Rita MacNeil

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Rita MacNeil, CM, ONS (May 28, 1944 – April 16, 2013) was a Canadian country and folk singer from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. Her biggest hit, "Flying On Your Own", was a crossover Top 40 hit in 1987 and was covered by Anne Murray the following year, although she had hits on the country charts throughout her career. In the United Kingdom, MacNeil's song "Working Man" was a No. 11 hit in 1990.

In 1990, she was the bestselling country artist in Canada, outselling even Garth Brooks and Clint Black. She was also the only female singer ever to have three separate albums chart in the same year in Australia.

Throughout her career MacNeil would receive five Honorary degrees, release 24 albums, win three Juno Awards, a SOCAN National Achievement Award, four CCMA awards, eleven ECMA awards, be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and be named to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Flying on Your Own Rita MacNeil 2
1988 Now The Bells Ring Rita MacNeil 1
1988 Reason to Believe Rita MacNeil 2
1989 Rita Rita MacNeil 1
1992 Thinking of You Rita MacNeil 1
1993 Home I'll Be Rita MacNeil 1
1994 Volume One, Songs From the Collection Rita MacNeil 3 1
1996 Joyful Sounds Rita MacNeil 1
2001 Mining the Soul Rita MacNeil with The Men of the Deeps 1
2003 Late December Rita MacNeil 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Working Man; The Best Of Rita MacNeil 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Christmas EP Rita MacNeil 1

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