Holly Dunn
1957 - 2016
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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.

Published in The Tennessean on Nov. 15, 2016.
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July 25, 2020
On one of Holly's earlier albums she had a song titled " My old love in New Mexico." In this song she says, " Do you miss the way we were? Do you wish I'd return? Do you think about me as much as I think about you?" Yes, Holly..I miss my dearly.
jeremy mutzabaugh
Friend
May 5, 2020
Love her Song ,,,,,Daddy's Hands..That song holds true for our family. Well most of us...lol
RIP HOLLY
Cheryl Emerson
Friend
May 2, 2020
I love her songs. She will be missed greatly. My condolences to to family.
Peggy Hublar
Friend
May 1, 2020
Sorry For Your Loss. I named my first Daughter After You Holly Dunn. You was one of my Favorite Country Singers. I Love Your Music Still Even Though you are gone You Will Never Be Forgotten. Sincerely Marylou Aceves.
Mary Lou Aceves
Friend
April 29, 2020
You're missed, your art and your music. Never ever forgotten. RIP...
Theresa McKinnon
Friend
March 13, 2020
in my 20,s enjoyed the song dsddyshand will miss her
dean hoes
Friend
February 13, 2020
Precious person. Thinking of you and your family today.
Cookie & Suzie Frazier
Friend
February 8, 2020
She was an excellent artist way too early for her passing. I loved all of her music a great performer she is and will be missed but at least she will live on in her music god bless you Holly!
Doug Belanger
January 25, 2020
You will be missed. I remember listening to your music in the early 90s. Great song writer....guitarist...singer...and person
Nick Reveles
Acquaintance
November 16, 2019
I saw Holly when my college booked her for a show. WOW! What an awesome woman and what a show. She walked up the bleachers where I was and we shook hands. We miss her here on Earth, but she is brighting up Heaven..a classic daughter of God, she is home and one day we will rejoin her presence.
jeremy mutzabaugh
Friend
November 14, 2019
I love hearing you sing, beautiful voice
Randy Scott
November 1, 2019
I got to see Holly Dunn in 1990 at Jonesboro Arkansas and it was truly amazing. When she sung her hit daddy's hands they wasn't a dry eye in the place. Her legacy will live on through her music and she will never be forgotten.
Kristen Collins
September 8, 2019
I always loved Holly and her music. She lives on through all of us who remember.
Jack Kelly
Grandparent
August 18, 2019
Seen Holly sing at Fort Smith Arkansas decades ago leaving an impression on me of how sweet a voice and soul she seemed. Thought and told of her several times since. RIP Angel ❣
Wayne Hill
August 16, 2019
We had her in concert in North Iowa. An Angel. -Hootenanny Concerts
Rick Sullivan
Acquaintance
June 11, 2019
Miss you Holly
Raul Deleon
Classmate
May 12, 2019
What a beautiful inspiration to the Country Music Generation! I loved her and always will!
Harry Pratt
Friend
April 20, 2019
My condolences to family and survivors. This is not the end, we will all see Holly again. Death does not have the final say. The chorus in Heaven got better as Earth lost an angel.
jeremy m
Friend
April 6, 2019
Met Holly several times in my work with country radio. She was always friendly and a pleasure to be with. Way too soon for a beautiful soul...
Bob Look
Acquaintance
March 8, 2019
She died way to young. Love her music. So sad.
Michael
February 8, 2019
She has such a beautiful voice sounds like an Angel, I love her music I give my deepest condolences to her family.
Barbara Lewis
Friend
December 30, 2018
RIP MS HOLLY DUNN
Ronald Walker
Friend
December 17, 2018
Holly was definitely a great Country Singer!
Jerry Breeden
November 13, 2018
As we approach the 2nd anniversary of your home going, we keep singing your songs. We attended so many concerts. You were always gracious with your fans (still have photo of you sitting on my husband's lap). Rest in the arms of our savior.
Brenda and Frank Calandrillo
November 6, 2018
Thank you for the music Holly. Mighty Blessings.

