Shelly WestShelly West (born on May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a country music singer from the ’80s who is the daughter of the late country music singer Dottie West.

At the age of 17, Shelly began touring with her mother’s show. She started out singing backup vocals, but was soon given lead vocals. While on tour, she fell in love with Dottie’s lead guitarist, Allen Frizzell (the brother of country music singers David & Lefty Frizzell), whom she would marry and the two of them left Dottie’s band in 1977 to move to California.

She & Allen joined David Frizzell’s band whee they toured the Southwest. After record producer Snuff Garrett heard a demo of Shelly and David’s duet “Lovin’ on Borrowed Time,” he signed them to Casablanca Records, but after Polygram Records took over the label, they were dropped & went on to try their luck in Nashville, Tennessee.

Despite being dropped from their record label, Snuff Garrett believed that Shelly and Allen had potential and he played their song “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” to actor Clint Eastwood (who founded his own record label, Viva Records at the time) who liked the song and added to this film “Any Way You Can.”
reasongodoklahomaIn April of 1981, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” topped Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for a week.

Shelly and David’s first three albums together: “Carryin’ on the Family Names” (released in April of 1981), “The David Frizzell & Shelly West Album” (released in January of 1982) and “Our Best to You” (released in November of 1982) were moderately successful on the country music charts as were the singles released from the respective albums.
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In March of 1983, Shelly released her debut solo album “West By West” which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
jose cuevo
The lead single from the album “José Cuervo” became a hit, topping Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for a week in May of 1983, making it her only number-one solo hit to date. The success of the song also provided a sales boost for the José Cuervo tequila company.
Flight 309 To Tennessee
The follow-up single from the album “Flight 309 to Tennessee” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
red hotIn November of that same year, she released her sophomore album “Red Hot” which peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
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The first single from the album “Another Motel Memory” peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

The follow-up singles “Now I Lay Me Down to Cheat” (which peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Somebody Buy This Cowgirl a Beer” (which peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful.
in sessonIn December of that same year, Shelly and David released their fourth duet album “In Session” which peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The album featured the singles “Pleasure Island” (which peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) & “Silent Partners” (which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart).
goldenduetsIn 1984, Shelly and David released their last duet album to date together “Golden Duets: The Best of Frizzell & West” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The album featured their last high charting appearance on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart as a duo with the song “It’s a Be Together Night” which peaked at #13 on the chart. During that same year, Shelly remarried and later had twin sons.
wait moonIn 1985, Shelly released her last solo album to date “Don’t Make Me Wait on the Moon” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
now theresyouThe lead single from the album “Now There’s You” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
waitmoonsingleThe follow-up singles from the album, the title song (which peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “I’ll Dance the Two Step” (which peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful while the last single from the album “If I Could Sing Something in Spanish failed to chart.

In 1986, Shelly released two more singles: “What Would You Do” (which peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Love Don’t Come Any Better Than This” (which peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart).

Even though Shelly stopped recording music by the late ’80s, she reunited with David Frizzell to perform for a couple of shows. In 1990, she began touring again with her mother, Dottie.

Sadly on September 4, 1991, Dottie passed away due to injuries she sustained in a car accident she was in a month earlier. By 1992, Shelly retired from the music business and focused on raising her family.

In 1995, Shelly worked as a technical advisor for a TV movie about Dottie West’s life called “Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story” starring actress Michele Lee which aired on the CBS network.

In June of 2005, Shelly and David Frizzell were honored by CMT as part of their “100 Greatest Duets” special. She also appeared on numerous episodes of the RFD-TV series “Country Music Reunion.”

As of 2012, Shelly performs occasionally, but is still somewhat semi-retired from the music business.

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