Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched a streak of top-10 and top-40 hits.
She has had several successful albums, several Country Music Association award nominations, and hit songs such as 1973's "What's Your Mama's Name?
" and "Blood Red and Goin' Down", 1975's "Lizzie and the Rainman", and 1988's "Strong Enough to Bend".
Tucker was the youngest of four children born to Jesse "Beau" and Juanita Tucker.
The two hit singles from the album were "I'm a Singer, You're the Song", and "Texas (When I Die)". It reached number five on the country charts, and its flip side "Not Fade Away", a Buddy Holly cover, peaked at number 70 on the hot 100 pop charts.
By the end of the 1970s, her sales were declining — in 1980 she only had two hits, one of them was "Can I See You Tonight? Also in 1980, she recorded a few singles with Glen Campbell, with whom she was romantically linked.
Eventually, she recorded a demonstration tape that gained the attention of songwriter Dolores Fuller, who sent it to producer Billy Sherrill, Sherrill initially planned to have Tucker record "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA", she chose "Delta Dawn" — a song she had heard Bette Midler sing on The Tonight Show — instead as her first single, while Donna Fargo the writer of "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" released her own song as a single.Released in the spring of 1972, the song became a hit, peaking at number six on the country charts and scraping the bottom of the pop charts.At first, Columbia Records tried to downplay Tucker's age, but soon word leaked out and she became a sensation. "I thank the lucky stars and the Good Lord for that song," Tucker told Nine-O-One Network Magazine in 1988.In addition to recording, she also made her feature-film debut in Hard Country, although she did have small roles in Jeremiah Johnson (1972) and the television miniseries The Rebels (1979).
Despite having a top-10 hit in late 1982 from her first and only Arista album Changes, she struggled to have her music played on the radio.
It also peaked among the top 10 on the adult contemporary charts at the time.