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Mary Lou Turner

Mary Lou Turner

American country singer
Mary Lou Turner
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Intro American country singer
Is Singer Songwriter
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender female
Birth 13 June 1947, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky, USA
Age 73 years
Star sign Gemini
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Mary Lou Turner (born 13 June 1947) is an American country music artist active in the years 1974–1980. She is known for her albums Sometimes (1976) and Billy Boy & Mary Lou (1977.)

Life and career

Mary Lou Turner was born on June 13, 1947, in Hazard, Kentucky. She began her career as a regular on the Wheeling Jamboree in the early 1970s, and in 1974 signed to replace Jan Howard as the "girl singer" (who had left to pursue her solo career full-time) on The Bill Anderson Show, both his touring show and syndicated TV series. 

In 1973, Turner released her eponymous LP Mary Lou Turner under the Jamboree U.S.A. label. The album was produced by American country musician Ray Pennington.

Between 1976 and 1977 she recorded two duet albums with Bill Anderson, and charted four duets with him. One of their duets, "Sometimes", reached No. 1 in 1976. Turner also charted two solo Top 40 country singles in 1976, and several more solo singles.


In 1975, Turner was a sang on a January episode of TV talk show The Bob Braun Show, with Bob Braun. Two years later, in 1977, she sang in a January episode of The Mike Douglas Show.

In 1978 and 1979, Turner was a presenter on the 12th and the 13th Annual Music City News Awards, respectively.



Both albums recorded with Bill Anderson.

Year Album Chart Positions Label 
1976 Sometimes MCA 
1977 Billy Boy & Mary Lou 39 

Solo singles

Year Single Peak
US Country
1974 "All That Keeps Me Goin'" 94 
1975 "Come On Home" 85 
1976 "It's Different with You" 25 
"Love It Away" 30 
1977 "Cheatin' Overtime" 41 
"The Man Still Turns Me On" 93 
"He Picked Me Up When You Let Me Down" 73 
1979 "Yours and Mine" 78 
"Caught with My Feelings Down" /
"You Can't Remember and I Can't Forget" 
1980 "I Wanna Love You Tonight" 91 

Duets with Bill Anderson

Year Single Peak positions Album 
US Country
CAN Country    
1976 "Sometimes" Sometimes 
"That's What Made Me Love You" 
1977 "Where Are You Going, Billy Boy" 18 22 Billy Boy and Mary Lou 
1978 "I'm Way Ahead of You" 25 30 
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Article Title: Mary Lou Turner: American country singer - Biography and Life
Author(s): PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff
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Publish Date: 17 Dec 2016
Date Accessed: 23 Oct 2020
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