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Patty Loveless (born Patty Lee Ramey, January 4, 1957 in Pikeville, Kentucky, raised in Elkhorn City, Kentucky and Louisville, Kentucky) is an American country music singer.
Since her emergence on the country music scene in 1987 with her first, self-titled album, Loveless has been one of the most popular female singers of the Neotraditional country movement, although she has also recorded albums in the Country pop and Bluegrass genres.
Loveless rose to stardom thanks to her blend of honky tonk and country-rock, not to mention a plaintive, emotional ballad style. Her late-1980s records were generally quite popular, earning her comparisons to Patsy Cline, but most critics agreed that she truly came into her own as an artist in the early 1990s.
To date, Loveless has charted more than forty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including five Number Ones. In addition, she has recorded fourteen studio albums (not counting compilations); in the United States, four of these albums have been certified platinum, while two have been certified gold.
She is the 65th member of the Grand Ole Opry. Loveless is also a distant cousin of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle. She has been married twice, first to Terry Lovelace (1976 – 1986), from whom her professional name "Loveless" is derived, and to Emory Gordy, Jr. (1989 – Present), who is also her producer.
Patty Lee Ramey was born the sixth of seven children to John and Naomi Ramey outside of Pikeville, Kentucky on 4 January 1957. Although born in Pikeville, the family lived in a small town nearby named Belcher Holler where her father was a coal miner.
Patty Ramey`s interest in music started when she was a young child. In 1969, when she was twelve, the Ramey family moved to Louisville, Kentucky in search of medical care for John Ramey, who was afflicted with "Black Lung Disease" (Coalworker`s pneumoconiosis).
Her older sister, Dotty Ramey, was an aspiring country singer, and would perform frequently at small clubs in Eastern Kentucky, with her brother Roger Ramey, known as the "Swinging Rameys". Traveling with Dottie and Roger to Fort Knox in 1969, and hearing her sister perform on stage, Patricia Ramey decided that she would like to become a performer as well.
When her sister Dottie married in 1969 and quit performing, Roger Ramey convinced Patricia to perform onstage for the first time at a small country jamboree in Louisville. The forum consisted of foldout chairs in a small auditorium and was called the "Lincoln Jamboree". She was terrified at first, but with her brother performed several songs, however she loved the applause she received for her performance, and after the show she was paid five dollars, the first money she ever earned.
Patty Ramey joined her brother Roger and started singing together at several clubs in Louisville Kentucky, under the name "Singin` Swingin` Rameys". Loveless and her brother would perform in various clubs in the Louisville area. A local radio announcer, Danny King with a country radio station in Louisville was a supporter of the Ramey kids. Whenever there was an opportunity for them to appear on stage, he would call up the Rameys and try to get them a booking.
It was her brother Roger that initially took Patricia Ramey to Nashville, Tennessee in 1971. Having grown up listening to the music of the Grand Ole Opry both in Pikeville, and then in Louisville, Roger had moved to Nashville in 1970 and became a producer with The Porter Wagoner Show.
When they arrived in Nashville, Roger went to Porter Wagoner`s office without an appointment and managed to introduce his sister to Wagoner. Roger was able to convince Wagoner to listen to his sister sing, and she performed a song she wrote for their father, John, called "Sounds of Loneliness". To both Roger and Patricia`s surprise, Wagoner thumped his hand on his desk and said he was going to help her out. Wagoner introduced them to his singing partner at the time, Dolly Parton, and encouraged her to go back home and finish school, although he did invite her to travel with him and Dolly Parton on weekends during the summer.
It was during a 1973 touring Grand Ole Opry show in Louisville Gardens that Bill Anderson, Connie Smith, the Wilburn Brothers, and Jean Shepard was scheduled to appear. However, Jean Shepard was caught in a flood, and she wasn`t able to make it in. Danny King, sensing an opportunity, gave the Rameys a call. Loveless and her brother Roger appeared for about fifteen minutes on stage.
The Wilburn Brothers listened to Patricia Ramey and after her performance asked her if she had ever sung professionally. She explained that she had worked with Porter Wagoner some and had traveled with him and Dolly Parton on weekends and during the summers. Doyle Wilburn asked if she wanted to come to Nashville and work with their band to replace their female singer, to
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