The Great Frederick Fair

September 17, 1997

- Teri Johnson, Staff Writer

Country stars Loretta Lynn, Tracy Byrd and Lorrie Morgan will take the stage this week at The Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Md.

Lynn's concert starts tonight at 7:30.

Ladies Home Journal has named Lynn one of the 10 most admired women in the world.

In 1960, she released the single "Honky Tonk Girl," the first in a long string of hits which include "The Pill," "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" and "Coal Miner's Daughter," a song which reflects on memories of her childhood, marriage and early career.

Her best-selling book, also called "Coal Miner's Daughter," was turned into a movie, making her the first country singer with an Oscar-winning biographical film.


Lynn was the first woman to be given the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award, and she also has received eight other awards from the association.

The Academy of Country Music has honored her with 11 awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Artist of the Decade - 1970s. She also has received Living Legend honors from American Music Awards and Music City News.

Texas troubadour Byrd will perform Friday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Byrd combines his love of traditional Western music with a variety of country styles on his fourth album, "Big Love." The album has yielded a number of hits, including "Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine," "Don't Take Her She's All I Got," "Good Ol' Fashioned Love" and the title cut.

His other hits include "Holdin' Heaven," "The Keeper of the Stars" and "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous."

Throughout his career, Byrd has focused on making a positive impact on the lives of others, especially children. He has helped raise thousands of dollars for organizations such as the March of Dimes and Special Olympics International, and he hosts celebrity golf and bass tournaments to raise money for charity.

He has his own line of fishing lures, called Tracy Byrd's Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous Crank Baits, and he donates 10 cents from the sale of each lure to Special Olympics.

Morgan's concert begins Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Morgan recently won the TNN/Music City News Award for Favorite Female Vocalist for the third time in four years. She and her husband, Jon Randall, also took home the Vocal Collaboration honor for the duet "By My Side," from her "Greater Need" album.

Her hits include "Five Minutes," "Something in Red," "What Part of No" and "Watch Me."

Morgan's eighth album, "Shakin' Things Up," was released in August, and she kicked off her "Shakin' Things Up" tour in March. The video from her hit single, "Go Away," transforms her into classic movie stars ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor.

Her autobiography, "Forever Yours, Faithfully," is scheduled for release in October. The book describes her tempestuous marriage to the late country singer Keith Whitley, as well as her upbringing as the daughter of Grand Ole Opry legend George Morgan and her relationships with football hero Troy Aikman and Tennessee senator Fred Thompson.

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