Grammy-winning country singer Jodi Miller has died at the age of 80. The famous singer died at her home in Blanchard, Oklahoma, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Miller’s first big hit came in 1964 with her song “He Walks Like a Man,” followed by “Queen of the House,” which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Performance in 1966. Miller was one of the pioneers female singers of different genres, she crossed over from the pop/folk realm into the realm of country music and paved the way for Linda Rodstad, Anne Murray and many others. “Jodi Miller had this innate, God-given ability to perform and connect with the most beautiful tones and variations,” Miller’s longtime spokeswoman Jennifer McMullen said in a statement. “He made it look and sound so easy that sometimes you need time to realize the greatness of what you’re hearing. But she was just as authentic and extraordinary in life as she was on stage and on record,” he added.
Miller retired from touring in the 1980s and went to live with her husband, Monty Brooks, on a horse ranch in Blanchard. There she began a new chapter in her life as a gospel singer.
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