Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Dolly Parton: 'I Live On My Bus'


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The 70-year-old singer is currently preparing to kick off her latest Pure & Simple North American concert series, during which she will play shows in 60 cities, and she insists you won't find her staying in fancy four-star hotels.

"I live on my bus, she tells People magazine. "I don't stay in hotels at all... (and) I don't have the hassle of airports..."

Her tour bus is very fancy and with all the amenities on offer, the vehicle may even trump the luxurious facilities of top accommodations. It boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms and it even has a kitchen stocked with all the delicious Southern meals the Tennessee native eats at home.

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Dolly Parton Voicing Singing Chicken For Kids' Show


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The 9 to 5 hitmaker will lend her voice to a special episode of Lily's Driftwood Bay, about a little girl who dreams up an imaginary world with items she finds on a beach.

Dolly will portray the character of Noleen, a famous singing hen whose yacht becomes beached on Driftwood Bay in a storm in an upcoming double episode titled The Salty Chicken.

"I've never played a chicken before but I have been known to lay a few eggs!" Dolly quips about her new gig.

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Dolly Parton Excited To Renew Wedding Vows With Husband For 50th Anniversary


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The 70-year-old will celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary with husband Carl Dean in July, and the couple is planning a romantic ceremony to celebrate its enduring love, and like everything with Dolly, it will be an over-the-top and glamorous affair.

"How many people can say they've been married 50 years? We've made it this long, we need to do it again," she told Rolling Stone. "(Her creative director and clothing designer) Steve Summers designed my dress and he bought Carl a really beautiful suit, so we're all ready. My dress is kind of off-white. I've always wanted a big beautiful dress, the whole thing."

Dolly has also decided to renew their wedding rings to mark the occasion.

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Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris Hoping To Continue Working With Linda Ronstadt


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The ladies have released two hit albums as The Trio and a third album is scheduled for September (16), and although Ronstadt's health issues mean she'll never be able to tour or sing again, Dolly and Emmylou are hoping the threesome will be able to continue recording for years to come.

"We always have our music," Dolly told WENN. "We're gonna be friends first of all. Emmy and I work all the time. And Linda is one of the greatest producers ever. Even though she says she can't sing anymore I bet she can sing better than she says. But she may wind up producing something by Emmy and I."

"Who knows what the future is," Harris added, "but the fact that we're friends and we were able to make this music together and share our voices together. That's gonna be there long after we're gone.

Continue reading: Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris Hoping To Continue Working With Linda Ronstadt

Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Set For A Sequel


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Over 12 million viewers tuned in to watch the biographical tale of Parton's upbringing when it aired in the U.S. in December (15), and now bosses at NBC are keen to make a follow-up.

Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love will feature Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder as Parton's parents, and little Alyvia Alyn Lind, who will be back to portray the country music icon as a child.

The new film will centre on the family's Christmas traditions and their survival during a blizzard.

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Dolly Parton To Renew Vows On 50th Wedding Anniversary


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The 9 to 5 singer had previously expressed her desire to throw another wedding bash to celebrate the milestone but said her famously reclusive husband, who has rarely been pictured with her in public, "really hates" the attention.

However, Carl seems to have changed his mind because the couple have organised a second wedding ceremony, which will be bigger than the first time they tied the knot, in 1966, when she didn't have a gown and only her mother was present.

"We're going to get married again!" she tells People.com. "I'll have a beautiful wedding dress, 'cause I didn't have a big, long wedding dress when we got married and we’ve got a suit for him, so we're going to dress up and take a bunch of pictures."

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Merle Haggard Knew He'd Die On His Birthday


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The beloved star passed away on Wednesday (06Apr16) - on his 79th birthday - at his home near Redding, California.

And now his son Ben reveals Merle had a strange feeling he wouldn't be celebrating for long.

"A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong." Ben wrote on Instagram, shortly after his father passed.

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Willie Nelson & Dolly Parton Add Tributes To Merle Haggard


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Nelson, who often hit the road and the studio with his fellow stalwart, took to Twitter hours after the news of Haggard's death was released and posted a photograph of himself and his pal enjoying a laugh.

He wrote the caption: "He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him." He also shared a link to the music video for their song Pancho & Lefty.

Meanwhile, Parton, who Merle once revealed he had a huge crush on, said, "We've lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle."

Continue reading: Willie Nelson & Dolly Parton Add Tributes To Merle Haggard

51st Academy Of Country Music Awards - Arrivals

Dolly Parton - 51st Academy of Country Music Awards Arrivals at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 3rd April 2016

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51st Academy Of Country Music - Press Room

Dolly Parton - 51st Academy of Country Music Awards Press Room at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 3rd April 2016

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51st ACM Awards Winners

Dolly Parton - 51st Academy of Country Music Awards Winners at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 4th April 2016

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51st ACM Awards 2016 - Red Carpet Arrivals

Dolly Parton - 51st ACM Awards 2016 held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 3rd April 2016

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51st ACM Awards Red Carpet Arrivals

Dolly Parton - The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards Red Carpet Arrivals at MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 4th April 2016

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Reese Witherspoon Honoured By Southern Living Magazine


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The Sweet Home Alabama actress-turned-lifestyle entrepreneur, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee, has been celebrated by the publication's editors for her Draper James clothing and home collection, applauding the star for prioritising "made-in-America, made-in-the-South products".

They notified Reese of her inclusion in the annual list via Twitter, to which she exclaimed, "Such an honor!!! Thanks @Southern_Living! @draperjames #SouthernPride".

Country legend Dolly Parton was also recognised for her continued philanthropy work with Imagination Library, which provides free books to underprivileged kids, and the success of her biographical TV movie, Coat of Many Colors, which became a huge hit with viewers in December (15).

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Dolly Parton To Perform With Katy Perry At The Country Music Awards


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Dolly Parton has announced that she is to perform a duet with pop megastar Katy Perry at next month’s Country Music Awards.

The 51st edition of the annual country music ceremony is being broadcast live from Las Vegas on the evening of Sunday April 3rd, hosted by Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan. As well as performances from Grammy Award-nominated Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood, the legendary Parton will be teaming up with somebody from the world of pop.

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Dolly Parton

Date of birth

19th January, 1946

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.52




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