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Dolly Parton

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Dolly Parton made her album debut in 1967, with her album "Hello, I'm Dolly". With steady success during the remainder of the 1960s (both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner), her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continuing into the 1980s; Parton's subsequent albums in the later part of the 1990s were lower in sales. However, in the new millennium, Parton achieved commercial success again and has released albums on independent labels since 2000, including albums on her own label, Dolly Records.


Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts, a record for a female artist (tied with Reba McEntire). She has 41 career top-10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. She has garnered nine Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, ten Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 47 Grammy nominations.


In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs, notably "I Will Always Love You" (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", and "9 to 5". She is also one of the few to have received at least one nomination from the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards. As an actress, she has starred in films such as "9 to 5" (1980) and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982), for which she earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress, as well as Rhinestone (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989), Straight Talk (1992) and Joyful Noise (2012).


Press Reports

by jwills  |  July 20, 2021 | TheCountryDaily

Dolly Parton Recreates Her 1978 Iconic Playboy Cover for Her Husband’s Birthday

Dolly Parton presented her husband Carl with a memorable birthday present on Tuesday (July 20th), by recreating her iconic 1978 Playboy cover picture.


Dolly shared the story behind Carl’s present with fans on her socials…


At the time when Dolly did the original photoshoot in 1978 - she became the first country singer to pose for the magazine.


Dolly didn’t show too much, because to her, it wasn’t about nudity, it was about promoting her brand. 

She recalls, “I have been asked, back in the day, but that was so totally not me. I would never do that… 

But that was a good article they ran in there, and it was just a fun thing to do. That was just another way I was trying to market myself, at that time, to kinda get in the mainstream”.

Dolly is still marketing herself in 2021, and also still making music! Her next song, “Sent From Above,” arrives July 27th, but  fans can sign-up to hear it first.


Until the new music is released, fans can still enjoy one of her classic hits…

The Country Daily | by jwills  |  January 25, 2021

Dolly Parton and Barry Gibb Share a Behind the Scenes Video of the Making of “Words”

Barry Gibb has revisited some of his most iconic songs in the new album Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook (Vol. 1) — which is available now.

The 12 tracks include vocal contributions from Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town, and others, including Dolly Parton, who joins the former Bee Gees front man on “Words.”


In a behind the scenes video on the making of the track, Dolly admits that it’s one of her favorite Bee Gees songs. After asking Barry how long ago he wrote “Words,” he replied “40 years ago” to which Dolly joked that she’s heard it for 40 years, but never thought she’d get to sing on a version of it with him.


Also in the behind the scenes video, you can watch Barry and Dolly not only working on the song, but there’s a moment where Dolly thanks Barry for writing and producing her hit song “Islands in the Stream” which she sang with Kenny Rogers. The two also trade memories, and Barry notes that they are in the very same studio where Dolly recorded her own iconic songs “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”



Check out the behind the scenes video with Dolly Parton and Barry Gibb, right here…

The Country Daily |by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  August 4, 2020

Dollywood Named Top 10 Best Amusement Park in the World by Tripadvisor

Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is one of the Top 10 best amusement parks in the world, according to Travels’ Choice Best of Awards in 2020.


Dollywood ranked No. 8 on the list, joining Magic Kingdom Park (No. 1), Universal Studios Florida (No. 5), Tivoli Gardens (No. 7) and more in the Top 10. The list is based on reviews, ratings and saves on Tripadvisor.

Dollywood recently celebrated its inaugural Flower & Food Festival. Upcoming events at Dollywood include the Harvest Festival (Sept 25–Oct. 31), which will feature the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and Smoky Mountain Christmas (Nov. 14–Jan. 2, 2021).

A number of measures have been installed at Dollywood as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

•Daily capacity will be limited.

•Face masks or face coverings are required for all visitors ages 3 and up, with some exceptions.

•Temperature screenings will be taken prior to entry.

•Attraction and dining capacities will be limited to allow guests to have more space to move around during their visit.

•Physical distancing measures have been put in place, including physically distanced queues, marked barriers and social distancing reminders.

•Additional sanitation measures have been implemented, including high touch point areas being cleaned more frequently and providing additional hand sanitizing locations.

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  January 4, 2019

Dolly Parton Celebrates 50th Anniversary as Grand Ole Opry Member

Stay gold, Dolly Parton. Today (Jan. 4), the Queen of Country is celebrating her golden anniversary - that’s 50 years - as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


“It was always my dream to be on the Opry,” says Dolly. “I actually got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 10 years old. I officially became a member back in 1969 and I cannot believe [I’m celebrating] 50 proud years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry! They call it the ‘Mother Church’ because the old Ryman was a church, but it’s sacred to me, wherever it goes - the church of my heart. For me, the Opry is like the song ‘New York, New York’ - if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership.”


To commemorate the milestone accomplishment, the Opry will celebrate Dolly Week in October with a number of performances on Oct. 10, 11 and 12.

