Grammy-winning country singer Jody Miller has died at the age of 80.
The “Queen of the House” singer died on Thursday (October 6) in Blanchard, Oklahoma of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Miller was diagnosed with the disease seven years ago.
The news was announced on the Facebook page of Miller’s daughter, Robin Brook, and her band, Middle-Sister Music.
“Middle Sister is sorry to announce this morning the passing of Jody Miller, music icon and mother of Robin Brooks,” the post read.
“Please think of the family as they deal with this great loss.”
Miller was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1941 and grew up in Los Angeles, but then moved to Blanchard to live with her grandmother after her parents divorced.
After beginning her career as a folk and pop singer, Western actor Dale Robertson introduced Miller to Capitol Records, who released their first album in 1964.
She released hit singles like “Queen of the House”, “Let’s All Go Down to the River” and “Home of the Brave”. In 1966, she became Oklahoma’s first Grammy winner for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
During the 1980s, Miller partially retired and focused on running a ranch with her husband.
Other highlights of his career included appearances at George HW Bush’s Presidential Inaugural Ball in 1988.
Miller later turned to a career in Christian music and was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1999.
Her 52-year-old husband Monty Brooks died in 2014.
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