Tanya Tucker will per­form at Lan­caster Fair

One of the most suc­cess­ful and ad­mired women in coun­try music

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK - Jessie Pel­letier Aulis

This year the Lan­caster Fair in Lan­caster, N.H. will greet the leg­endary Tanya Tucker as part of their en­ter­tain­ment lineup, on Saturday, Septem­ber 1 on the grand­stand stage. Tucker has been per­form­ing for over 40 years now, and she is still as good as it gets. The ad­mis­sion price at the fair in­cludes the show and the rides.

Tanya Tucker’s voice and abil­ity to tell a story through a song are not the only rea­sons why peo­ple want to see her show. An­other great part of the ap­peal comes with the way she in­ter­acts with the crowd. She is down to earth and friendly and fans love it.

The singer is a defin­ing voice of coun­try music and a mod­ern day le­gend. Her smoky voice and her great song se­lec­tion have made her one of the most suc­cess­ful and ad­mired women in coun­try music.

She has been nick­named the “wild child of coun­try music.” She might have been, maybe she still is, but one thing for sure is that she is lively, en­er­getic, and she de­liv­ers.

Tucker was born on Oc­to­ber 10, 1958. Her early child­hood was spent pri­mar­ily in Will­cox, Ari­zona. The Tuck­ers at­tended con­certs of coun­try stars such as Ernest Tubb and Mel Til­lis, and her sis­ter La­costa was praised in the fam­ily for her vo­cal abil­i­ties.

At the age of 8, Tanya Tucker told her fa­ther that she wanted to be a coun­try singer when she grew up.

She got one of her first mu­si­cal breaks when her fa­ther drove the fam­ily to Phoenix for the Ari­zona State Fair. She ac­tu­ally made her de­but with Mel Til­lis, who was so im­pressed by her tal­ent that he in­vited her on­stage to per­form.

In 1969, the fam­ily moved to Las Ve­gas, where she reg­u­larly per­formed. Even­tu­ally, she recorded a demo that gained the at­ten­tion of pro­ducer Billy Sher­rill, the head of artists and reper­toire at CBS Records and she got signed to Columbia Records.

Re­leased in the spring of 1972, ‘Delta Dawn’ be­came a hit. Over the suc­ceed­ing decades, Tucker be­came one of the few child per­form­ers to ma­ture into adult­hood with­out los­ing her au­di­ence.

Her sec­ond sin­gle, ‘Love’s the An­swer’, be­came a top 10 hit later in 1972. Tucker’s third sin­gle, ‘What’s Your Mama’s Name’, be­came her first No. 1 hit in the spring of 1973. Two other num­ber ones ‘Blood Red and Goin’ Down’ and ‘Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)’ fol­lowed, es­tab­lish­ing Tucker as a ma­jor star.

In 1975, she signed with MCA Records, where she had a string of hit sin­gles that ran into the late 1970s.

Among th­ese hits was ‘Lizzie and the Rain­man’, which be­came a No. 1 coun­try hit and fol­lowed ‘San An­to­nio Stroll’, ‘Here’s Some Love’, and ‘It’s a Cow­boy Lovin’ Night’.

In 1978, she de­cided to change her image and cross over to rock with her TNT al­bum. The two hit sin­gles from the al­bum were ‘I’m a Singer, You’re the Song’, and ‘Texas (When I Die)’. The lat­ter was the big­ger hit by far.

In 1980 she only had two hits, one of them was ‘Can I See You Tonight?’. The same year, she recorded a few sin­gles with Glen Camp­bell, with whom she was ro­man­ti­cally in­volved.

The young woman had a drink­ing and drug abuse prob­lem and kept get­ting the at­ten­tion of the me­dia with her ro­man­tic af­fairs. The most fa­mous ones in­cluded coun­try singer Merle Hag­gard (who was 21 years her se­nior), ac­tor Don John­son, the late pop singer Andy Gibb, and Camp­bell.

She moved to Nashville af­ter her breakup with Camp­bell in 1982 but she had her de­mons. In 1988, her fam­ily con­fronted her and per­suaded her to en­ter the Betty Ford Cen­ter. Her ca­reer was put on hold.

In 1986, Tucker signed with Capi­tol Records; she re­turned to the charts with ‘One Love at a Time’. Her ca­reer was re­vi­tal­ized with 1986’s Girls Like Me, an al­bum that spawned four top 10 coun­try sin­gles.

In 1988, she had three No. 1 coun­try sin­gles: ‘I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love’, ‘If It Don’t Come Easy’, and ‘Strong Enough to Bend’. The new songs made Tucker pop­u­lar again.

Be­tween 1988 and 1989, Tucker en­joyed one of her most pop­u­lar years on the charts, rack­ing up eight coun­try top 10 hits in a row. She was nom­i­nated by the Coun­try Music As­so­ci­a­tion for Fe­male Vo­cal­ist of the Year.

Her con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try music genre was re­warded when the Coun­try Music As­so­ci­a­tion voted her the Fe­male Vo­cal­ist of the Year in 1991, though she missed the event, hav­ing just given birth to her sec­ond child.

Eight con­sec­u­tive sin­gles reached the top 10 in the early 1990s, in­clud­ing ‘Down to My Last Teardrop’, ‘(With­out You) What Do I Do with Me’, and ‘Two Spar­rows in a Hur­ri­cane’.

In 1990, Tucker was named Fe­male Video Artist of the Year by CMT. In 1994, ‘Hangin’ In’ was her last top five hit, as well as her last top 10 hit for a while. In 1996, she was one of the top 10 most­played artists of the year, and at the time was also Capi­tol Records’ big­gest signed fe­male artist.

In 2002, Tucker founded Tuck­er­time Records, al­low­ing her to re­tain con­trol of the record­ing process and re­lease the sin­gles she wished to re­lease. The same year, she is­sued Tanya, her first al­bum in five years, which was dis­trib­uted through Capi­tol Records.

The al­bum was pro­duced by her fi­ancé, Jerry Laseter, and in­cluded a guest vo­cal by Vince Gill.

In June 2017, Tucker was fea­tured in Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Great­est Coun­try Artists of All Time. Af­ter the death of for­mer lover Glen Camp­bell on Au­gust 8, 2017, Tucker re­leased her first sin­gle since 2009, ‘For­ever Lov­ing You’. The song’s re­lease the fol­low­ing day, on the eve of Camp­bell’s fu­neral, drew ire and crit­i­cism for be­ing ex­ploita­tive.

Her high-en­ergy show will be one not to miss.


Tanya Tucker will sing to her fans in Lan­caster, N.H. on Septem­ber 1.

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