November 4, 2018
I remember seeing HOLLY in Indiana pa she put on a great show i stayed for both shows it was the summer before she went to Detroit she shook my hand i will never forget it rest in peace you will be missed
Richard McMunn
October 31, 2018
Holly, I remember you from our days at Beacon Hill Church of Christ in San Antonio. Although an earthly parting is sad, you now have a glorious body and an eternal live. Prayers and best wishes for your family
Johnny Gore
Friend
September 23, 2018
I made your earrings I wanted to play some jams together
Karen Rambo england
August 22, 2018
Today is your birthday..your music was so beautiful and we were so blessed that you share it with us..you will never be forgotten.. f
Betty Hansen
Acquaintance
August 9, 2018
What a shock to hear about her death. I was in Albuquerque the day before. Big fan
David
Friend
June 11, 2018
U were a great singer I loved listening to your music so sorry to here you passed I will keep your family in my prayers and will continue to enjoy listening to your music
Denise Elmore
February 19, 2018
This candle is for you Holly may it always shine on you.
Ann Fitzgerald
January 13, 2018
This loss makes two of my favorite performers lost to ovarian cancer, Joey Feek and Holly. Heaven must have the most beautiful music.
Diane Doyle
December 14, 2017
My heart was broken when my Friend Holly died, I will miss you and your beautiful voice. May you always rest in peace my friend and in my heart I will remember our time at Jefferson and Jeffries..Thank you always Angel...
Patsy Mendoza Young
November 22, 2017
I'll see on the other side of the rainbow bridge!
September 8, 2017
Prayers for comfort to the family ,friends, and fans that loved her so much.
Charlene Evans
Friend
September 2, 2017
My heartfelt sympathies to you all. I was not aware of this until they played our country western songs and they mention the late Holly Dunn which really surprised me. So I came here to check it out and found it is true.

Three years ago November 13, 2014 , I had daddy's hands song and played on guitar because my husband's hands were always busy. He was one not to just sit around and do nothing. I also had played it for him prior to his passing and he love the song also.

It's been around one year now for you folks and may time have gotten better for you on the deep loss each of you share that will never be gone from any of your or our hearts.

Betty Gordon, Ames Iowa
Betty Girdon
August 31, 2017
Loved her song "Daddy's Hands, and others, my deepest condolences to her and her family, even though it has been almost a year already that she passed, God Bless her and all who knew her....
Shelly Smith
Friend
August 27, 2017
She is in Daddies hands now, may she rest easy! Thank you for you contribution to Country Music.
Chris Hecklinger
Acquaintance
June 7, 2017
love her song "Daddy's Hand" reminds me of my daddy's big hand
May 29, 2017
I saw you with garth brooks in san diego
Kathy Gugino
April 5, 2017
l love her song daddy's hands think about my dad she will be miss praying for the family
Cecil T
March 18, 2017
Like Rhonda, I just learned about Holly's passing through a ACU publication. Prayers to her spouse and family.
John Hubbard
March 14, 2017
Steve Clark
March 14, 2017
Steve- Clark
March 14, 2017
I just received notice in a letter from ACU about Holly's death. I met her in class voice at ACU my senior year and ran into each other at various functions on campus. She was so kind and I loved to watch her play her guitar and sing. She was very talented. My deepest sympathy to Holly's family. She is missed.
Rhonda Ryan
Classmate
March 13, 2017
I remember Holly dating back to the late eighties and early nineties. I very saddened for your loss as well as mine. Holly was one of those rare people that touches everyone that either met her or enjoyed her music as well as her incredible art talent. I know that this note is late. She always be in my heart.
Steve Clark
February 15, 2017
We always loved her singing. She will be greatly missed
Donald Shepard
Acquaintance
February 14, 2017
I absolutely loved Hollys voice. Miss her but since she came after my mom died maybe my mother can enjoy her in Heaven. Sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Becky Newcomb Tinsley
Becky Tinsley
January 17, 2017
Holly was such a gifted singer. Those gifts will live on after her death. Holly is singing in GODS choir now. Rest in peace beautiful lady!
Carol Marshall
January 15, 2017
She was a bright light in the music industry and by all accounts an even better person. My condolences to the Dunn Family. RIP with our sweet Jesus and all those who have received their heavenly reward !!
Gary Hoetker
January 13, 2017
To the immediate family I holly Dunn I really enjoyed her singing the two songs daddy's hands and you really had me going inspired me May she rest in peace
Dean Hoes
January 13, 2017
I don't think I can express how much Holly meant to me. She brought me a life time of joy. Through her music and compassion I was able to process and cope with life. Her faith and kindness was astounding.
Jaune Sonnier
January 13, 2017
Jaune Sonnier
January 10, 2017
I was a Holly Dunn fan from day one, My heart shattered when I received a news alert about her passing, I fell to the floor in total shock, and I prayed that it wasn't true, but then a friend of mine at a radio station told me that it was true! Holly was the best and now she is in God's heavenly chior , and she is with her father, and her mother of whom she loved and missed so dearly! She will always be the rose of Texas! We love you and miss you Holly! See you one day soon when we will be with Jesus forever!
Bill Martin
January 5, 2017
So sad to hear of the passing of Holly Dunn. I really enjoyed her music through the years and her appearances on various television shows. A real talent and a genuinely kind and gracious person. Glad that she had an opportunity to express herself as an artist in later years. Sincere condolences to the family. Rest in peace.

