Although she didn't have the songwriting creativity of Loretta Lynn or Dolly Parton , she was comparable to those stars in her general outlook. Norma Jean Beasler was no stranger to poverty herself, born into a hard-working farm family near Wellston, OK. As a child, she wanted to be a country star like Kitty Wells , whom she tried to emulate. In high school, she toured with a few Western swing bands, including those of Billy Gray and Merle Lindsay. On television, Norma Jean presented a wholesome image at odds with her hurtin' and cheatin' songs, yet in her personal life both those themes were relevant.
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Extremely rare! Norma Jean Beasler b. Beasler was nominated for a Grammy in for her single "The Game of Triangles". She took a break from music for a number of years after struggling with alcoholism.
She had 13 country singles in Billboard ' s Country Top 40 between and , recorded twenty albums for RCA Victor between and , received two Grammy nominations, and was a Grand Ole Opry member for several years. Norma Jean Beasler was born January 30, in Wellston, Oklahoma , and grew up admiring country singer Kitty Wells , whom she considers her biggest influence. Norma was the Bill Gray Band's full-time vocalist, and made guest appearances with major country stars.