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

24th Annual Movieguide Awards - Arrivals

Ricky Schroder, Alyvia Alyn Lind , Dolly Parton - 24th Annual Movieguide Awards - Arrivals at Universal Hilton Hotel - Universal City, California, United States - Friday 5th February 2016

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24th Annual Movieguide Awards - Inside

Dolly Parton - 24th Annual Movieguide Awards - Inside at Universal Hilton Hotel - Universal City, California, United States - Friday 5th February 2016

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24th Annual Movieguide Awards - Arrivals

Dolly Parton - 24th Annual Movieguide Awards - Arrivals at Universal Hilton Hotel - Universal City, California, United States - Friday 5th February 2016

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Dolly Parton Launches New London Book Scheme


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The singer, who runs her own charity scheme to open libraries and hand out literature to kids, has put together a new scheme with members of Southwark Council to boost reading among youngsters in the south London borough.

The initiative, which is being run in conjunction with The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, will provide free books for every child born in the borough between December, 2015 and December, 2016.

The kids will receive a book every month from their birth until they turn five.

Continue reading: Dolly Parton Launches New London Book Scheme

Dolly Parton Seeking Kidney Donor For Longtime Pal


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Jerry Edelstein has been in search of a suitable match for years, but time is really ticking as he is now in renal failure, and the Jolene singer is doing her bit to step up the campaign.

Parton, who reveals she is not a match, has teamed up with officials at charity organisations the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America and Public Good to film a video message, seeking donors with Type O blood.

"Jerry and I have been friends for several decades now and he's one of the finest people in the whole world," the singer explains in the public appeal. "As the holiday season is upon us, one of my wishes is for a new kidney for Jerry.

Continue reading: Dolly Parton Seeking Kidney Donor For Longtime Pal

Dolly Parton's 'Coat Of Many Colors' Brings In High Ratings For NBC


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‘Coat of Many Colours’ the NBC TV movie based on Dolly Parton’s song of the same name, brought 12.8 million viewers to the network on Thursday evening, according to early figures. Parton herself only appeared at the beginning of the film, singing the title song, but signer Jennifer Nettles drew praise from critics for her portrayal of the country star’s mother.

Dolly PartonDolly Parton brought her 'Coat Of Many Colors' to NBC on Thursday.

The two-hour special was the most-watched film on the ‘big four’ broadcast networks in the US in nearly four years. It also marked a four-year high in the key demographic of adult viewers aged between 18 and 49.

Continue reading: Dolly Parton's 'Coat Of Many Colors' Brings In High Ratings For NBC

Dolly Parton Preparing Time Capsule For 100th Birthday


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The Jolene singer will turn 70 in January (16), but she is already looking to the future and has been collecting childhood keepsakes and other cherished memorabilia to seal away in a treasure chest, which she plans to unlock in 30 years time - if she's still alive.

Parton has also penned a special track for the time capsule, which will remain unheard for the next three decades.

"What we're gonna put in this is little pieces from my childhood, from the porch where I used to sit and sing with a tin can for a microphone, and a song I wrote this year, called My Place in History, and I'm gonna open it when I'm 100...," she tells U.S. breakfast show Today.

Continue reading: Dolly Parton Preparing Time Capsule For 100th Birthday

Dolly Parton Visits 'The Voice' And Offers Some 'Information' For Contestants


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Legendary country star Dolly Parton paid a visit to ‘The Voice’ on Tuesday, to offer some help and inspiration to the remaining nine contestants. Parton was brought to the show by fellow country singer Blake Shelton, as the remaining nine prepared to be whittled down to four finalists.

Dolly PartonDolly Parton has paid a visit to ‘The Voice’.

Meeting the contestants earlier in the day Parton told them: “I feel very honoured to be in the presence of all of you. What I love about this show is that they pick you based on your talent. I know that some of you are going to be having to go home tonight - but just because you don't win doesn't mean you're not winners.”

Continue reading: Dolly Parton Visits 'The Voice' And Offers Some 'Information' For Contestants

Stars And Producers Of "Coat Of Many Colors"

Ricky Schroder, Dolly Parton , Jennifer Nettles - Stars and producers of "Coat of Many Colors" at Egyptian Theater - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 2nd December 2015

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Ricky Schroder, Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles

Glastonbury Line-up '80 Per Cent Confirmed'


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In an interview with the BBC, Emily reveals the headliners for 2017 are already pencilled in, two of the three 2016 headliners are confirmed in writing, and a third verbally agreed.

"We are about 80 per cent of the way there already. We are so lucky at the moment to have so many huge bands touring and wanting to play. That's one of the reasons we are doing a festival in 2017 - we already have the headliners pencilled in for that too, which is unusual," she says.

"One of the headliners I shook hands on at this year's festival, so that was the first confirmation of 2016. We are incredibly lucky to have such great headliners for next year, it couldn't be any bigger."

Continue reading: Glastonbury Line-up '80 Per Cent Confirmed'

Dolly Parton's Amusement Park 'Not To Blame' For Woman's Brain Damage


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Tedi and Derryl Brown sued the owners of Dollywood, in Tennessee, last year (14) claiming that Tedi plummeted from a revolving swing ride at the park and suffered brain injuries.

However, editors at TMZ.com report that the theme park bosses have alleged in new legal documents that there is no possibility Tedi could have fallen from the ride unintentionally.

They claim the ride had not come to a complete stop when the incident occurred, and Tedi unlatched the lap bar to purposefully get out of her seat.

Continue reading: Dolly Parton's Amusement Park 'Not To Blame' For Woman's Brain Damage

Dolly Parton Shuts Down Cancer Rumours


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The Jolene singer, 69, hit headlines on Wednesday (14Oct15) when sources told America's National Enquirer she had recently been admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for treatment for kidney stones.

However, the insider alleged Parton believed the abdomen pain could actually be a lot more serious.

The source said, "So far, the treatments haven't worked. She's undergoing more testing. The scary thing is she has the symptoms of stomach cancer - and this is what she could be hiding."

Continue reading: Dolly Parton Shuts Down Cancer Rumours

Dolly Parton To Show Off Reclusive Husband At Anniversary Party


Dolly Parton Carl Dean

Dean is rarely seen with his famous wife and she often jokes about the lengths he goes to to avoid the spotlight, but Dolly's husband has agreed to be part of her anniversary party in May.

Dean, 73, who owns and operates a road repair company in Tennessee, will hit the stage with Parton, 69, when she performs at their Willow Lake Plantation home.

Dolly's goddaughter revealed the big news last week (ends06Sep15), stating Carl will be at the party "not to sing - just to be there, at her side, in the spotlight."

Continue reading: Dolly Parton To Show Off Reclusive Husband At Anniversary Party

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


Dolly Parton Jennifer Nettles

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.

Dolly PartonDolly Parton performing at Glastonbury in June 2014.

Read More: Dolly Parton Working On TV Series.

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Dolly Parton Performing At O2 World In Berlin

Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton performing at O2 World in Berlin - Berlin, Berlin, Germany - Sunday 6th July 2014

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Dolly Parton

Date of birth

19th January, 1946

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.52




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At the #MovieguideAwards with the beautiful @alyviaalind! #CoatOfManyColors
Happy birthday to me!! Thanks for all the #birthday wishes and I hope y'all have a fantastic day :)
Have A Merry #Christmas
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There is a great new world for those who dare to claim it. A better day is on the way and only you can change it. #dollyism
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I still close my eyes and go home. I can always draw from that. #dollyism #tennesseemountainhome
Did you know my @imaginationlibrary mailed nearly 75,000,000 free books to kids?!!


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