Kay Adams (born April 9, 1941 in Princetta Kay Adams) is an American country music singer.
Kay Adams Biography
Kay Adams was born Princetta Kay Adams in Knox City, Texas, the fourth of five children of Charley Alva Adams (1908–1969) and Ola May Henson (1914–1993). Her father was a talented violin player. She moved to Vernon, Texas with her family when she was 10 years old.
In the 1960s, Adams burst onto the country scene with the songs “Six Days a Waiting”, “Old Heart Get Ready”, “Anymore”, “Don’t Talk Trouble To Me”, “Trapped” and “Roll Out The Red”. “. Carpet”, “I Cried At Your Wedding”, “Honky Tonk Heartache” and “She Didn’t Color Daddy”. She has appeared regularly on Bakersfield country music television programs such 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 Best Female Vocalist.
Before 1966 women never recorded songs about truck driving. However, Adams had a hit earlier that year with “Little Pink Mack,” a song that conveys a woman driver’s perspective, which is the only song on the album by a woman. In the song, their truck has chrome and “has polka dot curtains on the sleeper car” but is the fastest ferris wheel on the road. In her “truck driver boots” she is about 1.60m tall, but she can take care of herself. With a powerful Bakersfield tone, a twangy Telecaster and some fuzz-tone steel guitar backing, it tells the story of a truck driver who makes it clear that she “cut my baby teeth on a set of Spicer gears.” I’m a gear swap mom and I don’t know the meaning of fear.” All truckers are asked, “Who’s that girl with little pink Mack?”
It was only a few years before Tammy Wynette sang the praises of standing by his husband and a decade before Loretta Lynn celebrated reproductive freedom in her controversial hit “The Pill,” but country singer Kay Adams shattered at least one gender stereotype in 1966 with her hit single “Little Pink Mack”.
Adams’ vocal style carried much of Wanda Jackson’s sassy, husky rockabilly abandon, hints of Wynette’s lovesick sobs, and a sense of Connie Smith’s emotional openness. “Little Pink Mack” was more than just a new tune, it was a friendly but determined challenge to the testosterone- and diesel-fueled world of the “Knights of the Highway,” the long-distance truckers.
Adams was first married to Robert W. Willard in 1958. They divorced in Bakersfield in 1967. She and her second husband also divorced. She married songwriter Buck Moore for the third time. She and Willard had two sons, the eldest being Daniel Ray Willard (born December 19, 1959).
Their 1966 album A Devil Like Me Needs An Angel Like You was a duo with singer Dick Curless. She also sang on the Western Killers Three soundtrack album (|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)” 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 in 1996 -Liners on their 2009 bluegrass concept album Susanville.
Kay Adams’ albums include A Devil Like Me Needs An Angel Like You, Wheels And Tears, Make Mine Country and Alcohol And Tears.