Tammy Cline

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b. Marilyn Margaret Croff, 16 June 1953, Hull, Humberside, England. The teenage Croff was performing in working-men’s clubs in the Hull area and gave up her job at a starch factory because the chemicals…
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b. Marilyn Margaret Croff, 16 June 1953, Hull, Humberside, England. The teenage Croff was performing in working-men’s clubs in the Hull area and gave up her job at a starch factory because the chemicals were affecting her voice. She met her husband, Rod Boulton, when she sang with a local band, the Falcons. After the birth of their daughter they became a duo and, on a whim, Rod named them Tammy And Dave Cline. Although not intentional, it was the ideal name for Marilyn Croff, whose strongest influences were Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline. With another Hull band, Uncle Sam, Tammy Cline did well in the national Marlboro Talent Contest in 1978. When they decided to turn fully professional, Uncle Sam changed its line-up and became Southern Comfort. Success on the television talent showSearch For A Star followed, and Tammy recorded in Nashville - one single for the UK market, ‘Love Is A Puzzle’, and another for the US, ‘I Don’t Know How To Tell Him’. Although chart success eluded her, she was voted Britain’s Top Female Country Singer for five consecutive years. In 1986, Cline and Little Ginny formed Two Hearts and were awarded the title of Top European Duo in the Country Music Round Up National Poll. They released a self titled album in 1989. In the early 90s Cline retired from the music business to concentrate on her family life. During her career Cline built a strong following around the UK clubs and became a seasoned broadcaster.