●Oct. 11 | Dolly’s Mountain Soul: Bluegrass, Americana & Roots Music honors Dolly  ●Oct. 12 | Dolly Parton’s 50th Grand Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration featuring Dolly Parton and many more (two shows) ●Oct. 10 | Opry Country Classics featuring performances of Dolly’s No. 1 hits

Over the course of her career, Dolly has earned eight Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Dolly was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fameboth as a solo artist and as a member of Trio. She became a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) honored her with their Icon Award in 2003, and in 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award. In 2005, she was presented the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government, the National Medal of Arts. Dolly will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy Week in February.

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  August 6, 2018

Dolly Parton’s $37-Million Expansion at Dollywood 

Will Feature New Roller Coaster, Climbing Structure, Restaurant & More

Take a look at some photos from Dolly's Wildwood Grove media day on Aug. 3 (Courtesy of Curtis Hilbun,

At a media event on Aug. 3, Dolly Parton revealed plans for a $37-million expansion dubbed Wildwood Grove at her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Wildwood Grove, which is slated to open in 2019, represents the largest capital investment in Dollywood’s 32-year history. Wildwood Grove will feature 11 new experiences for guests, including a new restaurant, climbing structure and roller coaster called the Dragonflier.

This area is going to give families a place to explore, play and imagine together—but more importantly—it’s a place where they can spend more time together,” Dolly said. “I believe everyone has a song in their heart that needs to be set free. Wildwood Grove will be a place where families can learn together about what their heart song truly is.”


Wildwood Grove’s Featured Attractions:

●Wildwood Tree: A 55-foot tree that grows from a cluster of natural rocks and boulders, which will serve as the area’s focal point and feature a nighttime show and concerts. Its canopy will be adorned with thousands of butterflies.

●The Dragonflier: A suspended 453-meter roller coaster that lets guests soar like a dragonfly.

●Black Bear Trail: A ride where kids can hop on the backs of mechanical bears for a trek around the area.

●Sycamore Swing: A leaf boat swing which will swing guests back and forth.

●Treetop Tower: A ride that sends guests 40 feet into the air in giant acorns and spins them around to see the Smoky Mountains.

●Mad Mockingbird: A ride that spins guests in circles, and they can control their experience by moving a sail.

●Frogs & Fireflies: A ride where guests can hop on frogs and ride them as they race each other around a lily pad.

●Hidden Hollow: A 4,000-foot indoor, climate controlled climb structure with slides and games.

●Wildwood Creek: An oasis with pop jets and splashing pools.

●Four new costumed characters and entertainment including Flit and Flutter, butterfly ambassadors for the Wildwood Tree, and Benjamin Bear.

●Till & Harvest: A restaurant featuring fresh Southwest items including burritos, salads, pulled pork, slaw, a topping bar with salsas and a walk-up window with churros and ice cream.

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  January 17, 2018

Dolly Parton Sets Two Guinness World Records

Dolly Parton can add two Guinness World Records to her growing trophy case that already includes eight Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards and three American Music Awards.


The Country Music Hall of Fame member was recently certified in the 2018 edition of the Guinness World Records for:

●Most Decades with a Top 20 Hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart

●Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist


“To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great!” said Dolly. “Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honored this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it’s going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed!”

Dolly is the only artist with Top 20 hits across six consecutive decades (1960s–2010s), earning her the title of Most Decades with a Top 20 Hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Beginning with her first Top 20 hit, “Something Fishy,” in 1967, Dolly is credited with 74 Top 20 hits, including her most recent, a new version of 1974’s “Jolene,” featuring Pentatonix, which debuted at No. 18 on the chart in 2016. The 2016 remastered version of “Jolene” was also Dolly’s 107th chart entry, solidifying her second record title for the Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart by a Female Artist. - Congrats, Dolly!

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  July 14, 2017

Dolly Parton’s “Christmas of Many Colors” Earns Emmy Nomination

Dolly Parton’s holiday television special "Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" received an Emmy nomination in the Television Movie category.


Starring Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney and Alyvia Alyn Lind, the sequel was the follow-up to Dolly’s original family story, "Coat of Many Colors", which aired in early 2016.

Dolly’s "Christmas of Many Colors" will competed against Black Mirror, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Sherlock: The Lying Detective and The Wizard of Lies in the Emmy’s Television Movie category.


«I am so very proud and excited to have "Christmas of Many Colors" be nominated for an Emmy award,» says Dolly. «Special thanks to my partner and executive producer Sam Haskell, a wonderful cast and crew, [producer] Steve Herek and Pamela Long for a great script. And a special thanks to all of the many fans that watched it.»

«This project for me was a celebration of the family and the beautiful story of Miss Dolly Parton,» adds Jennifer Nettles. «Each day I played Avie Lee Parton was a joy. For Christmas of Many Colors to be nominated and celebrated further by the Emmys thrills me.»


The 69th Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS.

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  July 7, 2017

Dolly Parton’s Former Nashville Home Is On the Market for $1.2 Million 

You can own the former home of Dolly Parton and husband Carl Dean for $1.2 million.


The four-bedroom, three-bath stucco house sits on 2.4 acres in Nashville’s Glencliff neighborhood. Carl and Dolly owned the 4,795-square-foot home, which was built in 1941, between 1980-1996.


