Barbara Mandrell put a country twist on an already popular song and made it all her own YouTube

Country music loves a good cheatin’ song, and Barbara Mandrell gave us a big one.

It was April 14, 1979, when she toke over the top spot on the country charts with “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right.” Yet here we are more than 35 years later, and it still sounds just as glorious as it did back then.

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Like many great songs, it has been covered by a number of artists, ranging from Isaac Hayes to Tom Jones and Rod Stewart, but Barbara was actually one of the last people to record it. In fact, she didn’t cut her version until after Luther Ingram topped the R&B charts with it in 1972 and Millie Jackson won two Grammys with it in 1974.

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The great thing about this song is that it comes from Barbar’s golden era. “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” was released on the heels of one of her most iconic songs, “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed,” and the two were not only her first two No. 1 songs, but they were also during the only time in her career that she had two chart-toppers one after the other.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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