Country's teen star still going strong (Created June 5, 2013)
Meet one of country music's first huge child stars. Tanya Tucker not only recorded her first hit in 1972, she was just 13 years old at the time. Just a teen! But she bucked the trend when she not only carried her fans year-to-year, but grew her audience as she went on to record a string of Top Ten and Top 40 hits.
So what did Tucker have that many teens her age did not? How about saxophone lessons by the age of six, the desire to pursue a music career by the age of eight, and one memorable debut on stage with the legendary Mel Tillis. It all spurred a decision by Tucker's family to move to Las Vegas, where she became a regular performer and caught the attention of songwriter Dolores Fuller. That set the wheels in motion for Tucker to become the youngest vocalist on the Columbia Records roster, and set the stage for a long and fruitful career.
One of Tucker's biggest hits was her debut single, a cover of "Delta Dawn." Released in the spring of 1972, the song peaked at number six on the country charts, and making Tucker a media sensation thanks to her age. Her second single, "Love's the Answer," also became a Top Ten hit, and the follow-up, "What's Your Mama's Name," became her first number one in early 1973. Two others that also climbed to the top of the charts-- "Blood Red and Goin' Down" and "Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)" – helped establish Tucker as a mega star.
Though her sales began slumping in the 80's, Tucker remains a viable country act. She has released several hits collections, has 30+ albums to her name (including 2009's "My Turn"), and continues to tour around the country.
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