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Popular 1970s Female Country Singers

Glory's love of classic 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!

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This article is a nostalgic look back at some of the most popular female country artists of that decade.

The 70s music airways and singles charts seemed dominated by male performers like Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, and Mel Tills name just a few. But, giving their male counterparts a run for their money when it came to putting songs on the charts, was a handful of lovely and talented ladies like Lynn Anderson, Loretta Lynn, and Tanya Tucker. They 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

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Lynn was 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 which paved the way for her to get 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 70s 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 seven others reaching the Top 10 and nine 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: Listen to a Country Song

Lynn Anderson's 1970's Albums

AlbumYearLabel

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 Let Everyone Know She Wasn't Lisa

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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 1970's Albums

AlbumYearLabel

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 was the Happiest Girl In the Whole USA!

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Fargo had been singing for years, but never gave any serious thought to turning it into her profession. She, instead, went to college and earned a degree in education and took a job as an English teacher at a high school in California.

It wasn't until she met Stan Silver, who became her manager, and eventually her husband, that her thoughts of a career in music began to form. She recorded a few singles, Would You Believe a Lifetime, You Reach for the Bottle ,Kinda Glad in Me, for the Ramco and Challenge record labels, but they failed to chart.

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 chart topper, That Was Yesterday came when she moved to Warner Brothers records.

Sadly in 1978, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and this prompted her to give serious consideration to retiring . (1) But, she is a fighter and with patience and perseverance, she regained her health and was able to put six 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 now 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 1970's Albums

AlbumDateLabel

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

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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

AlbumYearLabel

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

Crystal Gayle: You Never Miss a Real Good Thing

Loretta Lynn is the World's Most Famous Coal Miner's Daughter

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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 desire 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 1970's Albums

AlbumYearLabel

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: 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", Years, 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

AlbumYearLabel

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

Barbara Mandrell ~ Treat Him Right

Anne Murray: Canadian Songbird

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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

AlbumYearLabel

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 Songstress

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

AlbumYearLabel

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 is 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 No. 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 top of the country chats 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

AlbumYearLabel

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

Dolly Parton: I Really Got the Feeling

Sammi Smith Was a Country Music Outlaw!

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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 No.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 No. 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 Mega Record's small size is what prevented Sammi from becoming a country music superstar. It 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.

With Mega out of the way, 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 No. 16 on the country music chart.

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 which was just a day short of the three year anniversary of her friend Waylon Jenning's death.

Sammi Smith 1970's Albums

AlbumYearLabel

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

Sammi Smith: What a Lie

Tanya Tucker Country Music's Bad Girl?

The front cover and inside photo of Tanya from her TNT album.

The front cover and inside photo of Tanya from her TNT album.

In 1972, when Tanya was just 13 years old when she recorded her first hit, Delta Dawn. It reached No. 6 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 for her music and with the help of record producer Jerry Goldstein this was accomplished with the release of TNT. The album had a gatefold cover which meant that it opened like a book, and record companies (starting in the 1960's) often included nice photos or the lyrics to the songs and other important info inside. The controversy was sparked when folks opened up the album and saw Tanya, looking sexily over her shoulder, wearing skin tight red jumpsuit. 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. While the music establishment were less than thrilled with this release, critics and music lovers felt differently. The album was certified Gold in both the US and Canada and she was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female in 1980 (she lost to Donna Summer's Hot Stuff).

Tanya Tucker's 1970s Albums

AlbumYearLabel

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 the top of the country charts.

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

Dottie West's 1970's Albums

AlbumYearLabel

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

Tammy on the cover of the January 1978 issue of Country Song Roundup.

Tammy on the cover of the January 1978 issue of Country Song Roundup.

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 No. 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; Womanhood

Tammy Wynette's 1970's Albums

AlbumYearLabel

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

In Conclusion

I hope this article was an enjoyable read for you. If I missed any 70's female country singer who should be listed here, please freel free to tell us about her in the guest book below. Or, if you have a comment, question (I will do my best to answer it) or memory that you would like to share about any of the ladies listed, please feel free to to do so. Please keep comments on topic and spam free. I do moderate the guestbook in order to keep this page reader friendly.

© 2014 Glory Miller

70's Female Country Singers Guestbook

Jennifer on February 17, 2019:

I highly recommend that you dig into the work of Grammy award winning recording artist Jody Miller. Jody is rhe 2nd woman to win the Grammy for "Best Country Performance-Female" and she amassed 25 of her 31 Billboard charting singles in the 70's. She left the business for a while in the early 80's to spend more time with her family, but she contines to record and perform today. Brian Matthew of BBC Radio's "Sounds of the 60's" has calles Jody " The trail blazing cross-over artist who paved the way for the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Anne Murray." Check out Jody Miller. You'll be glad you did. She is a phenomenal vocal artist and entertainer.

Kerry on October 14, 2018:

Excellent article !!

Comprar guitarra from España on August 26, 2018:

Some names I did not know, thanks for the listing.

Glory Miller (author) from USA on February 04, 2016:

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!

Craig Backstrom on February 03, 2016:

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

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on August 21, 2014:

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

oldiesmusic from United States on August 21, 2014:

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.