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.
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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.
Dolly Parton, performing above in Germany, is working on a TV series with NBC
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As part of a live performance, Dolly Parton recorded her medley of various songs originally written and performed by Hank Williams.
Dolly Parton is an international treasure - and a rare breed, at that. She is a massive star with a down-to-earth side that people around the globe have warmed to. Dolly's latest album 'Blue Smoke' sees the country music star doing what she does best. For those of you that never really understood country music, people like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers were the ones that made the genre fun and didn't take it too seriously. Or maybe they did take it seriously, but just made fun and infectious along the way.
'Blue Smoke' is Dolly's 42nd (that's correct; forty second!) studio album and shows that she hasn't lost her touch with a mix of her greatest hits, covers and some new material. You get two CD's which equates to 32 songs of Dolly Parton, one disc of new songs and a separate 'Best Of' CD. The new material covers 12 tracks, while the second is 20 of her greatest hits. The most intriguing cover on this album has to be Bon Jovi's 'Lay Your Hands On Me' something that really shouldn't work but somehow it does, proving that she can find country in every song.
'Blue Smoke' also features a rendition of Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice' which, even alongside her proven and most loved hits, sounds as though it was written for her. Later in the album is her version of 'In The Ghetto' which, for some reason, feels like she is the only woman who has the right vocal structure to pull it off. Trust us - if you hear it, you'll understand.
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News anchor Brian Williams proudly announced his daughter Allison's latest job opportunity
Clearly thrilled at his daughter's achievement, the proud father elaborated: "Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly".
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The dog found abandoned in a tent at the Glastonbury festival has been offered a good home with her namesake, singer Dolly Parton. But the 68-year-old country singer isn't the only celebrity to surprise us all with random acts of kindness, check out these other five including Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks and Pamela Anderson.
Dolly Parton has offered to take the dog found at the Glastonbury Festival home with her. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton who was headlining at the festival, was discovered abandoned during the clean-up operation.
Dolly Parton headlined at Glastonbury this year.
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Just when you thought it was impossible to love Dolly Parton more, the 68-year-old country star has turned out to be a knight in shining armour for one abandoned Glastonbury dog. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton, is being cared for at an animal shelter but the RSPCA warns animal abandonments are on the rise and many others are not so lucky.
When "sweet natured, older lady" Dolly was discovered at the Glastonbury Festival (28th-29th June), hidden in a small tent with little food and no water, we all assumed something had gone horribly wrong for the headlining country music icon.
Dolly Parton performing at Glastonbury on Sunday 29th June.
There have been miming accusations levelled at Dolly Parton’s crowd-pleasing Glastonbury set, we look at the evidence.
It’s nothing new for a universally acclaimed artist to mime in front of huge crowds. Eminem mimed his way through his 2013 Reading Festival headline appearance and still received a mostly positive reaction from a boisterous crowd. But for most live music enthusiasts, an artist miming in a live setting is nothing short of a heinous crime, an unforgivable cardinal sin that betrays the entire point and of live performance and leaves the artist devoid of integrity. Perhaps that best explains the furore that greeted Dolly Parton’s Glastonbury set as many people asked the question- “was Dolly miming?”
'Mimegate' sparked a huge debate over whether the singer was actually singing during her set.
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Whether you were at Glastonbury, the BET Awards, the Monty Python reunion, or whether you were listening to Ed Sheeran's new album on the way to the cinema to see 'Transformers,' there was plenty to talk about this week.
Glastooo!: You'd have had to have been living under 17 rocks on the other side of the world to avoid the constant Glastonbury Festival coverage. As well as hundreds of thousands of punters, Somerset's Worthy Farm played host to one of the strongest line-ups seen in recent years, including Metallica, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Jack White and Elbow.
Pop star Lily Allen raised a few eyebrows but more cheers with her foul-mouthed rant, whilst country rock superstar Dolly Parton was the biggest crowd draw ever seen and Rudimental were reduced to tears when their set was cut short due to the stormy weather.
Dolly's Glasto set has been mired in a "mimegate" controversy.
Dolly Parton has been hit with accusations that she mimed songs during her Glastonbury Festival performance last weekend. The 68 year-old country and western star topped off her recent UK tour to promote her new album, Blue Smoke, with a long-awaited appearance on the Pyramid Stage at the Somerset site.
However, her performance has drawn criticism from many who believe that the singer mouthed the words to a pre-recorded track onstage instead of singing live. In the face of the scrutiny, Parton's spokesman has responded with an outright denial: "No, she sings live," he told the Sunday Mirror. "Some people don't know an amazing singer when they hear one."
It was Kay Burley of Sky News who first decided to air her views regarding Dolly's perceived miming. "Oh, Dolly is miming. How disappointing," she tweeted, ahead of a string of similar sentiments from users of the social site. However, TV host Stephen Fry jumped to Parton's defence, blaming television-related delays for making it look like Dolly's sound wasn't synched.
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