Joyce 'Dottie' Rambo, a legendary gospel singer and songwriter, died early Sunday morning when her tour bus crashed into a highway embankment in Southwest Missouri. She was 74.
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Seven other people on the bus were also injured in the accident, which occurred about two miles east of Mount Vernon, Mo., on Interstate 44, the state highway patrol said. They were hospitalized in Springfield with moderate to severe injuries.
Whether or not the accident was related to the severe storms and tornadoes that hit the region on Saturday is unknown.
Published More Than 2,500 Songs
Rambo had more than 2,500 published songs she had written, including gospel classics such as He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need, Holy Spirit Though Art Welcome, and I Go to the Rock.
Rambo performed a show Saturday night in Granite City, Illinois. She and her group were on their way to play a Sunday night show in North Richland Hills, Texas.
A spokesperson for her recording label confirmed to Knoxville, Tennessee television station WVLT that the Kentucky native was asleep at the time of the accident.
"She was a giant in the gospel music industry," said Beckie Simmons, Rambo's agent.
Statement from Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton, who has recorded some of Rambo's songs, sent condolences to "everyone involved in this terrible tragedy."
"I know Dottie is in heaven in the arms of God right now, but our earth angel will surely be missed," Parton said in a statement. "Dottie was a dear friend, a fellow singer, songwriter and entertainer, and as of late my duet singing partner."
Rambo was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last year and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
She was awarded the 1968 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance for The Soul of Me.
Sources: The Associated Press, BBC News, WVLT-TV
*Originally posted May 12, 2008.