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Popular 1970s Female Country Singers

Updated on April 25, 2017
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Glory's love of classic 70's country music is the inspiration for this listing. These ladies made beautiful music and some are still at it!

70s' Female Country Music Hit Makers!

Popular 1970s Female Country Singers is a nostalgic look back at some of the most popular female country artists of that decade.

The 70s music airways and singles chart seemed dominated by male performers like Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Mel Tills to just name a few. But, giving their male counterparts a run for their money when it came to putting songs on the chart was a handful of lovely and talented ladies like Lynn Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker who proved they could sing that "tear in the beer" sound as good as any man could!

This page offers up a mini bio, photos, trivia and more. So, let's get started on our walk down a musical memory lane, shall we?

Lynn Anderson More Than a One Hit Wonder

Lynn is the daughter of country music songwriter Liz Anderson. When Lynn was a small child the family moved from North Dakota to California. When Lynn was just a teen, she entered a talent contest that was sponsored by a local TV show called Country Corners . This led to her getting a job on The Lawrence Welk Show in 1967.

It was around this time that she signed her first recording contract with Chart Records and released a single Too Much of You as well as her first album, Ride, Ride, Ride.

In 1968, she married and she and her husband, Glen Sutton moved to Nashville where Lynn continued to record for Chart and actually produced some successful albums with titles like Promises, Promises, Uptown County Girl, Songs My Mother Wrote and more.

In 1970 she signed with Columbia Records and during that year she recorded and released two albums, Stay There Til I Love You and No Love at All. While both albums were successful, it wasn't until later in the year that she released the Joe South penned Rose Garden that her career really took off and she became an international star. The album of the same name, produced by her husband Glen, was a smash hit.

She filled the decade of the 70's with more hit songs with her second chart topper, You're My Man. She also had other hits like How Can I Unlove You, Keep Me In Mind, What a Man, My Man Is and more. All told, Lynn would put 5 songs at the top of the country charts in the 1970s, with 7 others reaching the Top 10 and 9 more in the Top 20.

Sadly, Lynn died very suddenly due to a heart attack on July 30, 2015. She had been hospitalized for pneumonia after returning from a trip to Italy. She was 67 years old.

Lynn Anderson's 1970s Albums

Album
Year
Lable
Stay There 'Til I Get There
1970
Columbia
Uptown Country Girl
1970
Chart Records
No Love at All
1970
Columbia
Songs My Mother Wrote
1970
Chart Records
Lynn Anderson
1970
Mountain Dew Records
You're My Man
1971
Columbia
How Can I Unlove You
1971
Columbia
Rose Garden
1971
Columbia
Lynn Anderson With Strings
1971
Chart Records
I'm Alright
1971
Chart Records
Cry
1972
CBS
Listen to a Country Song
1972
Columbia
Top of the World
1973
Columbia
Keep Me in Mind
1973
Columbia
Flower of Love
1973
Pickwick/33 Records
It Makes You Happy
1974
Pickwick/33 Records
Smile For Me
1974
Columbia
What a Man My Man Is
1974
CBS
I Never Loved Anyone More
1975
Columbia
Singing My Song
1976
CBS
All the King's Horses
1976
Columbia
I Love What Love Is Doing To Me/He Ain't You
1977
Columbia
Wrap Your Love All Around Your Man
1977
Columbia
The Angel in Your Arms
1977
CBS
From the Inside
1978
Columbia
Outlaw is Just a State of Mind
1979
Columbia

Jessi Colter Made Sure To Let Us Know She Wasn't Lisa!

1975 I'm Jessi Colter
1975 I'm Jessi Colter

She was born Miriam Johnson and her music career began at age 11 as the pianist at her mother's church. When she was just a teen, she worked for Duane Eddy as a back up singer and the couple married in 1962.

In the early 60's, she recorded an album produced by her husband, Duane and Lee Hazelwood (who is closely associated with Nancy Sinatra's music). Though the album didn't fare well on the charts,it was around this time that she met singer Waylon Jennings. In 1965, she and Duane divorced, Jessi moved to Nashville and signed a recording contract with RCA Records. She recorded another album, A Country Star is Born, in 1966 and while it received good critical notices, it produced no hits.

Aside from singing, Jessi had gained a reputation for being an excellent songwriter, and she found that many tops singers wanted to record her songs.

In 1968, romance came calling when she and Waylon became an item and they made it official and married in 1969.

