Penny DeHaven

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Penny DeHaven
Birth name Charlotte DeHaven
Also known as Penny Starr
Born (1948-05-17)May 17, 1948
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
Died February 23, 2014(2014-02-23) (aged 65)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1967–2014
Labels United Artists, Mainstreet, Elektra, Imperial
Associated acts Del Reeves

Penny DeHaven (born Charlotte DeHaven; May 17, 1948 – February 23, 2014) was an American country and gospel music singer and actress. At the beginning of her career, she recorded as Penny Starr.

Born Charlotte DeHaven in 1948 in Winchester, Virginia,[1] she is best known for her country hit singles in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her biggest hit was "Land Mark Tavern", a duet with Del Reeves in 1970.

DeHaven’s other singles included country remakes of such pop hits as Billy Joe Royal’s "Down in the Boondocks" (1969), The Beatles’ "I Feel Fine" (1970), The Everly Brothers’ "Crying in the Rain" (with Reeves, 1972), and Marvin Gaye’s "I'll Be Doggone" (1974).[2]

Her albums included 1972’s Penny DeHaven and 2011’s gospel collection A Penny Saved.[2]

As an actress, she made two guest appearances on the long-running CBS-TV/syndicated TV show Hee Haw in 1972-73. She also appeared in the movies Traveling Light, Country Music Story, the 1973 horror movie Valley of Blood, and the 1974 short-lived TV series Funny Farm.

DeHaven died from cancer on February 23, 2014, at the age of 65.[2]



Year Album Label
1972 Penny DeHaven United Artists
1984 Penny DeHaven Mainstreet


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1967 "A Grain of Salt" (as Penny Starr) 69 singles only
1968 "Big City Men"
"Kid Games and Nursery Rhymes"
"I Am the Woman"
1969 "You're Never Gonna See My Face Again"
"Mama Lou" 34
"Down in the Boondocks" 37 8
1970 "I Feel Fine" 59
"Land Mark Tavern" (with Del Reeves) 20 24
"Awful Lotta Lovin'" 69 Penny DeHaven (1972)
1971 "The First Love" 46
"Don't Change on Me" 42
"Another Day of Loving" 61
1972 "Crying in the Rain" (with Del Reeves) 54 single only
"Gone" Penny DeHaven (1972)
1973 "The Lovin' of Your Life" 96 singles only
"I'll Be Doggone" 67
1974 "Play with Me" 93
"I'll Never Stop"
1976 "(The Great American) Classic Cowboy" 83
1980 "Bayou Lullaby"
1982 "We Made Memories" (with Boxcar Willie) 77 Last Train to Heaven (Boxcar Willie album)
1983 "Only the Names Have Been Changed" 74 Penny DeHaven (1984)
1984 "Friendly Game of Hearts" 78
"Yes, I Do"


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Penny DeHaven biography". Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Oermann, Robert K. (February 25, 2014). "[Updated] Lifenotes: Penny DeHaven Passes". MusicRow. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 

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