Click to listen

Click to listen

Oct. 11: This wasn’t Dottie West’s biggest record, but it was her first substantial hit — one she wrote herself. Today, on what would have been her 77th birthday, listen to the Nashville Sound recording that launched the career of one of country music’s top female artists.

“Here Comes My Baby” reached the Top 10 on Billboard‘s country chart in 1964; the next year it won the first-ever Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. It began a successful collaboration with producer Chet Atkins, and a period of several years in which she notched Top 20 and Top 10 hits. (More about the song here; complete discography here.)

It would be 16 years before she topped the charts, with “A Lesson In Leaving.” By then, she’d shifted to a more pop-oriented sound — including smash duets with Kenny Rogers — and a sexier personal style. Read more about the phases of her career, and the fatal traffic accident she suffered in 1991, here.

Advertisements