Holly Dunn’s wrote her biggest hit, “Daddy’s Hands,” on her way to work one morning. She made a tape of it and slipped into a Father’s Day card to her dad. The song only made it to #7 on the Country Charts in 1986 (the year it was released), but it earned her nominations for two Grammys – Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.
In a post on niume, Texas music exec A. Michael Uhlmann relates a conversation with Dunn, in which she recalls that when she was growing up, her San Antonio home was open to many musicians, including Sonny James, Roy Orbison and Porter Waggoner. But, according to Uhlmann, Dunn was also influenced by singers closer to her generation – James Taylor, Carole King and The Beatles.
She often collaborated with her brother Chris Waters, and the duo penned a number of her hits, including “Playing for Keeps,” “Strangers Again” and “(It’s Always Gonna Be) Someday.”
Dunn was named “Top New Female Vocalist” in 1986, won the CMA Horizon Award in the same year and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1989.