Dottie West

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Dottie West

Dottie was signed to a record deal by RCA’s Chet Atkins in the mid-60s, who produced her self-penned “Here Comes My Baby.” The song earned her a Grammy for Best Country & Western Performance (Female) marking the first time a woman in Country was awarded a Grammy.

In 1963, Dottie and Bill West received their first BMI # 1 record for “Is This Me” recorded by Jim Reeves. Dottie West’s hits include the 1973 smash “Country Sunshine,” which hit the country and pop charts.

In the late 1970s, West joined forces with Kenny Rogers on a series of successful duets “Every Time Fools Collide” (1978), “All I Ever Need Is You” (1979), and “What Are We Doin’ in Love” (1981). West and Rogers won the Best Duo of the Year Award from the CMA in 1978 and 1979.

The 1984 album, Just Dottie, scored two Billboard country chart hits “Let Love Come Lookin’ for You” and “We Know Better Now.”

This album was Dottie’s last recordings. While en route to a 1991 Opry performance, West sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident, ultimately passing on September 4, 1991. She was 58.


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Awards and Honors

Year Award Category
1963 BMI Awards Songwriters Award – “Is This Me” (w/ Bill West)
1964 BMI Awards Songwriter’s Award – “Here Comes My Baby” (w/ Bill West)
1965 Grammy Awards Best Female Country Vocal Performance – “Here Comes My Baby”
1966 BMI Awards Awards Songwriter’s Award – “What’s Come Over My Baby” (w/ Bill West)
1973 BMI Awards Songwriter’s Award – “Country Sunshine”
1974 Billboard Magazine #1 Female Songwriter in the USA
1974 British Country Music Awards #1 Female Performer
1974 CLIO Awards Excellence In Advertising – Country Sunshine Coca-Cola Commercial
1978 Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year – (w/ Kenny Rogers)
1979 Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year – (w/ Kenny Rogers)
1979 Music City News Country Awards Duet of the Year – (w/ Kenny Rogers)
2000 BMI Golden Voice Awards Golden Legacy Award
2000 Billboard Magazine’s 200 Most Played Artists Ranking – #44
2002 CMT’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music Ranking- #23