Holly Dunn (1957 - 2016)

Holly Dunn, a former country singer-songwriter who had two No. 1 hits in the late '80s and early '90s, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of ovarian cancer, according to multiple news sources. She was 59.

Dunn's cancer was diagnosed in March of this year. She had retired from her music career in 2003.

In 1989, her song "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" went to No. 1. The following year, "You Really Had Me Going" also reached No. 1.

During the '80s and '90s, Dunn released 10 albums and saw 19 of her singles reach the Hot Country Songs Charts.


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Holly Suzette Dunn was born Aug. 22, 1957, in San Antonio, Texas. She sang with bands in high school and college. She moved to Nashville after graduating from Abilene Christian University.

Dunn had her first top-10 hit in 1986 with "Daddy's Hands," which reached No. 7. With the release of her second album, "Cornerstone," she had three top-10 hits in succession, with "Love Someone Like Me," "Only When I Love," and "Strangers Again."

She reached the No. 1 spot after signing with Warner Bros. Records in 1989. In 2003, she retired to pursue her passion for creating art.

She is survived by her spouse, Melissa Taylor; her three brothers, Jerry, Rodney, and country songwriter Chris Waters Dunn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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