Peggy Sue Webb

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b. Peggy Sue Webb, 24 March 1947, Butcher’s Hollow, Kentucky, USA. The sister of Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and Jay Lee Webb, she gained her first musical experience as a child singing locally with…
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b. Peggy Sue Webb, 24 March 1947, Butcher’s Hollow, Kentucky, USA. The sister of Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and Jay Lee Webb, she gained her first musical experience as a child singing locally with her parents and brother as the Webb Family. In her early teens, after the family relocated to Indiana, she began singing with Loretta and Crystal as the Loretta Lynn Sisters. In the 60s, she began to tour as part of Loretta’s show and in 1966, she co-wrote her sister’s number 1, ‘Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)’. In 1969, she was signed by Decca Records and gained her debut chart hit when her recording of Loretta’s song ‘I’m Dynamite’, reached number 28. She gained five further minor hits including further examples, like her sister, of the woman becoming more assertive with songs such as ‘I’m Gettin’ Tired Of Babyin’ You’ and ‘Apron Strings’, before leaving Decca in 1971. In the 70s, she continued to work with Loretta and appeared at London’s Wembley Festival with her in 1970.

After a failed marriage to Douglas Wells, she married country singer Sonny Wright, with whom she toured (including with Loretta) and recorded. In 1977, she joined Door Knob Records and between 1977 and 1980, she registered 13 Billboard hits including two duets with Wright ‘If This Is What Love’s All About’ and ‘Gently Hold Me’. The biggest of the solo hits was ‘I Want To See Me In Your Eyes’, a number 30. Her last hit on the label was ‘Why Don’t You Go To Dallas’. If she did it failed to produce more hits even after further recordings for Country International. They eventually gave up their own career but in the 90s, Peggy Sue appeared singing backing harmony for younger sister Crystal Gayle. In 1991, she suffered a tragedy when her 23 year old only child, Doletta Wells McCanless (she was named after her sister and Doyle Wilburn), was shot dead by her husband Kevin McCanless.