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16. Patty Loveless

Patty Loveless had a lot of connections before she even started her radio career. Being a cousin of 1988 inductee Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle (who herself is on the Veteran list) was the beginning. Then before she even finished school, she was touring during the summers with Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. After graduating and moving to Nashville, she hit the road with the Wilburn Brothers. She did two years with them, then moved with her soon-to-be husband Terry to go play rock music. In the mid 80’s, her marriage to Terry fell apart, and she moved back to Nashville where she got a recording contract and started her string of radio hits. Over the course of a decade she got a number of albums certified platinum, earned 13 Grammy nominations, and five Country Music Association awards. She slowly put together a sought after resume filled with sorrowful tunes and fun honky-tonk hits with touches of modern sounds and female defiance.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2008
  • Country of Origin: Pikeville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • Why they will get in: Long-running radio career, with large respect in the industry and helped begin the next generation of women in country music
  • Why they won't get in: Her name isn’t spoken about as much as other artists like Martina or Shania, so this may work against her and lead to her maybe going to the Veteran category
  • Radio Career: 1988-2000
  • Top Twenty Hits: 31
  • Album Sales: Over 15 million
  • Essential Albums: Timber, I’m Falling In Love (From Honky Tonk Angel, 1989)
    Blame It On Your Heart (From Only What I Feel, 1993)
    How Can I Help You Say Goodbye (From Only What I Feel, 1994)
    I Try To Think About Elvis (From When Fallen Angels Fly, 1994)
    You Don’t Even Know Who I Am (From When Fallen Angels Fly, 1995)

Should Patty Loveless be in the Hall of Fame?

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