K. T. Oslin

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K. T. Oslin
Birth nameKay Toinette Oslin
Born (1942-05-15) May 15, 1942 (age 76)
Origin Crossett, Arkansas, USA
Genres Country
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard
Years active1981–present
Labels Elektra, RCA Records, BNA
Associated acts Raul Malo

Kay Toinette Oslin (born May 15, 1942) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Best known for her 1987 top ten hit country single, "80's Ladies". She is also well known for a series of other top-ten country hits during the late 1980s and early 1990s, four of which topped the American Country chart. Worldwide, Oslin, has sold about 5 million albums. As of 2014, she had a net worth of $2 million.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

"80's Ladies" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist K.T. Oslin. It was released in April 1987 as the second single and title track from Oslin's album 80s Ladies. The song reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It won Song of the Year at the 1988 CMA Awards.


Early life

Kay Toinette Oslin was born in Crossett, Arkansas. Her father, a foreman at a paper mill, died when she was five years old. After his death, Oslin and her mother moved to Houston, Texas. Oslin attended Lon Morris College, where she majored in drama. [1] She also performed in a folk trio that included Guy Clark and David Jones, [2] which recorded an album that was never released. [1]

Crossett, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

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Lon Morris College

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Guy Clark American singer-songwriter

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Oslin later moved to New York City, where in the 1970s, she appeared in productions of West Side Story , Promises, Promises , and Hello Dolly! [1] She also sang commercial jingles around New York and began writing songs. [1]

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<i>Promises, Promises</i> (musical) 1968 musical based on the 1960 film The Apartment

Promises, Promises is a musical that premiered in 1968, based on the 1960 film The Apartment. The music is by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and book by Neil Simon. Musical numbers for the original Broadway production were choreographed by Michael Bennett. Robert Moore directed, and David Merrick produced. The story concerns a junior executive at an insurance company who seeks to climb the corporate ladder by allowing his apartment to be used by his married superiors for trysts.

Musical career

Early 1980s

By 1981, she had signed to Elektra Records and released two singles as Kay T. Oslin: "Clean Your Own Tables" and "Younger Men (Are Startin' to Catch My Eye)". [2] The former made number 72 on the Hot Country Songs charts, [3] while the latter did not chart. [1] Despite the poor performance of these singles, Oslin had songs recorded by Gail Davies, The Judds, and Dottie West. [1] [2] After a showcase performance in Nashville, Tennessee, she was spotted by producer Harold Shedd, best known for his work with Alabama. Shedd helped Oslin, now using K. T. Oslin as her stage name, sign with RCA Nashville in 1987.

Elektra Records record company and music label

Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, founded in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt. It played an important role in the development of contemporary folk music and rock music between the 1950s and 1970s. In 2004, it was consolidated into WMG's Atlantic Records Group. After five years of dormancy, the label was revived as an imprint of Atlantic in 2009. As of October 2018, Elektra was detached from the Atlantic Records umbrella and reorganized into Elektra Music Group, once again operating as an independently-managed frontline label of Warner Music.

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Gail Davies American musician

Gail Davies is an American singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in country music. She is the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson and the sister of songwriter Ron Davies. Gail's son, Chris Scruggs, is a former co-lead singer and guitarist for the roots-country band BR549 and is currently on tour with Marty Stuart as a member of his Fabulous Superlatives.


Oslin's first RCA single, "Wall of Tears", made number 40 on the country charts. It was followed by "80's Ladies", which went to number 7 and won Oslin the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Grammy Award for Song of the Year, [3] as well as the number 1 hits "Do Ya" and "I'll Always Come Back". [3] In between these two singles, she was also a duet vocalist on Alabama's number 1 hit "Face to Face", although she did not receive chart credit for it. [4] This Woman , her second RCA album, produced five singles: "Money" at number 13, "Hold Me" at number 1, "Hey Bobby" at number 2, the title track at number 5, and finally, "Didn't Expect It to Go Down This Way" at number 23. "Hold Me" also won Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Song of the Year. [3]

The Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance was first awarded in 1965, to Dottie West. The award has had several minor name changes:

The Grammy Award for Song of the Year is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. The Song of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.

"Do Ya" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist K.T. Oslin. It was released in August 1987 as the third single from the album 80's Ladies. "Do Ya" was K.T. Oslin's third country hit and the first of four singles to hit number one on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of sixteen weeks on the country chart.

Oslin's third album, Love in a Small Town , was released in late 1990. Although its leadoff single "Two Hearts" only peaked at number 73, the followup "Come Next Monday" became Oslin's biggest hit, spending two weeks at number 1. [1] It was followed by "Mary and Willie", her last Top 40 hit, then a cover of Al Trace's "You Call Everybody Darlin'". [3] After these songs, Oslin retired from touring, as menopause had depleted her stamina; as it was, her retirement coincided with the chart declines of many country artists who were over 40. [2]

<i>Love in a Small Town</i> 1990 studio album by K. T. Oslin

Love in a Small Town is the third studio album by American country music artist K. T. Oslin, released by RCA Records in 1990. "Two Hearts," "Come Next Monday," "Mary and Willie," "You Call Everybody Darling" and "Cornell Crawford" were released as singles. The album reached #5 on the Top Country Albums chart and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

"Come Next Monday" is a song co-written by American country music singer K. T. Oslin. It was originally recorded by Judy Rodman on her 1986 album Judy.

"Mary and Willie" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist K.T. Oslin. It was released in February 1991 as the third single from the album Love in a Small Town. The song reached #28 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


She released the greatest hits package Greatest Hits: Songs from an Aging Sex Bomb in 1993, which produced a minor chart entry in "New Way Home". [3] Shortly afterward, she took a hiatus from her singing career in favor of acting, making appearances in the 1993 TV movie Murder So Sweet and the film The Thing Called Love . [1]

In 1996, she returned to singing. She signed with BNA Records and recorded My Roots Are Showing..., which included the single "Silver Tongue and Goldplated Lies". [3] Five years later, she released a second and final album for BNA titled Live Close By, Visit Often, which she co-produced with The Mavericks' lead singer, Raul Malo. [1]

Oslin returned to the stage in November 2013 for a concert at Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her debut album, 80's Ladies.

On November 30, 2014, she performed live at the Grand Ole Opry (and on 650am WSM simulcast). Though she had been on the Opry previously, it was her first time on stage at the Ryman Auditorium.

On June 2, 2015, 15 years since the release of her last studio album, Live Close By, Visit Often in 2001, Oslin released her sixth studio album. The album was titled Simply. The album failed to chart.

Personal life

In 1995, Oslin had coronary artery bypass surgery. [1]



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