Dolly Parton

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

19th January, 1946




1st January, 1970



Dolly Parton (born 19.1.1946) Dolly Parton is an American country singer and songwriter, as well as an author and an actress.

Childhood & Family Life: Dolly was the fourth of 12 children born to Robert Lee Parton and Avie Lee Owens. Her family were poor, living in a one-room cabin in Locust Ridge, in the Great Smoky Mountains of Sevier County, Tennessee.

Aged 21, Dolly married Carl Dean, whom she had met on her very first day in Nashville.

Early Career: Dolly started out performing as a child and at the age of nine, she was appearing on The Cas Walker Show. By 13, she was recording for the Goldband record label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry. It was there that she met Johnny Cash, who encouraged her to follow her heart. In 1964, Dolly graduated from high school and moved to Nashville.

Initially, Parton found success as a songwriter, penning songs for the likes of Hank Williams Jr..

Musical Success: Signing to Monument Records in 1965, Dolly Parton was originally marketed as a pop singer but after the failure of 'Happy, Happy Birthday Baby', they agreed to allow her to sing country music. Her first country single was 'Dumb Blonde'. The track reached 24 in the Country Charts in 1967. The same year, she released 'Something Fishy' and these two tracks helped form her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly.

In 1967, Dolly Parton replaced Norma Jean, appearing alongside Porter Wagoner in a weekly country music TV program. Wagoner convinced his label, RCA to sign Parton and her first single for her new label was a duet with Wagoner, 'The Last Thing On My Mind', which reached the Country Charts Top Ten. Her first solo hit was 'Just Because I'm a Woman', which went to number 17.

Eventually, Porter suggested that Parton record a version of Jimmie Rodgers 'Mule Skinner Blues'. The record went to number three, backed up by her first number one single, 'Joshua'. The hits kept on rolling, peaking with 'Coat of Many Colours' in 1971, considered to be her signature tune.

'Jolene' reached number one in 1974 and was Parton's first real blockbuster hit record. Later that year, 'I Will Always Love You' was also a number one hit. Elvis Presley had expressed a desire to cover the song but Parton refused to hand over half the publishing rights to the song, as demanded by Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Here You Come Again (1977) was Parton's first million-selling album and found success in the mainstream pop charts. Artists such as Emmylou Harris and Olivia Newton-John all released cover versions of her songs.

In 1980, Dolly released '9 to 5', the theme tune to the movie of the same name. She starred in the film alongside Jane Fonda and the track was another number one hit in the country chart.

1987 saw the release of a joint album with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Trio received great critical reviews and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of The Year. Its follow-up, Trio II, was released in 1999 and was another Grammy winner. Inbetween these releases, she worked on a similar album, with Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, entitled The Honky Tonk Angels.

In 1989, White Limozeen briefly revived Dolly's career but in 1991, it was Whitney Houston's hugely successful cover of 'I Will Always Love You' that became Parton's greatest financial success. In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Around the turn of the millennium, Dolly released a string of bluegrass albums, including: The Grass is Blue (1999) and Little Sparrow (2001). In 2005, she went on to tackle the folk songs of the 1960s and 1970s, with an album entitled Those Were The Days.

2006 brought Dolly her second Oscar nomination, for 'Travelin' Through', which was written for the film Transamerica. The next year, she released 'Better Get To Livin'', the first track from her own record label, Dolly Records. Backwoods Barbie was released in 2008 and earned her highest chart entry on the Billboard 200, at number 17.

Dolly Parton Picks Up TWO Guinness World Records

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 19 January 2018

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The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.

Dolly Parton is celebrating her 72nd birthday with a surprise – or two surprises, to be precise – as she was awarded two Guinness World Records honouring her lengthy career in country music.

The legendary singer, who turned 72 years old on Friday (January 19th), was given the first prize for the most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Country Songs chart (six), and the second for the most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist (107).

She has now enjoyed a career that spans six decades, longer than other legendary names who have dealt exclusively or dabbled in country music, such as Reba McEntire, George Jones and Elvis Presley.

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Dolly Parton Angers Fans By Ceasing Use Of The Word 'Dixie'

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 12 January 2018

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She's moving on with her brand, but right-wing fans hate it.

Dolly Parton has made the small but controversial decision to rename one of her attractions. Formerly known as Dixie Stampede, the dinner show will now be named Dolly Parton's Stampede in the interests of the changing political climate that might deem the term 'Dixie' offensive.

Image caption Dolly Parton at a pre-Emmy party

The country star has managed to infuriate a great many of her fans by going down the politically correct route of dropping the word 'Dixie' from one of her star attractions. Many seem to be ignoring the fact that it also makes geographic sense as they prepare to expand her empire.

