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Broken Celebrity Records

September 13, 1987

I found Brown's article on stars who "sing" entertaining, but I think he did a real disservice to Sissy Spacek and her album, "Hangin' Up My Heart," by dismissing it as one of what he termed the "ego disc--albums that rely on songs written by the stars for themselves.

Spacek not only got her start in show business as a singer, but she later won the Academy Award for best actress for her acting and singing as country music queen Loretta Lynn in 1980's "Coal Miner's Daughter." Spacek's vocals were not dubbed.

In fact, "Hangin' Up My Heart" came as a result of the praise she earned for her singing in that film. Though the album was hardly a hit, it did receive far more positive reviews than negative.

As further proof of its legitimacy as a "real album" versus your typical vanity effort, it was produced by Rodney Crowell, one of the top producers (and performers) in progressive country music. He is not the kind of man or producer who wastes his time on vanity music.

BILL ROYCE

Los Angeles

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