Gospel Legend Killed In Bus Crash

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) - Joyce "Dottie" Rambo, an influential
gospel singer and songwriter, died early Sunday when her tour bus
ran off the highway and struck an embankment. She was 74.

Seven other people on the bus were injured in the wreck about
two miles east of Mount Vernon on Interstate 44, the Missouri
Highway Patrol said. They were hospitalized in Springfield with
moderate to severe injuries, according to the patrol.

It was unclear whether the crash was related to the severe
storms and tornadoes that hit the region on Saturday. Storms also
swept through the area later in the night, according to the
National Weather Service.

Rambo, of Nashville, Tenn., was on her way to a Mother's Day
performance in Texas, according to her Web site.

"She was a giant in the gospel music industry," said Beckie
Simmons, Rambo's agent. "Dolly Parton recorded some of her

Parton sent condolences to "everyone involved in this terrible

"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.

Rambo has had more than 2,500 published songs, including gospel
classics such as "He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need" and
the 1982 Gospel Music Association Song of the Year, "We Shall
Behold Him."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by kd Location: pike on May 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM
    Another saint has gone on to heaven. Oh what music will be heard on heaven's streets of gold.
  • by Lana Location: Marshes Siding KY on May 12, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    Our Precious LORD graces his creation often with someone who has gifting like no other. Dottie Rambo was one of those giftings. I pray much strength for Reba and the other members of her family.
  • by George F. Walker Sr Location: Danville, Ky on May 12, 2008 at 04:19 AM
    Your poll proves one thing Kentucky voters that were poled love misery.High Gas prices,100 years of Irac war,(a drain on our treasury),George Bushes decisions, and in general the Republican way,the pollers have to be George Bushers 100%
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2008 at 04:04 AM
    Prayers to the families


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