Donna Fargo - Happiest Girl In the Whole USA

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DONNA FARGO
MUSIC AWARDS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS

I. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORD MERCHANDISERS (NARM):
“Best Selling Female Country Artist 1972”
“Best Selling Female Country Artist 1973”

II. Donna Fargo was the first female in country music to have back-to-back million-selling records.

III. RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA):
Pop Single Gold Record – “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.”
Pop Single Gold Record – “Funny Face”
Gold Album – THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE U.S.A.
Platinum Album – THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE U.S.A.

IV. ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM):
“Top New Female Vocalist 1969”
“Top Female Vocalist 1972”
“Album of the Year – THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE U.S.A. 1972”
“Single of the Year – ‘The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.’ 1972”
“Song of the Year – ‘The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.’ (composer award)”
“Song of the Year – ‘The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.’ (artist award)”
“Song of the Year – ‘The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.’ (publisher award)”

V. COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA):
“SINGLE OF THE YEAR – ‘The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.’ 1972”

VI. MUSIC OPERATORS OF AMERICA (Jukebox award):
“Record of the Year – ‘Funny Face’ 1973”

VII. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS AND SCIENCES (NARAS):“Grammy Award: Best Country Vocal Performance, Female 1972”

VIII. BROADCAST MUSIC INCORPORATED (BMI):
“Robert J. Burton Award: Most Performed Song of the Year 1972 – 73”

IX. MUSIC CITY NEWS
“Most Promising Female Artist 1972”

X. CMA TRIPLE PLAY AWARD:
Recognizing songwriters for the unique accomplishments of having 3 #1 songs in a 12-month period (1972 – 73)

XI. BILLBOARD COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS:
“Best New Female Artist 1972”
“Best Female Artist 1973”
“Best Female Singles Artist 1974”
“Best Female Singles Artist 1977”
“No. 1 Recitation – ‘That Was Yesterday’ 1977”

In BILLBOARD magazine’s year-end naming of the nation’s TOP ALBUM
FEMALE ARTISTS – as determined by the weekly chart position of albums
and by the length of time records were on the charts – there was but one country
artist among the list of 15 – DONNA FARGO.

XII. CASH BOX COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS:
“Up and Coming Female Vocalist 1972”
“Top Female Vocalist Singles Artist 1974” (shared with Tanya Tucker)
“Top Recitation Singles Artist 1977”

 CASH BOX BEST POP ARTISTS OF ’72 on SINGLES:
“Top New Female Vocalist” (tied with Roberta Flack)
“Cash Box Top Pop Vocalist 1973” (tied first place with Carly Simon)

XIII. RECORD WORLD COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS:
Record World 1972 Country Singles Award: “Most Promising Female Country Vocalist”
Record World 1973 Country Albums Awards: “Top Female Country Vocalist”
Record World 1973 Country Singles Awards: “Top Female Country Vocalist”

RECORD WORLD POP MUSIC CATEGORY:
Record World 1972 Pop Single Award: “Top New Female Vocalist Pop” (tied with Roberta Flack)

XIV. AUSTRALIAN AWARDS (ARIA):
“Gold Record Award ‘The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.’ 1973”
“Gold Record Award ‘Funny Face’ 1973”
“Australian Gold Award ‘The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.’ 1975”
“Australian Gold Award ‘Funny Face’ 1975”

XV. CANADIAN AWARDS:
“Canadian Million Seller Single - ‘Funny Face’ 1973”
“Canadian Million Seller Gold Album - THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE U.S.A. 1974”

XVI. BMI CITATION OF ACHIEVEMENTS (Writing Awards):
“The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.”  (country)
“The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.”  (pop)
“Funny Face”                                       (pop)
"Funny Face”                                       (country)
"Superman”                                        (country)
“Superman”                                        (pop)
“Superman” (2nd award)                      (country)
“Little Girl Gone”                                  (country)
“You Were Always There”                     (country)
“I’ll Try A Little Bit Harder”                   (country)
“U. S. of A.”                                        (country)
“It Do Feel Good”                                (country)
“Hello, Little Bluebird”                          (country)
“That Was Yesterday”                          (country)
“Somebody Special”                            (country)

XVII. The BMI 1973 Country Music Achievement Awards named Donna’s songs
“Funny Face” and “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” the most performed
country songs from April 1, 1972, to March 31, 1973.

XVIII. Donna’s album THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE U.S.A. stayed on the
national charts for 53 consecutive weeks.

XIX. KLAC CALIFORNIA COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
In a popularity poll taken in California, Donna won thousands of listeners’ votes, a
number which named her 1972’s BEST FEMALE COUNTRY SINGER IN KLAC
CALIFORNIA COUNTRY.

