Dottie West Exhibit to Open at Hall of Fame

Dottie’s story told through her songs and artifacts.

Dottie West wearing a Bob Mackie-designed stage costume that is displayed in the new CMHOF exhibit

The late and legendary Dottie West will be the subject of a new spotlight exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Dottie West: Country Sunshine, set to open Friday, Nov. 9. The new exhibit will trace Dottie's journey from her humble beginnings in Tennessee to her decades as one of country's top entertainers. Dottie died in 1991 after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident in Nashville.

Among the memorabilia on display are several of Dottie's stage costumes, a life-size cardboard cutout of Dottie designed to promote her album Wild West, and personal photos and industry awards. Dottie scored such hits as "A Lesson in Leavin'" and "Country Sunshine" as a solo artist but was also known for her duets with Kenny Rogers, including "Every Time Two Fools Collide." Dottie and Kenny won back-to-back Country Music Association awards for Vocal Duo of the Year in 1978 and 1979. She was also considered one of country's premier entertainers with her energetic stage show, featuring a number of costume changes. Today, there is a strong push for Dottie's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Dottie West: Country Sunshine will run through May 2, 2013.

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