#TST: Tanya Tucker

Time again for Two Step Tuesday!

Let’s just get right to it, shall we?

Wikipedia tells us this about Tanya Tucker:

Tanya Denise Tucker is an American country music singer and songwriter who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972 at the age of 13. Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched a streak of top-10 and top-40 hits. She has had several successful albums, several Country Music Association award nominations, and hit songs such as 1973's "What's Your Mama's Name?" and "Blood Red and Goin' Down", 1975's "Lizzie and the Rainman", 1988's "Strong Enough to Bend", and 1992's "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane". Tucker's 2019 album While I'm Livin' won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album, and "Bring My Flowers Now" from that same album won Tucker a shared songwriting Grammy for Best Country Song.

Tucker had relationships with various entertainers, most notably with Glen Campbell from 1980 to 1981. She also dated Merle Haggard, Andy Gibb, and Don Johnson.

Tucker later had a relationship with actor Ben Reed, with whom she had daughter Presley Tanita (born July 5, 1989) and son Beau "Grayson" (born October 2, 1991).

Tucker has had an on-again, off-again relationship with Jerry Laseter, a Nashville musician. They were engaged for the first time in 1997 and again in 1999. Just days before their 1999 wedding, Tucker cancelled the ceremony when she discovered she was pregnant with her third child, Laseter's daughter Layla LaCosta (born June 25, 1999), saying she did not want to walk down the aisle pregnant in her wedding dress. Laseter was co-producer of Tucker's albums in 2002 (Tanya), 2005 (Live at Billy Bob's Texas), and 2009 (My Turn).

One of Tucker's two brothers, Robert, died in September 2017 from pneumonia. Her surviving brother's name is Don. Her sister is artist La Costa.

Today’s Two Steppin’ Playlist: (These are all #1 Hits)

  1. What’s Your Mama’s Name
  2. I Won't Take Less Than Your Love
  3. If It Don't Come Easy
  4. Blood Red and Going Down
  5. Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)
  6. San Antonio Stroll
  7. Strong Enough To Bend
  8. Here’s Some Love
  9. Lizzie And The Rainman
  10. Just Another Love
  11. [BONUS Song] Delta Dawn (not a #1 but within top 10)

See you again soon! Share with me your thoughts about this playlist.  If you have a favorite country artist, let me know and I’d be happy to feature them.


  1. In '75 my brother and I went to work for the summer at my uncle's farm. He had two boys our age that we worked with. They had Tanya Tucker's MCA album "Tanya Tucker", and we must have played that album 100 times that summer. We loved her, because of her voice, and also because she wasn't that much older than us!

    1. Isn't it crazy how a simple song or artist can bring back fun memories?

  2. You read my mind... when I woke up this morning my brain was doing its "throw random thoughts at the fat guy and see what he picks up on" thing, and today I thought of the song "Delta Dawn." I remembered Helen Reddy did it, and so did a country singer who was about 13 when she recorded it, and all I could think was "it wasn't Leann Rimes." It was Tanya Tucker, of course, which I remembered when I saw this post. Thanks!

    1. Ha! I have days like that as well. Sometimes it gets me into trouble because I want to explore all the ideas. That's how the extra days of posts got added to this blog. A random wild hair that tickled my brain either in the middle of the night or an early morning.


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