Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dottie West Stage Attire In The Country Music Hall Of Fame, Why isn't she?

Country Music Hall Of Fame's spotlight exhibit; Dottie West: Country Sunshine, was unveiled on November 9 last year and is running until May 2, 2013. It's the first time the Country Music Hall Of Fame has had an exhibit of this kind in Dottie West's honor.

Dottie West, one of the most recognized names in Country Music was tragically killed at the age of 58, in an automobile accident, on her way to the Grand Ole Opry. A singer, songwriter, and sometimes actress, Dottie West, did it all. When West occupied the stage, it was like a lightening bolt, she was an entertainer, and one who crossed over. Fans who ordinarily wouldn't buy a Country Music album welcomed Dottie West into their lives and music collection.

The exhibit showcases some of the most beautiful stage attire wore by Dottie, some created by the legendary Bob Mackie. With all the excitement over the exhibit, believe me Dottie West fans were ecstatic, hopes run through the minds of Country Music fans, that Dottie West may finally be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. We're one step closer, Dottie's clothes are the Country Music Hall Of Fame, maybe now she will be too.

It's not my intent to take away from any of the recent inductees, but one does wonder how some recent honorees have a place in the Hall before the likes of Dottie West. Again, I have no sour grapes with some of the recent picks. I think they deserve the honor, though I think it's a little too soon. Long before the world knew who Connie Smith, Vince Gill, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Garth Brooks were, Dottie, was an international Country Music Superstar. For her timeframe it was rare for any Country Music star, especially a female, to have the impact that Dottie West did. Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette were true superstars, nudging right into that class was Dottie West. Had her life continued there is no telling what she would be doing now. Maybe she would make a huge comeback album as Loretta did with Jack White, or Johnny Cash with Rick Rubin. One thing is for sure, her induction should have taken place years ago.

If you are unable to go to the exhibit, I highly suggest that you visit www.dottiewest.net. This website is the most insightful source of Dottie West history. The administrator of the website, Jared Vaughn, loaned some Dottie West stage attire from his own personal collection.

To read the full press release on the exhibit you may clink on the link below.


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