Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-K.T. Oslin

Artist:K.T. Oslin
Song:I'll Always Come Back
Album:Songs From An Aging Sex Bomb: Greatest Hits

Country music singer songwriter K.T. Oslin had success in the late 80s appealing to an older female audience because Oslin was already in her 40s when she became a star. She was born Kay Toinette Oslin May 15, 1942 in Crossett, AR. After her father died when she was five years old, she moved to Houston with her mom. While majoring in drama at Lon Morris College, K.T. performed in a folk trio with Guy Clark and David Jones. They recorded an album but it was never released. She also went to Los Angeles to record but the sessions were never completed. K.T. returned to Houston to work in musical theater. A part in a national touring version of Hello Dolly led to the same role on Broadway. K.T. moved to New York to work in shows and write and sing jingles. She signed with Elektra records in 1981 as Kay T. Oslin but she was dropped after two unsuccessful singles. But she started having success as a songwriter and she wrote hits for Gail Davies and Sissy Spacek. She eventually got the attention of Alabama producer Harold Shedd and he signed her to RCA. K.T.'s breakthrough single was the anthemic 80s Ladies which reached #7 on the Country Singles chart. The song won a Grammy, a CMA award and an ACM award and the album 80s Ladies was certified Platinum. Though 80s Ladies is K.T.'s signature song, the singles Do Ya and I'll Always Come Back both topped the country charts. Hold Me in 1988 and Come Next Monday in 1990 also topped the country charts. K.T. left RCA in 1991 and retired from touring because menopause was sapping her stamina. I guess that's the downside of stardom at an older age. You can get all her RCA hits on this budget comp. She appeared in a couple of movies and was planning a return to music when she had chest pains while mowing her lawn. This led to a triple bypass in 1995. She recorded two albums for BNA Records. The most recent was in 2001. Though K.T. seemed to be retired for several years, she performed at the Grand Ole Opry Nov. 2014 and has a new CD set for release in June. Here's the video for I'll Always Come Back by K.T. Oslin.

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