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Iconic Country Women of the ’70s

As more and more women begin to enter the country music scene in the 2020s, it’s important to remember the history of women in the genre who pioneered country music even as others tried to stop them. The success of the country singers in the twentieth century, especially in the 1970s, was key to ensuring the success of not only the future of women in the genre but the future of country music as a whole. Today, we take a look back at the most iconic country women of the ’70s who made this form of music what it is today.


1. Dolly Parton

Potentially one of the most famous country women and country singers of all time, Parton began her career as a child in the 1950s but hit her stride as a country artist in the 1970s. Her first number-one single, “Joshua,” debuted in 1971, followed by a series of songs that proved to become some of Parton’s greatest successes and helped her rise to fame, including “Coat of Many Colors,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Jolene.” It was also at this point that Parton found her sound and began to experiment with new genres of music, including her pop era in the latter half of the decade.


2. Dottie West

Dottie West’s career began in the 1960s with her hit song “Here Comes My Baby Back Again,” but her resounding impact on country music comes from her amazing vocal abilities and her confidence. One of her greatest successes was a song she wrote for the Coca-Cola Company, “Country Sunshine,” which she later released as a single. In the latter half of the 1970s, West transitioned into the country-pop scene and recorded albums like When It’s Just You and Me and Classics. She is also known for her impressive range and duets with a variety of artists including Kenny Rogers.


3. Tammy Wynette

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