This same poll named Donna’s song “Funny Face” as the BEST COUNTRY
RECORD OF 1972 in KLAC CALIFORNIA COUNTRY.

And in 1973, THE BEST FEMALE COUNTRY SINGER in KLAC
CALIFORNIA COUNTRY was Donna Fargo.

XX. In 1975, Donna earned her place in the WALKWAY OF STARS at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

XXI. In September of 1978, Donna became one of the very few female artists to
Star in her own syndicated TV variety show called THE DONNA FARGO SHOW.

XXII. In 1987, NARAS recognized Donna as one of the distinguished artists to receive
her own star, now positioned in the STAR WALK at the Opry Plaza in Music City, USA.

XXIII. ASCAP CHART BUSTER AWARDS (Presented to artist):
“You Can’t Be a Beacon” (May, 1974)
“Mockingbird Hill” (October, 1977)

XXIV. MILLION-AIRS AWARDS:
As writer and publisher of the songs, “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A”
and “Funny Face,” Donna Fargo is the recipient of four Million-Airs awards, a distinction given by BMI to writers and publishers of songs that achieve over 1,000,000 performances, having played at least 50,000 hours. Donna’s song “The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA” also earned her a Special Citation of Achievement from BMI for over 2,000,000 broadcast performances.

XXV. BMI CITATION OF ACHIEVEMENTS (Publishing Awards):
“The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” (country)
“The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” (pop)
“Funny Face”                                      (pop)
“Funny Face”                                      (country)
“Superman”                                       (country)
“Superman”                                       (pop)
“Superman” (2nd award)                     (country)
“Little Girl Gone”                                 (country)
“You Were Always There”                    (country)
“I’ll Try A Little Bit Harder”                   (country)
“U. S. of A.”                                        (country)
“It Do Feel Good”                                (country)
“Hello Little Bluebird"                           (country)
“That Was Yesterday”                          (country)
“Somebody Special”                            (country)

XXVI. Besides the hit records of songs she wrote that topped the national charts,
Donna also had hit records on the following songs that honored other songwriters:
“You Can’t Be a Beacon” (Marty Cooper)
“Don’t Be Angry” (W. Jackson)
“Mockingbird Hill” (Vaughn Horton)
“Shame On Me" (L. Williams, B. Enis)
“Do I Love You" (Paul Anka, Maxine Piolat, Michel Pelay, Yves Dessca, Alain LeGovic)
“Another Goodbye” (Cynthia Weil, Scott English)

XXVII. NORTH AMERICA COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S INTERNATIONAL HALL OF FAME
First Inductee/January 1998

XXVIII. Donna’s inspirational thoughts are now also available through Blue Mountain Arts.
In addition to the many greeting cards she’s written for this company since the mid-90s, she has authored the following books:
TRUST IN YOURSELF – This book is a collection of thoughts in prose and poetry about listening to your heart and becoming the person you want to be. (1997 release).

TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE – These exquisitely tender love poems were written
to touch the heart of the love of your life. (2002 release)
I PRAYED FOR YOU TODAY – This is a book of uplifting thoughts to inspire
the reader and to tell someone how much you care. (2005 release)
TEN GOLDEN RULES FOR LIVING IN THIS CRAZY, MIXED-UP WORLD -
Donna challenges readers to embrace their own uniqueness, to acknowledge
their blessings, and to make a positive difference in their own lives and the lives
of others in these less-than-perfect times. (2006 release)
I THANKED GOD FOR YOU TODAY- This book was written to tell the special
people in your life that you don’t know what you’d do without them – it’s about
saying to them, “I thanked God for you today.” (2010 release)
MY PRAYER FOR YOU- The inspirational messages in this book fill the reader’s
heart with encouraging words and powerful insights on how to get the most out of life. (2014 release)
MY PRAYER FOR YOU, MY FRIEND - Donna believes that friendship is a two-way street
and real friends are each other’s greatest support system. This book is a powerful way to honor special people with these gifts from the heart.

XXIX. The Rock and Roll Club of the Carolinas inducted Donna into their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in July of 2009.

XXX. In July of 2009, the Western Film Preservation Society presented Donna with their 16th annual prestigious Ernest Tubb Award for her contributions upholding the traditions set forth by Ernest Tubb in the fields of music, motion pictures, and television.

XXXI. In 2009, Donna’s hit song “Funny Face” received the honor of being one of the namesake flowers at the Nashville Music Garden.

XXXII. On October 29, 2009, Donna received the honor of having a highway named after her. The Donna Fargo Highway is a road connecting NC to VA on Highway 103.