K.T. Oslin, '80's Ladies' singer, dead at 78

K.T. Oslin, '80's Ladies' singer, dead at 78

"Who would forget the trio, "I'll Always Come Back", "'80s Ladies" and "Do Ya", that helped Oslin lift her career to new heights.

Previous to retiring, she recorded two extra albums: 2001's "Reside Shut by, Go to Typically" and 2015's "Merely". After fighting Parkinson's disease and recently was infected by the Covid-19 virus which was rumored as the main cause of her death, Oslin was announced dead Monday morning, December 21.

At the Country Music Awards, she was named the 1988 female vocalist of the year, and "80s Ladies" earned the song of the year award.

Snger-songwriter K.T. Oslin performs in concert as part of the 9th Annual Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame Awards Show at ACL Live on June 22, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

"K.T. Oslin had one of the most soulful voices in Country Music and was a strong influence for women in her hit "80's Ladies"," said Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association. Those early forays didn't produce much commercial success, but her songs did get picked up by artists including the Judds and Dottie West, and she began to draw acclaim that would eventually lead her to sign with RCA Records several years later.

K.T. Oslin is survived by her aunt, Reba Byrd, as well as close friends in Nashville.

Oslin, born Kay Toinette Oslin in Crossett, Ark., started her rise to nation stardom by performing in people acts within the '60s and starring in theatrical productions on and off Broadway within the '70s.

Oslin became the first woman to win the CMA Award for song of the year in 1988 for "80 Ladies". She sang commercial jingles around NY and started writing songs.

The music community is reeling over the loss of K.T. Oslin.

"Some of it I like today, some of it I don't", she told The Associated Press in 1990.

The country music world reacted to her death Monday. She truly had one of the best voices in the history of our format.

Oslin grabbed the eye of RCA Records subsequent to putting on an exhibit execution in Nashville - financed by a $7,000 advance from her auntie. "Our thoughts go out to her loved ones at this hard time", Trahern mentioned. She signed an RCA recording contract in 1986 at a time when most record companies were looking for singers nearly half her age.

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