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Miranda Lambert shares a sweet childhood memory of Holly Dunn Photo by: Quasar/STAR MAX/IPx 2016
Photo by: Quasar/STAR MAX/IPx 2016 11/2/16 Miranda Lambert at the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee)

The news of Opry star Holly Dunn’s passing was a heartbreaking blow to the entire country music community. Social media was dotted with memories and expressions of grief from former tourmates of Holly’s, like Steve Wariner and Restless Heart to country icons like Charlie Daniels and Patty Loveless.

While Holly had stepped away from the music business many years ago and began to pursue her passion for painting, the permanent mark she left in the history of country music and the influence she was for a younger generation of artists is unquestionable.

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And one of those next generation artists, Miranda Lambert, wants to make sure that fans know the impact Holly and her music had on her own young career.

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram page, Ran shared a photo of the beautiful brunette best known for her hit “Daddy’s Hands.” In the post, the “Vice” singer shared how Holly had inspired her— “By singing along to her cassette tape, I learned to sing. ‘Daddy’s Hands’ was the first song I ever learned and sang in public. I was 9 years old. The 3rd grade talent show and my dad played guitar for me. She will always have a special place in my heart.”

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If this arouses your curiosity about beautiful Holly Dunn, we suggest heading over to Spotify and checking out a few more of her hit songs. Our favorites include the brooding “Love Someone Like Me,” the shuffled “You Really Had Me Going,” and the lesser known but super groovy “As Long As You Belong to Me.”

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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