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It's safe to say that 2016 hasn't been everyone's year, but one person who hasn't failed to put a smile on millions of people's faces is Dolly Parton. This year she's illustrated precisely everything we love about the legendary country singer, from her tunes to her philanthropy.
2016 has been quite the year for Dolly Parton
She turned 70-years-old this year and yet she still rocks her bottle blonde locks, bright make-up, sexy curves and rhinestone-studded stage outfits better than anyone. But it's not just her glamour that has maintained her household name status, not is it just her epic international hits like 'Jolene', '9 To 5', 'I Will Always Love You' and 'Coat of Many Colors'.
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The country star comes to the rescue of her fire-ravaged home town.
Following the tragic wildfires that wiped out much of the Great Smoky Mountains tourist community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and killed 14 people, Dolly Parton has reached out with a huge telethon campaign designed to raise money to support all the families affected by the disaster.
Dolly Parton raises money with 'Smoky Mountains Rise'
The three-hour Dollython aired yesterday (December 13th 2016) on the Great American Country network (GAC), in a TV special called 'Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund'. The fires that swept East Tennessee a couple of weeks ago caused the evacuation of her Dollywood Theme Park.
70 year old Parton is also pledging to donate $1,000 a month to families who've "lost everything" in the current wildfires devastating Tennessee.
Country music icon Dolly Parton has set up a fund to help the victims of the recent wildfires that wreaked devastation upon Tennessee, and said that her charity will donate $1,000 a month to families that have “lost everything”.
The 70 year old legend said in a new video statement that her organisation would provide help to families affected by the fires “until they get back up on their feet”.
At least seven people are known to have died in the fires in Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which at one point threatened her theme park Dollywood and caused it to be evacuated.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton Sets Up Fund For Tennessee Fires Victims
Rocker Jack White is campaigning for gender equality in the music business in Nashville.
Jack White gave a speech on gender equality in Nashville on Wednesday (13.07.16).
The 41-year-old rocker - who fronted The White Stripes before calling time on the band in 2011 - was appointed to the Nashville Gender Equality Council and took to the stage at a press conference for the launch of a study into the issue in the city.
Jack - who is from Detroit - said: ''In my life in the arts, I have always considered it unfair when producing a record, for example, that a drummer would be paid less than a singer, simply because that singer had an agent or representative. They are both creating regardless of their instrument or even their experience. They should be paid the same. Now wouldn't it be just as ridiculous to pay two fiddle players a different wage because one of them is male and one is female? I think so. It is embarrassing that in 2016 there are any differences in benefits or wages between genders in our society. Gender equity is something that should've been solved a century ago worldwide, and it is sad that we even need to address it. If the person does the work, the benefits of doing that work, should be equal among all human beings.''
Continue reading: Jack White Calls For Gender Equality
Perry will also present the country legend with the Tex Ritter Award at the ceremony on April 3rd.
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.
Dolly Parton is to perform with Katy Perry at the ACM Awards 2016
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The country music world is in morning after the Joey and Ryan singer lost her battle with cervical cancer on Friday.
Tributes have poured in from the country music world and beyond for Joey + Rory singer Joey Feek, who passed away on Friday from cervical cancer at the age of 40. Feek’s passing was announced by her husband and musical partner Rory Feek, who had been keeping fans updated on his wife’s condition on his blog over the past few months.
Joey Feek has died aged 40.
In a blog post titled ‘A Dream Come True’, Rory Feek wrote: “My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior.”
Continue reading: Stars Pay Tribute To Joey Feek, Who Has Died Age 40
The TV movie is based on Parton’s autobiographical song of the same name.
‘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 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 doesn’t do ‘advice’, instead she gives information.
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 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.”
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.
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.
There are showgirls and then there's Dolly Parton; a larger-than-life, joyful megastar who is still concerned with impressing her fans and making sure every one of them feels included. As a sea of pink, fluffy cowboy hats and rhinestone-embellished denim vests filed into the new First Direct Leeds Arena on Friday night, it would be easy yet incorrect to dismiss Parton as a gimmick who only appeals to tipsy older ladies on a hen night.