In 1974, Jessi's singing career finally took off when she released the single I'm Not Lisa which turned out to be a hit on both the pop and country charts.

She would put a few more songs on the charts, but none matched the success of her first hit, which has become her signature song.

Jessi is still active in the music business.

Jessi Colter's 1970s Albums

Album
Year
Lable
A Country Star is Born
1970
RCA Victor
I'm Jessi Colter
1974
Capitol Records
Diamon in the Rough
1976
Capitol Records
Jessi
1976
Capitol Records
Wanted; The Outlaws
1976
RCA
Marriam
1977
Capitol Records
That's the Way a Cowboy Rocks and Rolls
1978
Capitol Records

Donna Fargo The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA!

Cover of My Second Album
Cover of My Second Album

Donna had been singing for years but never gave much thought to turning professional, instead she went to college and became a teacher and taught English at a California high school. In the early 60's, she had recorded a few singles, Would You Believe a Lifetime, You Reach for the Bottle ,Kinda Glad in Me, but they failed to chart. She was still teaching and looking for that big break musically, when in 1968, she met and married Stan Silver who would become her manager.

In 1972, she signed with Dot Records and recorded her self penned song The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. which made it to Number One and won the Country Music Association's Single of the Year award. It would also win her a Grammy for Best Performance by a Country Female Vocalist.

This was the beginning of a seven prosperous years for Donna as she would have 15 more Top Ten hits, five of which would make it all the way to the top of the charts:Funny Face, Superman, You Were Always There, and You Can't Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don't Shine). Her seventh and final Number One, That Was Yesterday came when she moved to Warner Brothers records.

It looked as though a long and prosperous musical career was in store for Donna, but sadly, in 1978 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The diagnosis prompted her to consider retiring. (1) But, she is a fighter and with patience and perseverance, she regained her health and was able to put 6 more songs onto the charts, four of which made it into the Top Ten.

Her career slowed in the 80's and she hasn't done much in the way of music since her last chart single in 1987, but she had written her autobiography and several books of poetry. She leads a quiet life out of the limelight.

References:

(1) "Donna Fargo Still "Hopeful" Despite Multiple Sclerosis." The Reading Eagle Mar. 1982: 128. Print.

Donna Fargo's 1970s Albums

Album
Date
Lable
The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.
1972
Dot Records
My Second Album
1973
Dot Records
All About Feeling
1973
Dot Records
Miss Donna Fargo
1974
ABC/Dot Records
Whatever I Say Means I Love You
1975
ABC Records
On the Move
1976
Warner Brothers Records
Fargo Country
1977
Warner Brothers Records
Shame on Me
1977
Warner Brothers Records
Dark Eyed Lady
1978
Warner Brothers Records
Just For You
1979
Warner Brothers Records

Crystal Gayle Is Loretta Lynn's Younger Sister

1976 album cover
1976 album cover

Born Brenda Gail Web, she is Loretta Lynn's little sister. She admired her big sister's singing success and decided that she wanted to have a career in music, too. She started to sing in her church choir and school functions and when she was 16 years old, she accompanied her big sister, Loretta, on tour with Conway Twitty. It was around this time that she changed her first name to Crystal (inspired by the Krystal hamburger chain).

In 1970, her first single release, from Decca Records, I Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes, written by Loretta, went to Number 23 on the country charts. She would then sign with United Artists Records and began working with successful record producer Allen Reynolds who helped her begin to get a string of chart hits with titles like Wrong Road Again, Somebody Loves You. I'll Get Over You which became her first Number One song.

In 1977, she released what would become her signature song, Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. The song was a hit on the pop charts, too and it earned her a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female.

She rounded out the 70's with three more number one songs and two in the Top Ten.

Crystal Gayle's 1970's Albums

Album
Year
Lable
Crystal Gayle
1975
United Artists
Somebody Loves You
1975
United Artists
Crystal
1976
United Artists
We Must Believe in Magic
1977
United Artists
I've Cried The Blue Right Out of My Eyes
1978
MCA
When I Dream
1978
United Artists
Miss the Mississippi
1979
Columbia
We Should Be Together
1979
United Artists

Loretta Lynn The World's Most Famous Coal Miner's Daughter

Love is the Foundation album cover 1973
Love is the Foundation album cover 1973

It was thanks to her husband, Doolittle, whom she married at age 14 in 1949, that Loretta decided to pursue a singing career. While many men of that era were discouraging their wives to pursue a career outside of the home, he was actually encouraging her musical pursuits. He took her to Washington state shortly after their marriage and in her spare time she wrote songs and sang. She began to sing at local clubs and found herself on a Tacoma, Washington television show hosted by Buck Owens who lived in the area at the time.

