CMA Dances With Who Brung 'Em
The 2018 Country Music Association, recently inducted three new artists into its Hall of Fame - Dottie West, Ricky Skaggs, and Johnny Gimble. The CMA Hall of Fame’s first inductees in 1961 were Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter, Ernest Tubb and four others. This year's inductees join a legion of phenomenal country artists such as Lefty Frizzell, Vince Gill, Meryl Haggard, Homer and Jethro, Pee Wee King, Cindy Walker, Hank Williams, and over 80 others of their caliber. That is some tall cotton.
Dottie West was a songwriter in the early 1960s, penning hits for Jim Reeves while learning the craft from Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, and Harlan Howard. Patsy Cline befriended Dottie and her husband, steel guitarist, Bill West. The success of Reeves' recording of her song Is This Me, got Dottie a recording contract, and soon she was cutting records. In 1964, she became the first female country artist to win a Grammy for her single Here Comes My Baby, which begat a string of hits for several years. In 1970, Coca Cola hired her to write a jingle and she gave them Country Sunshine, which the company loved so much they gave her a lifetime contract to write songs extolling the Coca Cola experience.
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