|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country female vocalists 70s country country pop schlager trucker|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs IMDb lyrics VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
8 October 1944, Eugene, Oregon, USA. In 1961, with no personal thoughts of being a country singer, she found her mother had entered her in a talent show. She won and was soon singing and working as a disc jockey on local radio. By the mid-60s, she was a regular on the Portland television show Hoedown, where she was seen by Buck Owens manager. Between 1968 and 1976, she worked with Owens, became a Capitol Records recording artist in her own right and was a regular performer on the top television show Hee Haw, which Owens co-hosted. Between 1970 and 1977, she registered 21 solo country hits, including Ive Got A Happy Heart and her version of Kay Starrs pop hit Wheel Of Fortune. During this time she also recorded duets with Owens, six of which charted, including a Top 10 with The Great White Horse. She retired for a time but reappeared in the country charts in 1986 with I Just Cant Take The Leaving...