Country Music Legends Tanya Tucker and Patty Loveless to be Inducted into the Country Hall of Fame

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Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, and Bob McDill have been honored with an official spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame! These three are Grammy award-winning artists who have had great success in making country music.

The Country Music Association declared on Monday in Nashville, Tennessee that Tucker, the singer of “Delta Dawn”, and Loveless, who blended bluegrass and country music together wonderfully will be entering into their hall of fame. The ceremony to officially induct them will take place during the fall.

Tucker, the singer with a loud voice, is finally receiving flowers from the Hall of Fame. This honor is long overdue considering that she has had 10 songs reach as No.1, 40 more in the top 10 and has won two Grammys for her album “While I’m Livin'”.

For years Tucker thought this honor could only come after she died. But on Monday she said to Big Big News “I kinda quit thinking about it, or wanting it”.

Tucker had always dreamed of joining the Hall of Fame ever since she was just a kid. A while back when she was 9, her dad brought her to Nashville, and they watched singers in the Grand Ole Opry together. Tucker said that during this trip his dad asked her if she would rather be up on stage singing instead of watching from where she was.

At 13 years old, she became famous when her first song “Delta Dawn” was released and by 15 years old, featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Her success continued into the 1970s and 1980s with a lot of hits and she changed how people saw women in country music. People liked to talk about her romances and risky behaviors that sometimes made it onto the tabloids.

Tanya Tucker was known for her hits in the 1990s like “Down To My Last Teardrop”, “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane” and “Strong Enough to Bend”. Recently, there’s a documentary about her 2019 record which she did with producers Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings. She even won the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award back in 1991!

Tucker, who is now 64 years old, said that she will release a new record this summer which will be dedicated to the artists who have helped and affected her career. She feels like her life was destined for what’s happening now.

“It seems like my future was already mapped out,” Tucker commented.

Country star Vince Gill announced the winners and talked about his friendship with Loveless. He said she was similar to his little sister. They often provided backup vocals for each other when singing songs like “My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man,” “When I Call Your Name,” “Pocket Full of Gold” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”

Patty Loveless is a country singer from Kentucky. She was very successful, with five No.1 songs like “Timber I’m Falling in Love,” “Blame It On Your Heart” and “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am.” She even won an award for best album in 1995 and female vocalist of the year in 1996.

In 2001, she started playing more music related to bluegrass and Appalachian roots with her albums “Mountain Soul” and its follow up “Mountain Soul II.” In 2011, she received a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for this work.

Patty Loveless is really shocked to hear that she has won two awards for singing with country star George Jones. When the announcement was made on Monday, George’s wife Nancy Jones was there to congratulate Patty.

She told Big Big News, “I’m still trying to comprehend it all and take it in because it feels like a dream! My whole life has been filled with so many dreams coming true.”

From the 1970s until he retired in 2000, Mr. McDill wrote many popular songs for Billboard’s Country Charts. These include “Gone Country” by Alan Jackson, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley, Alabama’s “Song of the South” and Don Williams’ “Good Ole Boys Like Me”. Every three years, a songwriter is inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame along with artists.

McDill said that even though a lot of people have not heard of them, some legendary songwriters are part of the Hall of Fame. He then mentioned Boudleaux, Felice Bryant, Cindy Walker and other writers who created songs that many people still remember and can whistle along to. Visit the Country Music Hall Of Fame website to find out more.

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