Dottie West was remembered on her 80th birthday with a celebration at Magness Library. Unveiled was an exhibit of West that will be placed Nov. 13 at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville.
Making the announcement about the exhibit was Kory Brandon, who is affiliated with the museum. The exhibit will feature photographs, costumes and other memorabilia from the life of the great country music legend, who became known as “Miss Country Sunshine” for her heartfelt rendition of the song by the same title.
Also in attendance at the birthday party were members of West’s family, friends and supporters. Thomas B. Vaughn gave a tribute to West, who was born Dorothy Marie Marsh on Oct. 11, 1932 and grew up in rural poverty to achieve international fame and fortune as both a singer and songwriter.
“She excelled in what was then a male-dominated field winning a Grammy for ‘Here Comes My Baby,’ a song she co-wrote with her husband,” said Vaughn. “She also won the first Best Female Country and Western Performer Award.”
West died on Sept. 4, 1991 as the result of a tragic car accident that occurred while she was en route to the Grand Ole Opry, where she performed on a regular basis.
Despite the exhibit, West is not included in the Country Music Hall of Fame. A petition is currently being circulated to encourage her inclusion. To sign the petition, call Heritage Alliance at 224-8521 or Main Street McMinnville at 506-5335.
The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum is located at 222 Fifth Avenue South in Nashville. For more information about West’s exhibit or to express your support for her installation into the Country Music Hall of Fame, call 615-416-2001.