Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight to Feature The Kendalls
This Sunday we’re featuring The Kendalls, a rare father-daughter duo. Join me Sunday April 2 at 11 am on 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online or download our new phone app.
The duo was found in 1969, their second single on the ovation label in 1977 after “Making Believe” a cover of a Kitty Wells hit, they scored their breakthrough song a “cheating” song called “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away.” The song topped the country chart at number one and won the 1978 Grammy for Best Country Vocal by a duo or group.
The duo of Royce Kendall and daughter Jennie Kendall was on their way. Then came a string of country hits, “It Don’t Feel Like Sinnin’ to Me” topping the chart at number two. My favorite -- “Pittsburgh Stealers” reaching number six. Other hits include “Sweet Desire,” You’d Make an Angel Cheat,” “Teach me to Cheat' and their last number one hit, “Thank God for the Radio” in 1984.
The Kendalls continued to tour and perform and released several CDs until May 22, 1998 when Royce passed away from a stroke. Jeannie has pursued a solo career recording two solo albums and continues to tour and perform.
Jeannie is married to longtime bandleader, Mack Watkins.
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