1972 Donna Fargo – The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.
Yvonne Vaughn grew up in North Carolina before moving to the West coast to attend University of Southern California. She became a high school English teacher after graduation. She worked her way up and became the head of the English department. After establishing her career, she began writing songs and singing part-time in clubs as Donna Fargo.
Donna wrote and recorded five singles for small labels between 1967 and 1969, none of which charted. Despite her lack of success, the Academy of Country Music Awards named her the title of The Top New Female Vocalist in 1969.
In 1972, Donna signed with Dot Records on the strength of a new song she had written, The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A. The song was intended to be “The Happiest Girl In The Whole World,” but Donna found it too difficult to match the rhythm that title required, and changed the lyrics. The song reflected her feelings about becoming married. The single topped the Country chart and reached #11 on the Hot 100.
Her second single became an even bigger hit. Funny Face again topped the Country chart, but it also reached #5 on the Hot 100.
While Donna never reached the Hot 100 top forty again, another half-dozen of her singles did enter the chart. Her career in the Country Music field took off and she had two more consecutive #1 records on that chart.
Donna hosted her own syndicated television show in 1978.
By 1979, Donna scored two more chart-topping singles on the Country chart, nine additional top ten hits, and a half-dozen other singles that reached the top forty.
Donna contracted multiple sclerosis, which slowed her down and made it more difficult for her to promote her records. She had two more top forty country hits in 1986 and 1987, after which her career tapered off. She recorded for a series of record labels and even released some gospel recordings. Her last new release came out in 2008.
Donna currently concentrates on writing and has written greeting cards, a few books, and several books of poetry.
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