Net Worth: $3 million
Dottie West was one of the female pioneers in country music, with a nearly perfect record of hit singles and albums that launched her career into fame and success. She is often compared to Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, and is widely considered as one of the leading female singers that helped open the field for many other female country singers to come. Her debut song “Here Comes My Baby Back Again” was released in the ‘60s to massive critical and commercial success. It was immediately put in the Top 10 ranking in the country charts and West even received a Grammy for it, making her the first female country singer to ever win the prestigious award.
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Following her rise to fame, West struck a deal with Coca-Cola that ended up being another huge success. She wrote and recorded the iconic song “Country Sunshine” which became the company’s jingle for many years to come. The song also reached the #2 spot in the charts and helped propel her even further to critical acclaim. West then partnered with country icon Kenny Rogers and released a series of duets which helped her soar into even taller heights. The legendary singer’s music is now considered the standard for great country music and she was recently posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.