Dottie Dillard, best known as a background singer with the Anita Kerr Singers, died Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri. She was 91.
Below is a statement from Neil Portnow, President and C.E.O. of the Recording Academy:
The Recording Academy® Statement re: Dottie Dillard
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.
While it clear the Anita Kerr Singers won multiple Grammy Awards, finding the Bob Dylan connection is more elusive. Here’s another report about Dillard, adding to the confusion:
She made a host of pop and country stars sound better with her backup vocals during the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. She even won a Grammy with Bob Dylan for his first album.
Dylan’s debut album was nominated, but did not win, a Grammy for “Best Folk Recording,” and it was recorded solo, without background singers. If the article was referring to the first Dylan Grammy win, for “Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male” for “Gotta Serve Somebody, “ in 1980, neither Dillard not the Anita Kerr singers are credited on the recordings. Dillard is not listed in Olof Bjorner’s “Still On The Road” website. Dillard retired in 1981, according to the article.
The Anita Kerr singers did cover Dylan’s “If Not For You”on their 1970 Philips album, “Daytime, Nighttime” album. It did not win a Grammy.
UPDATE: Dillard appeared on the album “Self Portrait,” released in 1970. It did not win a Grammy. Thanks to Peter Stone Brown, @MarketHouseBook, and @JohhnyBorgan.
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