Tanya Tucker Biography
Tanya Denise Tucker (born October 10, 1958) is an American country music singer. She may be best remembered for her debut single and trademark song "Delta Dawn". She has also acted on television and in a few movies and wrote her autobiography Nickel Dreams.
Tanya Tucker was born in Seminole, Texas, to Beau and Juanita Tucker. She grew up in Willcox, and Phoenix, Arizona, and started singing by the age of 6. She recorded her first hit, "Delta Dawn," at the age of 13. "Delta Dawn" went to number 6 on the country music charts. (Some time later, the song was a #1 U.S. pop hit for Helen Reddy.) By age 15, she had a Grammy nomination, a "Greatest Hits" package and had appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. At 14, she became the second female country music artist to have a number 1 country single as a teenager with the song "What's Your Mama's Name". At 21, she met singer Glen Campbell and had a year-long affair with him, during which she began battling cocaine and alcohol addiction.
Her other No. 1 hits include: "Blood Red and Goin' Down" (1973); "Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)" (1974); "Lizzie and the Rainman" and "San Antonio Stroll" (1975); "Here's Some Love" (1976); "Just Another Love" (1986); "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love" (a trio with Paul Davis and Paul Overstreet), "If It Don't Come Easy" and "Strong Enough to Bend" (1988); and "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane" (1992).
Tucker received the Top New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music in 1972 and the Female Vocalist of the Year award from the Country Music Association in 1991.
She has three children, Presley Tanita, Beau Grayson and Layla, and is an avid competitor in cutting horse competitions. Tanya has a brother, Donald, and an older sister, LaCosta Tucker, who had several hits on the country charts in the 70's and early 80's, and toured with Tanya in 1989.
Tanya Tucker starred in her own reality show, "Tuckerville", on The Learning Channel in 2005.
Gretchen Wilson makes reference to Tucker in her hit song "Redneck Woman."