Shelly West Biography

23 May 1958, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The daughter of country singer Dottie West, it seemed natural that she should follow her mother into showbusiness. Raised in Nashville, after completing her high school education in 1975, she sang backing harmonies for her mother. In 1977, she married Allen Frizzell (Lefty and David Frizzell’s youngest brother), who was her mother’s band leader. They moved to California, where they joined David Frizzell and played the club circuits over several states. She began to sing with David and in 1981 charted a US country number 1 with ‘You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma’, which featured in the Clint Eastwood film Any Which Way You Can. Further country Top 10 hits followed, including ‘A Texas State Of Mind’ and ‘I Just Came Here To Dance’. In 1982, their duet ‘Please Surrender’ was used by Eastwood in his filmHonky Tonk Man. West and Frizzell were awarded Vocal Duo Of The Year by the Country Music Association in 1981 and 1982. In 1983, she had a solo US country number 1 with ‘Jose Cuervo’ and further solo hits with ‘Flight 309 To Tennessee’ and ‘Another Motel Memory’. A further Top 20 duet hit, ‘It’s A Be Together Night’ with David Frizzell, followed in 1984. She was divorced in 1985 and her career seems to have slowed down, with no chart hits since 1986.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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