Donna Fargo

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Donna Fargo

American country music singer-songwriter, who is best known for a series of Top 10 country hits in the 1970s add

Category: Music

Born in 1945.

Countries: United States (67%), Iraq (11%), Arizona (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Loretta Lynn

Linked to: Mercury Records, Country Music Association, High Point University, Northview High School

 

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Donna Fargo was born in 1945 add something

 

"'Donna Fargo"' is an American country music singer-songwriter, who is best known for a series of Top 10 country hits in the 1970s add something


 

Fargo has won major awards since her debut in the late 1960s, including one Grammy award, five awards from the Academy of Country Music and one award from the Country Music Association add something

 

Fargo recorded for a few small labels in the early 1960s, including Ramco and Challenge, but songs like "Who's Been Sleeping on My Side of the Bed" did not catch fire add something


1966

She went to Phoenix in 1966, adopted the name Donna Fargo, and recorded her first single add something


1968

Kitty Wells was the first, in 1968, and Dolly Parton followed with a show in 1976 add something


 

Although her original singles were not successful, the Academy of Country Music awards named her the "Top New Female Vocalist" award in 1969 add something


1970

Fargo never made the Top 40 in pop music again, but she placed over a dozen more singles in the country Top Ten in the 1970s, most written by herself add something

 

Fargo ultimately became the sixth most successful female country artist of the 1970s, according to Billboard Magazine, behind Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Tammy Wynette, and Lynn Anderson add something


1972

In 1972, Fargo recorded a single for the Decca label before achieving her breakthrough later that year add something

 

In 1972, one of Fargo's self-penned songs, "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA" was picked up by Dot Records add something

 

She was one of the few female country singers to write her own material at the time, and one of the few country singers to cross over to the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in a big way, which she did in 1972 with "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A." add something

 

These include "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA" and "Funny Face," which both became crossover pop hits in 1972 add something


1973

Fargo's second album, "My Second Album," was released in 1973, peaking at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, as well as spawning the No. 1 country singles, "Superman" and "You Were Always There add something

 

The album was certified gold by the R.I.A.A. in early 1973, selling over 500,000 copies add something


1974

Fargo had another successful album with Dot in 1974, releasing "Miss Donna Fargo", which spawned three Top 10 hits, including "You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine add something

 

The album spawned her first No. 1 Country hit since 1974, "That Was Yesterday," followed by another Top 10 Country hit, "Mockingbird Hill," which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Country Chart in 1977 add something


1978

Fargo had her own musical television show , which ran for a year, beginning in 1978 add something

 

Fargo's 1978 album, "Shame on Me" yielded two Top 10 hits, the title track and "Do I Love You ," which peaked at No. 2 add something

 

In 1978, Fargo was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis add something


1979

In 1979 she recorded a new album, "Just for You", which spawned a "Daddy," which went to No. 14 on the country charts add something

 

She was quite ill for a while, but with medical treatment and her husband's help, Fargo made it back to better health, returning to a limited schedule in 1979 and another Top 10 hit add something


1980

Fargo released one more album with Warner Bros. in 1980 before switching to the smaller "Songbird" label in 1981 add something


1983

Fargo singles charted off RCA in 1983 and 1984, and she recorded one album for the label in 1983 add something

 

Fargo singles charted off RCA in 1983 and 1984, and she recorded one album for the label in 1983 add something

 

She recorded a single for Columbia in 1983, and for Cleveland records in 1984 add something


1987

The song became a Top 25 country hit in 1987, peaking at No. 23 add something


1991

In 1991, she released the song "Soldier Boy," a reference to the Gulf War which was going on at the time add something


1992

After several years without a full-length recording, in 1992, Fargo began work on her autobiography add something


2008

In 2008, Fargo released a new single CD, "We Can Do Better In America add something


2010

Fargo was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010 add something

 

She released her fourth book in March 2010, entitled "I Thanked God For You Today" add something