b. Mary Ann Ward, 4 July 1935, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 19 Dec 1999, Madison, Tennessee, USA. Ward discovered to try out piano as a kid (afterwards adding electric guitar) and after primarily starting nursing schooling, made a decision to pursue a performing career. She initial sang with her sister, before showing up on regional radio and tv in Birmingham. In 1957, she obtained lots 12 US nation strike with her self-penned ‘Are You Ready, Willie’, documented on the small Cherokee label. In 1960, another self-penned track, ‘That’s My SORT OF Love’, documented on Content Wilson’s Guyden label, reached #5 5, which led to her becoming a member of Columbia Information (she also wedded Wilson). She became a normal on WSM’s Fri Night time Frolics. In 1961, her first Columbia strike, ‘I Think that I Understand’, made the very best 10, using the follow-up, ‘There’ll CONTINUALLY BE Sadness’, peaking at quantity 21. Between 1963 and 1968, she accomplished eight even more Billboard graph entries, with ‘Tremble Me I Rattle’ and ‘Crazy Hands’ both producing the very best 20. She also obtained Top 25 position with ‘Slippin’ Around’, a duet with George Morgan. In 1967, she relocated to Decca Information, but following the self-penned ‘Mama Sez’ in 1968, she didn’t make the graphs again. Her capability to differ from sultry ballads to energetic barn dance-type figures made her a favorite performer around the Grand Ole Opry, where she was considered a vocalist’s vocalist, and she was among the 1st country stars to try out Carnegie Hall in NY. She continuing to tour in america and Canada and, in old age, became a favorite performer in a variety of Las Vegas locations until her loss of life in 1999.