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    Dottie West

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    Genre:Country, Classical
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1I Heard Our Song lyrics
    2I Wish I Didn't Have to Miss You lyrics
    3With All My Heart and Soul lyrics
    4Sometimes When We Touch lyrics
    5King of Kings lyrics
    6Almost Persuaded lyrics
    7Rose Garden lyrics
    8D-I-V-O-R-C-E lyrics
    9How Many Lifetimes Will It Take lyrics
    Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight lyrics
    Kenny Rogers feat. Dottie West

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Suffer Time [RCA Victor] [1966]
    2The Sound of Country Music [Camden] [1967]
    3I'll Help You Forget Her [RCA Victor] [1967]
    4Country Girl Singing Sensation [Starday] [1964]
    5Dottie West Sings [RCA Victor] [1965]
    6Here Comes My Baby [RCA Victor] [1965]
    7Dottie West Sings Sacred Ballads [RCA Victor] [1967]
    8Feminine Fancy [RCA Victor] [1968]
    9With All My Heart and Soul [RCA Victor] [1967]
    10I Fall to Pieces [Nashville] [1967]


    Dottie West was one of the most successful, and controversial, performers
    to rise to popularity during the Nashville sound era; like her friend and
    mentor Patsy Cline, West's battles for identity and respect within the male-
    dominated country music hierarchy were instrumental in enabling other
    female artists to gain control over the directions of their careers.

    Born Dorothy Marie Walsh outside McMinnville, TN, on October 11, 1932,
    she was the oldest of ten children; after her abusive, alcoholic father
    abandoned the family, her mother opened a small cafe. Dottie began
    appearing on local radio just shy of her 13th birthday and went on to study
    music at Tennessee Tech, where she also sang in a band; the group's steel
    guitar player, Bill West, became her first husband in 1953. After graduation,
    the Wests and their two children moved to Cleveland, OH; there, Dottie
    began appearing on the television program Landmark Jamboree as one
    half of a country-pop vocal duo called the Kay-Dots alongside partner
    Kathy Dee. At the same time, West made numerous trips to Nashville in the
    hopes of landing a recording deal; in 1959, she and Bill auditioned for
    Starday's Don Pierce and were immediately offered a contract. Although
    the resulting singles West cut for the label proved unsuccessful, she
    nonethless moved to Nashville in 1961. There, she and her husband fell in
    with a group of aspiring songwriters like Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, Hank
    Cochran, and Harlan Howard; they also became close friends with Cline
    and her husband Charlie Dick.

    West earned her first Top 40 hit in 1963 with "Let Me Off at the Corner,"
    followed a year later by the Top Ten "Love Is No Excuse," a duet with
    Jim Reeves (who had scored a major success with her "Is This Me?"). Also
    in 1964, she auditioned for producer Chet Atkins, the architect of the
    Nashville sound, who agreed to produce her composition "Here Comes My
    Baby"; the single made West the first female country artist to win a
    Grammy Award, leading to an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. In
    Atkins, West found the perfect producer for her plaintive vocals and
    heart-wrenching songs; after releasing the Here Comes My Baby LP in
    1965, they reunited for the following year's Suffer Time, which generated
    her biggest hit yet in "Would You Hold It Against Me." In 1967, the West/
    Atkins pairing issued three separate albums — With All My Heart and Soul
    (featuring the smash "Paper Mansions"), Dottie West Sings Sacred Ballads,
    and I'll Help You Forget Her; she also appeared in a pair of films, Second
    Fiddle to a Steel Guitar and There's a Still on the Hill.

    After the 1968 LP Country Girl, West teamed with Don Gibson for a record
    of duets, 1969's Dottie and Don, featuring the number two hit "Rings of
    Gold." The album was her last with Atkins, and she followed it with two
    1970 releases, Forever Yours and Country Boy and Country Girl, a
    collection of pairings with Jimmy Dean. Around the time of 1971's Have You
    Heard...Dottie West, she left Bill and in 1972 married drummer Bryan
    Metcalf, who was a dozen years her junior. Suddenly, West's image
    underwent a huge metamorphosis; the woman who once performed
    dressed in conservative gingham dresses and refused to record Kris
    Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night" because it was "too
    sexy" began appearing in skin-tight stage attire. As the sexual revolution
    peaked, so did West's career; after the 1973 success of the crossover
    smash "Country Sunshine," written for Coca-Cola, her material became far
    more provocative and, much to the chagrin of country purists, more
    commericially successful as well.

    After the release of House of Love in 1974, West notched a number of Top
    40 hits like "Last Time I Saw Him," "When It's Just You and Me," and
    "Tonight You Belong to Me." In 1977, she was recording the song "Every
    Time Two Fools Collide" when, according to legend, Kenny Rogers suddenly
    entered the studio and began singing along. Released as a duet, the single
    hit number one, West's first; the duo's 1979 "All I Ever Need Is You" and
    1981 "What Are We Doin' in Love" topped the charts as well, and a 1979
    duets album titled Classics also proved successful. As a solo artist, West
    notched a pair of number ones in 1980 — "A Lesson in Leavin'" and "Are
    You Happy Baby?".

    As the 1980s progressed, West's popularity began to slip; she appeared in
    a revealing photo spread in the men's magazine Oui and toured with a
    production of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In 1983,
    she married for the third time, to soundman Al Winters, who was some 23
    years younger than she was; a year later, she appeared in the play Bring
    It on Home. Her last chart hit, "We Know Better Now," reached only number
    53 in 1985. Although she remained a popular touring act, West's financial
    problems mounted, and in 1990, after divorcing Winters, she declared
    bankruptcy, culminating in the foreclosure of her Nashville mansion. After
    a car accident and a public auction of her possessions, she began making
    plans for a comeback, including an album of duets and autobiography. But
    en route to a September 4, 1991, appearance at Opryland, the car she was
    riding in flipped, and a few days later West died of her injuries. A made-
    for-television biography followed a few years later.

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