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"I remember all good about Mindy," Lorrie tells The Boot. "We knew each other a long time, we were labelmates on RCA. She was beautiful, sexy, talented, funny and full of life. I'm so sad that she's not here to have fun with and to make music anymore."
"I didn't know Mindy as well as Lorrie did," adds Pam. "But I'll never forget when she first came out. We did a package show, a bunch of people just starting out ... Neal McCoy, Mindy, myself, Toby Keith. Sometimes, if somebody has a really strong image, it almost eclipses their talent. So, I just thought of Mindy as this bombshell, and they were making her out to be the blond Shania. But she did a soundcheck and it was the first time I ever heard her sing. She sang 'Long, Long Time' and my jaw dropped. It was so stunningly beautiful. I never really forgot that moment. She was really a great singer but I think she was underappreciated.
"She just couldn't get better. She could never get over the hump of addiction. Some people get better and some people don't. If you don't work the program ... I think she thought she could do it on her own. If you don't keep that support system going, your chances of failure are, unfortunately, so high."
Lorrie Morgan is among the artists who will perform at a memorial tribute to Mindy McCready on Wednesday (March 6) in Nashville.
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