Eschewing any support acts for a two-part, gargantuan set to celebrate new greatest hits album 'Blue Smoke', Dolly struts out onstage wearing a glittering, corseted dress - armed and ready to give a country and western hoedown to remember. Splicing her 1978 hit 'Baby I'm Burning' together with Alicia Keys' 'Girl On Fire', Parton kicked off a riotous celebration of country, folk, bluegrass and pop.
Early sound difficulties make the first set of songs hard on the ears and the sound completely cuts out mid-way through 'Jolene', leading to farcical "we can't hear you!" chants from the audience and charades from Parton. The issues are soon rectified and brushed away, and another rendition of 'Jolene' is tacked onto the end of the set to much applause.
Tonnes of acts have been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival: is your favourite band in there?
After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th June this year. The festival tweeted this year's snazzy line-up poster which listed a tonne of previously unconfirmed acts. Sadly, and despite the rumours, it doesn't look like Prince will be getting funky at Glasto but the appearance of Elbow, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, The Black Keys, and Jack White should make up for the Purple One's absence.
Kasabian Have Been Confirmed To Play Glastonbury Festival This Year.
Joining these four big name acts will be an intriguing and eclectic mix of acts of all sorts of genres. Skrillex, De La Soul, Ms Dynamite, Rudimental, Disclosure, Lil Louis and DJ Pierre will be bringing dance music whilst Kelis, Janelle Monáe, Jurassic 5 and M.I.A will be giving the festival a hip hop flavour.
Dolly Parton has been booked for Glastonbury 2014, as has Blondie.
After we speculated back in October, Emily Eavis has confirmed that Dolly Parton will be playing Glastonbury 2014 - most likely in the 'legends slot' on Sunday - while Blondie's Debbie Harry has also stated the band has been booked for the Worthy Farm festival in June.
Dolly Parton Will Play Glastonbury 2014
Announcing the news to BBC 6 Music, Eavis said of the Dolly booking, "It's something we've been wanting to happen for a long time, and she finally said yes."
Dolly Parton looks to have time to hit Glastonbury Festival next year amidst her UK and European tour.
Is legendary country star Dolly Parton in line for Glastonbury 2014? A suspicious gap in her UK June touring schedule suggests it could be a possibility.
The 'Jolene' singer would make a wonderful addition to next year's Glastonbury Festival line-up and, although nothing has yet been confirmed, it looks like there's a major gap to fill on her 2014 UK summer tour. The festival is set for June 25th - 29th 2014 with bands playing, as per usual, on the last three days. Although Dolly will be hitting London's O2 Arena on Friday 27th, she has the following weekend free which would certainly open up a Glastonbury opportunity. Exciting stuff! Plus, her fellow country star and 'Islands In The Stream' collaborator Kenny Rogers hit up the Pyramid Stage at this year's event and, after a show like that, there's definitely a fresh demand for country legends.
We are hoping, of course, that Dolly doesn't wind up in any more accidents while hitting her UK tour next year, following yesterday's 'fender bender' which took place in Nashville. She revealed in a statement yesterday (October 21st 2013): 'I was in a fender bender this morning, here in Nashville. But I am all good. Just a little tired and sore, resting at home.'
Continue reading: Dolly Parton For Glastonbury Festival 2014?
The country star was involved in a minor car crash.
Singer Dolly Parton has suffered minor injuries in a traffic collision that occurred at a Nashville intersection on Monday, report the police and Parton herself. The driver of another vehicle was blamed for failing to yield to Parton's SUV in which she sat in the passenger seat, according to Nashville police, via CNN.
Dolly Has Suffered Minor Injuries After A Road Accident.
The driver of the Nissan Xterra that Parton was riding in has been identified as 68 year-old Judy Ogle, Dolly's close friend. The driver of the other car - a Mitsubishi Diamante - that was also involved in the crash has been named as Diane Lish, 64, of Tennessee. She was taken to another hospital for treatment but none of the injuries inflicted to the parties involved were serious.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton Injured After Nashville "Fender Bender"
The legendary country singer has rushed to a Nashville hospital following a collision between two cars
Dolly Parton escaped a collision with only minor injuries when a car she was travelling in collided with another as she was travelling through Nashville, Tennessee. As initially reported by The Tennessean, Parton was riding in the passenger seat of a Nissan Xterra, traveling eastbound on Kirkwood Avenue in Nashville, when the car she was travelling in was crashed into by an unsuspecting Mitsubishi Diamante.
