Kenneth-in-the-212 recently posted Juice Newton's 80s hit, "Angel of the Morning," on his popular blog this week, and it reminded me what a hit-maker she really was in the early 80s.
Juice had a terrific voice that was surprisingly powerful, and demonstrated a strong ability to deliver songs with country-pop crossover appeal. You can find much of her catalogue on iTunes.
To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations in the Pop and Country Best Female Vocalist categories (winning once in 1983), as well as an ACM Award for Top New Female Artist and two Billboard Female Album Artist of the Year awards (won consecutively).
During the 1980s, she charted 14 Top-10 hits across the Billboard Country, AC, and Billboard Hot 100 charts, with many of the recordings achieving crossover success and six of the songs hitting the No. 1 position.
Even though it seems like she hit the top of the charts for just the early 80s, I remember her songs being a constant presence on the radio.
Here's just three of Juice's big hits: