Tanya Tucker, who is just 15, was anointed last month by her idol, Merle Haggard. Accompanied as always by her parents, brother and sister, she attended his Manhattan concert and went backstage first. It was the day before The Hag's birthday, so Tanya sang Happy Birthday into his ear. As a reward, Merle invited her onstage to sing her hit, Delta Dawn:
She's 41 and her daddy still calls her baby;
All the folks around Brownsville say she's crazy . . .
Tanya had arrived as a superstar. In a field where almost every top performer...