Vikki Sallee Dillard

Born in Ft. Smith, AR on January 22, 1941

Departed on September 16, 2013 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Songwriter/singer/recording artist Vikki Sallee Dillard has passed away in Nashville in the quiet presence of friends, relatives and loved ones.

Born Phyllis Jean Sallee, the daughter of John Sallee and Evelyn Rhodes Sallee on January 22, 1941, she grew up in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
She began her music career as a teenager and adopted the stage name "Vikki" sometimes spelled "Vicki" Sallee at the suggestion of Wanda Jackson's father, Tom Jackson, who was her first manager.

Her early recordings were done in the historic Quonset Hut in Nashville for the ABC Dot and Reprise labels, with her song "Wild Angel" reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on the R&B chart in July 1964. The B side of that record "Jimmy Darling" also reached #4 on the British Charts for British band Madness that same year.

In 1980, a song she co wrote with her sister Bobbie Sallee and Gene Dunlap, "Sometimes I Go Crazy" was released by Loretta Lynn on her album "Lookin' Good".

Throughout her life she lived mostly in Nashville's Sylvan Park area, and was married to bluegrass Hall of Fame banjo player Doug Dillard. From their home she operated Hillbilly Hollywood Records, handling mail order CDs for herself and Mr. Dillard. Mr. Dillard passed away in May of 2012.
She is survived by her sister Bobbie Sallee Rivarde of Nashville; her daughters and their families; Kelley Jeanne Snead, her husband Doak, and their daughter Emma Claire of Thompsons Station, TN; Kristi Lea Ritson, her husband James, and their children, Rachel, Jennifer, and Morgan, of Peach Tree City, GA; and 3 nieces and nephews and 4 great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer our extreme gratitude to Hannah and Michael Jacques, Pastor and Mrs. Jimmy Hayes and the wonderful people at The River Church for their prayers, friendship and generosity during Vikki's illness.

7 Comments to Vikki Sallee Dillard

  1. Susan Miller
    September 17, 2013 12:00 am

    Dearest Kelley & family,
    My heart mourns the loss of your mother & sister because we all loved her so. However, scripture says we are to rejoice when a brother or sister in Christ goes home. “To be absent from the body is to be present with Jesus.” She is happy & peaceful now & we will see her again. Much Love! Susan

  2. Becky Stegall Raney
    September 17, 2013 12:00 am

    I grew up with Vikki and Bobbie. I’m sending you my favorite blessing.
    Numbers 6:24-26
    Loving prayers for all of you.

  3. Debbie Barger
    September 17, 2013 12:00 am

    Sorry for your loss.

  4. Debra Choate Harl
    September 17, 2013 12:00 am

    Family i pray God gives u strength and comfort in this time of sorrow. Just know ur loved and not alone. God never gives us more than we can handle. God Bless U.

  5. Debra Choate Harl
    September 17, 2013 12:00 am

    Family i pray God gives u strength and comfort in this time of sorrow. Just know ur loved and not alone. God never gives us more than we can handle. God Bless U.

  6. Carolyn Smith
    September 17, 2013 12:00 am

    Vikki was a sweet woman who loved the Lord. She will be missed. My sincere sympathy to her loved ones.
    Carolyn and Bob Smith

  7. Jerry Sallee
    September 19, 2013 12:00 am

    I know that you are with the LORD and I will Pray for your Family.