Loveless, Patty [Ramey, Patricia ]
- John Lilly
[Ramey, Patricia ]
(b Pikeville, KY, Jan 4, 1957). American country music singer, recording artist, and songwriter. The daughter of a coal miner, Loveless was raised on traditional country music and was particularly influenced by broadcasts of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. At age 16, she moved to Nashville and secured a songwriting contract with Sure Fire Music with the help of the Wilburn Brothers. In 1976, she married Terry Lovelace, drummer for the Wilburn Brothers band, and moved to North Carolina. For the next several years, the pair played in a series of rock bands in the Charlotte area. In 1985, she returned to Nashville to again pursue a career in country music. Though divorced from Terry Lovelace, she chose to keep his last name, with an altered spelling. Signed to MCA records, Loveless released “If My Heart Had Windows,” a top ten song in 1987 (and a hit for George Jones 20 years earlier). Subsequent chart success led to Loveless’ induction into the ...