Patty Loveless
American musician
Patty Loveless
Patty Loveless, is an American country music singer. Since her emergence on the country music scene in late 1986 with her first (self-titled) album, Loveless has been one of the most popular female singers of the Neotraditional country movement, although she has also recorded albums in the Country pop and Bluegrass genres.
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LGBT Band Breaks Barriers In Christian Music
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) The bios of the musicians who make up the band Micah's Rule read like many Christian artists. Grew up singing in the church. Preacher's son. Then became a preacher. In many bands. Degrees in music and ministry. Recorded some albums. Toured with Christian music legends. Even struggled with their faith along the way. What their bios don't mention outright might make them one of the rarest recent talents to record in Nashville, Tenn. The three musicians of Micah's Rule are an openly gay man, transgender woman and a lesbian. But Greg McCaw, Chasity Scott and Mary Anne Hewett don't want their sexuality to define them. They want their music to be the centerpiece of their life and ministry. "There are many people who are gay in the music industry in Nashville, but they're so far in the closet," McCaw said. "It's just our back story, plain and simple, but we're not using that as a marketing tool for our music, positively or negatively. We want to ...
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Urban H2O's 2012 Falcon Ridge Most Wanted
Bronxville-Eastchester Patch - over 4 years
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is the Northeast’s biggest American music and dance gathering, and the recent “Most Wanted” artists have included luminaries such as Lucy Wainright-Roche and Red Molly.  The 2012 “Most Wanted” tour showcases Pesky J. Nixon, ilyAIMY, Blair Bodine, and Louise Mosrie. Catch these emerging folk artists first at Urban H2O.  Of Pesky J, Nixon, Jay Moberg of Boston’s WUMB says “These guys represent what I love about music…great playing, thoughtful lyrics, and musicians who actually enjoy playing together!"  Fronted by acoustic guitars and tightly interwoven harmonies, ilyAIMY is live percussive performance, a “combustible attack on the usual singer-songwriter fare,” and “a welcome jolt” in folk. Hailed as a “songbird with heart,” Blair Bodine brings a compelling mix of lyrical mastery and soul-stirring melodies to her music. Blair’s songs uplift and unravel before you with themes of love, loss, humanity, and spirituality. Louise Mosrie has been compared ...
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Top 10 George Jones Songs
KNCI 105.1 - almost 5 years
Rick Diamond, Getty Images When George Jones was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, Reba McEntire introduced the legend by saying “there are many ways to describe Country Music, but I can do it in just two words: George Jones.” You're about to take a journey through Country Music history with our list of the Top 10 George Jones songs. From 1964's 'The Race Is On' to 1980's 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' and the triumphant come-back of 1999's 'Choices,' these are not only the greatest hits from the man known as “the Possum” — these are some of country music's greatest hits overall.   When George Jones was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, Reba McEntire introduced the legend by saying “there are many ways to describe Country Music, but I can do it in just two words: George Jones.” 10 'I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair' From ‘Walls Can Fall’ (1992)     Many fans consider ‘I Don’t Need ...
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Spanish folk artist Roberta Morales to perform at Lee College May 4
The Vindicator - almost 5 years
(Baytown, TX) – She has rocked the clubs, cantinas and honky-tonks, serenaded the Kennedy Center, and shared the stage with musical greats including Los Lobos, Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless and Alan J
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Quiz on country music, Level 3: Crazy
Oxford University Press Blog - almost 5 years
Think you know your country music? While “Crazy” was made famous by Patsy Cline, it was composed by Willie Nelson. And that brings us to Level 3: Crazy — the last stage in our three-part country music quiz, compiled by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Michael McCall, John Rumble, and Paul Kingsbury — authors of The Encyclopedia of Country Music. You can still go back and take “Level 1: Walk the line” and “Level 2: Ring of fire”. Tonight is the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Are you ready? June Carter was married to what country music performer before Johnny Cash? (a) Joe Maphis (b) Carl Smith (c) Claude Casey (d) Carl Butler Who recorded “Friends in Low Places,” only to have Garth Brooks beat him to the punch by releasing it as a single first? (a) Joe Diffie (b) Clint Black (c) Mark Chesnutt (d) David Ball Which radio announcer is credited with having founded the Grand Ole Opry? (a) John Lair (b) Lowell Blanchard (c) David Stone (d) George D. H ...