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Dolly Parton And Nine Other Artists You Didn't Know Released Children's Albums

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 02 January 2018

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Because children love music too.

Everyone loves music, and for children it's an especially important medium. It shapes their childhoods, teaches them life lessons and educates them. That's why some of the music industry's biggest icons have jumped into the kids' genre to offer their own input - the latest being good old Dolly.

Image caption Dolly Parton at the Women In Film Pre-Emmy party

The 71-year-old country music hero was at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville this week where she was promoting her very first children's album entitled 'I Believe in You'. It's there that she announced that she would be making her exceedingly generous donation, with thanks for the help they gave her niece Hannah Dennison while she was suffering from cancer as a child.

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'I Believe In You': Dolly Parton Presents Her First Ever Album Aimed At Children

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 17 August 2017

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She's teaching kids about life in her latest album.

Dolly Parton is about to show us just how much a role model she is to children everywhere by releasing a brand new album especially for the young ones. It's called 'I Believe in You' and she's donating the proceeds from the sales to charity.

Image caption Dolly Parton at the CMA Awards

'I Believe in You' is the 71-year-old country star's 44th studio album and will include numbers like 'Brave Little Soldier', 'You Can Do It' and 'Makin' Fun Ain't Funny'. All sales are to be donated to her Imagination Library program which has donated millions of books over the last two decades to children in need all over the world.

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Kenny Rogers And Dolly Parton To Perform 'Islands In The Stream' One Last Time

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 19 July 2017

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Kenny is retiring after his October show, but there's one more duet he needs to perform.

Kenny Rogers is about to make his final live appearance at a farewell show this Fall, where he will perform with his 'Islands in the Stream' co-artist Dolly Parton for the last time in history. It will no doubt mark one of their biggest duets of their careers.

Image caption Dolly Parton at the Country Music Awards

After taking the Bee Gees' song 'Islands in the Stream' to number one in 1983, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton have been an unstoppable double force. But now they will perform as a pair for the last time in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena in just three months, in a country music event that will also feature Little Big Town, Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Elle King, Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss.

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Dolly Parton on stage at the 50th annual CMA (Country Music Association) Awards held at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, United States - Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Dolly Parton & NBC’s ‘Coat Of Many Colors’ Movie Will Have Strong Anti-Bullying Message

By Elinor Cosgrave in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 15 August 2015

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Dolly Parton’s song ‘Coat of Many Colors’ is being adapted into a movie of the same name by NBC. The upcoming film will reportedly have a strong anti-bullying message.

Dolly Parton’s songs have been covered numerous times by a variety of different artists but now her lyrics are inspiring other parts of the entertainment industry, including film and television makers. Parton’s 1971 single, ‘Coat of Many Colors’, is acting as the basis for an upcoming film of the same name. The movie will be shown on NBC over the holiday period and promises to be a heart-warming family tale with a strong anti-bullying message.

Image caption Dolly Parton performing at Glastonbury in June 2014.

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Lady Gaga Receive Contemporary Icon Award Songwriters Hall Fame

By Elinor Cosgrave in Music / Festivals on 25 April 2015

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Lady Gaga will be honoured by the Songwriters Hall of Fame when she receives their Contemporary Icon Award in a ceremony on 19th June.

Lady GaGa's status as an iconic singer has been confirmed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Hall will present Gaga with the Contemporary Icon Award which is presented to a singer "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture".

Image caption Lady Gaga will receive the Contemporary Icon Award.

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Dolly Parton Working On TV Series

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 17 January 2015

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The 68 year old country legend is partnering with NBC to produce a mini-series based on her songs and life.

Having enjoyed a critical and commercial rediscovery over the last couple of years, Dolly Parton is now planning to take over TV screens. The country legend is collaborating with NBC to produce a mini-series based on her songs.

Rolling Stone Country magazine has revealed that a series of two-hour long TV specials has been green-lit by the network, which will be inspired by Parton’s songs and positive outlook on life.

Image caption Dolly Parton, performing above in Germany, is working on a TV series with NBC

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Dolly Parton - Dolly's Dixie Fixin's: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food Signature dish: Dollywood Chicken N Dumplings - . . . .Did they eat it? Of course. You'll eat anything if you're 'fame-ished'! - Monday 29th July 2013

Dolly Parton, Laughter and Lots Of Good Food
Signature Dish: Dollywood Chicken N Dumplings

Dolly Parton Wednesday 11th January 2012 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater - Arrivals and Departures

Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton, New York City, USA - at the VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul at Hammerstein Ballroom - Red Carpet Sunday 18th December 2011

Dolly Parton and David Letterman - Tuesday 29th June 2010 at Ed Sullivan Theatre New York City, USA