Country Throwback: Late Singer K.T. Oslin Sings ‘Face to Face’ With Alabama in the ’80s

by Keeli Parkey

Country music artists and fans are mourning the loss of K.T. Oslin this week. The singer and songwriter passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, at the age of 78.

The members of Alabama are among the many individuals mourning the late star, who is probably best known for her song “80’s Ladies.” Randy Owen, Alabama’s lead singer, expressed his grief on Twitter. He described K.T. Oslin as “one of the most unique talented songwriters and singers in music.”

“Rest in Peace, K.T.,” he shared along with a picture of the two on stage.

K.T. Oslin shared the stage with Owen and the rest of Alabama in 1988 for a performance of the band’s hit song, “Face to Face,” at the CMA’s. Owen opens the performance by talking about the history of groups in country music. Oslin makes her appearance on stage after Owen begins singing.

Travis Tritt Also Pays Respect to K.T. Oslin

The members of Alabama aren’t the only artists mourning Oslin’s passing. Travis Tritt has also expressed his grief. “She was a brilliant songwriter and a helluva lady,” Tritt shared.

According to Music Row, K.T. Oslin won three Grammys and was a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition, she was the first woman to win Song of the Year at the CMA’s. She was also chosen as CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1988.

After performing in musicals during the 1960s, Oslin’s career as a singer and songwriter took off in the 1980s. Performers such as Gail Davis, Sissy Spacek, and others recorded her songs. But, it was with her hit song “80’s Ladies” that she became a star.

Music Row also reported that Oslin suffered from Parkinson’s and was diagnosed with COVID-19. Her cause of death had not been reported as of Tuesday evening.