b. 28 June 1954, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Almost unbelievably, she learned piano and was singing professionally at the age of 10, and was a regular on the syndicated televised Bonnie Lou And Buster Show at 15. She successfully auditioned for orchestra leader Lawrence Welk in 1973, and after marrying the band’s drummer and relocating to California, she was the featured country vocalist withThe Lawrence Welk Show from 1974-82. During this time, she toured with Welk but also appeared in her own right on the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree, guested on many Nashville televised shows, including the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw and appeared at top Las Vegas venues. She joined Ranwood Records in 1976 and registered minor country chart hits in 1977 with ‘Waitin’ At The End Of Your Run’, ‘Your Love Is My Refuge’ and ‘Don’t Take My Sunshine Away’. In 1978, she did a tour of US bases in Germany and achieved her biggest chart hit with ‘Bucket To The South’, a Gail Davies song. She had two more minor Ranwood hits before moving to the Oak label, where, in 1981, she enjoyed the chart hit, ‘I Think I Could Love You Better Than She Did’. In 1990, she decided to quit touring and in partnership with Dick Dale, with whom she had first worked on the Lawrence Welk Show, she opened the Rainbow Music Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where she became the resident entertainer.
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