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Patty Loveless (born Patricia Lee Ramey on January 4, 1957 in Pikeville, Kentucky) is an American country music singer.
One of the most popular female country singers of the 1990s, Loveless rose to stardom thanks to her mix of honky tonk and emotive country ballads. She is a distant cousin of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle. When she was a child, her father, a producer with The Porter Wagoner Show, often brought her to that show's set, where she got to meet Wagoner Show star Dolly Parton (whom Loveless cites as a great influence on her career).
She was signed to MCA Records in 1985 and released her self-titled debut in 1987. She released four more albums for MCA through 1991, scoring hits with songs such as "Timber, I'm Falling In Love," "Chains," "I'm That Kind of Girl," and "Jealous Bone." She parted ways with MCA in 1991 citing lack of major attention from the label. While there she was forced to compete with Reba McEntire?, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna. Feeling that she was not a label priority, she left for Epic Records....