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This week in 1986: According to U.N. reports, 50,000 people in Africa had AIDS; U.S. Justice Department ruled that AIDS victims were entitled to protection as handicapped; U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 1973 decision legalizing abortions; and a singer from South Whitley, Indiana, had her 29th hit record.

Most single releases were first released as part of an album project and Janie Fricke's 1986 No. 1 "Always Have, Always Will" was one of those tunes.

The song was written by Johnny Mears and was recorded for Janie's Columbia album "Black And White," before being released as the first single from the album.

Norro Wilson produced the album, which provided the single that came on the country music charts June 28, 1986 and was in the No. 1 slot on Oct. 4th.

It was her 29th charted song, her 9th No. 1 and was on the charts for 22 weeks.

Between 1977 and 1989, Janie Fricke placed 38 songs on the country music charts, including nine No. 1s.

She was named CMA's Female Vocalist Of The Year in 1982 and the CMA's and ACM's Female Vocalist Of The Year in 1983.

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