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What's New? Wednesdays: The McClymonts and Jessie Farrell - Country Standard Time (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
She has a sound that's more country than fellow Canadian, Shania Twain, but probably not to the level of country as say, Patty Loveless or Sunny Sweeney. Farrell recorded a pair of bonus acoustic track of previously recorded albums, including the love
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Deborah Allen Recognized by BMI for Multi-Million Airplay Achievements - openPR (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Allen has written songs recorded by an impressive list of artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Brooks & Dunn, Janie Fricke, Mickey Gilley, Sheena Easton, Diana Ross and Fleetwood Mac, among others. The Grammy-nominated singer
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Bob Dylan and Hank Williams Sr. Team Up (Sort of) - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Other artists involve include Norah Jones, Alan Jackson (who had a 1992 with his original song "Midnight in Montgomery," about Hank Sr. and his mystique) , Jack White, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, Patty Loveless, Holly Williams,
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Sunny Sweeney - Country Standard Time
Google News - over 5 years
The album combines the authenticity of Sweeney's obvious love of classic country with a current, mainstream edge that up until now had only been captured by Miranda Lambert and Eric Church - with strong influences of Patty Loveless, Natalie Maines and
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You know their songs, now see their faces - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Between them, the six tunesmiths have scored dozens of hit singles and helped sell millions of records for scores of artists including Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Patty Loveless, Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks, and Reba McEntire, and, of course,
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Video: BAM's Blog top 21 Oklahoma country songs - NewsOK.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“Go Rest High on That Mountain,” written and recorded by Vince Gill (with Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless). It's hard to overstate Vince Gill's talents as a songwriter, singer and musician, and he's certainly crafted a bumper crop of great songs
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/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Ted Drozdowski - Cybergrass
Google News - over 5 years
Just a few hours before Patty Loveless was set to open for Vince Gill in Memphis, Tenn., her guitarist found out his wife was going into premature labor 200 miles away in Nashville. And he was out. "We found a pretty unusual solution," recalled tour
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'Off the Pain' and Back to Singing - Vanderbilt University News
Google News - over 5 years
The Voice Center staff has treated preachers, radio personalities, auctioneers, businessmen and a long list of celebrities including Johnny Cash, Minnie Pearl, Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Jack White, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride,
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Where's 'Classic Country' in the 'Burgh? - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
You can call it oldies, heavy on Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, early Reba, Vince Gill, Hank, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, The O'Kanes, Willie, Kenny Rogers, Patty Loveless and Alabama. It's not a surging format, but it's gained a foothold on
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Catching Up With Deborah Allen - Nashville.com
Google News - over 5 years
She has had songs cut by LeAnn Rimes, Patty Loveless, Brooks and Dunn and many more. Deborah loves to write songs and she can find inspiration from anywhere. “The more you live, the more you have to write about. I can't imagine not having anything to
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Top 10 DuPage County Fair memories - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
While country music acts Diamond Rio and Patty Loveless brought in the crowds, fair organizers said the fan favorite in 1998 was the demolition derby. Rocker Ted Nugent lived up to his Motor City Madman moniker when he whipped a crowd into a frenzy
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patty Loveless
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 54
    Loveless was inducted into The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on April 7, 2011.
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  • 2008
    Age 51
    Loveless resumed touring in September 2008 with a handful of appearances and continued touring with small annual tours in a few venues through 2010.
    More Details Hide Details She has been active as a background singer for a number of artists, appearing on Miranda Lambert's Four the Record (2011) and Kathy Mattea's Calling Me Home (2012). Over the past several years Loveless has made annual appearances in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry (last appearance on August 13, 2016) and goes on an annual country music cruise. She no longer performs on a regular basis, spending her time with her husband and family at their home near Dallas, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. Academy of Country Music American Music Awards Country Music Association Grand Ole Opry Georgia Music Hall of Fame Grammy Awards Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
    Later in 2008, Loveless signed a recording contract with Saguaro Road Records., and recorded a Tribute album, Sleepless Nights, which was released on September 9.
    More Details Hide Details Sleepless Nights received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Album. Patty's latest recording for Saguaro Road, Mountain Soul II, was released on September 29, 2009.
    Returning to the studio in 2008, Loveless appeared on a track on George Strait's Troubadour album, as well as a track on Jimmy Wayne's Do You Believe Me Now.
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  • 2007
    Age 50
    In 2007, Loveless was also a judge for the 6th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 49
    She took a two-year sabbatical from touring in 2006 and 2007 to heal from the loss of her mother & mother-in-law and enjoy home life with husband Emory Gordy, Jr., though she & Gordy performed several times at the Grand Ole Opry and did a couple of guest appearances at other shows.
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    After her release from Sony Nashville, in 2006 Loveless sang a duet with Bob Seger on his Face the Promise album, also collaborating with Solomon Burke on his Nashville album and performing a duet, "Out of My Mind", with Vince Gill on his album These Days.
