Elbert West

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Elbert West
Birth name Elbert Lee West
Born July 15, 1967[1]
Died May 18, 2015 (aged 47)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1991–2003
Labels Broken Bow
Associated acts Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery

Elbert Lee West (July 15, 1967 – May 18, 2015) was an American country music artist. Initially a session songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, West saw his first chart success in the 1990s as a co-writer on singles for country singer Tracy Lawrence, including the Number Ones "Sticks and Stones" and "Can't Break It to My Heart".[2][3] West co-wrote album tracks for other artists, including tracks for Tim McGraw and John Michael Montgomery.[4]

By 2001, West had signed to Broken Bow Records, then a newly formed independent label, and his debut album, Livin' the Life, was released that year.[2] West co-wrote ten of the album's thirteen tracks,[4] while others — including "(This One's Gonna) Leave a Mark", previously recorded by John Michael Montgomery — were co-written by Randy Archer and Johnny Park, formerly of the duo Archer/Park. "Diddley", which peaked at No. 56 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, was the album's lead single and West's only single to chart. "Diddley" was also made into a music video, which aired on CMT.[3] Erik Hage of Allmusic gave the album four stars out of five, saying, "West has a big, husky baritone, a keen songwriting ability, a defiant attitude, and is a major country talent."[5]


West died on May 18, 2015, aged 47 (his age was initially misreported as 46), from undisclosed causes.[where?].[6]


Livin' the Life (2001)[edit]

Livin' the Life
Studio album by Elbert West
Released 2001
Genre Country
Label Broken Bow
Producer D. Scott Miller

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Crawlin' Time" (Judy Hoffman, Elbert West) – 3:22
  2. "Side of the Road" (D. Scott Miller, Elbert West) – 3:46
  3. "Diddley" (Doc James Shapiro, C.B. Carter) – 2:52
  4. "Neon Light" (Elbert West, Earl Clark) – 3:35
  5. "(This One's Gonna) Leave a Mark" (John Michael Montgomery, David Lee, Johnny Park, West) – 3:34
  6. "Unpredicatable" (D. Scott Miller, Elbert West) – 2:35
  7. "Livin' the Life" (Randy Archer, West) – 3:33
  8. "Robin Loves to Hear Me Sing" (D. Scott Miller, John Ramey) – 4:21
  9. "My Last Resort" (D. Scott Miller) – 3:08
  10. "Sinner" (Miller, Elbert West, Ken Prueitt) – 3:46
  11. "Middle of the Line" (Lee, Elbert West) – 3:14
  12. "Everything That He's Not" (D. Scott Miller, Elbert West, Stewart Harris) – 5:23
  13. "Kiss My Lips Goodbye" (D. Scott Miller, Elbert West, Even Stevens) – 2:57



Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2001 "Diddley" 56 Livin' the Life
2002 "(This One's Gonna) Leave a Mark"
2004 "A Beautiful Day for Goodbye" singles only
"Kimberly Cooper's Eyes"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
2001 "Diddley"


  1. ^ https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=50&query=%2Bgivenname%3A%22Elbert%20Lee%22~%20%2Bsurname%3AWest~%20%2Bbirth_year%3A1967-1969~
  2. ^ a b Hage, Erik. "Elbert West biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  3. ^ a b Downs, Jolene. "Elbert West - Livin' the Life review". About.com. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  4. ^ a b Claffey, Laura. "Elbert West interview". Country Interviews Online. Archived from the original on 2010-09-25. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  5. ^ Hage, Erik. "Livin' the Life review". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  6. ^ Skates, Sarah (May 19, 2015). "Lifenotes: Songwriter Elbert West". MusicRow. Retrieved May 19, 2015.