15. McEntire was signed to Nashville’s Mercury / PolyGram Records on Nov. 11, 1975.
14. Because her family was so well-traveled on the rodeo circuit, by the time McEntire had her first tour bus, she was better at reading road maps than her bus driver.
13. McEntire’s self-titled 1977 debut album featured cover versions of then-current pop hits “Angel in Your Arms” and “Right Time of the Night.”
12. McEntire’s debut single, “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand” reached No. 88 on the country chart. It would be three years before she first reached the Top 10.
11. McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut on Sept. 17, 1977, and was inducted into the Opry in 1986.