    More Details Hide Details This was their first recorded duet since "My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man", which they recorded in 1998.
  • 2005
    Age 48
    This was the last album Loveless recorded for Epic Records before the label closed its Nashville division in 2005 and released Loveless from her recording contract.
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    In 2005 she released Dreamin' My Dreams.
    More Details Hide Details While critical reception was good, it did not fare well commercially. The album debuted and peaked at number 29 on Billboard's country album chart while no song from the album made the singles chart.
  • 2002
    Age 45
    She used the same bluegrass approach on a Christmas album, Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details On Your Way Home, a return to more commercial oriented country, was released in 2003 to critical acclaim. Though she has not scored a top-forty country single since "On Your Way Home" reached # 29 in 2004, Loveless' albums still do well, usually charting in the country albums top forty, despite the fact that she no longer has the support of mainstream country radio or a major label.
  • 2001
    Age 44
    In an effort to control her own destiny, rather than be controlled by country radio, Loveless made an abrupt move away from commercial, country/pop and made a stone-cold bluegrass album in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Mountain Soul was released to numerous critical accolades and sold decently despite a lack of radio support.
  • 1997
    Age 40
    Although she continued to record for Epic throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, her commercial momentum slowed down, as neo-traditionalist artists like Loveless were eclipsed on country radio by flashier, trendier young performers like Shania Twain and Faith Hill; none of the singles released from her 1997 album Long Stretch of Lonesome or 2000's Strong Heart reached the top ten. (The albums themselves continued to do well, however, with Long Stretch reaching # 9, and Strong Heart peaking at No. 13 on the country albums charts.)
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 39
    She followed it up with The Trouble with the Truth in 1996 which gave her Female Vocalist of the Year awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
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  • 1994
    Age 37
    In 1994, Loveless contributed the song "When I Reach the Place I'm Going" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country, produced by the Red Hot Organization.
    More Details Hide Details Perhaps her crowning achievement was that album's follow-up, When Fallen Angels Fly. That album won the Country Music Association's Album of the Year award and gave her four Top 10 singles.
  • 1993
    Age 36
    On her 36th birthday, January 4, 1993, Loveless re-entered her professional life by performing at the Grand Ole Opry.
    More Details Hide Details She had fully recovered, although her voice was changed by the surgery. It had a deeper, fuller quality which enhanced her career over the following years. Returning to work in the studio, Loveless and Gordy re-recorded all the material they had worked on the previous autumn. The changed voice was stronger than what it was previously, and a different Patty Loveless recorded her first album for Epic, Only What I Feel. The album was released in April and was promoted strongly and heavily by Epic. Loveless' No. 1 single "Blame It On Your Heart" firmly put her back into the spotlight. The release of Only What I Feel gave Loveless two CMA nominations for Single of the Year and Video of the Year for "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye". Some critics said that this album with Epic was her personal best.
  • 1992
    Age 35
    Although Loveless went ahead and sang in the television special, her manager canceled all of her tour dates for the remainder of 1992.
    More Details Hide Details On October 21, Loveless had corrective throat surgery. For the next nine weeks, she could neither sing nor talk. Her husband, in order to communicate with her, attempted to teach Loveless Morse Code, as well as using pen and paper with yellow Post-It notes. After this her interest in Amateur Radio developed and she was eventually licensed with the callsign KD4WUJ, although her license currently shows as canceled.
    Despite the voice problem, Loveless had booked an autumn 1992 tour.
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    By 1992, Loveless was on a regimen of steroid tablets and cortisone to prop up her voice.
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  • 1990
    Age 33
    In the office, her doctor compared her 1990 results versus what he saw during the exam.
    More Details Hide Details Her vocal cords had developed an enlarged blood vessel that looked like a varicose vein. The juxtaposition was dramatic, and furthermore, if not treated, it could end her career and there was no guarantee that surgery could correct the problem.
    The fact was that beginning as far back as 1990, Loveless felt some pain in her throat when singing, and when she saw a doctor, he noticed a red spot on her vocal cords.
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    While at MCA, Loveless released two more albums, On Down the Line in 1990 and Up Against My Heart in 1991, scoring hits with songs such as "I'm That Kind of Girl", "Hurt Me Bad (In a Real Good Way)", and "Jealous Bone".
