Dottie West

Dottie West

58 (passed away Sep. 4th, 1991)
Oct. 11th, 1932
Born in
Smithville, Tennessee, USA

Dottie West's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Solid Gold TV Show
Solid Gold

Main Movie Roles

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  • Born at 4:00am-CST
  • Is portrayed by 'Michele Lee (I)' (qv) in _Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995) (TV)_ (qv)
  • Her 1973 No. 2 hit, "Country Sunshine", was used in Coca-Cola commercials in the mid- and late-1970s.
  • Her 1980 No. 1 hit, "Lesson in Leavin'" became a major hit once again in 1999 by 'Jo Dee Messina' (qv) (who stayed at No. 2 for seven weeks with the re-make). Both West and Messina are redheads.
  • In an interview in April 1964 (only three months before his death) eventual Country Music Hall of Fame member "Gentleman" Jim Reeves predicted Dottie would be "the next great female Country Music artist", and told fans to "keep an eye on that name, Dottie West".
  • She is the mother of 'Shelly West (I)' (qv).
  • Singer.
  • Had a highly successful string of duets with 'Kenny Rogers (I)' (qv) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with three of their duets going to No. 1 -- "Every Time Two Fools Collide" (1978); "All I Ever Need is You" (1979); and "What are We Doin' in Love" (1981). West's other successful duet partners included 'Jim Reeves (I)' (qv) (most notably, 1964's "Love is No Excuse") and 'Don Gibson (II)' (qv) (biggest duet hit was "Rings of Gold" in 1969).

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