Billie Jo Spears, Texan Country Legend Dies at 74
There’s sad news today as U.S. country singer Billie Jo Spears has died at the age of 74. A funeral home spokesman confirmed her death last night. It appears that Ms. Spears died at her home in Vidor, 85 miles away from Houston, Texas on Wednesday morning.
Texan star Billie Jo Spears was born in Beaumont and at the age of only 13 began featuring on the Louisiana Hayride radio show. She became known worldwide for her smash 1975 country hit ‘Blanket on the Ground’ featuring her famously sultry and bluesy sound. You can see a video of her singing that hit on a YouTube video below this story. It was her only #1 hit on the Country Music Chart although between 1969 and 1984 she had 25 Top 40 country hits, her first chart success being ‘Mr. Walker, It’s All Over’. Other hits included ‘Misty Blue’, ‘If You Want Me’ and ‘What I’ve Got in Mind’.
Her last Top 20 hit was ‘Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad’, which was a cover of a song by Tammy Wynnette and rose to #13 in the charts, according to The Orange Leader. Spears continued to tour with her music although her popularity faded in the 1980s and in 1993 she underwent triple bypass heart surgery according to BBC News. In November 2010 Spears was inducted to Vidor’s Wall of Fame on North Main Street, which also includes such notable people as Tracy Byrd, Clay Walker, Don Rollins and George Jones.
The Tennessean reports that Billie Jo Spears died of cancer. She was due to make further appearances next year in a Ladies of Country touring show in Europe and the UK. We pass on our thoughts to Ms. Spears’ family and friends and we’d like to hear your thoughts. If you have any tributes to share then let us have your comments.
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