K.T. Oslin, groundbreaking country music artist who rose to fame with '80s Ladies,' dies at 78
K.T. Oslin - a pioneering country artist and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame - died Monday at the age of 78, reports the Nashville Tennessean.
Oslin, who became famous in 1987 with the hit "80s Ladies", had fought against Parkinson's disease in recent years. Her death was confirmed by the Country Music Association and first reported by friend and country music historian Robert K. Oermann (via Music Row).
Oslin has been housed in an assisted living facility since 2016. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. "However, it is unclear whether this contributed to her death on Monday morning," said Oermann.
Oslin was 45 when the self-penned "80s Ladies" made her a country star. It was an inspired introduction and a song intertwined with her own history as an artist.
"We were the girls of the 50s," she sang. "Stoned Rock and Roller in the 60s /
And more than our names were changed / As the 70's passed / Now we're 80's ladies / There wasn't a lot these ladies didn't try. "
A number of country hits followed over the next three years, including the top charts "Do Ya", "I'll Always Be Back", "Hold Me" and "Come Next Monday". In 1988 she became the first songwriter to win the CMA Award for Song of the Year.
In 2018 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Speaking at the press conference, she said it was "wonderful" to be recognized by the songwriting community and "especially now".
"I have Parkinson's disease," she said from the podium. "Half the universe seems to get it. So that's something special."
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