Jeannie Seely was born into a musical family in Pennsylvania in 1940. As she grew up, her house was constantly filled with the sounds of her father’s banjo and her mother’s singing. At the age of 21, Seely took a job as a songwriter with Four Star Records - the very same record company that once represented Patsy Cline. In 1965, Seely made the move to Nashville to pursue a recording contract. After working as a replacement for Norma Jean on Porter Wagoner’s show, Seely secured a record deal with Monument Records in 1966. Early in her career, Seely recorded “Don’t Touch Me,” which was written by her husband. The single gained immediate popularity and earned Seely a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1967. Later that year, she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. In 1969, Seely joined forces with Jack Greene and recorded several successful singles including “I Wish I Didn’t Have to Miss You.” Seely’s singing success continued to catapult her through the 1970s and 1980s as she opened for Willie Nelson’s tour and recorded platinum records. Seely later tried her hand at acting, performing in several successful films such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Changing Hearts. Seely still resides in Nashville.
- Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry 1967
- Best Female Country Vocal Performance 1967
- Is the only Pennsylvania native to join the Grand Ole Opry
- Nicknamed “Miss Country Soul”
- First female country artist to host Grand Ole Opry segments