthem by Red Stegall.
     
  • In 1995 Before Reba visited Guatemala to film her music video for "And Still," she had to get the dreaded vaccination shot. Ouch! The song is featured on her Read My Mind CD which was the 1995 American Music Awards "Album Of The Year."
     
  • Reba's favorite video making experience was "On My Own", when she got to visit with pals, Linda Davis, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride.
     
  • Reba has hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards more times than any other artist, a record seven times.
       
  • Reba signed her first record deal with Phonogram/Mercury Records on November 11, 1975.
       
  • According to CMT's 100 Greatest Love Songs, Reba's #1 hit single "The Heart Won't Lie" was only scheduled to be a solo performance by Reba. Later, it was turned into a duet with Reba's friend and former duet partner Vince Gill.
     
  • Reba's song "Baby's Gone Blues" from her It's Your Call album was also recorded by Patty Loveless.
     
  • Reba made her Carnegie Hall debut on October 28, 1987.
     
  • Reba received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 1998. It is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
     
  • Reba's video for "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" was shot at the Belmont Mansion in Nashville, TN.
     
  • Before working together on "Reba", Reba worked with co-star Chris Rich in The Gambler Returns - The Luck Of The Draw, a movie Chris starred in and associate produced.
     
  • "Redneck Woman" Gretchen Wilson sang on the demo for Reba's single "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain".
     
  • According to an interview with Reba during the Starting Over album release radio special, she passed on the song "Indepencence Day" when it came across her desk.
     
  • The movie Tremors was originally titled "Beneath Perfection".
     
  • Reba joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry on January 17, 1986.
     
  • Reba re-recorded her hit songs "And Still" and "Fallin' Out Of Love" for her 1997 Moments and Memories: The Best Of Reba Australian release.
     
  • Reba's song "Everything That You Want" from her Read My Mind album was also recorded by Tanya Tucker. Tanya also recorded Reba's song "Nobody Dies From A Broken Heart" from her So Good Together album.
     
  • Reba's first professional solo recording session was with Glenn Keener on January 22 at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville on January 22, 1976. There, she recorded her first single "I Don't Wanna Be A One Night Stand" which was then released in June.
     
  • Reba has been on the cover of TV Guide five times. Setting a record for the most times a country artist has appeared on the magazine.
     
  • Reba performed on the "Grand Ole Opry" for the first time on September 17th, 1977.
     
  • The temperature in California for both days of filming for Reba's video "I'm Gonna Take That Moutnain" reached close to 105 degrees.
     
  • On October 19, 1993 National Enquirer ran headlines about Reba's red dress at the Country Music Association Awards.
     
  • When Reba originally recorded "The Last One To Know", she recorded it as "The Wife Is The Last One To Know" instead of the original lyrics "Oh, Why Is The Last One To Know". Reba thought it was an error on the lyric sheet, but album producer Jimmy Bowen sent her to a recording studio to re-record that portion of the song.
     
  • Reba graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma in December 1976 with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Music.
     
  • Reba guest starred in the "Fortysomething" episode of NBC's series Frasier in 1994.
     
  • Reba's CBS Movie Of The Week Secret Of Giving was originally titled "Christmas In Calico", the same name of the book the movie was adapted from.
     
  • Speaking of Secret Of Giving, the photo shoot for her Christmas album of the same name was held in the middle of summer in Nashville, TN... featuring fake snow flown in from California.
     
  • Reba's 1996 concert tour featured 16 trucks, 7 buses, 1 jet, 100 tour dates, 200-foot expandable stages, 3 separate performance areas, 10 dancers, 5 video cameras, 6 video screens, 96-person crew, 40 tons of equipment, and one incredible performer... REBA!
     
  • Reba performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the World Wrestling Federation's 1992 "Wrestlemania".
     
  • From "Can't Even Get The Blues No More" to "Somebody"... Reba has 22 Billboard #1 singles.
     
  • Reba and staff moved into the brand new Starstruck Entertainment offices in July 1996. Her What If It's You album was the first album to be recorded there by any artist.  Reba .Com

Reba Voted Country’s All-Time Greatest Female! May 2006

'Reba' wins a PRISM Award!
Congratulations to the 'Reba' cast as they won a award for TV Comedy multiepisode storyline at the 10th Annual Prism Awards. The awards were presented in Hollywood recently and will air on FX Network at a later date.

Reba Voted Country’s All-Time Greatest Female!
Reba was voted Country’s All-Time Greatest Female by Country Weekly readers and website viewers. To view how the other categories rounded out, pick up the latest edition of Country Weekly on newsstands now! Congratulations, Reba!

