Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker


10/10/1958, Seminole, Texas (USA)

Birth Name

Tanya Denise Tucker


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For more than a quarter century in the music business, Tanya Tucker has proven herself as one of the true legends in country music. With 30 albums to her name, Tucker has traveled many roads since growing up in Seminole, Texas. A pre-teen sensation, Tanya had been performing…more


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  • Trivia

    • Tanya has dated: Don Johnson, Merle Haggard, and Andy Gibb.

    • Tanya is notorious for being late for her meetings and shows, always running behind because things are not 'just right'.

    • Tanya filed an order of protection against former fiance, songwriter Jerry Lassiter, but did not appear at the court hearing to enforce the order. Her attorney, Thomas Bottorff explained that the two had reached an agreement to settle the matter between them. Tanya alleged that Jerry harrassed her before shows, grabbed her by the throat, and gave her a black eye, police noted that they had been called out 9 times in a year, 5 of those on domestic abuse issues. The couple share a 5 year old daughter.

    • Tanya played at the 8th annual 'Beat The Blues' fundraising concert in Nashville, Tennessee. The proceeds went to benefit the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee, an organization that promotes mental wellness in the lives of children, family, friends, and co-workers to erase the stigma attached to mental illness.

    • Tanya parted with Capitol Records in 2002, and launched a new album, Tanya on her own music label.

    • Tanya entered the Betty Ford Rehabilitation Clinic in 1988 for her addiction to cocaine and alcohol.

    • Tanya's career hit a slump after T.N.T, so she switched over to Capitol Records to revitalize her career with 1986's Girls Like Me, an album that produced 4 top ten country hits.

    • Tanya's provocative cover picture on her 1978 T.N.T album cover caused controversy for representing a different look to country stars. She was booed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry for performing what the audience considered 'raucous' rock n' roll.

    • Tanya wrote the ecologically inspired single 'Save Me' about Sea Gulls on Canada's Magdalen Islands in 1978.

    • Tanya moved to MCA Records on her 16th birthday.

    • Tanya was signed to Columbia Records in 1972, by producer Billy Sherrill in Nashville.

    • Tanya's parents moved the family to Las Vegas to further her career. Her father Beau, saved up to pay for her first demo tape.

    • Tanya's parents always encouraged her to pursue her singing dreams. Her father booked her to perform with visiting country stars on stage at local fairs, singing the Loretta Lynn hit 'You Aint Woman Enough' at age 15.

    • Tanya is mentioned in the Gretchen Wilson hit single 'Redneck Woman'.

    • Tanya's older sister LaCosta Tucker had several hits on the country music charts in the 1970s and early 1980s. She toured with her sister in 1989.

    • When Tanya was 19, she became only the second teenager to have scored a number one country single. The song was "What's Your Mama's Name?".

    • At the age of 21, Tanya began a tumultuous year-long relationship with singer Glen Campbell. During this time, Tanya was battling both alcohol and drugs, admitting that she first tried cocaine as a means to lose weight.

    • An author as well as a singer, Tanya has written an autobiography entitled Nickel Dreams: My Life and a self-help book entitled 100 Ways to Beat the Blues.

    • Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, and Frank Sinatra were some of Tanya's earliest musical influences.

    • Tanya has flown in an F-16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

    • Tanya owns a hot pink Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

    • Tucker has competed in Cutting Horse competitions.

    • Tanya was named "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Country Music Association in 1991, but missed the awards ceremony, having just given birth to her 2nd child.

    • Tanya Tucker received the "Best New Female Vocalist" award from the Academy of Country Music in 1972.

    • Tanya Tucker is the youngest woman ever in pop or country music to have a boxed set available for the public.

    • Tanya started singing at the age of six.

    • Tanya was born in Seminole, Texas, but grew up in Wilcox and Phoenix, Arizona.

    • In 2005-2006, Tanya and her kids Presley Tanita, Beau Grayson, and Layla Lacosta starred in a reality series, Tuckerville, for The Learning Channel.

    • By the age of 15, she had a Grammy nomination, Greatest Hits package, and was one of the first country artists to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

    • Tanya recorded her first hit, "Delta Dawn", at age 13. It hit #6 on the country charts, and she became the youngest person to have a major hit single on the country charts.

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