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Classic Rewind: Dottie West – ‘Leaving’s For Unbelievers’

2 responses to “Classic Rewind: Dottie West – ‘Leaving’s For Unbelievers’

  1. Paul W Dennis June 14, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Dottie was a great singer, but for me she lost her center when she left RCA, This is one of her better post-RCA efforts and I enjoyed hearing it again

    • Ken June 15, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Dottie’s career was in severe decline when her deal with RCA ended in 1976. Hits had always been inconsistent for her with many more misses than top ten successes. Her final two years with RCA found her in another slump. Her switch from RCA to United Artists in 1976 failed to significantly improve her fortunes until she teamed with Kenny Rogers for a series of successful duets (and concerts) beginning in 1978. She scored her first solo #1 hit in early 1980 (when she was 47) with “A Lesson In Leavin’.” The song posted above was her follow-up single but stalled at #13. She came back with two more #1 hits – “Are You Happy Baby?” and “What Are We Doin’ In Love” (with Kenny Rogers) but that closed out her hit-making years.

      I too prefer her earlier recordings – mostly from the 1960’s. But she needed to change her approach and style to compete in the late 1970’s & early 80’s. Dottie’s voice was as good as ever so I believe that weak material was responsible for her ultimate career decline. She died from injuries suffered in a car accident in 1991 as the age of 58.

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