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K.T. Oslin Country Singer-Songwriter Dies Aged 78

December 21, 2020 7:00 pm GMT
Last Edited May 11, 2023 11:16 am GMT

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K.T. Oslin, the Grammy and CMA-winning Country singer-songwriter, has passed away today (Monday December 21) aged 78. Oslin, most famous for the award-winning single '80s Ladies', had been suffering from Parkinson's disease since 2015, and was diagnosed with Covid-19 a week before her death.

Oslin, born Kay Toinette Oslin, released her debut album 80s Ladies in 1987 via RCA. Alongside reaching the Top 10 with the title track, Oslin earned two country Number Ones in 'Do Ya' and 'I’ll Always Come Back' from the same record.

Oslin would go on to win 4 ACMs, 2 CMAs and 3 Grammy Awards over a three-year period. In 1993, she released her greatest hits Songs from An Aging Sex Bomb. Oslin released her last album, Simply, in 2015.

Upon the announcement of her passing, Brandy Clark shared on Twitter; "I’ll never forget the night that I opened for Mike Reid at the Franklin Theater in 2013.

My friend Robert Filhart asked if he could bring someone backstage. I didn’t know that that someone was KT Oslin until she blew through the door with him like something out of a movie."

Photography by Judie Burstein / Courtesy of Alamy.

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