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American country singer Barbara Mandrell scored No. 1 hits with "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed" and "Years."
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The accident changed the course of Barbara Mandrell's life. She reassessed her priorities and began to focus on her health, her husband and her children over her music, taking a break from her career. Mandrell's recovery from her injuries was a difficult one; she was often moody and volatile, suffering temper outbursts as a result of the post-traumatic stress. In 1986, she stopped recording completely, performing only in live shows,
which she continued with some success until she finally retired entirely from country music in 1997. Her last show was called "Barbara Mandrell & The Do-Rites: The Last Dance."
Ever since, Mandrell has focused solely on family, spending most of her time on her ranch with her husband, children, garden, and pets.
In 2009, Mandrell won induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her proud father, Irby, was present at the announcement but died a few months later, before the actual ceremony. It was, Barbara Mandrell recalled, one of the most emotional periods in her life: "My father, he really wanted me in the hall of fame. They [had] a press conference where they announce who the inductee is. My daddy was there. I shall never forget being able to share that with my dad. He worked over 38 years every bit as hard as I did. It was his. Then on March 5 was when he went home. And May 17 I was inducted. I was scared to death because it was an emotional evening anyway, how was I going to stand it? God gives us so much strength. I never knew until my father that God had given me strength. I did not shed one tear during my speech, He is mighty." At the award ceremony, Mandrell's friend and fellow country star Dolly Parton said, "We're all proud of you. When god made the universe he put most of the stars in the heavens, but he did leave a few here on earth like you to guide us along the way"
Today Barbara Mandrell continues to spend her time with family and friends and has slowly recovered from her intense fear of driving to live a normal life. " I am much more aware and defensive than I used to be," she said. "It's true. Everybody is out to get you. They don't know those are lethal weapons, those automobiles ... But I kept going. Now I come home in rush hour, and I'm fine. I've got my independence again. No telling what I'll do next."
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