Sweethearts of the Rodeo

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Sweethearts of the Rodeo
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresCountry
Years active1986–1996, 2010-present
LabelsColumbia
Sugar Hill
Associated actsFoster & Lloyd
Vince Gill
WebsiteSweetHeartsOfTheRodeo.com
Members
Janis Oliver
Kristine Oliver
 
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Sweethearts of the Rodeo
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresCountry
Years active1986–1996, 2010-present
LabelsColumbia
Sugar Hill
Associated actsFoster & Lloyd
Vince Gill
WebsiteSweetHeartsOfTheRodeo.com
Members
Janis Oliver
Kristine Oliver

Sweethearts of the Rodeo is an American country music duo composed of sisters Janis Oliver (guitar, vocals) and Kristine Oliver (vocals). The duo recorded for Columbia Records between 1986 and 1991, releasing four albums and twelve singles for the label. In the 1990s, they also recorded two albums for Sugar Hill Records. The duo reached Top Ten on the Hot Country Songs charts seven times in the late 1980s, with its highest singles being the No. 4 hits "Midnight Girl/Sunset Town" and "Chains of Gold," both in 1987.

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Biography

Janis Oliver was born March 1, 1954 (1954-03) (age 58)[1][2][3][4] and her sister Kristine Oliver was born November 28, 1956 (1956-11-28) (age 55)[5][6] in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, California.[1] They were raised in Manhattan Beach, California,[1] where they began singing while in elementary school and performed bluegrass music as the Oliver Sisters during their teenage years.[7]

The duo later renamed itself Sweethearts of the Rodeo, taking the name from The Byrds' album Sweetheart of the Rodeo.[1] After being discovered by Emmylou Harris, they secured slots as opening acts and backing vocalists for other artists. In 1977, the Sweethearts opened a Redondo Beach, California, show for Sundance, a group which included a then 19-year-old Vince Gill.[1][3] In 1980, Janis married Gill, who by then was a member of Pure Prairie League,[3] and Kristine married Leonard Arnold[1] of the band Blue Steel.[7] In 1983 the Gills moved to Nashville, Tennessee, followed soon after by the Arnolds, and the sisters began singing together again.[1]

1986–1992: Columbia Records

In 1985, Sweethearts of the Rodeo won the Wrangler Country Showdown talent contest and soon after signed with Columbia Records.[1] Sweethearts of the Rodeo's first single, "Hey Doll Baby", debuted in April 1986,[8] followed by the release their self-titled debut album.[1] After it came the duo's first Top Ten hit at No. 7, "Since I Found You." The song was written by Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd, and its success helped Foster & Lloyd secure a record deal of its own.[7] Four more singles from the album followed, including the No. 4 hits "Midnight Girl/Sunset Town" and "Chains of Gold," which would be their highest-charting singles.[8]

A second album, One Time, One Night, accounted for three more Top Ten hits: "Satisfy You," "Blue to the Bone" and a cover of The Beatles' "I Feel Fine,"[7] but its next single, "If I Never See Midnight Again," peaked at No. 39.[8] Two more albums for Columbia followed (1990's Buffalo Zone and 1992's Sisters), but neither produced any major hits, and Columbia dropped the duo in 1992.[7]

1993–present

Sweethearts of the Rodeo continued to tour in the 1990s, later releasing two albums of bluegrass music on the Sugar Hill label:[7] Rodeo Waltz in 1993 and Beautiful Lies in 1996.[9] Janis and Kristine owned a clothing store in Franklin, Tennessee called "Gill & Arnold" for a time in the late 1990s that has since closed.[9] Janis and Vince Gill were divorced in 1997[8][10] and she married Roy Cummins in 2000.[4]

Discography

Albums

YearTitleUS CountryLabel
1986Sweethearts of the Rodeo8Columbia
1988One Time, One Night11
1990Buffalo Zone41
1992Sisters
1993Rodeo WaltzSugar Hill
1996Beautiful Lies
2000AnthologyRenaissance
2012RestlessIndependent

Singles

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1986"Hey Doll Baby"21Sweethearts of the Rodeo
"Since I Found You"715
"Midnight Girl/Sunset Town"46
1987"Chains of Gold"47
"Gotta Get Away"1011
1988"Satisfy You"511One Time, One Night
"Blue to the Bone"5*
"I Feel Fine"9*
1989"If I Never See Midnight Again"3940
"This Heart"2532Buffalo Zone
1990"Cómo Se Dice (I Love You)"
"I Don't Want You to Know"
"What It Does to Me"
"You Look at Love That Way"
1991"Hard-Headed Man"63Sisters
"Devil and Your Deep Blue Eyes"74
1993"Things Grow"Rodeo Waltz
1996"Beautiful Lies"Beautiful Lies

Music videos

YearVideoDirector
1986"Since I Found You"
"Midnight Girl/Sunset Town"
1988"Satisfy You"Bob Small
1989"If I Never See Midnight Again"
1990"Cómo Se Dice (I Love You)"
1991"Devil and Your Deep Blue Eyes"Peter Lippman
1993"Things Grow"
1996"Beautiful Lies"

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stambler, Irwin; Landon, Grelun; Stambler, Lyndon (2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia. Macmillan. p. 478. http://books.google.com/books?id=d18K8QWcEo8C&pg=PA478#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  2. ^ Laufenberg, Norbert B. (2005). Entertainment Celebrities. Trafford Publishing. p. 260. http://books.google.com/books?id=mzTW9Nitee4C&pg=PA260. 
  3. ^ a b c Sanz, Cynthia (June 10, 1991). "Vince and Janis Gill". People. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20115290,00.html. "Janis, 37" 
  4. ^ a b Keel, Beverly (April 20, 2003). "In the shadows of the spotlight". The Tennessean. http://amygrant.offramp.org/info/2003/17.html. "Cummings, 49" 
  5. ^ "Kristine Arnold". Rovi.com. http://www.allrovi.com/name/arnold-mn0001564704. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Laufenberg, Norbert B. (2005). Entertainment Celebrities. Trafford Publishing. p. 24. http://books.google.com/books?id=mzTW9Nitee4C&pg=PA24. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Huey, Steve. "Sweethearts of the Rodeo biography". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p1830/biography. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 412–413. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  9. ^ a b "Sweethearts of the Rodeo: Bio". CMT.com. http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/sweethearts_of_the_rodeo/bio.jhtml. 
  10. ^ Meers, Erik (November 29, 1999). "Finally a Duet". People. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20129901,00.html.