Recording for the small Chart label, she cracked the Top 40 that identical year with a song written by her mother, “Ride, Ride, Ride,” and secured a residency on The Lawrence Welk Show. With a few far more Top 10 hits on Chart to her credit, she married songwriter Glenn Sutton in 1968. The combination of her stunning seems to be, a powerful major label (Columbia) and the catchy Joe South song “Rose Garden” catapulted her to stardom in 1971. That year, she won the CMA female vocalist trophy (on her fifth nomination) and the song won her a Grammy. She also became a popular guest on talk shows, bringing country music to a wider audience. The album was certified gold, and the single reached No. 3 on the pop charts too.
For the next 4 years, she charted a lot of Top 10 hits (including four No. 1’s), but the hits slowed at the middle of the decade. She divorced Sutton in 1977 and married Louisiana oilman Harold Stream III. That union ended in divorce, and she cited physical abuse. After leaving Columbia Records, she returned quickly to the Top 10 with a Gary Morris duet in 1983, “You’re Welcome to Tonight.” In 1992, she released the album Cowboy’s Sweetheart.
|Day of Birth||September 26, 1947|
|Place of Birth||Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA|
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