Tanya Tucker Hospitalized With Upper Respiratory Infection, Postpones Tour Dates

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Tanya Tucker attends the 10th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on Aug. 30, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

The country legend is recovering in a Nashville hospital after becoming ill before a South Dakota gig.

Country great Tanya Tucker has been forced to postpone a half-dozen tour dates after being hospitalized with an upper respiratory infection. A press release sent out today explains that Tucker fell ill before a South Dakota date on her current North American tour, and that the singer was treated by local medical staff, before moving to a Nashville hospital for further treatment and recovery.

“I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets and were looking forward to seeing us on the road," Tucker says in the release. "I just feel terrible, but I’ll get even worse if I don’t take care of myself. I love you all."

A regular fixture on the Billboard country charts from the early '70s up to the late '90s, the 58-year-old Tucker has topped the Hot Country Songs chart ten times, and reached its top 40 a stunning 56 times, with such enduring hits as "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane," "Texas (When I Die)" and "Delta Dawn" -- which she had a top 10 country hit with a year before Helen Reddy took it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. She is currently preparing to launch a new album, which will be her first solo album since 2009.

Here are the six postponed dates on Tucker's current tour:

Oct. 07 Watertown, S.D. – Dakota Sioux Casino
Oct. 11 Swift Current, SK Canada – The Living Sky Casino
Oct. 12 Whitecap, SK Canada – Dakota Dunes Casino
Oct. 14 Fort Hall, Idaho – Fort Hall Casino
Oct. 15 Pendleton, Ore. – Wildhorse Resort
Oct. 16 Airway Heights, Wash. - Northern Quest Casino