Dorothy Marie Marsh, 11 October 1932, McMinnville, Tennessee, USA, d. 4 September 1991, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The eldest of 10 children, West worked the cotton and sugar cane crops on the family farm as well as looking after her younger siblings. Country music was popular with her parents and she first learned to play guitar from her father. She completed a college education and graduated with a music degree. During her college days she sang at various events and met and married Bill West, an electronics engineering student, who later became a noted country steel guitarist and her manager (the marriage produced four children, including country singer Shelly West, and lasted until 1969). They moved to Cleveland in the mid-50s, where they both appeared regularly on theLandmark Jubilee television show. They moved to Nashville in 1959, where Dottie was befriended by Patsy Cline and briefly joined Starday and Atlantic Records. In 1962, at the recommendation of Jim...
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