Five Foot Powerhouse
How many of you are country music fans? Well, today you are in for a treat whether you listen to country music on a regular basis or not. Ladies and gentlemen, the lady I’m about to introduce is not a stranger to most of you. She is readily recognized for her shapely curves, petite stature, warm personality and her amazing voice. When asked about the amount of money she makes, in her honest humor she jokes, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”. She is also well known for her many blonde wigs; she even has her own line of wigs. She has stated, “I’m not offended by the dumb blonde jokes. I know that I’m not dumb. I also know that I’m not blonde!” This lady is a songwriter, actress, author and shrewd business woman. She is also a multi-instrumentalist; she knows how to play ten instruments including the guitar, flute and piano! Best known for her work in country music she is truly a story of rags to riches that will absolutely blow your mind! She was born on January 19, 1946, the fourth of 12 children to a tobacco farming father and a mother who loved to sing. She grew up poor in rural Appalachia. Her family lived in run-down one bedroom log cabin in Sevierville Tennessee. Can you imagine two parents and twelve children in a one bedroom cabin? Can you say no secrets!?!?! According to her father, she was singing before she could talk. As young as age 8 she was playing the guitar and making up her own songs. By age 10, she was performing on local radio and television shows in Knoxville Tennessee. At 13, she performed for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry. Setting her sights on a music career, she left for Nashville the day after her high school graduation and she never looked back. She had a few singles in the mid 60’s before teaming up with Porter Wagoner’s weekly television program in 1967.She and Wagoner had 14 top ten hits together. Their partnership ended in 1974 and as a tribute to Wagoner she wrote and...
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