The Kendalls

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The Kendalls
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Years active1969–1998
United Artists
Step One
Lonesome Dove
Past members
Royce Kendall
Jeannie Kendall
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The Kendalls
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Years active1969–1998
United Artists
Step One
Lonesome Dove
Past members
Royce Kendall
Jeannie Kendall

The Kendalls were an American country music duo, consisting of former barber Royce Kendall (September 25, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri – May 22, 1998) and his daughter Jeannie Kendall (born October 30, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri).[1] Between the 1960s and 1990s, they released sixteen albums on various labels, including five on Mercury Records. Their albums accounted for more than thirty singles on the Billboard country singles charts, including three Number One hits "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" (also a No. 69 pop hit), "Sweet Desire" and "Thank God for the Radio", as well as seven more Top Ten hits.[1]



Formed in 1969, The Kendalls recorded an album for Stop Records, from which a single, a cover of John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (previously a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary) was released in 1970. The Kendalls version of the song narrowly missed the top fifty on the U.S. country charts. The duo signed with Dot Records in 1972, and released an album and two singles, "Two Divided By Love", (a cover version of The Grass Roots' pop hit) and "Everything I Own", a cover of Bread's 1972 hit. Eventually, the Kendalls parted with their record label, before signing with the independent Ovation label in 1977. Their first single for the label, a cover of the Kitty Wells hit "Making Believe," made the lower regions of the charts (Emmylou Harris' version of "Making Believe" hit the U.S. country charts around the same time). It was the Kendalls' second single on Ovation, a "cheating" song called "Heaven's Just a Sin Away," that proved to be their breakthrough. The song topped the country charts and was also a minor crossover pop hit, and won the 1978 Grammy for Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group. Subsequent hits included "Just Like Real People," "It Don't Feel Like Sinnin' to Me," "Sweet Desire," "You'd Make an Angel Want to Cheat," and a cover of Dolly Parton's "Put it Off Until Tomorrow." (Jeannie Kendall's powerful soprano has often been compared to Parton's.[1]) In 1981, after Ovation Records closed their doors, the duo signed with Mercury Records, and continued to have hits with the "Teach Me To Cheat" and "If You're Waitin' On Me (You're Backin' Up)," which both made the country top ten. More hits followed with "Movin' Train" and "Precious Love," which made the Top 20.

Later career

Their last top ten hit, 1984's "Thank God for the Radio," was also their last Number One country hit. Their last Top 20's would come in 1984 and 1985 with "My Baby's Gone" and "I'll Dance Every Dance With You." In 1986, they signed with MCA Records, where they scored three mid-level hits. In 1987, they signed with Step One Records, where they scored several minor hits. In 1989, they signed with Epic Records, where their last chart single, "Blue, Blue Day" made the Top 70. They continued to tour and perform and released several CDs until 1998, when Royce Kendall died from a stroke.[1] They were also performing in Branson, Missouri, where they had built homes next door to each other. In the years since her father's death, Jeannie pursued a solo career, recording two solo albums, including a self-titled acoustic/bluegrass CD on the Rounder label that featured two songs recorded with Royce and several guest artists.[1] These guest artists included Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, and Johnny Long, who had been the Kendalls' backup singer on the road. The second was "All The Girls I Am," a much harder edged pop/country CD released in 2005 on Golden. Jeannie continues to tour and perform.



YearAlbumChart PositionsCertificationsLabel
US CountryCAN CountryUSCAN
1971Meet the KendallsStop
1972Two Divided by LoveDot
1977Let the Music Play / Heaven's Just a Sin Away5GoldPlatinumOvation
1978Old Fashioned Love166
1979Just Like Real People121
1980Heart of the Matter24
1981The Best34
Lettin' You In42Mercury
1982Stickin' Together38
1983Movin' Train16
1984Two Heart Harmony27
1986Thank God for the Radio59
Fire at First Sight47MCA
1987Break the Routine51Step One
198920 FavoritesEpic
1995Make a DanceLonesome Dove


YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUSCAN Country
1970"Leaving on a Jet Plane"52Meet the Kendalls
"Please Tell Me Why"
1971"Love Love Love"
1972"Two Divided by Love"53Two Divided by Love
"Everything I Own"66
1973"You and Me"Singles only
"I Wanna Live Here in Your Love"
1975"Love Do or Die"
"Diesel Gypsy"
1976"Imaginary Harmony"
1977"Making Believe"80Let the Music Play / Heaven's Just a Sin Away
"Heaven's Just a Sin Away"A1691
1978"It Don't Feel Like Sinnin' to Me"22Old Fashioned Love
"Pittsburgh Stealers"628
"Sweet Desire"12
"Old Fashioned Love"flip
1979"I Had a Lovely Time"54Just Like Real People
"Just Like Real People"114
"I Don't Do Like That No More"1633
"Never My Love"flip
1980"You'd Make an Angel Wanna Cheat"517Heart of the Matter
"I'm Already Blue"525
"Put It Off Until Tomorrow"95
1981"Heart of the Matter"2631
"Teach Me to Cheat"742Lettin' You In
1982"If You're Waiting on Me (You're Backing Up)"10
"Cheater's Prayer"30Stickin' Together
"That's What I Get for Thinking"35
1983"Precious Love"19Movin' Train
"Movin' Train"20
1984"Thank God for the Radio"116
"My Baby's Gone"1535
1985"I'd Dance Every Dance with You"20Two Heart Harmony
"Four Wheel Drive"27
"If You Break My Heart"2630
"Two Heart Harmony"45
1986"Too Late"4231Fire at First Sight
"Fire at First Sight"60
"Little Doll"4653
1987"Routine"54Break the Routine
"Dancin' with Myself Tonight"51
"Still Pickin' Up After You"62
1988"Rhythm of Romance"57
1989"Blue Blue Day"6920 Favorites
1995"Make a Dance"Make a Dance

Music videos

1994"Make a Dance"[2]Michael Killen


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