The Missouri Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate a Sunday morning (May 11) tour bus accident that claimed the life of gospel music legend Joyce "Dottie" Rambo, 74, of Nashville.
Six other people in the bus, including her manager, were injured when the 1997 Prevost bus crashed into a guard rail and an embankment around 2:20 a.m. on Interstate 44 near Mount Vernon, Mo. At the time of the accident, the singer-songwriter was traveling to a Mother's Day performance at a church in North Richland Hills, Texas.
Rambo began her gospel music career at age 12 and eventually wrote more than 2,500 songs and won a Grammy in 1968 for her album, The Soul of Me. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, she was inducted twice into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame -- as a solo artist in 1982 and with former husband Buck Rambo and their daughter, singer-songwriter Reba Rambo, as the Rambos singing group in 2001.
Her new album, Sheltered, is scheduled to be released this summer. Her songs have been recorded by Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Barbara Mandrell and many others. She and Parton recorded a duet for the title track of Rambo's 2003 album, Stand by the River.
JERRY LEE LEWIS' STATEMENT ON DEATH OF DOTTIE RAMBO:
Dottie Rambo was a great entertainer, talented songwriter and a dear friend of mine for many years. I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to work with her throughout her illustrious career. I am heart sick that she has past in this tragic accident. On behalf of myself and my family, we send all our love and thoughts to Dottie Rambo's family.