Constance June Meadows, 14 August 1941, Elkhart, Indiana, USA. Raised in West Virginia and Ohio as one of 14 children, Meadows longed to be a country singer and taught herself to play the guitar while in hospital recovering from a leg injury, caused by an accident with a lawnmower. She sang at local events as a teenager and appeared on several radio and television shows. She married and for a time led the life of a housewife, but after the birth of her first child, she again took to singing. Her break came in 1963, when she was booked to sing at the Frontier Ranch, a park near Columbus. Headlining the show was Bill Anderson, who was so impressed with her performance that he invited her to Nashville to appear on the Ernest Tubb Record Shop live show. Two months later, she returned to make demo recordings, which won her an RCA Records contract. In 1964, her recording of Andersons song Once A Day became her first hit, spending eight weeks at number 1...
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