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Oct. 10: Teen country sensation Taylor Swift has nothing on Tanya Tucker, who became a major star in the early 1970s long before she was old enough to get her driver’s license. Listening to this, it’s hard to believe that Tucker (who turns 51 today) was only 14.

Like her debut “Delta Dawn” and such songs to come as “Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)”, “What’s Your Mama’s Name” showed that she and Columbia Records had no interest in a bubble-gum catalog for her. “The mixture of a young woman’s budding yet brazen sexuality and innocence combined with the voice of a fully developed artist were too much to resist,” writes Thom Jurek in his review of the album of the same name.

“What’s Your Mama’s Name,” her third single, was her first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard country chart. She’d repeat that feat 14 more times in the next decade and a half.

Read more on Tanya Tucker: her biography, her discography, and an interview this summer (registration required) on the occasion of her new album, My Turn. Then, watch her perform “What’s Your Mama’s Name” on Hee-Haw.