I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool
|“I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool”|
|Single by Barbara Mandrell|
|from the album Barbara Mandrell Live|
|B-side||“A Woman’s Got a Right (To Change His Mind)”|
|Released||April 16, 1981|
|Recorded||c. March 1981
|Barbara Mandrell singles chronology|
“I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” is a song written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, recorded by American country music artist Barbara Mandrell. It was released in April 1981 as lead single from the album Barbara Mandrell Live. It featured an uncredited guest appearance by country artist George Jones. The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in July 1981 and peaked at #14 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The song was nominated for 1981 Single of the Year by both the CMA and ACM Awards organizations.
“I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” was released as Mandrell’s second single of the year in mid 1981. The song became a major hit shortly after its release, reaching number one on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart on July 4 of that year. George Jones was never credited as a featured vocalist on the recording charts at the time of its release. It has since been considered to be one of Mandrell’s signature recordings during her career. The single helped her 1981 live album, Barbara Mandrell Live certify gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and also helped her win the Country Music Association‘s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1981.