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Op-Ed: Dottie West deserves to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Posted Aug 1, 2014 by Markos Papadatos
Country singer Dottie West may have passed away in 1991, yet she has been a true pioneer in the genre and has been overlooked by the Country Music Hall of Fame for many years now.
Dottie West in Bob Mackie outfit
Dottie West in Bob Mackie outfit
Ron Harman
Most recently, Digital Journal, did a feature on the Top 5 female living female artists that deserve to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which included Lynn Anderson, Janie Fricke, Jeannie Seely, Jan Howard and Crystal Gayle.
If we were to do a list of deceased female country legends that are worthy of Country Music Hall of Fame induction, Dottie West would top that list.
West was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and good friends with the late Patsy Cline and Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn. She was the recipient of the first-ever "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" Grammy award for her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again."
She went on to influence such female country artists as Crystal Gayle, Lynn Anderson, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton and even Tammy Wynette. The majority of her songs reached the Top 10 and the Top 20 in the 60s.
West collaborated with "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers himself on four duets, which included the chart-topper "Every Time Two Fools Collide,""Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight," "All I Ever Need Is You" and they covered Tammy Wynette's "Til I Can Make It On My Own."
She ranked No. 23 on the 2002 television special, CMT's "40 Greatest Women of Country Music."
In 1980, she soared to the top of the country charts for the very first time by herself with "A Lesson in Leavin'," which has become a country standard that was covered by Jo Dee Messina in the late 90s.
Her daughter, Shelly West, is an accomplished country artist in her own right, known for her chart-topping duet with David Frizzell, the country classic "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma." Shelly followed that up with her solo No. 1 hit "José Cuervo" in 1983.
West was a fashion icon in the genre, where her Bob Mackie outfit will be part of Kenny Rogers' exhibit "Through the Years" which will be opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 15. This is the outfit that West wore during her duet performances with Rogers. More information on this exhibit can be seen by clicking here.
For all of these reasons and more, Dottie West is a country legend that deserves her spotlight in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She was a true female country music trailblazer.