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Whoever's in New England

Whoever's in New England was Reba McEntire's first #1 album on the Billboard country charts. It also produced two singles that were #1 chart-toppers: "Whoever's in New England" and "Little Rock."

The album's phenomenal success proved to be a turning point in McEntire's career. It was the singer's first platinum record, and solidified her new superstardom when she was named the 'Entertainer of the Year' by the Country Music Association in autumn 1986.

The album also marked another milestone, McEntire made her first music video for the title track. Eventually, McEntire would become known for her 'mini-movie' like music videos.

Some trivia: it is seen by many as an "answer song" to Barry Manilow's 1976 "Weekend In New England" hit, as sung by the wife of a philandering husband who has an ongoing affair with someone in New England.

Track listing

  1. "Can't Stop Now" (Gary Nicholson, Wendy Waldman) - 3:00
  2. "You Can Take the Wings Off Me" (Troy Seals, Eddie Setser) - 3:43
  3. "Whoever's in New England" (Kendal Franchesci, Quentin Powers) - 3:23
  4. "I'll Believe It When I Feel It" (Chris Waters, Tom Shapiro, Bucky Jones) - 2:45
  5. "I've Seen Better Days" (Red Lane, Danny Morrison) - 3:58
  6. "Little Rock" (Pat McManus, Bob DiPiero, Gerry House) - 3:07
  7. "If You Only Knew" (Diana Rae, Jane Mariash) - 3:11
  8. "One Thin Dime" (Jackson Leap, Michael Patrick Heeney) - 2:38
  9. "Don't Touch Me There" (Heeney) - 3:21
  10. "To Make That Same Mistake Again" (Roger Murrah, Richard Leigh) - 2:31

Personnel

  • Produced By Reba McEntire for Reba McEntire Productions & Jimmy Bowen for Lynwood Productions
  • Mixed & Engineered By Robbie Rose, Mark J. Coddington, Russ Martin & Keith Odle
  • Drums, Percussion: Matt Betton
  • Bass: David Hungate
  • Keyboards, Piano: John Hobbs
  • Guitars: Leigh Reynolds, Billy Joe Walker Jr., Reggie Young, Weldon Myrick
  • Fiddle: Johnny Gimble, Rand "Snuffy" Elmore
  • Backing Vocals: Reba McEntire, Pake McEntire, Karen Staley

Charts

AlbumBillboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1986 Top Country Albums #1
1986 The Billboard 200 #N/A

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1986 "Whoever's In New England" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #1
1986 "Little Rock" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #1

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