Tanya Tucker (b. October 10, 1958) is a veteran country star with a great deal of crossover appeal who became famous beginning in the early 1970s. Born in Seminole, Texas, she spent much of her early childhood in Willcox, Arizona. The precocious entertainer began singing as a child at various local events and caught the eye of Mel Tillis who was so impressed that he invited her to perform alongside him onstage. In 1969, Tucker's family relocated near Las Vegas where she became a regular performer. Her next major career break came in the early 1970s while she was still in her preteens when one of her demo tapes got the attention of songwriter Dolores Fuller who sent the tape to producer Billy Sherrill, then head of A&R at CBS Records, who, in turn, signed Tucker to Columbia Records. As her star rose over the ensuing decade, she became one of very few women to be identified with the outlaw country movement of that era with her signature powerful vocals, mature song themes, and "tough girl" image.
Tucker made her debut in 1972 at age 13 on both the Pop/Rock and Country charts with her powerful and soulful country rendition of the Helen Reddy smash, "Delta Dawn," which made the Country Top 10. Her fame soared soon after with a rapid succession of Country chart-toppers: "What's Your Mama's Name" (1973), "Blood Red And Goin' Down" (1973), "Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)" (1974), "Lizzie And The Rainman" (1975), "San Antonio Stroll" (1975), and "Here's Some Love" (1976). Except for "San Antonio Stroll," these Country chart smashes also became hits on the Pop/Rock charts, with "Lizzie And The Rainman" reaching the Top 40. Other top Country chart hits that crossed over to the Pop/Rock charts include "The Man That Turned My Mama On" (1974) and "Pecos Promenade" (1980), the latter of which is part of the soundtrack to "Smokey And The Bandit II." Tucker's long string of hits on the Country charts, which continued through 2003, also include the chart-topping "Just Another Love" (1986), "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love" (1987, with Paul Davis and Paul Overstreet), "If It Don't Come Easy" (1988), and "Strong Enough To Bend" (1988), making this a total of ten #1 hits to date. Other hits include two duets with Glen Campbell, "Dream Lover" (1980) and "Why Don't We Just Sleep On It Tonight" (1981).
Tucker numerous honors and accolades include two Grammys, the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music (2016), and being ranked at #20 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music. To date, she has recorded eight gold- and four platinum-certified albums, and her more recent releases include the Grammy winning "While I'm Living" (2019). Older sister LaCosta Tucker is also a country singer (of "Get On My Love Train" fame) who recorded during the 1970s and 1980s under her first name, LaCosta.
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