Since her celebrated entry into the country music scene as a teenager, Tanya Tucker has become one of the most successful women of the genre. Now into her fifth decade as a touring and recording artist, Tucker has under her belt dozens of high-charting hits, among them "Lizzie and the Rainman," "If It Don't Come Easy" and "Hangin' On." With her signature sound combining elements of rock with classic country, plus a feisty and independent spirit, Tanya Tucker is considered a pioneer of the outlaw country movement. The latest Tanya Tucker tour invites fans to see her legendary spunk on stage and hear her belt out some of the strongest songs in the country playbook.
Tanya Tucker had her first country hit at 13 years old with "Delta Dawn." The single peaked at No. 6 on the country charts, and her next two songs, "Love's the Answer" and "What's Your Mama's Name," also made the top 10, with the latter becoming Tucker's first No. 1. She followed this early success with two more No. 1 songs, marking the beginning of a series of hit singles throughout the 1970s. Especially notable was "Lizzie and the Rainman," which as well as being a No. 1 country hit reached No. 37 on the pop charts and No. 10 on the adult contemporary charts. Tanya Tucker's 1978 album T.N.T. marked a crossover into rock music. It went gold and spawned the hit "Texas (When I Die)."
Tucker sustained her popularity throughout the 1980s, with hits of that era including "Feel Right," "One Love at a Time," "If It Don't Come Easy" and "Strong Enough to Bend." Her 1986 album Girls Like Me featured four top 10 country singles. In the late 1980s, Tucker's sound headed in a pop-tinged direction that proved a success, giving her eight top 10 country hits in a row from 1988 to 1989. She also had eight consecutive singles reach the top 10 in the early 1990s, including "Down to My Last Teardrop" and "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane."
In 2002, Tanya Tucker founded her own label, Tuckertime Records, and released her 31st album, Tanya. It featured guest vocals by Vince Gill and is considered her most personal album to date. In 2009, Tucker released My Turn, a collection of classic country covers that reached No. 27 on Billboard country charts.
Between 1973 and 1994, Tanya Tucker was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards. In 1998, she was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association and went on to win the same award in 1991. At the 1990 CMT Awards, Tucker won Female Video Artist of the Year. She was also ranked at No. 20 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music list in 2002. The Academy of Country Music Awards recognized Tanya Tucker as Top New Female Vocalist in 1972, presented her with Video of the Year in 1993, and honored her with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2016. Tucker was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997.
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