Shelly West

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Shelly West
Birth nameShelly West
Born(1958-05-23) May 23, 1958 (age 55)
OriginCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
GenresCountry pop
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1981–1992
2012–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records
Viva
Associated actsDavid Frizzell, Dottie West
 
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Shelly West
Birth nameShelly West
Born(1958-05-23) May 23, 1958 (age 55)
OriginCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
GenresCountry pop
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1981–1992
2012–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records
Viva
Associated actsDavid Frizzell, Dottie West

Shelly West (born May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American country music singer. Her mother was the country music star Dottie West, whose career spanned three decades. Shelly West is best known for having hit duets with David Frizzell, and for their No. 1 hit "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma". She also was a successful solo artist, having her own No. 1 hit, "Jose Cuervo" in 1983.

Biography[edit]

1987 – present: Career today[edit]

West did reunite with David Frizzell for a few shows in the late 1980s.[1] In 1990, Shelly toured with her mother, Dottie West; together, they were popular on the road. The following year, Shelly's mother was involved in a major car accident (in late August). Dottie West eventually died on September 4, 1991, from the accident. To honor her mother, West was a technical adviser for a television biopic about her mother's life, Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, produced by and starring actress Michele Lee.

Since then West left the music business, preferring to raise her young family. In 2005, CMT honored Shelly and her duet partner, David Frizzell, when they were voted No. 6 on their 100 Greatest Duets Special. Although they did not perform any songs, Shelly West and David Frizzell appeared on the CMT special in June 2005, and West was interviewed on CMT. West appeared on numerous episodes of Country Family Reunion on RFD-TV.

West reunited with David Frizzell for 2 shows on October 13, 2012 the God & Country Theater in Branson, Missouri. The duo played another show at on November 2, 2013 at the Americana Theater in Branson.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak
positions
US Country
Carryin' on the Family Names
(with David Frizzell)
6
The David Frizzell & Shelly West Album
(with David Frizzell)
8
Our Best to You
(with David Frizzell)
  • Release date: November 1982
  • Label: Viva Records
24
West by West
  • Release date: March 1983
  • Label: Viva Records
6
Red Hot
  • Release date: November 1983
  • Label: Viva Records
26
In Session
(with David Frizzell)
  • Release date: December 1983
  • Label: Viva Records
33
Don't Make Me Wait on the Moon
  • Release date: December 1984
  • Label: Viva Records
28

Compilations[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak
positions
US Country
Golden Duets: The Best of Frizzell & West
(with David Frizzell)
  • Release date: August 1984
  • Label: Viva Records
45
Greatest Hits: Alone & Together
(with David Frizzell)
  • Release date: November 17, 1994
  • Label: K-tel
The Very Best of David Frizzell & Shelly West
(with David Frizzell)
The Very Best of Shelly West
  • Release date: November 10, 2009
  • Label: Varèse Sarabande
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1983"José Cuervo"11West by West
"Flight 309 to Tennessee"48
"Another Motel Memory"1020Red Hot
1984"Now I Lay Me Down to Cheat"56
"Somebody Buy This Cowgirl a Beer"34
"Now There's You"2122Don't Make Me Wait on the Moon
1985"Don't Make Me Wait on the Moon"46
"I'll Dance the Two Step"64
"If I Could Sing Something in Spanish"
1986"What Would You Do"54N/A
"Love Don't Come Any Better Than This"55
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles with David Frizzell[edit]

YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1981"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"113Carryin' on the Family Names
"A Texas State of Mind"9
"Husbands and Wives"1638
1982"Another Honky-Tonk Night on Broadway"820The David Frizzell & Shelly West Album
"I Just Came Here to Dance"49
"Please Surrender"43Our Best to You
1983"Cajun Invitation"52
"Pleasure Island"71In Session
1984"Silent Partners"2020
"It's a Be Together Night"1340Golden Duets: The Best of Frizzell & West
1985"Do Me Right"60
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards[edit]

YearAwardAward Program
1980Academy of Country Music AwardsTop Vocal Duo of the Year; (w/ David Frizzell)
1981Song of the Year; "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"
1982Academy of Country Music AwardsTop Vocal Duo of the Year; (w/ David Frizzell)
Country Music Association AwardsVocal Duo of the Year; (w/ David Frizzell)
Music City News CountryVocal Duet of the Year; (w/ David Frizzell)
1983Most Promising Female Artist of the Year
Vocal Duet of the Year; (w/ David Frizzell)

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