In 1959, her first single, Honky Tonk Girl made it into the Top 15 and with that success, she felt confident enough to try her luck in Nashville. She was signed by the Wilburn Brothers to their Sure Fire Publishing as they were highly impressed with her song writing skills. She soon found herself a regular on their show.

Loretta would eventually meet the legendary Patsy Cline who took a liking to this coal miner's daughter and took her under her wing and helped her get a singing career established.

The 1960s saw Loretta having hit singles and soon it was apparent she was on her way to stardom and in the 70's she produced some of her most memorable material like Coal Miner’s Daughter, One’s On The Way, The Pill, and You’re Looking at Country”.

A duet partnership with the late Conway Twitty gained Loretta another five Number One songs with After The Fire Is Gone, Lead Me On, Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone and Feelins.

Loretta Lynn's 1970s Albums

Album
Year
Lable
Writes 'Em and Sings 'Em
1970
Decca
Coal Miner's Daughter
1970
Decca
Wings Upon Your Horns
1970
Decca
I Wanna Be Free
1971
Decca
You're Looking at Country
1971
Decca
God Bless Amercia, Again
1972
Decca
One's on the Way
1972
Decca
Alone With You
1972
MCA Coral
Lead Me On (With Conway Twitty)
1972
MCA
Here I am Again
1972
Decca
Love is the Foundation
1973
MCA
Entertainer of the Year
1973
MCA
They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy
1974
MCA
Home
1975
MCA
Back to the Country
1975
MCA
Somebody Somewhere
1976
MCA
When the Tingle Becomes a Chill
1976
MCA
Before the Next Teardrop Falls
1976
MCA
I Remember Patsy
1977
MCA
Out of My Head and Back in My Bed
1978
MCA
We've Come a Long Way, Baby
1978
MCA

Barbara Mandrell Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool

1977 Album cover Love's Ups and Downs
1977 Album cover Love's Ups and Downs

Barbara was born into a musical family, her mother was a music teacher, and her father owned a music store. Her parents' choice of jobs provided her with access to a multitude of music styles and musical instruments. She learned how to play several instruments and her first public appearance was as an accordionist at age five. When she was 11, she went with her father to a musical trade show where she demonstrated her skills. Also in attendance was Chet Atkins and "Uncle"Joe Maphis. Impressed with her musical skills, Joe and his wife, Rose, decided to take her along for their show in Las Vegas. From that moment on, Barbara was hooked on show business and the family known as the Mandrell Family Band, after the stint in Las Vegas, would continue performing, often doing shows at civic group functions and military installations.

In 1967, Barbara retired from the group to marry drummer Ken Dudney, but this retirement didn't last long, in less than a year she was back wanting to perform. She got a recording contract and by the time 1972 rolled around had managed to produce four chart singles, including her first Top Ten Tonight My Baby's Coming Home. She earned the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist award in 1972 and was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.

The hits kept coming in the 70's: Burning the Midnight Oil, Standing Room Only, Married But Not to Each Other, Woman to Woman. She also had a run of six Number One songs, beginning with Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, (If Loving You is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right", Crackers,The Best of Strangers, and One of a Kind Pair of Fools.

Along the way she earned a number of awards: The Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year (78 and 81) and Entertainer o the Year (80 and 81). The Country Music Associations Female Vocalist (79 and 81), Entertainer of the Year. (80 and 81).

She has had a total of 7 Number One songs, 25 studio albums, 68 single release, two gold albums. Barbara has been truly blessed.

Barbara Mandrell's 1970's Albums

Album
Year
Lable
Treat Him Right
1971
Columbia
A Perfect Match (With David Houston)
1972
Epic
The Midnight Oil
1973
Columbia
This Time I Almost Made It
1974
Columbia
Midnight Angel
1976
ABC Dot
This Is
1976
MCA Coral
Love's Ups and Downs
1977
ABC Dot
Lovers, Friends and Strangers
1977
ABC Dot
Moods
1978
MCA
Just For the Recrod
1979
MCA

Anne Murray is Canada's Gift to Country Music

Let's Keep It That Way 1978 Anne Murray album featuring the hits Walk Right Back and You Needed Me.
Let's Keep It That Way 1978 Anne Murray album featuring the hits Walk Right Back and You Needed Me.

