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Dottie West
Original name: Dorothy Marie Marsh
Birth: Oct. 11, 1932
McMinnville
Warren County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 1991
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Country Singer. She has been credited as being one of the most gifted, talented and classy pioneers of modern country music. After marrying Bill West, her songwriting partner and steel guitarist, the West's and their children moved to Nashville in the early 1960's, where Dottie played hostess to unknown songwriters such as Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. After the death of best friend, Patsy Cline, Dottie signed with RCA Records and her 1964 self-written song, "Here Comes My Baby", won a Grammy Award, making her the first female Country Music singer to win that honor. Membership to the Grand Ole Opry followed and Dottie's stardom began to climb, launching a career that would result in over 400 self-written songs, 40 albums, 100 singles and 16 Grammy nominations. In 1973, her signature song "Country Sunshine" became a hit Coca-Cola jingle and, in 1974, her marriage to Bill West ended. Dottie traded her gingham dresses in for glitz and glamour, changing the face of the modern woman in Country Music. Her duet partnership with Kenny Rogers resulted in hit albums and vocal duo awards for 1978 and 1979. She married drummer Byron Metcalf in 1976. Dottie never missed success on the Country Top 40 from 1976-1984 and began successfully crossing over to Pop Music. Signing with Liberty Records in the early 1980s, albums such as "High Times", "Special Delivery" and "Are You Happy Baby?" enjoyed success and in 1985, she took time off to tour with a theatrical company. Following her divorce from Metcalf, she married Al Winters whom she later divorced in 1990. By August of 1990, she owed nearly $1.3 million in back taxes to the IRS, which later auctioned off her home and belongings. Dottie planned a comeback but an automobile accident claimed her life while en route to the Grand Ole Opry. Michele Lee portrayed Dottie in the hit made-for-television movie "Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story." (bio by: MJV) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Hollis Marsh (1908 - 1967)
  Pelina Artha Jones Marsh (1915 - 1970)
 
 Spouse:
  William Morris West (1933 - 2013)*
 
 Children:
  William Morris West (1953 - 2010)*
 
 Siblings:
  Dottie West (1932 - 1991)
  Ozie Marsh (1934 - 1987)*
  Kelton Gene Marsh (1937 - 2013)*
  Edith Marzell Marsh (1943 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Road accident
 
Burial:
Mount View Cemetery
McMinnville
Warren County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 35.69561, -85.76582
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 1483
Dottie West
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Dottie West
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Dottie West
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- gecko
 Added: Nov. 13, 2014
God bless you throughout Autumn, the beautiful, fiery season of the Harvest. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Oct. 23, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: Oct. 11, 2014
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