The TV-Made Country Stars Tradition -- From Patsy Cline to Carrie Underwood
Blake Shelton got a major platform to show off his stellar vocals when
The Voice debuted in April 2011, but he really succeeded in showing the world his charisma. Three months later, Shelton's album Red River Blue hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. See other country singers in a long tradition of the small screen kicking off their stardom.
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Dolly Parton made her name on
The Porter Wagoner Show, turning out hits with the host until breaking away to focus on her own career. She wrote “I Will Always Love You” about him.
Lynn Anderson was a regular on
The Lawrence Welk Show before releasing her hit version of Joe South’s song “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” in 1970.
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Glen Campbell had hits before and after
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, but the variety show, with guests like Johnny Cash and Cher (left), helped bring him to the peak of his fame.
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Carrie Underwood won
American Idol’s fourth season and quickly released her debut, Some Hearts, which went on to become Billboard’s No. 1 Country Album of the Decade.
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Chris Stapleton’s debut album,
Traveller, re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 after his performance with Justin Timberlake on the CMA’s Country Music Awards in April.