Kay Adams (singer)

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Kay Adams
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Adams in 1966
Background information
Birth name Princetta Kay Adams
Born (1941-04-09) April 9, 1941 (age 73)
Knox City, Texas, U.S.
Origin Vernon, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1965–present
Labels Tower, Ovation, Capitol, Granite, Frontline

Kay Adams (born Princetta Kay Adams; April 9, 1941) is an American country singer.

Biography[edit]

Kay Adams was born Princetta Kay Adams[1] in Knox City, Texas, the fourth of five children to Charley Alva Adams (1908–1969) and Ola May Henson (1914–1993), Adams moved at the age of 10, along with her family, to Vernon, Texas.

In the 1960s, Adams arrived on the country scene with the songs "Six Days a Waiting," "Old Heart Get Ready," "Anymore," "Don't Talk Trouble To Me," "Trapped," "Roll Out The Red Carpet," "I Cried At Your Wedding," "Honky Tonk Heartache" and "She Didn't Color Daddy." She appeared as a regular on such Bakersfield based country music TV programs as Buck Owens’ Ranch and the Dave Stogner Show.

At the inaugural Academy of Country Music Awards, in 1965, Adams was named Top New Female Vocalist. Merle Haggard was named Top New Male Vocalist, while Top Male Vocalist and Top Female Vocalist went to Buck Owens and Bonnie Owens. The following year, Adams was nominated for Top Female Vocalist.

Before 1966, women never recorded songs about truck driving. Adams, however, had a hit that year with "Little Pink Mack," a song giving the point of view of a woman driver, which is the only song on the album by a woman. In the song her truck has chrome and it "has polka-dot curtains hangin' in the sleeper," but is the fastest big-wheeler on the road. In her "truck drivin' boots" she stands about five-foot three, but she can take care of herself.

With a full-force Bakersfield sound twangy Telecaster and some fuzz-tone steel guitar backing, she delivers the story of a truck driving woman who makes it clear she "cut my baby teeth on a set of Spicer gears. I’m a gear-swappin’ mama, and I don’t know the meaning of fear." All the truckers are asked, "Who's the gal in the little pink Mack?"

It was just a couple years before Tammy Wynette sang the praises of standing by one’s man, and a decade before Loretta Lynn celebrated reproductive freedom in her controversial hit, "The Pill," but country singer Kay Adams demolished at least one gender stereotype in 1966 with her hit single "Little Pink Mack."

Adams's vocal style carried a lot of Wanda Jackson’s sassy, husky-throated rockabilly abandon, a hint of Wynette’s lovelorn sob and a sense of Connie Smith’s emotional openness. More than just a novelty tune, "Little Pink Mack" was a friendly-but-firm challenge to the testosterone and diesel-fueled world of the "knights of the highway," long distance truckers.

Adams was married first to Robert W. Willard, in 1958. They were divorced in 1967 at Bakersfield.[2] She and her second husband also divorced. She married for a third time to a man named Buck. She and Willard had two sons, the eldest being Daniel Ray Willard (born December 19, 1959).[3]

Her 1966 album "A Devil Like Me Needs An Angel Like You" was a duo with singer Dick Curless. She also sang on the soundtrack-album of the western movie Killers Three (1968), which also featured Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens. In the 1970s, she recorded "I Never Got to Nashville" for Cliffie Stone's Granite Records. Most recently she recorded "Mama Was A Rock (Daddy Was A Rolling Stone)" in 1996 with BR5-49 for the compilation CD "Rig Rock Deluxe: A Musical Salute To The American Truck Driver", and "Trixie's Diesel-Stop Cafe" with The Dixie Bee-Liners on their 2009 bluegrass concept album "Susanville".

Kay Adams's albums include "A Devil Like Me Needs An Angel Like You," "Wheels And Tears," "Make Mine Country," and "Alcohol And Tears."

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
US Country
[4]
A Devil Like Me Needs an Angel Like You
(with Dick Curless)
  • Released: April 1966
  • Label: Tower
  • Formats: Vinyl
16
Wheels and Tears
  • Released: September 1966
  • Label: Tower
  • Formats: Vinyl
36
Make Mine Country
  • Released: May 1967
  • Label: Tower
  • Formats: Vinyl
Alcohol and Tears
  • Released: November 1967
  • Label: Tower
  • Formats: Vinyl
Made for Love
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: Frontline/Randall
  • Formats: Vinyl
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
US Country
[5]
"Don't Talk About Trouble to Me" 1965 Make Mine Country
"Roll Out the Carpet" 1966
"A Devil Like Me Needs an Angel Like You"
(with Dick Curless)
A Devil Like Me Needs an Angel Like You
"Anymore" Make Mine Country
"Little Pink Mack" 30 Wheels and Tears
"Where Did the Good Times Go" N/A
"Trapped" 1967 Make Mine Country
"Six Days A-Waitin'" Wheels and Tears
"Husband Stealer" Alcohol Tears
"Big Mac" 1968 Wheels and Tears
"Gonna Have a Good Time" N/A
"Good Morning Love" 1969 N/A
"Let George Do It" 1970 N/A
"Step Aside Girl" 1973 N/A
"Hearts of Stone" N/A
"Reason to Feel" N/A
"I Never Got to Nashville" 1975 N/A
"Country Dreamer" N/A
"You Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine" 1978 Made for Love
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas State Birth Index, Knox County, Roll No. 1941_0001
  2. ^ California State Divorce Index, Kern County, Case No. 100039, State File No. 064201
  3. ^ Texas State Birth Index, Potter County, Roll No. 1959_0017
  4. ^ "Billboard chart positions > Kay Adams singles and albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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