Anne Murray has the ability to land hit songs on both the country and pop charts and credits Pattie Page, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney and Eddy Arnold as artists who inspired her at an early age.

Born in Canada in 1946, her first hit song on Capitol Records was the classic Snowbird, which reached the Top Ten on the pop charts. Her very first Number One was a the country song, He Thinks I Still Care, in 1974 and the flip side of the single, a cover of the Beatles song You Won't See Me, made it to the Top Ten on the pop charts which was one of the first hints and her broad appeal musically.

Super stardom came to Anne in 1978, when she released what would become her signature song, You Needed Me which was certified Gold single.

Soon, she was putting hit songs on the country charts with ease, having Number Ones with hits like I’ll Just Fall In Love Again, Shadows in the Moonlight, Broken Hearted Me and Could I Have This Dance?.

Murray continues to perform and record. Oh, and as a bit of trivia, Murray is the first Canadian singer to reach the top of the US country chart with her 1970 hit, Snowbird.

Anne Murray's 1970's Albums

Album
Year
Lable
Honey, Wheat and Laughter
1970
Capitol
Talk It Over in the Morning
1971
Capitol
Anne Murray and Glen Campbell
1971
Capitol
Anne Murray
1971
Capitol
Annie
1972
Capitol
Danny's Song
1973
Capitol
Highly Prized Possession
1974
Capitol
Love Song
1974
Capitol
Country
1974
Capitol
Together
1975
Capitol
Keeping in Touch
1976
Capitol
There's a Hippo in My Tub
1977
Capitol
Let's Keep It That Way
1978
Capitol
I'll Always Love You
1979
Capitol
New Kind of Feeling
1979
Capitol

Olivia Newton-John Sweet Australian Songbird and Actress!

Olivia's classic vinyl album If You Love Me, Let Me Know
Olivia's classic vinyl album If You Love Me, Let Me Know

Olivia's record company, MCA, decided that they wanted to market her easy going sound as country, even though she thought it was best described as pop and folk. She wasn't certain what to make of the move at first, but when her songs Let Me Be There, If You Love Me Let Me Know, I Honestly Love You, Have You Never Been Mellow, Please Mr. Please all hit the country charts and in 1974 she was awarded Best Female Vocalist by the County Music Association, she thought maybe they were on to something.

However, not everyone was pleased with this "foreigner" walking off with a coveted music award. George Jones and Dolly Parton along with other more established country singers, joined a new organization, “Association of Country Music Entertainers” which was created with the intention of of stopping this influx of pop music into the country genre. This organization didn't last long because many believe that it was founded for the wrong reasons and simply wouldn't support it.

In the mid to late 70's,Olivia decided to change her image, she wanted to leave behind her sweet easy country sound for a more pop and dance oriented sound, releasing Totally Hot in 1978. . She even went on to become a movie star working in the super successful musical Grease co-starring John Travolta.

Olivia Newton-John's 1970s Albums

Album
Year
Lable
If Not For You
1971
Polydor
Olivia Newton-John
1972
Polydor
Let Me Be There
1973
MCA
Music Makes My Day
1973
Pyle International
If You Love Me Let Me Know
1974
MCA
Long Live Love
1974
EMI
Clearly Love
1975
MCA
Have You Never Been Mellow
1975
MCA
Come On Over
1976
MCA
Don't Stop Believin
1976
MCA
Makin a Good Thing Better
1977
MCA
Totally Hot
1978
MCA

Dolly Parton The Not So Dumb Blond of Country Music

Cover of Dolly's 1978 hit album Heartbreaker which featured two hit singles, the title track and "Baby, I'm Burning"
Cover of Dolly's 1978 hit album Heartbreaker which featured two hit singles, the title track and "Baby, I'm Burning"

The day after Parton graduated from high school, she headed for Nashville where she spent a few years knocking on doors and hoping to make the right musical connections all the while working as a waitress. She eventually managed to land a contract with Monument Records in 1966.

In 1967, Dolly put her debut single, Dumb Blond on the country charts and it manged to make it to number 24.

In 1967, she paired with singer Porter Wagoner on his show and as a duo they consistently put hits on the country charts with Please Don't Stop Loving Me reaching the Number One spot in 1974.

