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Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker had her first country hit in 1972, when she was just 13 years old. Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched a remarkable streak of Top Ten and Top 40 hits.

Tucker was born in Seminole, TX, and much of her childhood was spent moving throughout the Southwest as her father pursued construction jobs. At the age of six she began taking saxophone lessons; two years later she decided she wanted to sing, and made an auspicious debut with Mel Tillis, who was so impressed by her talents that he invited her on-stage to perform. In 1969 Tucker and her family moved to Las Vegas, where she regularly performed. Eventually, she recorded a demo tape that gained the attention of songwriter Dolores Fuller, who sent it to producer Billy Sherrill. At the time, Sherrill was the head of A&R at CBS Records, and he was so impressed with the demo tape that he signed the teenaged vocalist to Columbia Records. Sherrill initially planned to have Tucker record "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA," but she passed on the tune, choosing "Delta Dawn" -- a song she heard Bette Midler sing on The Tonight Show -- instead. Released in the spring of 1972, the song became an instant hit, peaking at number six on the country charts and scraping the bottom of the pop charts.

At first, Columbia Records tried to downplay Tucker's age, but soon word leaked out and she became a sensation -- her second single, "Love's the Answer," also became a Top Ten hit later in 1972. Tucker's third single, "What's Your Mama's Name," became her first number one hit in the spring of 1973. Two other number ones -- "Blood Red and Goin' Down" and "Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)" -- followed, establishing Tucker as a major star. In 1975 she signed with MCA Records, where she had a string of hit singles that ran into the late '70s. In 1978 she decided to radically change her image and cross over to rock with her T.N.T. album. Despite the controversy over the record and its sexy cover, it went gold the following year.

By the end of the '70s her sales were declining -- in 1980 she only had two hits. Also in 1980, she recorded a few singles with Glen Campbell, with whom she was romantically linked. In addition to recording, she also made her feature film debut in Hard Country. She switched to Arista Records in 1982, where she had several hits, highlighted by the Top Ten "Feel Right." In 1984 and 1985 she had no hits, and signed with Capitol Records. In early 1986 she returned with "One Love at a Time," which rocketed to number three. For the rest of the decade she scored a constant stream of Top Ten singles, including four number one hits. Her success continued in the early '90s, even though her sales began slumping as the decade wore on. By the new millennium, Tucker was still in the game.

Several retrospectives and various hits collections were released; in 2002 Tucker issued her 31st album, her most personal album to date, Tanya. More compilations followed, culminating in the live recording/DVD Live at Billy Bob's Texas in 2005. What could be termed a comeback album, the Pete Anderson-produced and arranged My Turn, appeared in 2009 from Saguaro Road Records. ~ Sandra Brennan & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Comments

Barbara Mandrell..an s w e r e d my own question. Tanya would have made it a better hit.
Crackers in my bed...late 70's . Did Tanya do that ??
After Glen Campbell beat the crap out of her, she seemed to fade from the scene. It is a real shame that she no longer performs. She was one of a kind. I saw her perform at the naval base in Yokosuka Japan. What a talent.
Shine has the wrong lyrics! It. Has the lyrics for here you come again! :(
Spring was the song that got my heart
I love tanya tucker she is a awsom singer and has tallent.
Oh what it did to me touched my heart as it was part of my screwed up life.Tanya does it like no one else.
Delta Dawn, what's that flower you have on
Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?
And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
To take you to his mansion in the sky?
SHES GREAT
hannahilger
love me mom
hannahilger
love, love, love...my anthem
hannahilger
go girl
How I wish you would make more music you are County,to this day there is no women that can sing like you,Please Miss Tucker come back we miss you..
coolmusiczon e _ 3 3
Tanya tucker is amazing
I firrst saw Tanya open for Mel tellis in Fort Collins colo.@ CSU in 1977 I think I was in love and still my fav artist
I rode the tram with her, her kids, and their nanny at the Atlanta Airport. She was very friendly and even more beautiful in person. A truly talented artist. Her voice and songs are timeless.
ljurkovic
one of my favorite role models...and when I hear her now, I just go, YESSS!
oh tanya. . .i remember you from hillside ave (sunset and fairfax). . .where i was living with my boyfriend at the time. we used to bump into each other at the grocery store. me yelling at alan. shriking actually.
her....yelli n g at glenn. shrieking actually.

i loved her then. i love her still.
wpwebb1
Tanya is an awesome singer!
connie.ludga t e
Tanya Tucker is my favorite female country singer. I sing her songs with my band.
Talented woman for sure. Love her.
bdonny1
Very troubled but very talented.
A pioneer for modern day female country singers !!!
yuk...
Tanya Tucker is AWESOME!!! Just saw he in concert and she still has it all!!!!!
:)
I have always loved tanya's songs. I have been listening for over a year to pandora trying to hear her sing "whats your mama's name child" and "delta dawn" so far if they have been played i missed then. will keep trying.
I like daleta dawn
Saw her at the Navajo Nation Fair back in the day.
I've always loved Tanya, very timeless. I love her deep soulful and raspy voice. Her ballads are very soulful. LOVE HER!!!!
I've always loved Tanya Tucker, she just has one of those voices that is recognizable and she's just plain awesome!
Love her voice!!
I was listening to my station "Kenny Chesney" station and her song "Some Kind Of Trouble" came on. I have never heard her voice before...it' s very deep and raspy. The song is great as well. You never know what you'll find on Pandora! :)
This song is to my best friend we were two sparrow in a hurricane think you.
I LOVE HER!!!!!!
I like her upbeat songs, please no heartbreak selections.
i love her songs.but she thinks her s**t don't sting.but i still love her music.
there's so many songs i love that she sings , a beautiful voice
Really enjoy her music/ great voice.
leahbraley
I love Tanya Tucker, I recently read her biography and she is so funny!!
ive always loved tanya's songs fast or slow people tried to destroy her career but she sowed them that she could go on and she is highly respected now by many love ya one of your many fans
Guess what EVERYONE! I am Tanya (Not the artist). However, I am named after Tanya Tucker! My mom named me after her because she liked one of Tanya's songs. I love my name because I am named after her!
I wsih to meet her someday and tell her that I am named after her!!
novaleemay
shes managed to keep it mostly country, instead of trying to sound like a pop singer
It would be nice if the male singer was named.
c_jean99
I LOVE IT IM A BIG FAN OF YOURS ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE. ITS THE BEST SONG EVER
im a very big fan of hers. she is awesome
durable unique voice, knows how to sell a song
SHE IS AWESOME!

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