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Margaret LeAnn Rimes, 28 August 1982, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Rimes father, Wilbur, was a part-time guitarist and, with his encouragement, LeAnn was singing and tap-dancing when aged only two and winning talent contests when five. The family moved to Texas and she sang The Star-Spangled Banner at various sports events and the National Cutting Horse Championships in Fort Worth. Her parents recorded an album to sell at gigs when she was seven, and four years later she recorded All That, produced by her father, at Norman Pettys studio in Clovis, New Mexico. One track, an aching ballad, Blue, had been written by Bill Mack for Patsy Cline, who had died before it could be recorded. Roy Drusky and Kenny Roberts subsequently cut the song, but Bill Mack felt that it was ideal for Rimes.
While listening to tapes on holiday, record executive Mike Curb heard Rimes voice, rushed to a phone and offered her a...