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Discography off Reba

Reba #1's
Reba McEntire
Reba #1's
Label: MCA Nashville
Released: 11.22.2005

Christmas Collection
Reba McEntire
Christmas Collection
Label: Madacy
Released: 08.30.2005

Whoever's in New England/Sweet Sixteen/What Am I Gonna Do About You

 


Love Collection
Reba McEntire
Love Collection
Label: Madacy
Released: 02.15.2005

Greatest Collection
Reba McEntire
Greatest Collection
Label: Platinum Disc
Released: 12.07.2004

Room to Breathe
Reba McEntire
Room to Breathe
Label: MCA Nashville
Released: 11.18.2003

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Reba McEntire
Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: I'm a Survivor
Reba McEntire
Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: I'm a Survivor
Label: MCA Nashville
Released: 10.23.2001

I'll Be
Reba McEntire
I'll Be
Label: MCA International
Released: 05.22.2001

So Good Together
Reba McEntire
So Good Together
Label: MCA Nashville
Released: 11.23.1999

Star Profile
Reba McEntire
Star Profile
Label: Master Tone Records
Released: 11.16.1999

Moments & Memories: The Best of Reba [Canada]
Reba McEntire
Moments & Memories: The Best of Reba [Canada]
Label: MCA International
Released: 09.21.1999

The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection
Reba McEntire
The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection
Label: MCA Nashville
Released: 09.21.1999

If You See Him [Australia]
Reba McEntire
If You See Him [Australia]
Label: MCA International
Released: 02.16.1999

Behind the Scene [1999]
Reba McEntire
Behind the Scene [1999]
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 01.01.1999

If You See Him
Reba McEntire
If You See Him
Label: MCA Nashville
Released: 06.02.1998

Reba Nell McEntire [1998]
Reba McEntire
Reba Nell McEntire [1998]
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 01.01.1998

Moments & Memories: The Best of Reba [Australia]
What If It's You
Reba McEntire
What If It's You
Label: MCA Nashville
Released: 11.05.1996

Starting Over
Reba McEntire
Starting Over
Label: MCA Nashville
Released: 10.03.1995

American Legends: Best of the Early Years
Reba McEntire
American Legends: Best of the Early Years
Label: Rebound Records
Released: 04.16.1995

Read My Mind
Reba McEntire
Read My Mind
Label: MCA Records
Released: 04.26.1994

The Best of Reba McEntire [1994]
Reba McEntire
The Best of Reba McEntire [1994]
Label: Mercury
Released: 01.01.1994

Oklahoma Girl
Reba McEntire
Oklahoma Girl
Label: Mercury Nashville
Released: 01.01.1994

Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Reba McEntire
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Label: MCA Records
Released: 10.01.1993

Forever in Your Eyes
Reba McEntire
Forever in Your Eyes
Released: 04.15.1993

You Lift Me Up to Heaven
Reba McEntire
You Lift Me Up to Heaven
Label: Polygram Special Products
Released: 01.01.1992

It's Your Call
Reba McEntire
It's Your Call
Label: MCA Records
Released: 01.01.1992

For My Broken Heart
Reba McEntire
For My Broken Heart
Label: MCA Records
Released: 01.01.1991

Rumor Has It
Reba McEntire
Rumor Has It
Label: MCA Records
Released: 01.01.1990

Reba Live
Reba McEntire
Reba Live
Label: MCA Records
Released: 01.01.1989

Sweet Sixteen
Reba McEntire
Sweet Sixteen
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 01.01.1989

Reba
Reba McEntire
Reba
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 04.18.1988

Greatest Hits
Reba McEntire
Greatest Hits
Label: MCA Records
Released: 01.01.1987

The Last One to Know
Reba McEntire
The Last One to Know
Label: MCA Records
Released: 01.01.1987

Merry Christmas to You
Reba McEntire
Merry Christmas to You
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 01.01.1987

Reba Nell McEntire [1990]
Reba McEntire
Reba Nell McEntire [1990]
Label: PolyGram Country
Released: 01.01.1986

What Am I Gonna Do About You
Reba McEntire
What Am I Gonna Do About You
Label: Universal Special Markets
Released: 01.01.1986

Whoever's in New England
Reba McEntire
Whoever's in New England
Label: Universal Special Markets
Released: 01.01.1986

My Kind of Country
Reba McEntire
My Kind of Country
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 01.01.1986

Have I Got a Deal for You
Reba McEntire
Have I Got a Deal for You
Label: Universal Special Markets
Released: 01.01.1985

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