Happy 69th birthday, Reba McEntire: Oklahoma’s iconic country music star through the years

Reba McEntire, who is relaxing at a Music Row office Aug. 30, 1983, just had her new song, “Why Do We Want (What We Know We Can’t Have)”, released July 30th. On April 13, McEntire will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at OKC’s Western Heritage AwardsThe young red-headed Reba McEntire enjoys her performance for a crowd of 8,000 country music lovers at Starwood Amphitheatre on June 27, 1987. McEntire unveiled a glossy new show for her fans that was full of costume changes and choreography. Flashback: McEntire sang the National Anthem at the 2024 Super Bowl. The young red-headed Reba McEntire enjoys her performance for a crowd of 8,000 country music lovers at Starwood Amphitheatre on June 27, 1987. McEntire unveiled a glossy new show for her fans that was full of costume changes and choreography. Flashback: McEntire sang the National Anthem at the 2024 Super Bowl.
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Reba McEntire speaks to the audience after winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year award during the 21st annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 12, 1987.
Reba McEntire speaks to the audience after winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year award during the 21st annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 12, 1987.
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Former Oklahoma rodeo rider Reba McEntire accepts the Favorite Female Vocalist award during the second annual TNN Viewers' Choice Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on April 25, 1989.
Former Oklahoma rodeo rider Reba McEntire accepts the Favorite Female Vocalist award during the second annual TNN Viewers’ Choice Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on April 25, 1989.
James Larson / For The TennesseanAward-winning country star Reba McEntire sings one of her hits for 7,500 fans at Starwood Amphitheatre on Aug. 24, 1990.
Award-winning country star Reba McEntire sings one of her hits for 7,500 fans at Starwood Amphitheatre on Aug. 24, 1990.
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Presenter Reba McEntire points to Shania Twain as she announces her as the winner of the Entertainer of the Year award winner during the 33rd CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House Sept. 22, 1999. Presenter Reba McEntire points to Shania Twain as she announces her as the winner of the Entertainer of the Year award winner during the 33rd CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House Sept. 22, 1999.

Larry McCormack / The TennesseanReba McEntire, center, is performing with the dancers during the annual CMA Awards show Oct. 4, 2000 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Reba McEntire, center, is performing with the dancers during the annual CMA Awards show Oct. 4, 2000 at the Grand Ole Opry House.
Eric Parsons / The TennesseanReba McEntire performs in concert at the Oklahoma City Arena on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Reba McEntire performs in concert at the Oklahoma City Arena on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.
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Hosts Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton speak at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards. Hosts Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton speak at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards.
Larry McCormack, The TennesseanReba McEntire speaks during the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Western Heritage Awards in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Reba McEntire speaks during the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Western Heritage Awards in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman FileReba McEntire performs at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Reba McEntire performs at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.
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Reba McEntire performs Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, during the grand opening of Reba's Place in Atoka. Reba McEntire performs Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, during the grand opening of Reba’s Place in Atoka.
SARAH PHIPPS/THE OKLAHOMAN(Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

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