American honky-tonk singer-songwriter, Jean Shepard, is known as a pioneer for women in country music.
In the 1950s, a national television gig and the Grand Ole Opry helped make her a star at a time when few female country singers had enduring success. Her first hit, "A Dear John Letter,” a 1953 duet with Ferlin Husky, was the first post-World War II recording by a female country artist to sell more than a million copies!
She released a total of 73 singles to the Hot Country Songs chart, one of which reached the No. 1 spot. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1955, she recorded a total of 24 studio albums between 1956 and 1981.
An Oklahoma native, Jean Shepard made a special appearance at the McSwain Theatre in 1996 where she received the Mae Boren Axton award for her positive contributions in country music.
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