But, even while Dolly was making hit songs with Porter, she was also doing solo ventures and had hits with songs like The Bargain Store, Coat of Many Colors, Jolene, and Joshua” .

In 1977, Dolly opted for a more pop sound (to the chagrin of some of her fans who loved her more traditional country sound) when she released the album Here You Come Again. The title track to the album became a Number One hit and this was the first album of Dolly's to sell a million copies.

She closed out the 70s with more hit songs including the chart topper You're The Only One.

She remains a popular entertainer recording and performing and having sold over 150 million records the world over.

Dolly Parton's 1970's Albums

Album
Year
Lable
A Real Live Dolly
1970
RCA Victor
As Long as I Love
1970
Monument
The Fairest of Them All
1970
RCA Victor
The Golden Streets of Glory
1970
RCA
Joshua
1970
RCA Victor
Coat of Many Colors
1971
RCA Victor
Touch Your Woman
1972
RCA Victor
Dolly Sings My Favorite Songwriter Porter Wagoner
1972
RCA Victor
My Tennessee Mountain Home
1973
RCA Victor
Bubbling Over
1973
RCA Victor
Love Is Like a Butterfly
1974
RCA Victor
Jolene
1974
RCA Victor
The Bargain Store
 
RCA Victor
The Seeker/We Used To
 
RCA Victor
All I Can Do
 
RCA Victor
Here You Come Again
1977
RCA Victor
New Harvest, First Gathering
1977
RCA Victor
Dolly Parton, Emily Lou Harris A Radio Special Together
1977
Warner Brothers Records
Heartbreaker
1978
RCA Victor
Great Balls of Fire
1979
RCA Victor

Sammi Smith was Country Music's Female Outlaw

1976 album cover, As Long as There's a Sunday
1976 album cover, As Long as There's a Sunday

Sammi was singing in night clubs by the time she was 11 years old. Inn 1967 she signed with Columbia Records and it was there that she met, Kris Kristofferson, who was working as a janitor at the company. He would prove to have a big impact on her career, but that wasn't to happen for a few more years. While with Columbia, Sammi released the album, The World of Sammi Smith, and from that a few singles were released, but they didn't offer her much in the way of helping her with her career.

In the late 60's she toured with Waylon Jennings, who would become a life long friend. She also signed a record contract with the small and independent Mega label. Her first album for the company, Help Me Make It Through the Night, produced the moderately successful first single He's Everywhere which hit number 25 on the country charts in 1970. Her second single Help Me Make it Through the Night, penned by her janitor friend, Kristofferson, shot to Number One on the country charts and made it to number 8 on the pop charts, too. It earned Sammi a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocalist in 1972. Sadly, Sammi has often been called a "one hit wonder", which isn't true at all. She recorded seven more albums for Mega and placed 16 more songs on the charts including I've Got to Have You, The Rainbow in Daddy's Eyes, Today, I Started Loving You, Again and more.

Many people believe that it was because of the small size of the Mega record label that prevented Sammi from being a bigger star. The label was independent and and didn't have the kinds of resources available to promote and distribute her music in the way larger companies would have been able to do. Mega was always plagued by financial problems and eventually went out of business in 1976.

In 1976, she signed with Elektra Records and produced three albums which produced several hit singles, including Sunday School to Broadway , Loving Arms, I Can't Stop Loving You , and Days That End in Y .

She left Elektra and signed with Cyclone Records in 1979 and released an album titled, Girl Hero which produced the hit single, What a Lie which peaked at number 16 on the country music chart.

Her last chart single was Cheatin's a Two-Way Street in 1981, hitting number 16 on the country charts.

She didn't do much more recording after her last single release in 1986, but she did find time to make several tours of Japan, making occasional appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, spending time with her husband Johnny Johnson running a cattle ranch in Oklahoma, and devoting much time to Native American Indian causes.

She died of emphysema in February 12, 2005 at the age of 61.

Sammi Smith 1970's Albums

Album
Year
Lable
The World of Sammi Smith
1971
Harmony
Lonesome
1971
Mega Records
Help Me Make It Through the Night
1971
Mega Records
Something Old, Something New, Something Blue
1972
Mega Records
The Toast of '45
1973
Mega Records
The Rainbow in Daddy's Eyes
1974
Mega Records
Sunshine
1975
Mega Records
Today, I Started Loving You Again
1975
Mega Records
Her Way
1976
Zodiac Records
As Long As There's a Sunday
1976
Elektra
Mixed Emotions
1977
Elektra
New Winds • All Quadrants
1978
Elektra
Girl Hero
1979
Cyclone Records

Tanya Tucker Had Her First Hit Song at Age 13!

