Tanya Tucker

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Singer • Songwriter

Birth Date: October 10, 1958

Age: 65 years old

Birth Place: Seminole, Texas

Tanya Tucker became a country star at a shockingly young age, but unlike many child stars, she was able to maintain her career into adulthood, evolving as she went along. She was born on October 10, 1958 in the tiny west Texas oil town of Denver City, near the New Meico border, and spent her early years in nearby Seminole. She developed an early interest in music and was singing professionally by the time she was 11. After making a demo that found its way to Nashville production heavyweight Billy Sherrill, Tucker got a deal with Columbia Records. She released her first single, "Delta Dawn," in 1972, when she was just 13 years old. Though it would become a pop smash later in the hands of Helen Reddy, the song was a Top 10 country hit for Tucker, earning her stardom straight out of the gate. The big country hits kept on coming for the next several years, but Tucker decided to shake things up when she recorded her 1978 rock album TNT, an unheard-of move for a country star at the time. Nevertheless, the record went Gold and reached No. 2 on the country charts, though it failed to achieve crossover success. Tucker started out the '80s in a bit of a slump, though her relationship with Glen Campbell made both of them frequent denizens of the sensationalist press. But a 1986 deal with Capitol Records helped put her on the comeback trail, and she soon started a long string of big country hits that continued all the way into the mid '90s. Tucker had her final Top 10 country single, "Little Things," in 1997, and after that things slowed down for her hitwise, although she remained as active as ever. She published an autobiography, and starred in her own reality show, but she never quit making records. In 2019 she released her first album in a decade, which brought Tucker four Grammy nominations and found her collaborating with renowned Americana singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile.

Credits

CMA Awards

Music Performer
Awards
2023

Tanya Tucker: When the Rodeo is Over (Where Does the Cowboy Go?)

Music Performer
Show
2023

Country Music Salutes America's Heroes

Music Performer
Show
2023

MonarchStream

Guest Star
Tanya Tucker
Series
2022
31%

The Return of Tanya Tucker

Self
Movie
2022

A Nashville Country ChristmasStream

Actor
Josie Carson
Movie
2022

A Nashville Country ChristmasStream

Executive Producer
Movie
2022

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

Music Performer
Show
2020

55th ACM Awards: Nominees to Watch

Music Performer
Show
2020

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards

Music Performer
Show
2019

Nashville Squares

Guest
Game Show
2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2019

Tamron HallStream

Guest
Talk
2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

Guest
Show
2019

Tanya Tucker: The Wheels of Laredo

Music Performer
Show
2019

Tanya Tucker: Hard Luck

Music Performer
Show
2019

Tanya Tucker: The House That Built Me

Music Performer
Show
2019

Heartland Christmas

Music Performer
Show
2019

Tanya Tucker: Bring My Flowers Now

Music Performer
Show
2019

Today 3rd Hour

Music Performer
Show
2018

Nashville Insider

Guest
Reality
2016

Celebrity PageStream

Guest
News
2016

Ray Stevens' Nashville

Music Performer
Show
2015

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

Self
Movie
2015

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

Music Performer
Talk
2014

Hot 20 Countdown

Guest
Show
2013

Whiskey Business

Actor
Trina
Movie
2012

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

Guest
Talk
2009

The Better Show

Guest
Show
2007

Tuckerville

Self
Show
2005

Tavis Smiley

Guest
Talk
2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Music Performer
Talk
2003

Dolly Parton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pam Tillis, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kathy Mattea & Tanya Tucker: Romeo

Music Performer
Show
1993

Fairs and Festivals: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Actor
Show
1990

A Festival at Ford's Theatre: The Stars Salute the President

Music Performer
Show
1990

Hawk

Actor
Movie
1982

Hard CountryStream

Actor
Caroline
Movie
1981

The Georgia Peaches

Actor
Lorette Peach
Movie
1980

CBS News Sunday Morning

Guest
News
1979

Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill

Actor
Sharon Singleton
Movie
1979

Fantasy Island

Guest Star
Series
1978

Johnny Cash and Friends

Music Performer
Show
1976

Austin City LimitsStream

Music Performer
Series
1976

Tanya Tucker: What's Your Mama's Name, Child

Music Performer
Show
1973

Great PerformancesStream

Music Performer
Franchise
1972

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