Whatever Happened To Dottie West?
Let’s talk about one of country music’s greatest of all time, the late Dottie West. She was a singer and songwriter. Along with her friends and co-recording artists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, she is considered one of the genre’s most influential and groundbreaking female artists.
Dottie’s career started in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, “Here Comes My Baby Back Again,” which won her the first Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965.
In the 1960s, she was one of the few female country singers working in what was then a male-dominated industry, influencing other female country singers like Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette.
In the early 1970s, Dottie wrote a popular commercial for the Coca-Cola company, titled ‘Country Sunshine.’ In the late-70s, she teamed up with country-pop superstar, Kenny Rogers for a series of duets, which brought her career to peaks it had never gone before.
As time would go on though, Dotties life seemed to turn bad. Although she remained a popular touring act, West’s financial problems mounted, and in 1990, after divorcing, she declared bankruptcy, culminating in the foreclosure of her Nashville mansion.
The end for Dottie was tragic. On August 30, 1991, West was scheduled to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Shortly after leaving her apartment in Nashville, her car that Kenny Rogers had given her following the loss of her possessions, stalled. Her 81-year-old neighbor, George Thackston, spotted her on the side of the road and offered to drive her to the Opry.
Frantic about getting to the Opry on time, she had urged the man to speed. He lost control of his vehicle on the Opryland exit. Dottie suffered both a ruptured spleen and a lacerated liver.
On September 4, 1991, during her third operation, West died on the operating table at 9:43 a.m., at the age of 58.