We all know Tanya Tucker as famous not only for her music but her ups and downs in her personal life, but she has a new venture to celebrate…she is being honored with a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend opened November 14th and will run through May of 2015.
For ticket information and museum hours, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame’s website.
Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend features memorabilia, stage costumes and other items that she and her parents held on to over the years. One of the standout pieces is Tanya’s bright pink Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle motorcycle, which was presented to her by the Harley-Davidson company in 1992. Fans can also check out her favorite stage costumes, one being a fringed Western shirt and pants made for her by Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors around 1975.
Tanya offered a preview of the exhibit to friends and family, industry executives and media before the grand opening of the exhibit. During her remarks to the full house, Tanya acknowledged her parents first and foremost for their support of her career. “Without them, this never would have happened,” Tanya stated. “I am so proud to be involved in the business of country music. It was a dream of mine ever since I was old enough to sing a song.”
Tucker is one of the few singers who has made a significant impact on country music at a very young age. Tucker was only 13 years old when she was first noticed and recognized by the ears of famed Nashville producer Billy Sherrill in 1972. It was her rich husky voice, confidence and grown-up attitude turned her version of “Delta Dawn” into a major hit. She went on to score 10 #1 singles, including “Strong Enough to Bend,” and won the 1991 Country Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year. She is almost just as well-known for her colorful past and rambunctious lifestyle, which she battled with drugs and alcohol in the 1980s.
Click here to watch her perform Delta Dawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGtbcJndz74
While Tanya has had dozens of hit songs and an often-tumultuous life already under her belt, at the time her book was released, Tucker hadn’t even reached 40. In the 2000s, Tucker also had her own reality TV show, Tuckerville, on the cable network TLC, while she continued to record and also released another book, 100 Ways to Beat the Blues.
Country Weekly will have more on Tanya and her Hall of Fame exhibit in the December 15th issue, on newsstands December 8th.