By Dusty Wells
One of my favorite cherished memories that I hold onto, of my many years of traveling, ministering, taking care of and walking alongside of the late prolific songwriter, artist and my friend Dottie Rambo, was listening to her tell me stories of how she was divinely inspired to write certain songs. Or how she would come up with ideas for her lyrics and music….you see Dottie was not one that liked to be put into a room and told to write something. She hated having deadlines for writing for a new project. She always wanted her heart, life and soul to be open, honest and vulnerable to where she was on her own journey.
Dottie lived what she sang and then she sang what she lived. She chose to live her songs and then share them with the world. Many days and nights of our traveling together or sitting at her house doing work during the evening, I would hear her crying out in pain from her back problems. I knew one of the only things that would help is when she would get in the anointing, so I would start asking her to tell me about her life, her journey, the fans she loved and the story behind the songs.
I had the opportunity to tape many of those conversations via an old cassette recorder that she loved to tape on while recording new song ideas. She always wanted to have a book out on the Story Behind the Songs. We would always end up with tons of used Kleenex tossed aside, and tears and laughter taking us to new places. She had a story for everything or so it seemed. I loved listening to her and I loved to encourage her to tell me more.
This morning as I was out walking, I was doing a little praying and seeking God for some certain answers not only for our life but also for several friends who are in desperate need for answers. I looked around at the beautiful foliage and greenery that surrounds the lake which we live close to, and I was reminded so gently that God is all around us. Yes He is in the churches where we worship, in the concert halls we sing at,and in the grand cathedrals that were built in His honor. He is found in all of those places, but He is right here in our hearts. That is His dwelling place. I felt Him in a fresh way and I knew He was right there with us.
I started humming the classic Dottie chorus, “Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome,” and all of a sudden I remembered her telling me the story of how that song came to be.
The Rambos (Buck, Dottie and Reba) had been invited to sing behind the Iron Curtain in the early ‘70’s. They were told they could sing any and all of their songs, but they could not talk about God or the blood of Jesus if they were to talk and share in between the songs. All they could do was sing the Gospel. Nothing else would be tolerated.
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Anyone remember this?
It’s Waaaaay-back Wednesday! This is great. Dottie Rambo and The Crabb Family……..
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Remembering this precious lady…..
Dottie Rambo (March 2, 1934 – May 11, 2008) was an American gospel singer and songwriter. She was a Grammy and multiple Dove Award-winning artist. Rambo, along with husband Buck and daughter Reba, formed the award-winning southern Gospel group, The Rambos. She penned more than twenty-five hundred songs, including her most notable “He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need”, “We Shall Behold Him”, and “I Go To the Rock”.
Here’s another favorite:
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Happy Birthday in Heaven today Ms Dottie Rambo from SGN Scoops!
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It’s Flashback Friday! Today we are flashing back to 2001 where Vestel Goodman and Dottie Rambo shared this wonderful moment. Did you love these two ladies? If so, share this video with a friend and let’s flood Facebook with these two anointed women of God on this Flashback Friday!
Watch this video from you tube.
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Randall Hamm had an opportunity to sit down and talk with the late Buck Rambo at the time of the passing of his wife Dottie in 2008. He shares that interview in this clip:
We at SGNScoops were saddened to hear of Rambo’s passing. In 2011, I was privileged to interview Buck, Reba, Dony and Destiny of Rambo-McGuire. It was a treat to sit in the presence of legends and talk about their music and ministry. Now that gentleman is sitting at the feet of His Savior.
My thought and prayers as well as the rest of the team at SGNScoops goes out to Mae, Reba, Dony, Destiny, Israel and all of Buck’s family as they say goodbye.
For the feature with Rambo McGuire click here.
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Dottie Rambo was a much-loved and awarded singer/songwriter of Christian music who was killed in a bus accident in May 2008. She is said to have written over 2500 songs, many of which are sung regularly in churches, recorded often by artists and loved by millions. Dottie wrote such songs as “He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs,” “In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul,” and “We Shall Behold Him.”
We are traveling the Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards during this nomination period, by highlighting the definition of each award category. The Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year is a nationally-charting songwriter in Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music whose songs are recorded by Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel artists.
On November 4th, 2014, the Diamond Awards were held at the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge. The winner of the 2014 Diamond Award Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year was Jeff Steele. Jeff has written many songs that have touched hearts and his family group, The Steeles, have often charted his songs. These songs include, “But God,” “We Want America Back,” and “On The Road to Emmaus.” He is also an author, speaker and pastor. Jeff has had songs recorded by almost every group in Southern Gospel and is much loved by the fans who voted for him for the 2014 Diamond Award winner.
The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are now open on the SGN Scoops website until March 31. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. You can vote today from the link below!
Who will you decide to nominate this year?
Be sure to vote for your favorite nominees today.
The list of nominees will be posted on the site and fans will then nominate their favorites from this list, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. In
this way, the field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.
Make plans now to join us for the 2015 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 2nd through 5th, 2015. For more information visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com
2015 Diamond Awards Nominations can be found at http://www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards/
The Diamond Awards are hosted by SGN Scoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.
