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Dottie West

Dottie West was a rags to riches success story. Dorothy Marie Marsh grew up in a large, impoverished family. Her father was sent to prison for sexually abusing her. She used her hardships to shape her career with an unmatched work ethic and a drive to help fellow musicians in need. She would go on to become the first woman singing country music to win a Grammy.

She began appearing on the radio around her 13th birthday and went on to study at Tennessee Tech. There, she advanced her music career as she sang in a band and played the steel guitar. After working her way through college, Dottie began commuting to Nashville from Ohio on the weekends to Nashville to cultivate music industry contacts. She eventually met some aspiring songwriters, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Hank Cochran who helped her craft her songwriting skills.  Here Comes My Baby became her first success as a songwriter.

Dottie West continued having success as a singer and a songwriter – and not just for singles.  This song, co-written by Dottie, started as a jingle for Coca-Cola…

She was known for collaborations with fellow country music stars – perhaps most notably was her partnership with Kenny Rogers. This was their first project together.

Dottie enjoyed one of the longest hitmaking careers of any woman of her generation. Sadly, bad investments and a lull in her career in the late 1980s led to bankruptcy in 1990. She died a year later, of injuries from a Nashville car crash. A push by her friends in the industry led to her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2018.