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.
Noel Gallagher reckons no-one likes a do-gooder. He’s so wrong.
In a recent interview, Noel Gallagher shared the reason he thinks so many people seem to inexplicably hate U2’s Bono. According to him, “nobody likes a do-gooder”, and Bono is certainly well known for his work with the likes of Amnesty International, DATA and the One Campaign among others.
Noel added in his chat with Absolute Radio’s Andy Bush and Richie Firth: “That’s why people like me, I’m a do-badder.” I think you’ll find you have your critics too, Noel!
Anyway, here are six do-gooding musicians that everyone loves, just to prove that philanthropy hasn’t fallen out of favour.
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Christmas is coming and so are this year's new releases to usher in the festive season. Here's our pick of the bunch.
As the holiday season is fast approaching we thought we'd do a round up of this years new songs that have all been released in time for Christmas. The bin men of Wolverhampton have sadly not made the cut, although we wish them well, and as for Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's cover of 'Mistletoe And Wine', well, we thought we'd spare you that. Instead we've gone for ten of the best current crackers to get you in the mood for Christmas. There are some big hitters, including Liam Payne, Lil Nas X and even Dolly and Miley, putting their individual stamp on this years Christmas list, let's hope one or more of them is just the surprise gift you've been looking for.
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It's Fibonacci Day so we've come up with a numerically based playlist for this legendary mathematical sequencer.
As it's Fibonacci Day we thought we'd engage the left side of our brains to come up with a sequence of numerically based tunes that hopefully won't divide opinion. Mathematics, rather like music itself, is generally regarded as an international language of it's own so what better way, in these unprecedented times(!), than to put together an eclectic mix of number themed bangers?
Ariana Grande - 34+35. Ariana's latest single release from her new album, Positions, brings us bang up to date. The saucy, NSFW, lyrically explicit tune, is not shy in coming forward. Ariana's sweet, high, vocal still seems far too innocent to be delivering up such suggestions but hey, she's now the ripe old age of twenty seven so can speak her mind whenever she pleases.
Serenade your mother with these touching tunes.
Give your mother something else to think about during these troubling times with our heartfelt Mother's Day playlist. Get her flowers as well though - we imagine she's expecting more than a few nice songs. And offer to do her shopping. She deserves it!
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Mama - Spice Girls
The singer and actress have worked together on the new Netflix film, Dumplin'
Legendary singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton, has written the music for Netflix's highly-anticipated newest film, Dumplin'. Starring acting legend Jennifer Aniston, it seems even the biggest music stars and their spouses can get star struck - after Dolly revealed her husband would love a threesome with her and Aniston.
Dolly Parton has revealed her husband has a crush on Jennifer Aniston
Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Dolly, 72, revealed her husband of 52 years, Carl Dean, who is rarely seen in public, would want to get in bed with his wife and Aniston, 49.
Dolly Parton will be adding a new track into her '9 to 5' musical, which will launch at the Savoy Hotel from January 28 to August 31.
Dolly Parton is to release a new song for her '9 to 5' musical exclusively in the UK.
The 72-year-old country legend revealed that she will be adding a new track into the stage show - which will launch at the Savoy Hotel from January 28 to August 31 - based on the 1980 movie of the same name.
Speaking on 'This Morning', she said: ''I'm gonna release a new song hopefully that's gonna drop into the new show over there [UK] that's not been played here in the States, so hopefully you'll have a little exclusive something.''
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Eight episodes will make up a new Netflix original series based on some of Dolly Parton's biggest hits.
Dolly Parton is moving on from her successful NBC deal three years back, which spawned the TV movies 'Coat Of Many Colors' and 'Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love'. Now, the iconic country music star has inked a deal with the world's leading entertainment streaming service Netflix, and is set to bring eight episodes based on some of her songs as part of an anthology series to the platform.
Some of Dolly Parton's biggest hits will be part of a Netflix original series
News first broke about the deal over the weekend, when Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda let slip that the singer was working on a project with Netflix, after being asked if she would ever guest star in an episode of 'Grace & Frankie'. Tomlin even said that Parton would be starring in the show herself, "when the script called for it," according to Deadline.
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She loves her country idol and the feeling's mutual.
Adele showed her love for Dolly Parton by transforming into her this week, and while she was perfectly channeling some serious Dolly vibes, she admitted that she could never match up to the country queen. Though it certainly left fans questioning who loved who more.
Dolly Parton at the Variety and Women in Film celebration
The 'Hello' hitmaker gave her Instagram followers a glimpse into her influences by donning a blonde wig and a pink suit as the one and only queen of country music, Dolly Parton. Her look was completed with a lot of cleavage, shiny stilettos, rhinestones, pink cheeks and an acoustic guitar in tow.
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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.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton Picks Up TWO Guinness World Records
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.
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.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton Angers Fans By Ceasing Use Of The Word 'Dixie'
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
Date of birth
19th January, 1946
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