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Lorrie Morgan

Morgan in concert in Choctaw, Mississippi on December 6, 2008
Background information
Birth name Loretta Lynn Morgan
Born June 27, 1959 (1959-06-27) (age 50)
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1979-present
Labels ABC, MCA RCA, BNA, Image, Stroudavarious
Associated acts George Morgan
Keith Whitley
Jon Randall
Sammy Kershaw

Loretta Lynn Morgan (born June 27, 1959, in Nashville, Tennessee), known professionally as Lorrie Morgan, 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.


Musical career

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 another minor hit with, "I'm Completely Satisfied," 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.[1] 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.


RCA/BNA years

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 following her second divorce.

She was voted, "Female Vocalist of the Year," by the fans in TNN's Music City News Awards, in 1994. 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."

1995 saw the release of Morgan's Greatest Hits CD, which produced her third and, to date, last number-one single in the song, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." The next year, Morgan was featured on the Beach Boys' now out-of-print album, Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, performing a cover of their 1964 hit, "Don't Worry Baby." The Beach Boys provided the harmonies and backing vocals. 2006 Lorrie appeared on the album "She was country when country wasn't cool-Barbara Mandrell."

Lorrie's latest album, A Moment in Time, was released on October 27 on the Stroudavarious label. It features 14 covers of traditional country favorites.

Personal life

Morgan is known for her turbulent personal life—she told Larry King in a July 2004 interview that, "drama is something that lets you know you're still alive."[2]

She has a daughter, Morgan, from her first marriage. She has a son, Jesse Keith Whitley (b. 1987) with her second husband, Keith Whitley. That marriage lasted from 1986 until his death in 1989. After that marriage, she had a lengthy involvement with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.

Morgan was also romantically linked from 1994 to 1996 with Fred Thompson, the politician/actor. In her autobiography Forever Yours, Faithfully: My Love Story, Morgan describes their relationship:

"It was great to go out with an older man [Thompson] who was very successful on his own.... For a while, I enjoyed my first exposure to politics. It was interesting to hear about political conversations, and people even began talking about Fred as a potential president.... I put myself to the task of being a great companion to a stimulating and important man, and as a result I became boring.... I had to stop and think about the political implications of everything before I uttered a word in public.... For a while, I wanted to marry Fred, but I knew he could not accept me as I am."[3]

She married her fifth husband, singer Sammy Kershaw, on September 29, 2001. That marriage lasted six years. Citing irreconcilable differences, she filed for divorce on October 23, 2007.[4]

In October 2008, Morgan filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing up to $10 million in liabilities while listing her own assets as valued between $500,000 and $1 million.[5]

In 2010 Morgan will perform on Broadway in the show Pure Country. She will play Lula, the manager of the lead character Dusty, played by fellow country artist Joe Nichols.


Studio albums


  1. ^ Bufwack, Mary A. (1998). "Lorrie Morgan". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York Oxfor University Press. pp. 357-8.
  2. ^ "Larry King Live transcripts". July 5, 2004. Retrieved November 11, 2008.  
  3. ^ Lorrie Morgan with George Vecsey (1997). Forever Yours, Faithfully: My Love Story.. Ballantine Books. pp. 262–263. ISBN 0-345-41297-4.  
  4. ^ "Country singer Lorrie Morgan files for divorce from Sammy Kershaw after 6 years". International Herald Tribune. 2007-10-27.  
  5. ^ "Country singer Lorrie Morgan files for bankruptcy". music news. October 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-11.  

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Simple English

[[File:|thumb|right|Lorrie Morgan]] Lorrie "Loretta Lynn" Morgan was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a singer whose first single was put out in 1978, although it wasn't until 1989 that Lorrie began going up in the United States country charts. She was born June 27, 1959. Her albums include Something in Red and Watch Me.


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