Cristy Lane (born Eleanor Johnston in 1940 in Peoria) is a Country music and Gospel music singer. She is best known for her Country hit "One Day At a Time", which rose to #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 1980.
During the Vietnam War period she sang for U.S. servicemen at officers' clubs and similar venues for a fee of $500 for each performance. In all, Lane performed in 120 shows during 4 90-day tour.
She entertained over 100,000 troops, with some estimates as high as 300,000. The natural dangers of singing in a war zone found Cristy in serious jeopardy on more than one occasion and in one traumatic episode a helicopter in which she was riding crashed into a combat zone. Suffering from injuries, exhaustion, and stress, Lane became seriously ill, both mentally and physically. By 1970 she had attempted suicide on two separate occasions.
She moved to Nashville and signed with Capitol Records briefly before recording for her husband's private studio, LS Records, in the late 1970s. In 1977 she released a debut single, "Trying to Forget About You." This single charted, as well as a follow-up release, "Sweet Deceiver." That fall, she released a single track, "Let Me Down Easy," which was picked as the background on a national news story about a balloon festival.
"Let Me Down Easy" peaked at number seven, as did "Penny Arcade," released in 1978. She also had a hit with the Christmas song "Shake Me, I Rattle" in early 1978.
At the Academy of Country Music awards ceremony in 1979, Lane was named New Vocalist of the Year - a contract with United Artists (UA) ensued.
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