Chanteuse Country US née le 23 mai 1958 à Cleveland (Ohio).

The daughter of the legendary Dottie West and her first husband Bill, a noted steel guitar player, Shelly West was a popular singer of pop-flavored country tunes during the 1980s.
Shelly got her start at age 17 touring with her mother's show; she started out singing backup, but was soon given lead vocal chores. While touring, she fell in love with her mother's lead guitarist Allen Frizzell; they married and left the band in 1977 to move to California. Allen was the little brother of Lefty and David Frizzell, the latter of whom had a regular gig in a neighboring town. The newlyweds soon joined his band and played with him for a few months. They toured the Southwest, and upon their return, David began looking for a record label. A demo of the duo "Lovin' on Borrowed Time" featuring West and her brother-in-law impressed record producer Snuff Garrett, who signed them both to Casablanca West. Unfortunately, Polygram took over the label and dumped the duo, who unsuccessfully tried their luck in Nashville. Garrett still believed the two had potential and eventually played their song and its follow-up "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" to actor Clint Eastwood, who had just founded his own record label, Viva. Eastwood liked the latter song and added it to his film Any Which Way You Can, and the song hit number one on the country charts in early 1981.
Their next four songs, beginning with the Top Ten hit "A Texas State of Mind," were also successful, and the duo's considerable success continued through 1985, when they split up. (They cited a lack of good duo songs as their main reason; the fact that West and her husband had just divorced may also have been a factor). West made her solo debut in 1983 with "Jose Cuervo," which hit number one and provided a sales boost for the tequila company. Her solo follow-up "Flight 309 to Tennessee" made the Top Five. Between 1984 and 1986, West had a string of solo successes that included "Somebody Buy This Cowgirl a Beer" and "Don't Make Me Wait on the Moon." Later that year she had one more mid-range hit, "Love Don't Come Any Better Than This," and then faded from the charts. She basically stopped recording after remarrying, but did reunite with David Frizzell for a few shows in the late '80s.

Talents : Singer, Songwriter, Guitar

Style musical : Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

YOU'RE THE REASON GOD MADE OKLAHOMA (with David FRIZZELL)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

01/1981 SP WARNER BROS. WBS-49650 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma / That's Where Lovers Go Wrong
05/1981 SP WARNER BROS. WBS-49745 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - Texas State Of Mind / Let's duo
09/1981 SP WARNER BROS. WBS-49825 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - Husbands And Wives / Yours For The Asking
01/1982 SP WARNER BROS. WBS-50007 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - Another Honky Tonk Night On Broadway / Three Act Play
06/1982 SP VIVA 7-29980 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - I Just Came Here To Dance / Our Day Will Come
11/1982 SP VIVA 7-29850 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - Please Surrender / Being A Man Being A Woman
01/1983 SP VIVA 7-29778 (US) Jose Cuervo / Country Lullaby
02/1983 SP VIVA 7-29756 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - Cajun Invitation / Yesterday's Lovers
05/1983 SP VIVA 7-29597 (US) Flight 309 To Tennessee / Sexy Song
08/1983 SP VIVA 7-29544 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - Pleasure Island / Betcha Can't Cry Just One
09/1983 SP VIVA 7-29461 (US) Another Motel Memory / Suite Sixteen
01/1984 SP VIVA 7-29404 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - Silent Partners / Confidental
02/1984 SP VIVA 7-29353 (US) Now I Lay Me Down To Cheat / Let's Make A Little Love Tonight
05/1984 SP VIVA 7-29265 (US) Somebody Buy This Cowgirl A Beer / Small Talk
08/1984 SP VIVA 7-29187 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - It's A Be Together Night / Straight From The Heart
12/1984 SP VIVA 7-29106 (US) Now There's You / I'll Still Be Loving You
03/1985 SP VIVA 7-29048 (US) David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST - Do Me Right / Easy Soft And Slow
05/1985 SP VIVA 7-28997 (US) Don't Make Me Wait On The Moon / Let's Stay The Way We Were Tonight
08/1985 SP VIVA 7-28909 (US) I'll Dance The Two Step / Why Must The Ending Be So Sad
11/1985 SP VIVA 7-28857 (US) If I Could Sing Something In Spahish / Hold Tight
02/1986 SP VIVA 7-28769 (US) What Would You Do / Why Must The Ending Be So Sad
08/1986 SP VIVA 7-28648 (US) Love Don't Come Any Better Than This / My Heart Feels Like Dancing Again

