Country legend Billie Jo Spears has died at her home is Texas. She was 74.
The singer scored a massive hit in 1975 with Blanket on the Ground.
She passed away on Wednesday morning (14Dec11).
Her other hits include Mr. Walker, It's All Over and Misty Blue.
Born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1937, Spears made her professional debut at the age of 13 and she recorded her first single, Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys, when she was still in her teens.
She landed her first record deal in Nashville, Tennessee in the mid-1960s and found a cult following in Britain, where Blanket on the Ground was one of 1975's biggest hits.
Spears survived triple heart bypass surgery in 1993 and continued recording and touring. Her last album release came in 2005 with I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.