'Daddy's Hands' singer Holly Dunn dead at 59

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Holly Dunn, a San Antonio native who had a hit in 1986 with "Daddy's Hands," about her minister father, has died. She was 59.

Dunn died on Monday in hospice care in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to June Keys, the manager at the Pena-Dunn Gallery in Santa Fe, where Dunn's paintings were displayed. Dunn announced earlier this year she was battling ovarian cancer.

The Grammy-nominated Dunn was the Academy of Country Music's top new female vocalist in 1986 and was named most promising newcomer by the Country Music Association the following year.

However, her career stalled in the 1990s after her song, "Maybe I Mean Yes," was pulled from country radio after critics complained it sounded like an invitation for date rape. She left music to be a painter.