Albums

1981 LP 12" WARNER BROS. BSK-3555 (US) CARRYIN' ON THE FAMILY NAMES - (David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST) - Carryin' On The Family Names / Texas State Of Mind / You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma / Darling Will You Marry Me Again / Yours For The Asking / Three Blind Hearts / Love And Only Love / Lefty / Husbands And Wives / We're Lovin' On Borrowed Time
1982 LP 12" VIVA 23643 (US) (US) THE DAVID FRIZZELL AND SHELLY WEST ALBUM - (David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST) - Wasn't That Love / Two Sides / Another Honky Tonk Night On Broadway / Just Before Dawn / I Just Came Here To Dance / Three Act Play / Being A Man Being A Woman / Our Day Will Come / Dark Side Of The Moon / Breaking Up A Good Thing
1982 LP 12" VIVA 23754 (US)

OUR BEST TO YOU - (David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST) - Wrapped Around Your Finger / Cajun Invitation / My Best To You / Please Surrender / When You Wish Upon A Star / Missing You All By Myself / You'll Always Be Special To Me / Another Dawn Breaking Over Georgia / Lovin' Naturally / Jukebox Serenade

1983 LP 12" VIVA 23775 (US) WEST BY WEST - Flight 309 To Tennessee / Someone's Been Sleeping In Our Bed / Jose Cuervo / Our Love / Me On The One Side / Don't Let Her Hurt You / Sexy Song / Ask Me No Questions (Promise Me No Ties) / When He Kisses Me / I'll Still Be Loving You
1983 LP 12" VIVA 23907 (US) IN SESSION - (David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST) - Pleasure Island / Silent Partners / Wild Side Of Life - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels / You're My Better Half / Straight From The Heart / You Still Do It For Me / Forever And Always / Confidential / I Just Fall In Love Again / Betcha Can't Cry Just One
1983 LP 12" VIVA 23983 (US) RED HOT - Good And Lonesome / Now I Lay Me Down To Cheat / Somebody Buy This Cowgirl A Beer / Again / Another Motel Memory / Small Talk / Love Me Again / Suite Sixteen / Let's Make A Little Love Tonight / Dance Away
1984 LP 12" VIVA 25148 (US) GOLDEN duoS - (David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST) - You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma / Texas State Of Mind / Husbands And Wives / Another Honky Tonk Night On Broadway / I Just Came Here To Dance / Please Surrender / Cajun Invitation / It's A Be Together Night / Silent Partners / Do Me Right
1984 LP 12" VIVA 25189 (US) DON'T MAKE ME WAIT ON THE MOON - Now There's You / I'll Dance The Two Step / If I Could Sing Something In Spanish / Don't Make Me Wait On The Moon / Dance Me Into Falling In Love / Do I Have To Say Goodbye / Why Must The Ending Be So Sad / How It All Went Wrong / Hold Tight / Let's Stay The Way We Are Tonight
1994 CD K-TEL 3231 (US) ALONE AND TOGETHER - (David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST) - You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma / Flight 309 To Tennessee / I'm Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home / Another Motel Memory / Texas State Of Mind / I Just Came Here To Dance / Lost My Baby Blues / Jose Cuervo / Where Are You Spending Your Nights These Days / Another Honky Tonk Night On Broadway
06/2009 CD VARESE FONTANA 066970 (US) THE VERY BEST OF DAVID FRIZZELL & SHELLY WEST - (David FRIZZELL & Shelly WEST) - You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma / A Texas State Of Mind / Carryin' On The Family Names / Husbands And Wives / Another Honky-Tonk Night On Broadway / Our Day Will Come / I Just Came Here To Dance / Please Surrender / You'll Always Be Special To Me / Cajun Invitation / Pleasure Island / Silent Partners / Medley: The Wild Side Of Life -  If It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels [medley] / I Just Fell In Love Again / Do Me Right / It's A Be Together Night
11/2009 CD VARESE 066988 (US) THE VERY BEST OF SHELLY WEST - Jose Cuervo / Dark Side Of The Moon / I'll Still Be Loving You / Flight 309 To Tennessee / Sexy Song / Someone's Been Sleeping In Our Bed / Suite Sixteen / Another Motel Memory / Now I Lay Me Down To Cheat / Somebody Buy This Cowgirl A Beer / If I Could Sing Something In Spanish / I'll Dance The Two Step / Now There's You / Don't Make Me Wait On The Moon

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