TNT Album Cover
TNT Album Cover
The inside photo from Tanya's TNT album from 1978.  This is the tri folded promo poster labeled as  Recordmate of the Year
The inside photo from Tanya's TNT album from 1978. This is the tri folded promo poster labeled as Recordmate of the Year

In 1972, when Tanya was just 13 years old when she recorded her first hit, "Delta Dawn". It reached number six on the country charts.

She continued to record and have hits that were to some much too adult in their theme for someone so young to be recording. But the criticism didn't slow her a bit and she had hits with songs like Blood Red and Going Down, What’s Your Mother’s Name, Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone), and The Man That Turned My Mama On.

In 1978, she wanted to transition to a more rock sound to her music with an album titled TNT. The album's cover and inside photos caused a stir, but in spite of what might be considered negative reaction to the album, it went gold and produced two hits, Texas When I Die and I’m The Singer, You’re The Song.

The album "TNT" was a gate-fold which meant that it opened up. Record companies often included nice photos or the lyrics to the songs and other important info inside. Sometimes a gate-fold was used to hold two albums or if an insert was included. The controversy was sparked when folks opened up the album and saw Tanya looking sexily over her shoulder, wearing skin tight red pants with a halter top. It shocked a lot of people as most folks weren't so used to their country singers looking so sexy and naughty. Of course, by the standards of today, that pose is relatively tame. Personally, I think that this would have made a wonderful poster and the closest it ever came, to my knowledge, is a 14 x 30 promo poster (tri fold insert) from a music magazine. You can sometimes find this on EBay, but it does appear to be rather rare.


Tanya Tucker's 1970s Albums

Album
Year
Lable
Delta Dawn
1972
Columbia
What's Your Mama's Name
1973
Columbia
Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)
1974
Columbia
Tanya Tucker
1975
MCA
Here's Some Love
1976
MCA
You Are So Beautiful
1977
Columbia
Ridin Rainbows
1977
MCA
TNT
1978
MCA
Tear Me Apart
1979
MCA

Dottie West Pioneering Female Country Singer!

Careless Hands Album Cover
Careless Hands Album Cover

Dottie West began her singing career when she was a college student in Tennessee. She met Bill West, a fellow student, they fell in love and married. After graduation from college the pair moved to Cleveland, Ohio and began performing on local country music show "Landmark Jamboree" as Bill was a decent guitar player.

In 1959, she landed a recording contract with Starday Records and the couple would then move to Nashville where she met Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran who at this time were also struggling young country singers.

Aside from having a pleasant singing voice, Dottie was also an excellent songwriter and her very first composition, Is This Me, became a hit for Jim Reeves and won Dottie and BMI Songwriter's Award. Reeves liked Dottie's sound and brought her to the attention of Chet Atkins and she eventually won a recording contract with RCA Records in 1962.

In 1963, she became a regular cast remember of the Grand Ole Opry. But, it would take two more years before she could claim having a hit record of her own with Here Comes My Baby which won her a Grammy award. She then headed into the studio to record a duet with Jim Reeves, Love Is No Excuse which was a Top Ten hit. This looked as though it was going to be a successful pairing, but things changed suddenly and sadly when Reeves was killed in a plane crash on July 31, 1964.

Her success with Jim allowed her to record solo efforts that climbed the charts and in 1967, she teamed up with Don Gibson and recorded a Number One Rings Of Gold off of their "Dottie and Don" album. This pumped new life into Don's career and gave another boost to Dottie's as well.

In 1970, Dottie wrote a jingle for a Coca-Cola commercial that was based on her hit song, Country Sunshine. It became very popular and garnered her even more fans. She won a Clio award for best commercial and was the first country singer to ever earn this accolade. Coca Cola loved the commercial so much that they offered her a lifetime contract writing ad jingles. She accepted and by the time the late 70's rolled around, she had written 15 tunes.

In the mid 70's she signed a contract with United Artists Records and released When It's Just You and Me a Top 20 hit. It was during this time frame that Dottie started to change her direction, musically, and tried to bring some pop elements into her sound.

Dottie then teamed up with another UA singer, Kenny Rogers, and the duo had two very successful albums Every Time Two Fools Collide in 1978, which went gold and "Classics" in 1979 which went platinum. They also won numerous country music awards.

