Tunes on Tuesday

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The American Treasure Tour is a place you need to experience if you have a love of music. When you come here you are surrounded by music. It fills the air with happy melodies and surrounds you with automatic music-playing machines, instruments, and record albums. Today, we focus in on one specific record on that wall. Judy Kay "Juice" Newton was born in Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1952. A northerner by birth, she was raised in Virginia surrounded by music.  As a teenager, her mother gave her a guitar, which led her on her way into the music scene, dabbling in folk music. Then rock. Then country. She's had hits in all three since the early-1970's, although her biggest ones came in the early 1980's, notably on her third solo album, called Juice. 

Juice spawned three top-ten consecutive hits for Juice (a nickname she received from her extended family, she claims any name she might have given herself would have sounded much more exotic), including "Angel of the Morning," "Queen of Hearts," and "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)." "Angel of the Morning" was not only a huge hit for Juice, but it gave to her the distinction of being the first female country musician ever to have a video shown on MTV, which was on its first day ever to air. (She was also the third female solo artist to air on MTV, behind Pat Benatar and Carly Simon.). Juice sold over a million copies in the United States alone, making it her most successful album to date. Since then, she's devoted her skills almost exclusively to country music, as she remains active performing to this day.