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Randy and Sherri Miller are accomplished Gospel artists who are singing, speaking
and laughing their way across America. Randy is a Kingsmen alumni, a recipient of numerous
Singing News and other Southern Gospel awards and a lifetime inductee of the Alabama Music
Hall of Fame. Sherri sang with her family, The Kenny Parker Trio, before doing session and
stage work with such artists as Dolly Parton, The Judds and Michael English. Today this couple
has joined their accomplished vocals, love of life and ability to make others laugh as they share
their music with audiences far and wide.
When Randy Miller left the Kingsmen, he began a solo career and started Snippa Creek Studios.
Sherri Parker Miller joins her husband in making music and laughter with their recently released
Randy Miller Comedy album and the soon-to-be released Where It All Comes From. If
something taps into your emotions, whether through humor or song, it will work its way into
your heart; but it all comes from the Lord as far as the Millers are concerned.
The title track of Where It All Comes From is sung by Sherri and written by Kenna Turner West,
one of Southern Gospel’s most prolific songwriters. The song is currently on Sound Cloud and
showcases the versatility of this talented couple. Kenna says, “Sherri is an amazing vocal talent
and all who know her appreciate her sweet, joyful spirit.”
Dusty Wells, head of sales and marketing at Word Entertainment, shares, “I love Sherri! I
remember the first time I met Sherri was at the National Quartet Convention years ago while
sitting with Dottie Rambo at The Rambo’s booth. I knew of her because her Daddy, Kenny
Parker, was The Rambo’s long time pianist. So when this blonde curly haired little beauty of a
girl came to the booth, Dottie just went on and on about her and how special she was. Our
friendship grew over the years.”
“What I love about Sherri is that not only is she a wonderful singer and communicator,
but she is a lover of people,” says Wells. “She is always consistent, always happy and always
caring for others. I love her spirit and I love that God is using her. She is so special and I cherish
Another close friend of the couple is Johnathan Bond of Young Harmony. “I love Sherri and
Randy because they practice what they preach, plus they are awesome to be around. Also, during
a very dark period of my life, they offered a shoulder. They are Christians in action!” Read more »
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Nashville, TN – And the winner is…. Rambo McGuire for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year. The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on April 19th with Rambo McGuire capturing top honors for Grassroots Rambos on Gospel Music’s biggest night.
Produced by Dony McGuire for Rambo McGuire Records, the album celebrates the early mountain style of The Rambos and the timeless songs of Dottie Rambo. Featuring Dony, Reba, Destiny and Israel with special guest and founding member, Buck Rambo, the album is the first in a series of “Remembering the Rambos.”
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition as artists,” says Reba. “Grassroots Rambos is a project so near and dear to our hearts as it reflects our family’s rich musical heritage and carries on the legacy. Singing this music is even sweeter the second time around.”
Four years after her home-going, The Dove Award for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year was awarded to Dottie Rambo for her classic song, “Mama’s Teaching Angels How to Sing.” A Dove also went to The Isaacs who performed the song on their project Naturally (Gaither Music Group).
Rambo McGuire is already at work on their next project, Classics, which will feature signature family harmonies and the Dottie Rambo compositions that were the foundation of their monumental success.
Rambo McGuire (L-R: Dony McGuire, Reba Rambo-McGuire, Destiny McGuire, Israel McGuire)
Photo by Naomi Richard
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Nashville, Tenn. – Music City, Inc. today announced the newest inductees into the Music City Walk of Fame, presented by founding sponsor Gibson Guitar: Kix Brooks, Alan Jackson, Manuel, Dr. Bobby Jones, Dottie Rambo, Les Paul and Dan Miller. The honorees will be recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers on Sunday, November 6, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. The induction ceremony, which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC), is free and open to the public.
The induction of this class will bring the total number of stars along the Walk of Fame to 58. The Music City Walk of Fame, located on Nashville’s Music Mile, is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
Permanent sidewalk medallions with each honoree’s name displayed in a star-and-guitar design will be installed in the sidewalk along the Music Mile. The plaques for this class of inductees will be inlaid in Walk of Fame Park on Demonbreun, between 4th and 5th Avenues South.
“Each of these inductees into the Walk of Fame has definitely left their creative mark on Music City in their own unique way,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It is the creative collaboration shown by these talented individuals that make Nashville, Music City.”
Dottie Rambo, known throughout the industry as the Queen of Gospel Music, is a world renowned singer, songwriter and musician. Throughout her 60+ year career, Rambo wrote over 2,500 songs, both for herself and for some of the music industry’s most notable stars. Her legendary songs have been recorded by music icons such as Elvis Presley, Barbara Mandrell, Carol Channing, Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton.
Her own musical career included being a songwriter, soloist and leader of her family trio ‘The Singing Rambos,’ later known as simply ‘The Rambos,’, which brought her opportunities to work with Barbara Mandrell and Porter Wagoner among others. Some of her more noted works include “I Go To the Rock,” “He Looked Beyond My Fault” and “I Will Glory In The Cross.”
Her accolades include Grammy and Dove awards, the ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award, being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and she and ‘The Rambos’ are also members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Rambo died in a tragic bus wreck in 2008 as she traveled between tour stops.
The legendary songwriter’s daughter, Reba Rambo-McGuire, will accept the special honor on her mother’s behalf this Sunday at the induction ceremony.
McGuire expressed, “Our family is overwhelmed with gratitude for the prestigious honor and recognition of mom’s creative artistry. This permanent landmark represents the legacy of a pioneering spirit who blazed a trail for songwriters, singers, musicians and poets.”
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