The matriarch of the influential Southern gospel trio the Singing Rambos, Dottie Rambo looms as one of the most prolific songwriters in the postwar spiritual music canon, composing thousands of ballads and hymns recorded by acts spanning from Elvis Presley to Dolly Parton to Whitney Houston. Born Joyce Reba Luttrell in Madisonville, Kentucky, on March 2, 1934, she learned to play guitar by imitating her favorite Grand Ole Opry headliners, and at age eight composed her first original songs. Two years later she was a fixture on local country radio broadcasts, but at 12 she became a born-again Christian and ceased performing secular music, though she never denounced it. Rambo's decision to embrace Christianity caused an irreparable rift with her father, and the teen soon left home to tour the Midwest and the South as a member of the trio the Gospel Echoes. At 16 she met and married Buck Rambo, and later, with daughter Reba, the family recorded and toured as the Singing Rambos, forging a distinctive approach embracing elements of traditional country and black gospel. In time, fellow Southern gospel act the Happy Goodman Family introduced Dottie to country singer and then-Louisiana governor Jimmie Davis, who signed her to his Jimmie Davis Music publishing firm. By her own estimation, Rambo composed more than 2,500 songs during the course of her career, among them "He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need," "I Go to the Rock," "Sheltered in the Arms of God," and "Mama's Teaching Angels How to Sing" -- Elvis recorded her "If That Isn't Love," and secular country and bluegrass artists including Bill Monroe, Porter Wagoner, Mel Tillis, and Vince Gill covered her material as well.