Music City Beat
From her humble beginnings as Dorothy Marsh in Frog Pond Tennessee, to her four decade career, it's all there for you to see!
Dottie west's signature song "Country Sunshine" is a good description of the country star herself.
Full of life - and style - West was known as more than an award winning member of the Grand Ole Opry.
"Her entire life and career was quite interesting and remarkable. She grew up poor and really through determination and talent became one of the most successful country stars of her era" says CMOF Curatorial Director Mick Buck.
West's humble beginnings start the spotlight exhibit, with a dress sewn by her mother in 1950 and lyrics to what are believed to be the first song she ever wrote.
"She was in the 7th grade. It's called frog pond boogie and frog pond is community she is born and raised" says Buck.
West went on from Frog Pond Tennessee to do big things, becoming the very first female country singer to win a Grammy.
"She was determined like many country greats to become a star from an early age. Kept knocking on doors literally till she caught a break" says Buck.
As the years passed, West became known just as much for her fashion, calling upon designer of the stars Bob Mackie to make many of her gorgeous stage clothes, like the ones on display.
"She was tiny but larger than life" laughs Buck.
Inside the long glass case, you will also find career and personal photos, album covers and even a jar of jelly canned from her kitchen.
"These are things they wont learn about any other way. Gives them more of a connection to the real person" says Buck.
The exhibit ends with a hand painted Judy Garland coat worn by West in the late 80's - just years before injuries from a car accident cut her life short in 1991.
A little corner of history - that the Hall hopes will help Dottie West's legacy live on.
"Dottie west really was one of the most iconic female country artists of the last century"
You can see the exhibit until May 2nd, 2013
Tuesday, November 27 2012, 10:50 PM CST