Things You Never Knew About Tanya Tucker


Her sister is a singer, too.

Tucker’s older sister, LaCosta Tucker, also recorded country music in the 1970s and ’80s. While with Capitol Records, she earned a No. 3 chart hit with “Get on My Love Train” and several other Top 40 songs.


Miranda Lambert approves of her “The House That Built Me” cover.

According to EW, Brandi Carlile, who produced Tucker’s 2019 album While I’m Livin’ sent Lambert Tucker’s rendition of “The House That Built Me” right after they recorded the song for that album. “I feel like I got handed such a gift when I found that song, and I was so honored to cut it and to sing it every night,” says Lambert, who calls Tucker a hero. “And so the fact that it touched a legend and she would do it again, it just shows you that it’s one of those songs that will live forever. It’s a classic, and I can’t take credit for that.”

But, she almost never recorded that song!

It was Carlile who talked Tucker into covering “The House That Built Me.” Says Tucker, “I really did not want to be caught loitering around that song because Miranda had taken it as far it can go.”


She named one of her horses after another country icon.

In 2018, Tucker revealed that she’d bought a new filly and named her Miss Loretta Lynn. Per American Quarter Horse Association rules, Tucker needed to get Lynn’s permission to use her as the new horse’s namesake — and Lynn loved the tribute.

She wanted to change “Bring My Flowers Now.”

Tucker co-wrote the Grammy-nominated “Bring My Flowers Now” with Brandi Carlile and her collaborators, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, in about 30 minutes, Tucker tells The Boot. However, after it was done, she kept re-thinking it. Carlile wouldn’t let her change it, though: “Brandi said, ‘This song sticks. This is what came out of your mouth, and that’s the way we’re gonna put it on there,'” Tucker recalls.

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