Dolly escaped the crash with only minor injuries
Parton's Xterra was being driven by 68-year-old friend Judy Ogle and the Diamante by 64-year-old Diane Lish, who police later determined was at fault for the crash for failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The accident occurred when the vehicle being driven by Lish pulled out of an intersection on Vaulx Lane and Kirkwood Avenue, failing to stop in time for the Xterra carrying Parton to pass. The two cars collided on Monday, 21 October, morning at around 11.41 am.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton Suffers Minor Injuries Following Car Crash
Dolly Parton suffered minor injuries after the car she was a passenger in was involved in a collision. The country star tweeted she was "all good" after the incident which occurred on Monday 21st October.
Dolly Parton sustained minor injuries after a car crash in Nashville, Tennessee. The incident occurred on Monday (21st October) morning at 11.41am, according to details provided by Nashville police to The Tennessean.
Dolly Parton is recovering at home after the car accident.
Parton was in the front passenger seat of a Nissan Xterra when the car was struck by a Mitsubishi Diamante. The Mitsubishi was driven by 64-year-old Diane Lish who seemingly failed to yield at a crossroads. Police were able to confirm that Lish was at fault as she failed to yield.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton Injured In "Fender Bender"
Dolly Parton rapped about Queen Latifah, Miley and breasts. What could be better?
Dolly Parton recently took to the stage of Queen Latifah’s show and it was strange, to say the least. Sporting a black bodysuit and a blond afro, Parton took on a whole new rap persona, which looked awkward enough to remind everyone of their aunt at Christmas dinner.
There were plenty of references to Parton's "wrecking balls."
Not to bash Ms Parton, though, the country singer rapped; "Queen Latifah, she da queen/ Of hip-hop, rap, TV and screen/ She da queen of her own hood/ But I'm the queen of Dollywood, yo," she raps. "I own my territory/ Put that in your pipe and smoke it.”
Continue reading: The Rap Game Will Never Be The Same After This Dolly Parton Performance
Dolly Parton is stepping up the expansive of her Dollywood theme park, with plans for a $300 million development over the next decade.
According to the Associated Press, the park plans to open the DreamMore Resort in 2015, with a new roller coaster aimed to families scheduled to open in 2014.
A new resort hotel will frame Mount LeConte - one of the tallest peaks in the Smoky Mountains.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton's Dollywood Just Became Dollykingdom, Or Dollyuniverse
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, a country music legend, died yesterday of liver cancer aged 82. He worked through his extensive career with the likes of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton.
Jack Clement, a Nashville country music legend, died yesterday (8th August) at the age of 82. He had been suffering from cancer of the liver and died at his home in Nashville, according to reports in The Tennessean.
Jerry Lee Lewis, photographed performing in Las Vegas in 2011, worked with Jack Clement.
Over his 50 year career, Clement worked with artists hailing from all genres of music. Despite his interests lying primarily in country music, he has produced records by Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass and Gospel amongst many others.
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Puppeteer, Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced a number of characters on the children's TV show 'Captain Kangaroo' died last month. The announcement was made by his close friend John Munzel on Wednesday (7 August).
Cosmo Allegretti, the puppeteer who made his name on the children's show Captain Kangaroo, died on July 26. The sad news was confirmed by his friend, attorney John Munzel, who made the announcement on Wednesday 7 August.
Bill Cosby hosted a segment of Captain Kangaroo, the show Allegretti worked on.
The puppeteer died of emphysema, at the age of 86.
Continue reading: Captain Kangaroo Puppeteer Cosmo Allegretti Dies Aged 86
Emmylou Harris has entered a plea of "not guilty" after being charged with a hit-and-run attack in October. The legendary country singer, songwriter and backing vocalist was charged when police deemed she had crashed her rental into another car while travelling on the 405 freeway, fleeing the scene shortly afterwards.
