- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2011

VIDOR, TEXAS (AP) - Singer Billie Jo Spears, whose performance of “Blanket on the Ground” went No. 1 on the country charts in 1975, has died at age 73.

A funeral home spokesman confirmed her death Wednesday evening. Carl Willis of R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee had no details.

The Orange Leader newspaper in Texas reported that she died Wednesday morning at her home in Vidor (VYE’dur), 85 miles northeast of Houston. No cause of death was stated.

The Beaumont native was voted most promising female vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 1976.

Her other hits included “Mr. Walker, It’s All Over” in 1969; “What I’ve Got in Mind” in 1976; “Misty Blue” in 1976; and “If You Want Me” in 1977.

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