Dottie’s response: “Jeannie, that’s where you go to learn.” A recording contract with Monument Records gave Jeannie her first hit in 1966 with the bluesy Hank Cochran tune “Don’t Touch Me,” which went to the top of the charts and earned her a Grammy Award. One year later, the singer who became famous as “Miss Country Soul” fulfilled her childhood dream by becoming a member of the Opry cast. Other hits followed—“I’ll Love You More (Than You Need),” “Can I Sleep in Your Arms,” and “Lucky Ladies.” Jeannie briefly worked as duet partner of Porter Wagoner and had a successful touring and recording partnership with fellow Opry member Jack Greene, including the Top 10 single “Wish I Didn’t Have to Miss You.” Jeannie is also a successful songwriter, with songs cut by Dottie West, Faron Young, Connie Smith, Willie Nelson, and Ray Price. Just one of her memorable songs is “Leavin’ and Sayin’ Goodbye,” a 1973 hit for Young. Known for her plainspoken ways and sometimes earthy humor, Seely published a book of witticisms, Pieces of a Puzzled Mind, in 1989. In 2000, Jeannie, who has made frequent stage and screen appearances, hit the road for Atlantic City to portray the character of Louise opposite her friend Terri Williams in Always ... Patsy Cline.
The role was that of an energetic, funny woman with a heart full of love for her friends and for country music—a part she knew quite well. In 2003, Seely released Life’s Highway, a country/bluegrass project with contributions from famous friends including Steve Wariner, the Osborne Brothers, and the Whites. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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