The personal pain that Country star Mindy McCready suffered for years has come to an end.  Sadly, Mindy took her own life and was laid to rest in her hometown of Fort Myers, FL, yesterday.  I hadn't started on B105 (then WAVC) when Mindy came through Duluth.  But our Sunday Solid Gold Show Host, Pat Puchalla was the Music Director then and has an unforgettable memory of Mindy and her hit song, Ten Thousand Angels.

It doesn't happen much anymore, but there was a day when new artists traveled across the Nation with their record rep to meet radio station program and music directors.  It was a way to personally connect with the hopes that their song would be played.  Pat Puchalla remembers the time Mindy came through Duluth and has told me his story many times.

After a dinner with then Program Director, Tom Bishop, Pat, Mindy and her rep when back to Mindy's hotel room and she strummed Ten Thousand Angels for them acoustically.  Before, the song was a hit.  How cool is that?  Pat must have made quite the impression on Mindy too, she mentioned him while being interviewed for a book soon after their meeting.

People magazine reports that 400 mourners attended the service and a large portrait of McCready hung on the stage, while her recordings of ‘Ten Thousand Angels’ and ‘I’m Still Here’ were among the musical selections for the memorial. The singer’s stepfather Michael Inge performed the Bobby Helms song ‘You Are My Special Angel’ at the service.

Here's Mindy's Ten Thousand Angels.  Rest in Peace, Mindy

(November 30, 1975-February 17, 2013)