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As a result, Fricke had a breakout year in 1981 when she landed two Top Five hits with "Down to My Last Broken Heart" and "I'll Need Someone to Hold Me (When I Cry)." These set the stage for her smashing success between 1982 and 1984, when she scored an amazing six number one hits: "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby," "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy," "Tell Me a Lie," "He's a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen)," "Let's Stop Talkin' About It," and "Your Heart's Not in It." Plus, the three singles she released during that time period that didn't top the charts all made the Top Ten. By this time, she'd broadened her style to include more uptempo tracks. Fricke landed five more Top Ten hits from 1985 to 1986, including another number one in "Always Have, Always Will" and a number two in "She's Single Again." However, her commercial momentum slowed abruptly afterward, and following 1989's Labor of Love album, she and CBS Records parted ways. She recorded two albums for the small Branson label in 1992 and 1993, and issued the gospel record Hymns of Faith on Intersound in 1996. In 2000, she mounted a comeback tour behind the album Bouncin' Back, and two years later issued the concert set Live at Billy Bob's Texas, which featured many of her old hits. Over the next two decades, she performed steadily and recorded on occasion; among her albums were two collections of bluegrass songs. In 2019, Real Gone Music issued It Ain't Easy: The Complete Hits, her most complete career overview yet assembled. ~ Steve Huey