    More Details Hide Details She toured endlessly and performed on television frequently. Although MCA had given her stardom, there was the belief (rightly or wrongly) that the record label did not promote her albums well. Both Loveless and her husband believed that her career was just not taking off the way they believed it would if she had the same level of promotion as Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna. Changes in her band, also replacing her brother Roger as her manager, did not improve matters. The fact remained that the other female singers on MCA were selling millions of records, while Loveless, with a gold record for Honky Tonk Angel, sold less than half of that with her two follow-up albums. Larry Fitzgerald, her new manager, believed a major change was in order. At the end of 1992, Fitzgerald met with Tony Brown to try to get Loveless out of her MCA contract. He worked out an agreement with MCA that Loveless could leave the label, but retained an option to record with other MCA artists on the MCA Label. Quickly, Fitzgerald arranged a meeting with Roy Wunsch, the head of Sony Nashville. Their Epic label was looking for a "name" female singer and worked out a contract for Loveless to record for Sony under their Epic label.
  • 1989
    Age 32
    In February 1989, Loveless and her producer, Emory Gordy, Jr., secretly married in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details For a year and a half afterward, they publicly hid the fact that they were married, in large part because Loveless didn't want to hurt her former husband, Terry Lovelace, who still loved his former wife and hoped to rejoin her.
  • 1988
    Age 31
    Also, in 1988 Loveless was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, which put her firmly in Nashville to stay.
    More Details Hide Details The critics praised Loveless' first two albums, but they didn't sell all that well. On the road, Loveless was the opening act for the top MCA artists, such as George Jones, Reba McEntire and George Strait, which had people coming early to the shows to hear her sing. However, her concert popularity did not translate into album sales for her label. For Loveless' third album Honky Tonk Angel, Tony Brown took over as sole producer. Brown used his shrewd commercial instincts by releasing a series of upbeat, up-tempo singles from the album, one after another. With five tracks from the album charting in the Billboard Top Ten Country Singles, including two at No. 1, it served as the breakthrough album for Loveless. The album itself was Loveless' highest charting at No. 7 on the Country Albums category. The two No. 1 singles were "Chains" and "Timber, I'm Falling In Love". Loveless also did a cover of the Lone Justice song, "Don't Toss Us Away", which featured Rodney Crowell on backing vocals. The song charted at No. 5. Famed songwriter Kostas had a major role by writing three of the album's tunes, including "Timber, I'm Falling in Love" and "The Lonely Side of Love", which peaked at No. 6.
    It was her second album, If My Heart Had Windows, released on January 25, 1988, was the one that got Loveless noticed in the country music world. "If My Heart Had Windows" and a Steve Earle song, "A Little Bit in Love", both of which reached the country music top 10.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 29
    This gave birth to the self-titled Patty Loveless album, being initially released on October 1, 1986 in a promotional form, with a full release on February 21, 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Several other singles, "Wicked Ways" and "After All", were released from that album, which again, did not do well on the charts but garnered sufficient airplay that Tony Brown decided to sign Loveless to a long-term recording contract.
    Loveless' second single, "I Did", was released in April 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The song had gone out with releases from four other MCA singers, all of whom had album contracts. Shortly after its release, Roger Bowen asked Loveless to come into his office where he explained to her that he wanted to pull the song from radio because it was succeeding too well. "I have to be fair to the other artists". In return, he would give Loveless an album deal and she could release "I Did" as a single from her first album.
  • 1985
    Age 28
    MCA released her first single, "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights" on December 7, 1985, charting on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 8 weeks, reaching No. 46 on January 25, 1986.
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    In April 1985, Loveless felt her marriage to Terry Lovelace was ending (they eventually divorced amicably in 1986).
    More Details Hide Details She contacted her brother Roger to help her get back to Nashville. After being in the rock 'n' roll scene for so long she felt completely out of the country-music loop but wanted to sing country music again. Roger Ramey helped his sister cut a five-song demo tape, one of them being a rough cut of her self-penned song "I Did", which Loveless first wrote as a teenager, then later included on her first album. Roger Ramey then began to spread the word around about her talent. She and her brother disagreed about including "I Did" on the demo tape. Loveless didn't believe the song was good enough, but Roger argued that it would be what got her a contract. Once the demo was finished, Roger started trying to get her a recording contract with a major label in Nashville. Roger Ramey sent the demo tape out to every major label in Nashville, and was met with a solid wall of rejection by them all. After a month of not getting anywhere, out of desperation to help his sister, he decided to take a chance with MCA Nashville. MCA, being the industry leader at the time was his first choice of labels. Taking a cassette of the five song demo of Loveless, Roger bluffed his way past the receptionist of Tony Brown, the head of A&R (Artist & Repertoire – in charge of finding and developing new talent) by pretending to be someone else who was late for an appointment.
