sweethearts of the rodeo Sweethearts of the Rodeo / One Time, One Night (CD, £8.75)
Sweethearts of the Rodeo is an American country music duo comprising sisters Janis Oliver (guitar, vocals) and Kristine Arnold (vocals). They recorded for Columbia Records between 1986 and 1991, releasing four albums and twelve singles, and during the 1990s they also recorded two albums for Sugar Hill Records. The duo reached the Top Ten on the Hot Country Songs chart seven times in the late 1980s, with their highest-charting singles being the No. 4 hits Midnight Girl/Sunset Town and Chains of Gold featured here at midprice on their debut album Sweethearts Of The Radio. After being discovered by Emmylou Harris, they secured slots as opening acts and backing vocalists for other artists. In 1977, the Sweethearts opened a Redondo Beach show for Sundance, a group which included a then-19-year-old Vince Gill. Janis married Gill in 1980, who by then was a member of Pure Prairie League, and Kristine married Leonard Arnold of the band Blue Steel. In 1983 the Gills moved to Nashville, Tennessee, followed soon after by the Arnolds, and the sisters began singing together again. Their name is taken from The Byrds' album Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
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