Dottie Rambo – A Tribute by Phil Cross

dottie-ramboAs I was planning our first SONG of a LIFETIME event, I called Dottie to fill her in. She was so excited and thrilled to be invited to participate. She was so honored that Dr. Charles Stanley and the Atlanta First Baptist church was going to be involved. She loved Dr. Stanley and spoke so highly of his world-wide impact for God.

On the phone that day, Dottie and I talked at least an hour and had so much fun talking about songs and songwriters. She loved today’s writers and was very well informed of what’s going on and who’s hot. What a special moment in time it was for me to have the blessing of being touched by Dottie again. How could I have imagined that she would not be able to join us on stage for our first DVD taping? God took our favorite songwriter home and we were all so shocked and saddened.

I felt this loss very deeply also due to the fact that I knew Dottie would be missing from our family of songwriters who would gather at the 2008 National Quartet Convention for the first Song Of A Lifetime event. So, I asked The Pfeifers to do Dottie’s classic He Looked Beyond My Fault. I, along with all the songwriters, stood in honor of Dottie and the 6000 in the audience were once again reminded of the incredible inspiration of Dottie Rambo as John, Candy, and Mary Jane shared their amazing rendition of this musical treasure. It was an enchanted moment mixed with emotions of joy, honor, and grief. It was beautifully captured by Kim Ryan White, the video producer of SONG of a LIFETIME – 2008 National Quartet Convention. It was an unforgettable moment.

Dottie Rambo is on every songwriter’s list of the greatest of all time. We are now carrying on without getting to see her, one of our most honored mentors. Thankfully, we still hear from her. Everyday we know she still touches us. And for every tomorrow, we will continue being encouraged and taught by the Master Composer, Dottie Rambo.

5 responses to “Dottie Rambo – A Tribute by Phil Cross”

  1. lays

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    Very good post. I certainly love this website.
    Continue the good work!

  2. Allie

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    I know she got in a bus wreck but she was a really really really good song writer.

  3. Rick Simpson

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    My family did a project at Adam Kohout’s studio last year. It’s was about a month after or so after Dottie passed away. Adam was doing her demo’s then. He let us hear her last song she had sent him. It was a song about going to Heaven. Adam said that no one has even heard it. She died before he ever got done with the demo. He let us(The Simpson Family) hear it. IT WAS AWESOME!! I am a young songwriter myself and God has blessed me with several cuts in the last two years with 6 radio single’s. The latest one is Karen Peck & New River’s latest radio single “Why Should I Worry”. We love the sight. God bless.

    Rick Simpson
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  4. LeLane Taylor

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    Dotty was special. I saw her at Ky. lake Opra in Draffenville, Ky in November before she went to see her Jesus. It was such a delight to listen to her and how she loved Jesus. amazing how she could write so many songs. I am sure you enjoyed being with her.
    God Bless Your ministry to lead souls to the Lord. Our nation needs prayer each minute.

    1. Pavan

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      Dotty was special. I saw her at Ky. lake Opra in Draffenville, Ky in November beorfe she went to see her Jesus. It was such a delight to listen to her and how she loved Jesus. amazing how she could write so many songs. I am sure you enjoyed being with her.God Bless Your ministry to lead souls to the Lord. Our nation needs prayer each minute.