Patty Loveless, singer
birth name: Patricia Lee Ramey

Patty Loveless

January 4, 1957, Pikeville, KY

One of the most popular female singers of the new traditionalist movement, Patty Loveless rose to stardom thanks to her blend of honky tonk and country-rock, not to mention a plaintive, emotional ballad style. Her late-'80s records for MCA were generally quite popular, earning her comparisons to Patsy Cline, but most critics agreed that she truly came into her own as an artist when she moved to Epic in the early '90s. ~ Allmusic: Patty Loveless ~ retrieved January 4, 2014 © Allmusic

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Loveless is also a distant cousin of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle. She has been married twice, first to Terry Lovelace (1976-1986), from whom her professional name “Loveless” is derived, and to Emory Gordy, Jr. (1989-present), who is also her producer. ~ Wikipedia: Patty Loveless ~ retrieved January 4, 2014 © Wikipedia

Patty Loveless ~ Welcomed as a 1988 Opry member ~ “My father loved the mountain bluegrass sound of the Stanley Brothers, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe,” Patty recalls. “He took me to see Lester, Earl & the Foggy Mountain Boys perform on top of a concession stand during an intermission at a local drive-in theater. I was only six years old, and I can still remember that moment to this day.” At 14, Patty traveled to Nashville, where she auditioned for Porter Wagoner. Soon after, the Wilburn Brothers hired her to replace their departing “girl singer” Loretta Lynn (a distant cousin of Patty's) and as a staff songwriter. ~ 1988 © Opry

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Alan Jackson ~ Monday Morning Church (Enderlin/Baxter) ~ Ranked #39 Rolling Stone 40 Saddest Country Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ The song was considered by Lee Ann Womack and Terri Clark before finding its ideal interpreter in the melodrama-averse Alan Jackson, whose quietly desperate performance suggests that Patty Loveless' backing vocal is all that stands between him and the abyss. ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone

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