Gloria Jeanne Black (October 25, 1937 - October 23, 2014) was an American country music singer.
Life and career:
Black was born Gloria Jeanne Black on October 25, 1937, in Pomona, California. She first gained wide exposure singing on Cliffie Stone's television program Hometown Jamboree, from 1956 to 1959. Following this, she sang in Nevada, on the Las Vegas Strip and in Tahoe. She signed with Capitol Records in 1960 and released the single "He'll Have to Stay" later that year. The song, which was an answer record to Jim Reeves's hit "He'll Have to Go," was a hit in the US. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Black Singles chart, No. 6 on the Country chart, and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song reached No. 41 in the UK Singles Chart and sold over one million copies globally, earning gold disc status.
Black was unable to repeat the success of the single, and is sometimes regarded as a "one-hit wonder."
Black was married to the guitarist and songwriter Billy Strange. She died on October 23, 2014.
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