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Dottie West

"Dottie West", born "Dorothy Marie Marsh" (October 11 1932 in McMinnville, Tennessee–September 4 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee) was a United States country music singer, widely hailed as one of its greatest vocalists and pioneers.


Dottie West was one of country music's most popular female vocalists for more than three decades. She began her career in local venues in Cleveland, Ohio in the mid 1950s. She and her husband, steel guitarist Bill West, moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1959 and she began recording and making personal appearances with a number of major stars including Patsy Cline, who became her closest friend. It was not until 1963, however, that West's career took off when she signed to RCA Records. She made the top ten twice in 1964, a duet with Jim Reeves titled "Love is No Excuse" and a solo "Here Comes My Baby" which won her a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. West would eventually earned 16 Grammy nominations including further Best Female Country Vocal nominations in 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973, and 1974.

West was also an accomplished songwriter, penning almost 100 songs including several of her own hits as well as "Is This...

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