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K.T. Oslin

For a short time in the late '80s, K.T. Oslin was one of the most popular female country singers around. Her worldly, distinctly modern persona was quite unlike any of her peers, and she matched it with utterly contemporary country-pop production, complete with synthesizers. Born Kay Toinette Oslin on May 15, 1942, in Crossett, AR, she soon moved to Mobile, AL, and at age five settled in Houston after the death of her father. Oslin's mother had been an aspiring country singer before being forced to support her family, and she passed along her love of music to her daughter. Oslin studied drama at junior college and during the '60s performed in a folk trio with singer/songwriter Guy Clark and producer David Jones. She later went to Los Angeles to work on an album with Frank Davis, but the sessions were never completed, and she returned to Houston and worked in musical theater. A part in the national touring company of Hello, Dolly! led to a trip to Manhattan and a spot in the chorus of the Broadway version. She remained in New York for a time, appearing in shows, singing demos and commercial jingles, and working on her songwriting. In 1978, she sang harmony on a Guy Clark album and in 1981 released two singles on Elektra as Kay T. Oslin. Neither "Clean Up Your Own Tables" nor "Younger Men (Are Startin' to Catch My Eye)" did well at country radio, which simply wasn't ready for such a feisty, feminist-minded woman -- who was pushing 40 at that.

However, Oslin's original compositions were becoming popular with other artists; her songs were recorded by Gail Davis, Dottie West, and Judy Rodman, among others. She appeared on a live radio broadcast alongside more established musicians in 1984, and two years later she staged her own showcase performance in Nashville. Alabama producer Harold Shedd was in attendance and helped her land a deal with RCA. Oslin debuted in 1987 with 80's Ladies, whose anthemic title track made the country Top Ten and won her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. The follow-up singles, "Do Ya" and "I'll Always Come Back," both hit number one and so did the album, which went on to sell over a million copies. The follow-up, 1988's This Woman, was another chart-topping platinum smash, paced by the number one, double-Grammy-winning hit "Hold Me," and the Top Five singles "This Woman" and "Hey Bobby." Her third album, 1990's Love in a Small Town, was something of a concept record about, well, exactly what the title said. "Come Next Monday" became her fourth number one hit, but Oslin abruptly slowed down afterward, partly because menopause was sapping some of the stamina she needed for touring.

Oslin took several years off from music, in the meantime issuing the compilation Greatest Hits: Songs From an Aging Sex Bomb in 1993. She tried her hand at acting, appearing in the films This Thing Called Love and Murder So Sweet. Contemplating a singing comeback in 1995, Oslin experienced chest pains while mowing her lawn and was soon in the hospital for a quadruple bypass. Fortunately, she made a full recovery and signed with the smaller BNA label for a covers album, My Roots Are Showing, that drew selections from across the spectrum of 20th century popular music. After another recording hiatus, she teamed up with co-producer Raul Malo of the Mavericks for 2001's Live Close By, Visit Often, which inched into the country Top 40. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Awesome Lady...singe r . . . s o n g w r i t e r ...yea K.T. Born in same town Crossett Arkansas
I have always loved listening to her songs.
so good to hear you...over and over
rhr0394
It is like listening to a dear friend that you haven't talked to in a long time!
she has and will always hold a special place in my heart
I love her voice and the songs have so much to give. Life would be dull without her.
joendeb92
This woman saved my life with Come Next Monday -- I stood up to a man who took my self-esteem and I never allowed myself to be a doormat for a man again. Thanks, K.T.!
Cornell vrawford
come sing at my funeral I will be happy forever love your voice
come back, I love this one
80's ladies...... . . . t h e best
Rest in peace lovely lady! Thank you for the music.
I saw her in person in 1988 - she was an awesome singer, and definmnitely had a style all her own..
The Missing Lover;
I would of have liked to a met her in the 80's, & became an inspiration for her, for another love song. I would've made a good lover for her. Because, I still love her.
stu12063
K T OSLIN kept me sane making frequent trips up and back that foggy a** highway 99 between Sacramento and Fresno in 1981, listening to her great 1980's hits



She reminds me of another country gal, wished K.T was still singing! BTW, it is Pasty Cline.
nenelle8
KT always makes that ugly drive down highway 5 from the bay area to LA much more tolerable. I love singing along with this great lady at the top of my lungs!
LOVE HER
bettyg7
I cannot say enough good things about this artist. K.T. Oslin is one of the best, I never tire of listening to her
oldstylenebr a s k a
seen her live here in Lincoln Ne.. what a concert by a great talent.
gdheins
are you still performing? or retired?
132112153
where did you go K.T. we miss you so much! plz come back to the industry.... . . . . .
I made a KT Oslin Station on Pandora 1. I love all the music that station plays. It's my favorite Pandora station.
no1shebish
KT's voice is one-of-a-kin d ! A God given talent and a much to short of a time shared with the world. I second "papfp", wishing Ms Oslin well, always.
chederson
She has a peppy, lively style that energizes the listener. I miss hearing her.
jimd895
is she still alive...ever y o n e talks like she's gone?
papfp
I love K.T....and miss hearing her on radio...but, I've nearly worn out her cd's. I wish her well and thank her for sharing her gift as long as she did! Blessings to ya lady!!
I have listened to this lady since I was prob atleast a preteen, and loved her a love her now! She is an awesome artist!
she made me want to sing country music
julie7165
I really loved all her music. It just made you want to sing along with her all the time. I was so sorry to hear of her heart condition. I hope she has found what she was looking for in life!
i miss hearing this beautiful gals voice singing like a sweet bird on the radio
I love her music. she is an original.
love her she is great. would love to hear more of her
I think shes just great
I love KT Oslin. Her music is fabulous!! She sends a great message for "mature" women everywhere.
james159
Is this that guy from Bill and Teds?
KT is still the best. Where is she when I need her most!
bhasert
There IS no recording artist like K.T. Oslin! 80's ladies makes me stop in my tracks and just LISTEN and REMEMBER! We need her BACK now
I am twenty six years old and my mother always listened to KT. I wish she would make more music or some record producer would step up to the challenge to find pure talent like KT has.
I just looked up and read the biography on KT OSLIN provided by Pandora. Thank you Pandora. KT was a very interesting person and has an interesting background. We still love her at our home. We only have 2 CD but are going to look for the others. I hope that KT will eventually come back on the music scene and make more albums. Her public misses her. COME BACK KT OSLIN...
sjnicholson
I would have loved to meet her. Still would. Anyone that can sing like her has to be something else!
I have 2 Cd's of KT Oslin. My husband and I really love this artist. We have listened to this music many times and we love every song she ever made. She sang about life and lyrics that can touch the heart of many listeners by saying something like "that sounds like my story or someone I know She is also very beautiful and her voice is like an angel. She sings a blusey" country type and anyone can relate. Her style and character are also admirable, We think she is very talented and a very classy
we find it difficult to put her in thre classic "country"
we would like to place her somewhare els but know not how to proceed
I would like to have the album by K. T. Oslin "At Her Best" and can not find it.

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