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We often get an insatiable craving for the Mandrell sisters.

There was just something about the threesome of Barbara, Louise and Irlene that made you feel at home when you turned on your television set back in the ’80s. So this clip featuring country music legend Kenny Rogers singing The Commodores’ classic “Three Times a Lady” feels extra good right about now.

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The Mandrell sisters rarely appear in public together these days, but did come together back in January of 2015 for a Nashville Humane Association fundraiser in Nashville. While there, Barbara Mandrell reminisced of her time working on the much-loved variety show and the sister’s widespread popularity at the time.


“It was pretty awesome back then and I didn’t even realize it,” Barbara told “The Tennessean” back in January. “There was no place we could go without people knowing who we were or coming up to us.”

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She also spoke of the toll it took on her and her sisters and the eventual cancellation of the “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters” show just two years after it started. “I retired 17 years ago, I have not sung, I have not picked a note,” she said in the same interview, recalling that her husband always says he can barely even hear her sing at church. “And I say, ‘That’s all right, I spent my whole life singing.’ “

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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