Tanya Tucker’s Father Dies

Beau Tucker, Tanya Tucker’s father who was instrumental in launching and managing her music career, died Thursday (Nov. 23) near Nashville following a battle with lung cancer. He was a construction worker when his wife Juanita gave birth to Tanya in 1958 in Seminole, Texas. In 1967, the family moved to Phoenix, where he booked his young daughter as the opening act for nationally known country touring acts at VFW halls and other venues. After moving the family to Utah, he was successful in landing his daughter a small role in Robert Redford’s 1972 film, Jeremiah Johnson. Following a move to the Las Vegas area, he made contact with Billy Sherrill, the legendary Nashville record producer who headed the country division of Columbia and Epic Records. At age 13, her first Columbia single, “Delta Dawn,” peaked at No. 6 on the country chart in 1972. She scored her first No. 1 single a year later with “What’s Your Mama’s Name.” Funeral services are pending, but Tanya Tucker plans to fulfill a commitment for a Saturday night (Nov. 25) performance at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, Nev.