Guaranteed to knock ’em dead: The marvelous voice of Lorrie Morgan

Misconceptions, laughter, anxiety, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobbie Gentry, the Beach Boys, “What Part of No,” and “Something in Red” dominate an exclusive interview with nineties country song stylist Lorrie Morgan. Meanwhile, a film noir vibe finds the movie star-worthy platinum blonde brandishing a sparkly acoustic guitar onstage at the 10th Annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry, hosted by Tracy Lawrence at the Nashville Rescue Mission, on November 24, 2015. Morgan once asked her famous father, Grand Ole Opry member George Morgan, if he had beaten stage fright. “I get nervous every time before I go on,” the elder Morgan revealed. “If you ever lose that nervousness, you’re gonna lose your lust for what you’re doing.” Photography by Katie Kauss / Conway Entertainment Group
Lorrie Morgan is equipped for sun and fun in a white blouse, bluejeans, and bare feet circa spring 2013. Dig the red rose tucked behind her ear and custom acoustic guitar with Morgan’s name inlaid on the fretboard [comment below if you know the make / model]. Image Credit: Conway Entertainment Group

The Lorrie Morgan Interview

“Five Minutes” country songstress Lorrie Morgan was booked on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” for the second and final time on April 25, 1991, singing “Something in Red” and joining the panel for a brief interview with the King of Late Night himself. Carson would abdicate his throne 13 months later with an astronomical 55 million Americans glued to their TV sets. Photography by Paul Drinkwater / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
From April 9, 1991, presenting “Something in Red,” the second album issued by Lorrie Morgan on RCA Nashville. Four hit singles were lifted from the platinum 10-track LP produced by Richard Landis— “We Both Walk,” “A Picture of Me [Without You],” “Except for Monday,” and the title cut. Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment / Mercari, Inc.; Following a trend of crossing arms, Morgan opts for a close-cropped hair style on the cover of “Watch Me,” the singer’s third album distributed on October 9, 1992, via BNA Records. Once again, four A-sides connected with listeners — the title cut, “What Part of No,” “I Guess You Had to Be There,” and “Half Enough.” Photography by Ruven Afanador / Sony Music Entertainment / eBay
Taking a break after a delightful afternoon of skiing, check out Johnny Mathis’s “Merry Christmas,” the sixth studio album unleashed by the romance-inducing crooner on October 6, 1958, via Columbia Records. Photography by Leo Friedman or Joe Abeles / Sony Music Entertainment; Lorrie Morgan has no plans to be caught freezing on the furry cover of “Merry Christmas from London,” featuring the New World Philharmonic. The “He Talks to Me” purveyor’s fourth studio set was released on October 19, 1993, with producer Richard Landis at the helm. Photography by Ruven Afanador / Sony Music Entertainment / Amazon
The vivid slipcase cover of Frank Sinatra’s final studio album, “Duets II,” dropped on November 15, 1994. The 77-year-old “Fly Me to the Moon” swinger was diminished vocally and not in the same room for any of the overdubbed duets, but fans still sent the LP to No. 9 on the Billboard 200. Cover painting by LeRoy Neiman / Frank Sinatra Enterprises; Up next, tanned, stubbly, and hunky outdoorsman Dean Martin is seen filming the 1968 western “Bandolero,” eventually selected for the album cover of “For the Good Times,” distributed on February 2, 1971, via Reprise. Photography by Martin Mills / The Dean Martin Family Trust
Lorrie Morgan reunites with “Watch Me” producer Richard Landis to record tracks inside Nashville’s Sound Stage Studios for “Come See Me and Come Lonely,” Morgan’s second collaboration with Pam Tillis ultimately released on November 10, 2017. Photography by Lorrie Morgan; At right, Morgan and “Good As I Was to You” producer James Stroud are seen at the ribbon cutting for the Country Crossing grand opening kick-off celebration on January 17, 2010, in Dothan, Alabama. Photography by Rick Diamond / Getty Images
Chosen as the lead cut on the Beach Boys’ “Stars and Stripes Vol. 1” guest artists-laden 1996 album — volume two was scuttled due to middling sales — see Lorrie Morgan effortlessly glide through “Don’t Worry, Baby” with America’s Band on backing harmonies. “Stars and Stripes” was the quintet’s final studio LP to feature the angelic tenor of Carl Wilson before lung cancer claimed his life at the relatively tender age of 51. Video Credit: Image Entertainment / YouTube
Circa October 1969, determined singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry participates in a Manchester Square, London, photo summit arranged by EMI / Capitol to salute her only number one A-side in the UK, a reading of the Bacharach / David standard “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” that Dionne Warwick originally took to the Top Ten in the USA. Image Credit: The Andrew Batt Collection / BobbieGentry.org; At right, Lorrie Morgan’s winning left profile fills the cover of “Letting Go…Slow,” the elegant blonde alto’s 16th studio album officially dropped on February 12, 2016. Photography by Matt Spicher / Shanachie ‎ Records
Porter Wagoner intently listens as Lorrie Morgan performs an intimate acoustic rendering of “The Ballad of the Grand Ole Opry,” which her late father and fellow Opry alum George Morgan originally co-wrote with Tommy Hill in 1968 and added to the B-side of the Eddie Rabbitt-penned “Sounds of Goodbye.” The video was filmed in 2000 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and appears on the “Ralph Emery — Country Legends Series: Volume 3” release.

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