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Remember K.T. Oslin’s ’80’s Ladies?’

K.T. Oslin, 2005
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We recently featured Country Music Grammy Winners on WGNA’s Sunday Morning Classic Country Hall of Fame Show. When we put the spotlight on 1987, great memories came back to life with this classic K.T. Oslin song.

Around the mid-80’s, The Judds, Reba McEntire, Janie Fricke, Crystal Gayle and Barbara Mandrell were the biggest female acts in Country Music. However, for a brief time from 1987-1990, K.T. Oslin was the female powerhouse of Country.

Unlike her peers, Oslin (pictured above in 2005) arrived in Nashville via Manhattan, where she appeared in West Side Story and other Broadway productions. After having some songwriting success and minor recording experience on her resume, she wrote the hit that would make her a star.

Despite starting her career at an age when most peak and fade in the entertainment business, at 46 she made her Top 40 Billboard Chart debut in 1987. The second single from her first RCA album, ’80’s Ladies,’  would be a Grammy Winner for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female Artist. ’80’s Ladies’ struck a chord with the aging female Country listeners of the time and made her a massive star. In 1988, her power ballad ‘Hold Me’ grabbed another win.

K.T. Oslin’s last No. 1 hit came in 1990 with ‘Come Next Monday.’ Although K.T. is no longer active as a full time touring artist, she does make rare appearances at special events. The diva will also be remembered for her role in the Country Music themed film The Thing Called Love.

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