80s Ladies singer K.T. Oslin dies aged 78 after contracting Covid-19

Country singer and songwriter K.T. Oslin has died aged 78.

The Grammy-winning musician – real name Kay Toinette Oslin – had a recent battle with Covid-19, according to her friend and journalist Robert K. Oermann.

The star had also been fighting a years-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

According to Music Row, the CMA-winning artist had been living in an assisted-living facility since 2016 and died on Monday morning.

The ACM-winning singer was best known for her hit singles such 80s Ladies, I Always Come Back and Do Ya.

Singer Brandy Clark reacted to the news on Twitter as she wrote: ‘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.

She added:I’ll never forget our conversation that night, just like I’ll never forget KT and her music. My heart is heavy this morning hearing about her passing, but Heaven has TRULY gained an Angel.’

Kay made history after finding success on charts later in life, with the trio of hits ruling the airwaves when she was 45-years-old.

She enjoyed success with other hits including Money, Hold Me, and Hey Bobby.

In 1988, she was named Top Female Vocalist at both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards.

She also won Grammys Hold Me and 80s Ladies, while her final number on single earned two Grammy nominations in 1990.

Along with her career as a solo performer, Oslin had her songs recorded and sampled by other artists including Anne Murray, Dusty Springfield, and Dan Seals

Sissy Spacek covered Lonely But Only for You in 1983, while Dottie West released Where Is a Woman to Go in 1984, and the Judds recorded Old Pictures in 1987.

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