KT Oslin was an American country music singer and songwriter. She was best known for her hit single “80’s Ladies”. KT Oslin net worth at the time of her death was roughly $4 million.
Oslin was born on May 15, 1942, in Crossett, Arkansas. Her father died when she was just five years old. After his death, Oslin’s mother took her and moved to Houston, Texas. She went to Lon Morris College where she majored in drama.
In the 1970s, she moved to New York City to start her career in the entertainment industry. She appeared in productions of West Side Story, Promises, Promises, and Hello Dolly.
Her musical career started in the early 1980s when she signed to Elektra Records. Her first single “Clean Your Own Tables” was hit and made number 72 on the Hot Country Songs Chart. During her performance in Nashville, Tennessee, she was spotted by producer Harold Shedd. He helped her using K. T. Oslin as her stage name and signed her with RCA Records in 1987.
Her first single with RCA Records “Wall of Tears” reached number 40 on the country charts. A couple of months later, she released the single “80’s ladies” which went to number 7 and won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Her next hit “Do Ya” peaked at number 1 in the country songs chart.
Oslin’s second album “This Woman” produced hit singles like “Money”, “Hold Me”, “Hey Bobby”, “This Woman”, and “Didn’t Expect It To Go Down This Way”. All of these songs managed to chart on the hot country songs chart. In addition to that, “Hold Me” won Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Song of the Year.
Her third album “Love in a Small Town” was also successful and produced hit songs like “Two Hearts”, “Come Next Monday”, and “Mary and Willie”. In 1993, she released the greatest hits package “Greatest Hits: Songs from an Aging Sex Bomb”. After that, she took a break from music and started making appearances in TV shows and movies. She guest-starred in several sitcoms including “Carol & Company”.
Due to her massive contributions to country music, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
On December 21, 2020, Oslin died at the age of 78. The cause of her death is still not identified. However, she had Parkinson’s disease and had been living in an assisted-living facility since 2016. She was also tested positive for Covid-19 a week earlier before her death.