Charly McClain life and biography

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Charly McClain biography

Date of birth : 1956-03-26
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-03-02
Credited as : Country music singer, Who's Cheatin' Who, Radio Heart

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Charlotte Denise "Charly" McClain is an American country music singer, best-known for series of Country hits during the 1980s.

McClain's father had tuberculosis when she was eight, and, since she was under age for visitation rights at the hospital, she had to communicate with him through a tape recorder. That inspired her interest in recording, and by age 17 she was a regular on the club circuit. Signed to her first recording contract in 1976, McClain's distinct vocal sound provided an edge in recognizability -- as did her appearance. She hit country's Top Ten for the first time in 1978 with "That's What You Do to Me," followed up with 1980's "Men," and hit the top spot one year later with "Who's Cheatin' Who." She stayed in the upper reaches during 1982 with "Dancing Your Memory Away" and "The Very Best Is You," then hit number one again in 1983 with her Mickey Gilley duet "Paradise Tonight." McClain married former soap star Wayne Massey in 1984, and their own duet ("With Just One Look in Your Eyes") reached number five. Her last number one came with 1985's "Radio Heart," but she continued to chart until her last recording came in 1989.

McClain has not recorded a studio album since 1989's self-titled album on Mercury Records and has dropped out of the public eye. Since 1989, several compilation albums of her music have been released, including 1999's Anthology, which included all McClain's chart hits under Epic.

McClain has not toured since the early 1990s. As of 2010, Charly is still married to actor-musician-businessman Wayne Massey.

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