According to TMZ.com, the Los Angeles County District Attorney filed the misdemanor charge against Emmylou today (January 31, 2013), though the 65-year-old Grammy winner denied the whole thing. She is charged with slamming into another person's car on October 1st 2012 around 10pm, before taking off. Emmylou's representative acknowledged the incident, though described it as a "garden-variety accident that happens every day on the 405," claiming the singer only left the scene because had no idea she had hit another car. Worryingly, Emmylou's not guilty plea means she faces around 6 months in jail if she is convicted of the hit-and-run charge.
A long-time collaborator of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler and Dolly Parsons, Emmylou remains one of the biggest names in folk music. Her last studio album, 2010's Hard Bargain, reached No.3 on the U.S. country chart and No.18 on the Billboard Hot 200.
Continue reading: Folk You! Emmylou Harris Denies Hit-And-Run Attack In Court
Dolly Parton rumours have flooded the Internet recently, and in case you didn't know, they fixated on her sexuality, as so many do these days. First off; no one should care if someone's gay or straight, as it has no bearing on what made them famous in the first place, and secondly, Dolly Parton has nullified these rumours in an interview.
The rumours alleged that Parton enjoyed a sexual relationship with one of her oldest friends, Judy Ogle. "Judy and I have been best friends since we were, like, in third and fourth grade," Parton, who has been married to her husband, Carl Dean, for 46 years, explained during the sitdown with ABC's Juju Chang. "I mean, I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world. But we're not romantically involved." She went on to joke about how her and Oprah Winfrey - who was also subject to similar rumours because of her close friendship with Gayle King - couldn't have female buddies without being labelled as lesbian in the press. To be fair to her, it is a little ridiculous.
During the interview, Parton also amusingly noted that she once entered herself in a Dolly Parton drag queen contest and got the least applause of any of the contestants. "They just thought I was some little short gay guy," she laughed.
Dolly Parton rumors have been building for the past couple of weeks, suggesting the country legend may be in a secret relationship with her best friend Judy Ogle. The speculation echoed that surrounding Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King last year and - as in that case - has proven to be false.
Dolly set the record straight on her sexual orientation during an interview with Nightline, saying she was well aware of the rumors though deemed them ultimately untrue. "Judy and I have been best friends since we were like in the third and fourth grade.We still just have a great friendship and relationship and I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world, but we're not romantically involved." We're not quite sure where this story came from in the first place, considering Dolly has been married to the same man for 46 years. The singer made the comparison between herself and Oprah, noting, "Like Gayle, her friend, Judy, my friend ... [people] just think that you just can't be that close to somebody."
Dolly releases her new motivational memoir 'Dream More' on November 27, 2012. The book covers her childhood in the poor area of Sevierville, Tennessee, to her eventual rise to fame. In it, she reveals how she modelled the signature voluptuous look on the town tramp!
Continue reading: Dolly Parton Rumors Prove To Be False (She Isn't A Lesbian)
Victoria L. White, the producer who worked on the tearjerker movie ‘Steel Magnolias’, is suing Lifetime over a television remake, claiming she isn’t getting the cash – or credit - that she deserves, reports TMZ.com.
White, an executive producer of the 1989 film starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Shirley Maclaine, filed a suit against Sony Pictures and Lifetime Television over a new television film starring Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad. The legal documents show that White claims to have a “television agreement” that entitles her to a co-producer of co-executive producer credit on any television project based on the film, as well as a $15,000 fee and 3.75% of profits. She alleges that Sony is fully aware of her television deal, mainly because the studio has already adhered to the terms once before. White was listed as a co-producer for the 1992 CBS television movie based ‘Steel Magnolias’. Why Sony and Lifetime have chosen to ignore the contract this time around is unclear.
Though the producer is suing for competition, she also wants an injunction to stop the movie from airing altogether, which seems a little dramatic. The film is set to air on October 7 – i.e. in four days – so we’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s still going to air, anyway.
At a down-home church in Pacashau, Georgia, GG (Parton) is peeved when she's not offered the job after her choir-director father (a brief Kris Kristofferson cameo) dies. The new leader is her rival Vi Rose (Latifah), who plans to win the upcoming regional competition with pure gospel. To further stir things up, GG's bad-boy grandson Randy (Jordan) is back in town, and he's smitten with Vi Rose's 16-year-old daughter Olivia (Palmer).
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