Country singer KT Oslin of “80’s Ladies” fame has died. She was 78.
Oslin’s passing on December 21 was confirmed to the Associated Press by country music historian and friend Robert K Oermann, who had learned of her passing in Nashville from the singer’s aunt. According to Oermann, Oslin had been living with Parkinson’s disease in a specialized assistive care facility for the past four years before testing positive for COVID-19 last week.
The singer notably shot to fame in her mid-40s with her empowered country songs, first heard on her 1987 album 80’s Ladies. Its title track earned Oslin a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. As a voice advocating for feminism through witty lyricism and chart hits, Oslin won several Grammys before the ’80s were out. In 2014, Oslin was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame and it was only four years later that the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame followed suit.
“KT Oslin had one of the most soulful voices in Country Music and was a strong influence for women with her hit ‘80’s Ladies,’” Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern told the AP. “I was fortunate to work with KT on a number of television shows in the late ’90s. She was always gracious to the crews and up-and-coming talent performing alongside her. She truly had one of the best voices in the history of our format. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones at this difficult time.”
RIP, KT Oslin. Revisit 80’s Ladies here: