Some of the most famous female country singers include Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker. These performers rank as some of the best-known voices in country music, each with a number of hit singles and other successes.
Patsy Cline was one of the first female singers to cross over to pop radio, showing that female country musicians could become just as successful as men. Cline’s sultry voice is one of the most distinct in all of country music, and her iconic hit “Walking After Midnight” is a country staple endlessly covered by artists from a variety of genres.
Dolly Parton grew up extremely poor, fueling a lifetime of earnest country songwriting. Encouraged by Johnny Cash to move to Nashville, the teenage Parton met influential songwriter and television host Porter Wagoner, who helped her develop her career. Notable for her original compositions, Parton is one of the most successful country artists of all time, with numerous hit records and roles in popular films.
Tanya Tucker was just 13 when she began her music career, but her powerful voice conveyed a sense of confidence and technique well beyond her age. Tucker’s fame exploded early on, but substance abuse problems and a tempestuous relationship with songwriter Glen Campbell marred her success. Tucker staged a comeback in the 1980s, however, and became one of the few teen stars able to maintain an audience through her career.