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Dottie West

Dottie West

Dottie West was born Dorothy Marie Marsh on October 11, 1932 in McMinnville, TN. Dottie West grew up as a child with the aspirations of becoming a singer. Dottie West began performing at a young age on local radio station and went to Tennessee Tech to study music. Dottie West sang in a band at Tennessee Tech where she met the steel guitar player and her future first husband Bill West. The two would go on to tour clubs and appear on TV shows. Dottie West began to receive fame on her own when she released a couple singles, "An Angel on Paper" and "Let Me Off At the Corner." These singles were followed up by the top ten hit with Jim Reeves "Love is No Excuse." Dottie West was the first female country artist to win a Grammy with her #1 hit "Here Comes My Baby." During the 60's, 70's, and early 80's Dottie West managed to do really well selling out tickets to her concerts and winning numerous awards. Unfortunately, during the late 80's her career crumbled and due to a financial mix-up Dottie West was forced into bankruptcy. Dottie West tried made an attempt at a comeback, but on her way to a Grand Ole Opry performance in 1991 she was involved in a car wreck that claimed her life.
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