Dottie West’s 80th birthday will be celebrated tomorrow by Main Street McMinnville and Heritage Alliance. The event is open to the public, but RSVP is required.
“There will be a very important announcement made by Kory Brandon,” said Main Street McMinnville executive director Carla King.
The birthday celebration will include a graveside service at 5 p.m., with a celebration following at Magness Library at 6 p.m. Guest speakers will be Jimmy Haley, Thomas Vaughn and Brandon.
Born the first of 10 children to Hollis and Pelina Marsh on Oct. 11, 1932 in Warren County, West was named Dorothy Marie Marsh.
West signed with RCA Records. Her 1964 self-written song called “Here Comes My Baby” won a Grammy Award, making her the first female country music singer to win that honor.
Her career resulted in 400 self-written songs, 40 albums, 100 singles and 16 Grammy nominations. In 1973, her signature song “Country Sunshine” became a hit.
She died in 1991 in an automobile accident on her way to the Grand Ole Opry. She is buried in Mount View Cemetery in McMinnville.
For the birthday celebration, refreshments will be provided by The Grove and entertainment by Kelly Walker. Family members of West will be recognized.
Anyone who would like to attend can RSVP with the Main Street McMinnville office today or call 506-5335.