K. Morrison, Ontario, Canada.
December 31, 2016
here it is christmas and just found out about holly dunn's death what great shame.
richard brooks
December 31, 2016
Very fond of holly dunn
Thomas Vedder
December 22, 2016
so sorry to have found this out today.she had a wonderful talent for singing.like many of her fans "daddys hands" was i felt written for my daddy that we lost over 30 years ago.my heart is with her family.
melissa Fraley-Mcneely
Friend
December 19, 2016
I LIVED IN RUIDOSO WHEN HER SONG ABOUT " MY OLD LOVE IN NM " CAME OUT. PLAYED IT OVER AND OVER. REMINDS ME OF SIMILAR TIME IN MY LIFE. THANX HOLLY. GLAD NM CHARM KEPT YOU THERE.
RON GARCIA
December 13, 2016
I loved her music , prayers go out to her hurting brother . So sorry to hear this news . Love Charlotte Brightman
December 6, 2016
HOLLY DUNN IS AN INCREDIBLE PERSON \ ARTIST.

A TRUE TALENT, IN EVERY WAY. HER SONG DADDY'S

HANDS, IS A TRULY WONDERFUL SONG.

BOTH OF MY DAD'S HAVE PASSED. MY BIOLOGICAL DAD,

PASSED WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG. MY ADOPTED DAD


WAS A CARPENTER,I USED TO HOLD HIS HANDS AN LOOK

IN AMAZEMENT. THANK YOU HOLLY DUNN. FOR DADDY'S

HANDS
Gwenda Goddarrd
December 4, 2016
i am so sorry to hear of holly's passing...she was a truly beautiful and gracious woman...i have all of her music and 2 of her original pieces of art...met her several times and she was always so very nice and down to earth...may her family be blessed and may the angels rejoice that holly is now among them...you will be missed...rest in peace sweet lady...
lin forest
December 4, 2016
One of the most sincere, wholesome and talented artists in the modern era. She is missed !! Godspeed Holly !!
November 26, 2016
Holly may you rest in peace . I knew Holly at Thomas Jefferson High School gradulated with her
November 26, 2016
Kathryn Rayburg
November 25, 2016
SUCH A WONDERFUL LADY, A GREAT TALENTED ARTIST THAT WILL BE TERRIBLY MISSED. SHE'LL ALWAYS BE IN OUR MINES AND HEART. MY LOVE AND PRAYERS GO TO THE DUNN FAMILY. -Mari Sivilla (Downey,Ca)
Mari Sivilla
November 25, 2016
SUCH A WONDERFUL LADY, A GREAT TALENTED ARTIST THAT WILL BE TERRIBLY MISSED. SHE'LL ALWAYS BE IN OUR MINES AND HEART. MY LOVE AND PRAYERS GO TO THE DUNN FAMILY. -Mari Sivilla (Downey,Ca)
November 24, 2016
Grafenwoehr Training Area Bavaria 7 th U S Army JMTC
Holly RIP !

Your great voice and Daddy s Hands will be allways with me.
Your loyal fan from old bavaria.
Dieter Thomas Freitag
November 23, 2016
November 23,2016 holly was a great singer and a great friend I will miss you every day. I love you patsy bice
patsy bice
November 23, 2016
Holly you will be missed. You were beautiful inside and outside. "Daddy's Hands" brought back so many memories. I could close my eyes and remember my daddy. You always showed your love for family and God. You are now pain free and singing along with the other country greats and the choir of angels for our Heavenly Father. My prayers are with your family and friends at this time of sadness. Rest in peace my angel .
Modena Jenkins
November 22, 2016
Holly Dunn had an Amazing voice! Her song Daddy's hands really touched my heart. Prayers to all of her family and friends!
Joyce Helms
November 22, 2016
Great person and musician. She will greatly be missed. She's in a better place now and she's with the other great country singers that have passed on, in heaven entertaing the Lord. RIP Holly. Love you.
Shane Gauthier
November 22, 2016
Very proud to have known Holly. Loved her sense of humor. John Decker
John Decker
November 21, 2016
Loved her music. Wish we had her style now. Had "Daddy's Hands" played at my wedding reception for my daddy.

