Singer & songwriter K.T. Oslin has died at the age of 78.
Born Kay Tionette Oslin, from Crossett Arkansas, and raised in Mobile Alabama, she was known for her number-one songs “Do Ya,” “I’ll Always Come Back,” “Hold Me,” and “Come Next Monday.”
But it was K.T.’s 1987 hit “80’s Ladies” that became an anthem for women, and garnered her CMA, ACM and Grammy Award wins.
K.T. made history by becoming the first female songwriter in CMA Awards history to win CMA Song of the Year for “80s Ladies” in 1988. At that same awards show K.T. would also take home Female Vocalist of the Year.
At the ACM Awards K.T. was named Top New Female Vocalist in 1987, the same year “80’s Ladies” won Country Music Video of the Year. In 1988, she also won ACM Top Female Vocalist, and Album of the Year for This Woman.
Her Grammy wins include 1987’s Best Country Vocal Performance, Female (“80’s Ladies”), and double honors in 1988 as she won Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance for “Hold Me” in 1988
K.T. Oslin is also a two-time Hall of Famer. In 2014, she was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame, and 2 years ago, she was voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
K.T.’s health had been in decline over the last several years due to Parkinson’s disease, and she was living in an assisted-living facility since 2016. While she was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, right now, it is unclear if that contributed to her death.
Check out K.T. Oslin’s career hit, “80’s Ladies.”
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