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Flashback: Young Reba McEntire Sings With Jacky Ward in Early TV Appearance

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For a glimpse of Reba McEntire before she became a queen of country music, check out this performance of "Three Sheets in the Wind" alongside duet partner Jacky Ward.

"Three Sheets in the Wind" and a cover of England Dan and John Ford Coley's soft rock hit "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" was a double-sided non-album single for McEntire and Ward. The Top 20 release came out in 1978 (a year after Mercury released McEntire's self-titled debut album), so we're guessing this TV appearance dates back to the late '70s. And if you're trying to guess McEntire's age here, she turned 23 on March 28, 1978.

Ward scored five Top 10 country hits from 1978-1980: "Fools Fall in Love," "A Lover's Question," "Wisdom of a Fool," "Save Your Heart For Me" and "That's The Way a Cowboy Rocks and Rolls." He retired as a country music singer in the mid-'80s to become a Baptist preacher.

In 1974, McEntire got her big break when she was hired to perform the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. It was there that country artist Red Steagall discovered her immense vocal talent.

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Soon after, she signed with Mercury Records, beginning an ascent to the Country Music Hall of Fame that's culminated (so far) with 24 No. 1 hits, 16 No. 1 albums and multiple shelves-full of ACM Awards and CMA Awards. She's also won three Grammy awards to date: Best Female Country Vocal Performance (1987) for "Whoever's in New England," Best Country Collaboration With Vocals (1994) for Linda Davis duet "Does He Love You" and Best Roots Gospel Album (2018) for Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.

The Nashville superstar has also become a part of pop culture, appearing in everything from the film Tremors to current CBS sitcom and Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon. In the latter, she plays June, the ex-wife of MeeMaw's (Annie Potts) boyfriend, Coach Dale Ballard (Craig T. Nelson).

Other film roles for McEntire include The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991), which starred Kenny Rogers, and the recent comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

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Flashback: Young Reba McEntire Sings With Jacky Ward in Early TV Appearance