One night I had to bend over and this guy takes a picture of just my butt. Then he sends it into the fan club for me to sign it. I put on that, `To Bill, Love, Lorrie Morgan.’ I’ve got to tell Lorrie about that. She’ll get the biggest kick out of it.
In 1974 McEntire got an unexpected break—singing the national anthem at the National Rodeo Finals. Her performance impressed country music star Red Steagall, who convinced her to record a demo tape. In 1975 McEntire signed with Mercury Records. She wowed observers at her first recording session. According to Entertainment Weekly, ‘Her clear contralto was so big it nearly blew out the studio transistors.’ McEntire remembered the event this way: ‘It was a real pretty ballad, and when I got to the powerful part, I stayed right on the microphone and the needles just disappeared. They asked me to back up.’