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Fern Kinney - My Countryside


Fern Kinney
is an R&B and disco singer, best remembered for her releases, "Groove Me" and "Together We Are Beautiful".

 

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Fern began singing in the late 1960s, and joined the vocal group, The Poppies. She

remained in the group with Dorothy Moore and Rosemary Taylor for about two years, and also released a solo single, "Your Love's Not Reliable" on Atlantic.

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In the early 1970s, Fern worked as a session backing

vocalist, appearing on the Top 10 singles "Groove Me"

(King Floyd') and "Misty Blue" (Dorothy Moore).

 

In 1979 Fern decided to attempt a solo comeback. She

recorded her own version of "Groove Me", changing the

rhythm on the song to turn it into a disco dance track. The song reached number 6 on the Billboard dance chart. Her next single "Together We Are Beautiful", released in 1980, was more pop-oriented with a slower, sultry treatment. It failed to chart in the United States, but sailed to number one in the United Kingdom.

 

Kinney's subsequent releases continued in the disco style, however by this time the disco fad had reached its peak and Kinney was unable to repeat her success. In 1982, she was encouraged to try Country music by Carson Whitsett, who had produced her earlier hits and was now based in Nashville. Six solid country tracks were cut, all good songs and productions, but Music Row was not inclined to take a chance on a former disco singer. Ironically, Lorrie Morgan picked up one of the songs Fern recorded, Whitsett’s “Dear Me,” which became her breakthrough hit. Meanwhile, Fern had returned to her earlier career as a backing vocalist.

 
   

 

BETTER THAN THIS

DEAR ME

THEY’RE NOT LOSING YOU

BY THE TIME YOU START LOVING ME

SOMETHING ABOUT TONIGHT

LOVE IS LOOKING BETTER

 

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