K.T. Oslin, Singer-Songwriter Known for "80's Ladies", Dies at 78
Dec 24 2020
Country star K.T. Oslin has died at the age of 78 on Monday morning, December 21st.
In 2015, Oslin was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and went into assisted living the following year. Last week, Music Row added, Oslin tested positive for COVID-19.
Over the course of her accomplished career, Oslin won three Grammys for her work including two for Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("80's Ladies" and "Hold Me") and Best Country Song ("Hold Me"). Oslin made her recording debut in 1964.
Oslin was also known for portraying the bride of Frankenstein in her music video for the song "Come Next Monday".
On the Country Music Awards, she was named the 1988 feminine vocalist of the yr, and "80s Women" earned the music of the yr award.
Kay Toinette Oslin was born in Crossett, Arkansas, but spent most of her childhood in Mobile, Alabama.
Her aunt loaned her $7,000 to finance a Nashville showcase performance, which caught the attention of RCA Records. "I didn't know that someone was KT Oslin until she blew through the door with him like something out of a movie". So she turned to singing jingles and acting in commercials.
In the mid-1970s she got a gig touring as a vocalist with an experimental synthesizer group.
All through her profession, an array of artists paid tribute to Oslin, comparable to Sissy Spacek, who lower "Lonely however Just for You" in 1983 and The Judds, who recorded "Previous Footage" in 1987. She toured with Hello Dolly! in 1966, until the show returned to NY, and remained with the musical on Broadway.
"He's dumb and he's dirty and he's way over 30", it goes. "But my back was against the wall". Her albums "80′s Ladies" and "This Woman" each sold more than a million copies.
Oslin became one of Nashville's most intriguing personalities, launching a country music career in her mid-40s and writing songs from a strong woman's perspective.
Before her moving into Nashville, K.T. Oslin focused on theatre in NY. In 2001 she even crashed Billboard's club chart with a thumping dance-music take on the old Rosemary Clooney hit "Come On-A My House". The musician won two Grammy Awards in 1988 for "Hold Me". "Our thoughts go out to her loved ones at this hard time", Trahern mentioned.