American country and gospel singer who gained fame for her hit 1973 country song "The Teddy Bear Song." That year, she had another hit with the song "Kid Stuff".
She released her first single when she was 15 and then moved to St. Louis, Missouri.
"The Teddy Bear Song" was a number 1 hit on the country charts and peaked at number 32 on the pop charts.
She married the evangelical singer-songwriter Milton Carroll in 1982.
She and Shirley Caesar are both famous gospel singers.