Lorrie Morgan Honored
One of the great voices in Country Music, Lorrie Morgan, was honored Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry. June 9th marked the 30th anniversary of her being asked to join the invitation-only institution.
Lorrie is quoted by her public relations folks as having said,“You can’t imagine how it felt the night I became a member of the Opry,” says Lorrie Morgan. “The first time I could really call this place home. I couldn’t stop shaking or trembling or crying.”She had first performed on the Opry at 13 as a guest of her father, country Hall of Famer singer George Morgan.
“My little 13-year-old knees were absolutely knocking,” she recalls. “But Dad was standing there right beside me with big tears in his eyes, and those people gave me a standing ovation. I thought, ‘This is what I’m doing the rest of my life.’”
“This was a dream of my dad’s long before it was my dream,” Lorrie says. “I have all of this because of Dad. We’re very blessed to be a musical family here at the Grand Ole Opry. What more could you ask for?”
George Morgan died when Lorrie was 16, but she still carries in her heart two pieces of advice he left her: “Never say, ‘I can’t,’” and “Always remember your manners.”
Throughout her career, Morgan says, she has thought of the Opry as home.
“The Opry gave me my start in country music,” she says. “It’s a place we all need to go from time to time to remember why we’re here and what gave us the opportunity to be here.”
Here’s Lorrie with me at the Opryland Hotel in the early 90’s.
I love her voice. Especially on this old Porter Wagoner song written by Bill Anderson and Jeannie Seely, “I’ve Enjoyed As Much of This As I Can Stand”.