  • 1984
    Age 27
    By 1984, she was singing in a club and was singing country music for a change of the rock she would normally perform.
    More Details Hide Details There was a new generation of artists in Nashville, singers like Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris who were changing the traditions of country music. According to Loveless, " I learned so much about what to feel in a song from those years of playing those clubs. I was saddened sometimes because I thought 'I left Nashville, I left all that for this? What happened to me? What is wrong with me?' But I think what was happening was that I was beginning to find... me. Find who I really was. And what kind of person I was inside and out. I still believe to this day it happened the way it was supposed to happen."
  • 1979
    Age 22
    And it got to the point that we didn't know each other " A low point of her life was in October 1979, when her father, whom she idolized, died near Louisville while Loveless was in North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details The years in North Carolina were not successful for her, as the police started busting the clubs she would perform in and shut them down. When she wasn't performing she was working as a waitress at her mother-in-law's restaurant.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 19
    In early 1976, she married Terry Lovelace and began performing with him in a pickup-band based in Kings Mountain.
    More Details Hide Details In North Carolina, Patty and her husband Terry played in a circuit of small bars and concert halls. She sang covers of late 70s rock songs, along with Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt tunes, with the occasional country song. (After her marriage, she adopted the professional name Patty Loveless, as not to draw any connection to adult film actress Linda Lovelace.) During this time of her life she also was distant from her family, as she had married without their consent. According to Loveless, " I think my father thought I had lost my mind. This music is going to just ruin your life... it ruined your life... But it was a music that I learned from again... You wouldn't believe the people that would come to this club. They would get off from work, and they wouldn't go home. They'd come to this club and have a few beers, or... dance. I learned a lot about people and life in those places. I mean there was all walks of life... people who had hit the very bottom. And myself, there was times I felt myself becoming one of those people too. There was some hard times for us both, my ex-husband and I. And I think at the time, it caused us to be torn apart, and we lost respect for each other.
    She was married to Terry Lovelace, from whom she derived her professional name, from 1976 to 1986.
    More Details Hide Details She has been married to Emory Gordy, Jr., who is also her producer, since 1989.
  • 1971
    Age 14
    It was her brother Roger who initially took Patty Ramey to Nashville, Tennessee in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Having grown up listening to the music of the Grand Ole Opry both in Pikeville, and then in Louisville, Roger had moved to Nashville in 1970 and became a producer with The Porter Wagoner Show. When they arrived in Nashville, Roger went to Porter Wagoner's office without an appointment and managed to introduce his sister to Wagoner. Roger was able to convince Wagoner to listen to his sister sing, and she performed a song she wrote for their father, John, called "Sounds of Loneliness". To both Roger and Patty's surprise, Wagoner thumped his hand on his desk and said he was going to help her out. Wagoner introduced them to his singing partner at the time, Dolly Parton, and encouraged her to go back home and finish school, although he did invite her to travel with him and Dolly Parton on weekends during the summer.
  • 1969
    Age 12
    Her older sister, Dottie Ramey, an aspiring country singer, frequently performed at small clubs in eastern Kentucky with her brother Roger, billed as the Swinging Rameys. Traveling with Dottie and Roger to Fort Knox in 1969 and hearing her sister perform on stage, Patty Ramey decided that she would like to become a performer as well. When Dottie married in 1969 and quit performing, Roger persuaded Patty to perform onstage for the first time at a country jamboree in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details The forum consisted of foldout chairs in a small auditorium and was called the "Lincoln Jamboree". She was terrified at first, but with her brother performed several songs; she loved the applause she received for her performance, and after the show she was paid five dollars, the first money she ever earned. Patty Ramey joined her brother Roger and started singing together at several clubs in Louisville Kentucky, under the name "Singin' Swingin' Rameys". Loveless and her brother would perform in various clubs in the Louisville area. A local radio announcer, Danny King with a country radio station in Louisville was a supporter of the Ramey kids. Whenever there was an opportunity for them to appear on stage, he would call up the Rameys and try to get them a booking.
    Loveless' interest in music started when she was a young child. In 1969, when she was twelve, the Ramey family moved to Louisville, Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details The move was necessitated from her father's struggles with black lung disease from years of working in the coal mines. She graduated from Fairdale High School in 1975.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Age 0
    Patty Loveless was born January 4, 1957 in Pikeville, Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details She was the sixth of seven children born to Naomie (Bowling; January 25, 1921May 12, 2006) and John Ramey (April 4, 1921October 10, 1979) of Elkhorn City, Kentucky. As were many men in the area, Mr. Ramey was a coal miner.
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