1981 Barbara Mandrell – Live

Barbara Mandrell Live is a live album by the American country music singer Barbara Mandrell, released in August 1981.

This album spawned two hit singles, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” and “Wish You Were Here”. “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” became Mandrell’s signature song, and a return to her roots, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1981. The song features an uncredited appearance by George Jones. “Wish You Were Here” peaked at #2 on the Billboard country charts, and also appeared on the (Billboard) Adult Contemporary charts, reaching #40. The album includes cover versions of popular songs, including “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the Hank Williams’ hit “Hey Good Lookin'”, and closes with a full-length vocal version of “Country Girl”, the theme song to Mandrell’s 1980-82 television show, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

This album was one of Mandrell’s biggest-selling albums in the United States, receiving a “Gold” certification by the RIAA, after the album moved 500,000 copies. It is only one of two albums by Mandrell that received a certification by the RIAA in the United States. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart (her highest peak position on that chart), as well as #86 on the Billboard 200. In Cashbox Magazine, both singles peaked at #1 and the album itself reached the top spot in November of 1981.


1  Intro . . . / Sleeping Single In A Double Bed (Dennis Morgan; Kye Fleming) 02:43
2  Unsung Heroes (Dennis Morgan; Kye Fleming) 03:52
3  She’s Out There Dancin’ Alone (Geoffrey Morgan) 04:08
4  Doin’ It Right (Charlie Bundy; Gary Smith; Gene Miller; Lonnie Webb; Mike Jones; Randy Wright) 02:20
5  Years / Love Is Fair (Dennis Morgan; Kye Fleming) 03:44
6  Hey Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams) 03:07
7  Wish You Were Here (Dennis Morgan; Kye Fleming) 03:03
8  Instrumental Medley (Bascom Lamar Lunsford; Scott Wiseman; Floyd Jenkins; Jimmy Forrest; Oscar Washington; Lewis Simpkins; Joe Maphis) 07:57
9  In My Heart (Fred Carlton) 02:19
10  I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool (Dennis Morgan; Kye Fleming) 03:54
11  The Battle Hymn Of The Republic () 03:58
12  Country Girl (Dennis Morgan; Kye Fleming) 02:59


BassCharlie Bundy
DrumsRandy Wright
GuitarGene Miller
GuitarBarbara Mandrell
Acoustic GuitarGene Miller
BanjoBarbara Mandrell
DobroBarbara Mandrell
MandolinMike Jones
MandolinBarbara Mandrell
Steel GuitarMike Jones
Steel GuitarBarbara Mandrell
Electric PianoGary Smith
PianoGary Smith
SynthesizerGary Smith
SynthesizerLonnie Webb
SaxBarbara Mandrell
Background VocalsCharlie Bundy
Background VocalsRandy Wright
Background VocalsGene Miller
Background VocalsGary Smith
Background VocalsLonnie Webb
VocalsBarbara Mandrell

Other Musicians

10   I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarMarty Walsh
GuitarFred Newell
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
Acoustic GuitarJimmy Capps
Steel GuitarSonny Garrish
BanjoFred Newell
PianoDavid Briggs
HarmonicaCharlie McCoy
VibraphoneCharlie McCoy
PercussionFarrell Morris
Background VocalsAnita Ball
Background VocalsLea Jane Berinati
Background VocalsVicki Hampton

Liner Notes

Producer – Tom Collins
Engineer – Les Ladd
Engineer (Assistant) – Johnny Rosen, Ken Corlew, Mervin Louque, Russ Martin, Steve Ham
Mastered By – Denny Purcell

Art Direction – George Osaki
Photography – Jim McGuire

Mastered At Woodland Studios
Recorded At Roy Acuff Theater, Nashville
Recorded By Fanta Sound