Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bus Crash Claims Southern Gospel Legend

Category: Obituary

Joyce "Dottie" Rambo, a Southern Gospel legend and Hall of Fame member, was killed on Mother's Day when a wind gust estimated at 50 MPH blew her tour bus off the road in southwestern Missouri and into an embankment.

Rambo hailed from Morgantown, Kentucky. She contributed over 2,500 Gospel songs to the world, many of which were covered by country artists. The Browns recorded "When I Lift Up My Head" in the early 60s; Elvis recorded "If That Isn't Love" in 1973; and the Whites recorded two Dottie Rambo songs on their Doing It By the Book release in the late 90s. Dolly Parton, a big fan, both recorded Rambo's songs and sang duets with her.

An album that is tentatively scheduled for release this summer, Sheltered, includes a duet, "Sheltered in the Arms of God," with the late Porter Wagoner.

Dottie Rambo was 74.

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