My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Celebrity siblings

A lot of country stars have had siblings who also got involved in country music.   Some were successful for a while,  but most were unable to step out from the shadows of their more famous family members.  Here are just a few that come to mind.  Do you remember any of these?

LaCosta Tucker:

Louise Mandrell:

Pake McEntire:

Stella Parton:

I’m sure there are plenty of others I’ve missed, so what are some of the famous country siblings that you remember?

12 responses to “Celebrity siblings

  1. J.R. Journey February 19, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Johnny Cash’s brother Tommy also had a mildly successful chart run. And several of Dolly’s siblings have been in the news for one thing or another …

  2. Occasional Hope February 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    The obvious (too obvious?) answer is Crystal Gayle.

    Shelby Lynne/Allison Moorer.

    Less distinguishedly: John Michael Montgomery’s brother is half of Montgomery Gentry. (I can’t remember offhand if he’s the one that shot the bear or the other one.)

    In bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent’s brother is now half of the award winning duo Dailey & Vincent.

  3. Razor X February 19, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I thought about Crystal Gayle later, after I’d posted. I’d forgotten about Shelby and Allison.

  4. Leeann Ward February 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Hasn’t Pam Tillis Brother, Mel Jr., tried to do something?

    Then there’s Reba’s sister, Susie Luxinger, the Christian singer.
    There’s also Minnie Murphy, Jamie O’Neal’s sister, who’s trying to break into the business.

    I’ll think of others.

    Eddi Montgomery, Jon Michael’s brother, wasn’t the one who killed the domesticated bear. That was Troy Gentry.

  5. Paul W Dennis February 20, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Loretta Lynn had two other siblings who had some success. Sister Peggy Sue charted several singles and brother Jay Lee Webb had a hit with “She’s Looking Better By The Minute”

    Reba has a brother, Pake, who had a couple of minor hits

  6. Brody February 20, 2009 at 10:22 am

    The first one that pops to mind is David Frizzell. And more recent than any of the ones are your list are Bruce and Charlie Robison and their sister Robyn Ludwick.

  7. Razor X February 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Paul, Pake is mentioned in my post; his video was unimbeddable, so I just posted the link. It’s kind of easy to miss between the Louise Mandrell and Stella Parton links.

    Brody, I didn’t realize that Robyn Ludwick was Bruce and Charlie’s sister.

  8. Occasional Hope February 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I forgot to comment on the actual artists you posted on. I vaguely remember hearing something by LaCosta before, but it hadn’t really stuck in my mind. On this video’s evidence, she really sounds remarkably like Tanya, but with less nuance and subtlety.

    I quite liked Pake McEntire’s ‘Good God, I Had It Good’.

    That is a quite bizarre headdress Stella Parton has in her clip here.

  9. Razor X February 21, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I don’t remember LaCosta Tucker in her “heyday” (to the extent that she had one) at all. The first time I heard of her was when I was about 14 and found an “encyclopedia” on country music at the library. It was already outdated, but it contained a lot of information on and interviews with country music stars of the 70s. There was a section on Tanya Tucker and LaCosta was mentioned. Their father was actually pursuing a career for LaCosta first, when Tanya at age 7 or 8 expressed an interest in singing, only to be told by her father that she couldn’t sing her way out of a paper bag. He was blown away to discover that she really COULD sing.

    I only heard LaCosta on the radio one time — it was sometime in the early 80s. I also thought she sound very much like Tanya. It’s funny how Tanya was so immensely successful, while LaCosta remained in relative obscurity.

    As far as Pake McEntire is concerned, the one song I really remember by him was “Savin’ My Love”. I looked for a link on YouTube but couldn’t find one.

  10. Paul W Dennis February 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    “Get On My Love Train” was La Costa’s biggest hit reaching #3 on both the Billboard and Cash country charts in 1974 but it was actually a bigger record than that in some parts of the country

    There is another Frizzell Brother as well – Allen Frizzell, a gospel singer who sounds much more like Lefty than does David. Allen was born twenty four years after Lefty

  11. Razor X February 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Allen was the one who was married to Shelly West, wasn’t he?

  12. Paul W Dennis February 22, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Yes – Shelley West was married to Allen Frizzell for a while.. Allen has since remarried and has a son from his current wife who has talent

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