Cristy Lane

Born Jan 8, 1940

Eleanor Johnston, known by her professional name as Cristy Lane is an American country music and gospel music singer, best known for a number of major country hits in the late 70s and the early 1980s, including her cover version of the song, "One Day at a Time". Lane's career began to take shape in the mid-70s, after beginning to record for her husband's record label.… Read More

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1940 Birth On January 8, 1940, Cristy Lane was born Eleanor Johnston to a family of twelve in Peoria, IL.


1964 24 Years Old Married to Lee Stoller before she was 20 years old, Lane had three children by 1964. … Read More
1968 28 Years Old After a few tentative attempts and several nightclub appearances, she finally landed a guest slot on Chicago’s WGN Barn Dance radio program in 1968. … Read More
1969 29 Years Old Several early attempts to break into Nashville’s country music world ended in disappointment, and Lane was struggling with the pressures of the performing career her husband was urging upon her. In 1969, Stoller organized a 120-show tour of Vietnam which resulted in a helicopter crash, leaving Lane stranded in the midst of a battle. … Read More


1972 32 Years Old However, by 1972, Lane and her family had moved to a Nashville suburb to attempt once more to get her career off the ground. … Read More
1977 37 Years Old After Stoller continuously promoted Lane's singles, the songs "Tryin' to Forget About You" and "Sweet Deceiver" charted in 1977. … Read More
1979 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, Lane signed with United Artists Records and performed at the Academy of Country Music Awards, singing her most recent single, "I Just Can't Stay Married to You", and won the award for "Top New Female Vocalist" that same night. … Read More


1980 40 Years Old Stoller predicted the song would have a successful impact on the charts, and decided that Lane's version would be released in early 1980. "One Day at a Time" became Lane's biggest hit, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart. … Read More
1981 41 Years Old She had a Top 20 hit in 1981 with a cover of ABBA's "I Have a Dream", followed by a Top 25 hit with "Love to Love You" from the same album. … Read More
1989 49 Years Old In 1989, she also performed at the Hershey Park Amphitheatre in Pennsylvania, and also recorded a version of "Lean on Me" with Michael Jackson, Terri Gibbs, and Tom T. Hall for Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Benefit. … Read More


1995 55 Years Old However, in 1995, she was injured after falling from the top of the stage of the Jim Stafford Theatre where she was performing, temporarily halting her music career. … Read More


2003 63 Years Old In August 2003, she was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Antonio, Texas for her recognition to the military, and was inducted into their hall of fame.
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