She finished out the 70's with several more hits and continued recording into the 1980s, placing several more songs at Number One.

Sadly, Dottie passed away, on September 4, 1991, a few days after sustaining injuries in a car accident.

Dottie West's 1970s Albums

Album
Year
Lable
A Legend in My Time
1970
RCA Victor
Forever Yours
1970
RCA Camden
Country and West
1970
RCA Victor
Country Boy Country Girl (with Jimmy Dean)
1970
RCA Victor
Makin Memories
1970
RCA Victor
Careless Hands
1971
RCA Victor
Have You Heard
1971
RCA Victor
I'm Only a Woman
1972
RCA Victor
If It's Alright With You; Just What I Was Looking For
1973
RCA Victor
Country Sunshine
1973
RCA Victor
House of Love
1974
RCA Victor
Carolina Cousins
1975
RCA
When It's Just You and Me
1977
United Artists
Every Time Two Fools Collide (with Kenny Rogers)
1978
United Artists
Dottie
1978
United Artists
Special l Delivery
1979
United Artists

Tammy Wynette Was the First Lady of Country Music

Woman to Woman, original vinyl album
Woman to Woman, original vinyl album

Tammy's first modest country hit was a song found by producer Billy Sherill. When the two had first met in 1966, Tammy was discouraged having been turned down by almost all of the record labels she had approached. Sherill, was an up and coming producer, but he didn't sign her to a contract right away. He wanted her to find better material, but Tammy felt that his refusal to sign her was but one more rejection. But, Sherill didn't forget her, he went in search of a song and found Apartment #9 which had been recorded by another artist. He had originally wanted to re-release this version but when legal troubles stood in the way, he decided to call on Tammy to record it. While the song didn't reach the top of the charts, it did gain Tammy some attention and her next single, You're Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad reached number 3 on the country charts.

In 1967, Tammy's first Number One came in the form of I Don't Wanna Play House and her next five songs in a row would all reach the top of the charts, including her signature song, Stand By Your Man.

She moved into the 70's with great momentum putting over twenty songs on the country charts with ten of them hitting the top of the country chart. She also recorded hit songs with her then husband , country singer George Jones and even after the couple divorced in 1975, the still recorded duets, and having hit songs with her then husband, country singer George Jones. Even after the couple divorced in 1975, they still recorded a few duets together including the Number One Golden Ring.

Tammy continued to record into the 1980s and 90's but saw her career begin to slow down and hits were hard to come by.

Sadly, at age 55 on April 6, 1998, Tammy died of cardiac arrhythmia.

Tammy Wynette's 1970's Albums

Album
Year
Lable
Tammy's Touch
1970
Epic
The First Lady
1970
Epic
Christmas With Tammy
1970
Epic
The Ways to Love a Man
1970
Epic
We Sure Can Love Each Other
1971
Epic
My Man
1972
Epic
Bedtime Story
1972
Epic
Kids Say the Darndest Things
1973
Epic
Woman to Woman
1974
Epic
Another Lonely Song
1974
Epic
I Stil Believe in Fairy Tales
1975
Epic
You and Me
1976
Epic
Til I Can Make It On My Own
1976
Epic
Let's Get Together
1977
Epic
One of a Kind
1977
Epic
Womanhood
1978
Epic
Just Tammy
1979
Epic

Think of more 70's female country singers, tell us about them!

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      Glory Miller 15 months ago from USA

      Hi Craig,

      Sammi certainly does deserve notice for being a very talented lady who left us much too soon. She was by no means a "one hit wonder", a title that a lot of folks like to bestow her! While "Help Me Make It Through the Night" was her signature song, it was by no means her only hit. She was also a part of the "outlaw" movement in country music during the 70s headed up by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Thanks for the comment and for bringing her to our attention!

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      Craig Backstrom 16 months ago

      You neglected to include Sammi Smith....not the most hits but one of the most unique and influetntial voices EVER.......

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Great Hub. I'm a lover of country music especially in the 70's and Anne Murray was one of my favorites with her song Snowbird, beautiful song. Thanks for bringing back the memories

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      oldiesmusic 2 years ago from United States

      Nice work and presentation to the country music belles... I love Crystal Gale for her voice as much for her beauty (and her super long hair). Other faves of mine include Dolly Parton and Anne Murray too.

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