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Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Singer Dottie Dillard

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Musicrow.com reports Singer Dottie Dillard, one of the most significant figures of the 1950's and '60's The Nashville Sound, has passed away at the age of 91.

As a member of The Anita Kerr Quartet, Dillard won two Grammy Awards and sang back-up for such Nashville legends as Red Foley, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Perry Como, Bob Dylan, Skeeter Davis, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow, Webb Pierce, Brook Benton, Connie Frances and Jimmie Davis.

The Recording Academy issued the following statement on her passing: Statement:

Monday, May 11, 2015

A GRAMMY® Award winner with the Anita Kerr Quartet, Dottie Dillard was a pioneering figure of the classic Nashville sound. From her humble beginnings in local radio, to singing backup with such legends as Johnny Cash, Perry Como, Bob Dylan, and Jim Reeves, Dottie and her fellow background vocalists formed a sound that helped countrypolitan music's successful crossover to the pop charts.

Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, her many collaborators, and to all who have been entertained by her remarkable talent.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy


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