Ginger
November 21, 2016
Loved her songs epically "If I'd Never Loved you" Rest in Peace Holly
Dianne Primroy
November 21, 2016
Rip
Marty Root
November 21, 2016
albert Brabant from Canada regina Canada 1112 b empopress street regina sasjkatchewan love all or music daddy hands holly dunn albertbrabant@hotmail.com
albert brabant
November 21, 2016
You are now truly in "Daddy's Hands"! RIP
Ronnie Sims
Friend
November 20, 2016
WE PLAYED "DADDY'S HANDS" OVER AND OVER AGAIN ALL THE TIME-SHE WAS SO PRETTY
PHYLLIS
November 20, 2016
To the family: As a country music fan, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences. I will always remember the song "Daddy's Hands" as I have sometimes been called a daddy's girl.
B. Joyce Washington
November 20, 2016
R.I.P.. Holly Dunn. You will be missed very much.
Gene L
Gene Lego
November 19, 2016
Rick Alleman
November 19, 2016
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.


Kahlil Gibran
November 19, 2016
William Clark
An All Time Very Big Fan
William Clark
November 19, 2016
When Holly was born in S. A. my mother-in-law, Estelle Palmer, a member of her father's church, quilted a blanket for Holly. Her mother, Yvonne, said Holly carried it around for years. When Estelle died, Holly's father, who conducted her funeral in S. A., brought the tattered quilt to show everyone how much Holly loved it.

Holly was beautiful and talented. May she rest in peace in the presence of Jesus and her parents.
Lynn Burney
November 19, 2016
My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of being in the Jeff Aires with Holly at Thomas Jefferson High School. She had such a beautiful voice and was so talented. She will be missed.
CHERYL PETERS ODOM
November 19, 2016
I was fortunate enough to see Holly in 1992 when she opened for the Oak Ridge Boys in Hiawassee, Georgia. She was very approachable and signed the blister card for me on her Greatest Hits cassette. I remember she left the premises in a SUV, not some big bus. We need to remember that these entertainers are human just like us and have the same challenges. Neither fame nor fortune insulates famous people from challenges. We are all mortal. Eternal peace, Holly. Now, time to play "Heart Full Of Love" and reflect.
Gerry Huntley
November 19, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
G. Freeman
November 19, 2016
My prayers are with you and your love one.
November 19, 2016
With deepest sympathy for
an amazing person who passed from this life way to soon. She is now singing with the angles.
Jack Weingart
November 18, 2016
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Dunn in 1998 and enjoyed visiting with her. Country and gospel music has lost a genuine contributor.
Marie Barlow
Acquaintance
November 18, 2016
So very sad to hear of this beautiful and talented singer songwriters death. My thoughts and prayers go out to her many friends, fans, and family. Holly you will be missed, and I for one am glad that we had you in our lives with those great songs of yours. Had the pleasure of seeing her in concert when I lived in Albuquerque many years ago. Beautiful angel sing always in the kingdom of God forever more. We love always and forever more.
Jacob Ortiz
November 18, 2016
My heart breaks to hear of Holly's passing. She was such an amazing country singer & writer and so dedicated to her fans! At one of her concerts in St. Louis, she stopped singing momentarily right in the middle of one of her songs, just for me, to tell the usher to leave me alone and to let me take pictures if I wanted to. What a devoted entertainer! I was such a huge fan of hers and her wonderful music, and was so sad when she retired from the music business. Now I am absolutely heart-broken that she has passed on from this beautiful world. So thankful and blessed that Holly has shared all of her tremendous talents with us and left behind her wonderful legacy. I extend my condolences to her family, friends and all those who knew her. Rest in peace, Holly.
Tammy Campbell
November 18, 2016
to the holly dunn family my sincere condolences at this time from the 80s and 90s i loved daddys hands reminded me of my past father who went 1997 and you really had me going she will always be remembered through her songs r.i.p.
dean hoes
Acquaintance
November 18, 2016
My condolences and prayers to the Dunn family. I continued hoping to hear a new song or songs from Holly even after her retirement. Such a beautiful voice. She will be greatly missed.
Sharon Webb
November 18, 2016
Matthew McGuire
November 18, 2016
WE WILL MISS YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL VOICE I KNOW YOU ARE SINGING NOW IN HEAVEN
LYNN DAWSON
Friend
November 18, 2016
Holly signed a drawing, I once did of her...I will always "treasure" it...! RIP, Holly....
Duane Hill
November 18, 2016
Thank you for sharing all of your talents with the world. Most of all , thank you for the friendship. You welcomed me to Nashville with such warmth and kindness. RIP my friend.
Anita Cochran
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