Three time Grammy Award winning Country music artist, composer, and actress K. T. Oslin died December 21 outside of Nashville at the age of 78. While an official cause of death was not released, Oslin had been living in an assisted living facility due to Parkinson’s Disease. Reports are that Oslin also tested positive for the Covid-19 virus last week.
Oslin was in her 40’s when she finally launched her successful music career with songs penned from the view of a strong woman.
Oslin saw two of her albums reach platinum status for selling at least one million albums in the United States. She has also been named a Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year, four Academy of Country Music Awards, and has been inducted into the Texas and Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame.
She was born Kay Toinette Oslin on May 15, 1941 in Crossett, Arkansas but was raised n Mobile and Houston.
Before moving to Nashville where she launched her Country music career, Oslin performed on the New York stage where her performances include appearances in “Promises Promises”, “Darling of the Day”, and “Hello, Dolly!”. She also worked as a studio musician and jingle singer.
Oslin has had her songs recorded by a number of artists including Gail Davis, Dottie West, Judy Rodman, the Judds, Sissy Spacek, Anne Murray, Dorothy Moore, and Dusty Springfield.
As an actress Oslin appeared in an episode of “Evening Shade”, “This Thing Called Love”, “Poisoned by Love: The Kern Country Murders”, “The Carol Burnett Show”, and “Paradise”.
No list of survivors was given.
K. T. Oslin discography:
“Love in a Small Town”
“My Roots are Showing”
“Live Close By, Visit Often”
“Simply Red River”
feature photo credit: K.T. Oslin’s Face Book page