Located in a gated neighborhood, the home features an eat-in kitchen, walk-in closets, covered patio, four-car garage, out building, possible airbnb and more. 

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  April 13, 2017

Higher Learning: University of Tennessee Offers “Dolly Parton Honors Class”

The University of Tennessee has finally recognized something we’ve known for years: Dolly Parton = higher learning.


Since the Fall 2016 semester, Dolly has been the subject of an honors class - ”Course-Work: Dolly’s America” - at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, which is about 30 miles northwest of her hometown in Sevierville, Tenn.


The class is offered to honors history students. Materials assigned for the class include Dolly Parton’s book, Dolly: My Life, and other books about Appalachia like Hillbilly and Dear Appalachia. The wider watch list includes a range of media like the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies and trailers for Roots, Saturday Night Fever and Coal Miner’s Daughter - pop culture sources that are generally overlooked by historians. Students keep journals, making notes on topics like the perceptions of Appalachia in pop culture. At the end of the class, each student writes a 10-page work answering the

question “What was Dolly Parton’s America?” - A few days ago, Dolly tweeted about the ongoing class:

«From the girl voted in High School 'least likely to succeed' this sure is a blessing!… 12:04 AM - 11 Apr 2017»

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  March 13, 2017

Watch Dolly Parton Strut Her Feathers as Animated Singing Chicken

Dolly Parton has always been very “animated.” But today (March 13), she gave new meaning to the word. 

On today’s episode of Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Dolly voiced an animated chicken named Nolene, a famous country music-singing 

fowl who becomes stranded on Driftwood Bay. Lily’s Driftwood Bay is a preschool mixed-media animated show on Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network. It stars 5-year-old Lily who lives in a beach hut with her dad. Every day, the sea washes up a curious new treasure that sparks Lily’s imagination about what might be happening across the way on Driftwood Bay.


Nolene is a very famous chicken, probably one of the most famous chickens ever there was,” says Dolly in a promo video.

“And Nolene gets kinda boat-wrecked, if you will, and she washes up on Driftwood Bay. And so she’s trying to get Salty [dog] to go with her on the road on tour. Now, whether he does, or whether he doesn’t, you’re just going to have to watch and see.” 

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  January 24, 2017

Recorded When She Was 13, Dolly Parton’s “Puppy Love” to Be ReMastered for Limited-Edition Sale

Through a partnership with the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yep Roc Records, Dolly Parton’s first single, “Puppy Love” - recorded when she was 13 years old - will be re-mastered from the original mono master tape 

and available for sale as a 45-RPM with a B-side of “Girl Left Alone” on April 22. Subsequent releases will be available on compact disc, vinyl and from digital providers.

“Like a first love, a first record for a singer will always be remembered above all others,” said Dolly in a statement. “Hopefully I’ve improved since I recorded ‘Puppy Love,’ so don’t laugh . . . just enjoy.” - Dolly wrote “Puppy Love” at age 11 with her Uncle Bill Owens. She recorded the tune in 1959 when she was just 13, after taking a 30-hour bus ride with her grandmother, Rena Owens, to Goldband Records studio in Lake Charles, La. - Packaging of the new tune will include reproductions of the original Goldband record labels, housed in a picture sleeve featuring an early promotional photograph of Dolly.

Nash Country Daily | by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127  |  December 22, 2016

Dolly Parton’s My People Fund Helps Close to 900 Families During First Round of Donations

It’s been a month since wildfires devastated Sevier County in East Tennessee —hometown of Dolly Parton. Since that time, Dolly Parton has set up the My People Fund in hopes of raising money to help the families who lost everything as a result of the fires.

In an effort to raise funds, Dolly held a telethon—Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund —on Tuesday Dec. 13 with the help of family and friends. The telethon has raised $9.3 million to date, with money still being donated. Right before the holidays, the first round of checks from the money raised have been distributed with 884 families receiving their initial support payments.

“It’s a blessing during this holiday season that we are able to help as many families as we have so far,” Dolly said in a statement. “We know there are more families out there who need our help and we encourage them to be in contact with us before our January distribution.”


“As, Dolly said, the response has been overwhelming,” said David Dotson, Dollywood Foundation president. “We will distribute all $9.3 million to the families affected. That will insure all of the money raised will go to where Dolly promised it would.”

The My People Fund promises to donate $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes were completely destroyed in the fires. Any family who lost their primary residence due to the wildfires in Sevier County are eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at The next distribution will take place on January 26 and 27, 2017, at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Nash Country Daily | by Jason Simanek  |  October 18, 2016

Watch Dolly Parton Perform “Dumb Blonde” at the Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony

On Sunday night (Oct. 16) the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum held its annual Medallion Ceremony to induct new HOF members Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and songwriter/producer Fred Foster, who also founded Monument Records


Monument Records also happens to be the company that published Dolly Parton’s 1967 debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly, and her first country single, “Dumb Blonde,” which became a Top 20 hit. Fred, who produced Hello, I’m Dolly, spoke very highly of Dolly in the album’s liner notes: “Sometimes you just know and that makes up for all the times you had to guess.”

Before beginning her performance, Dolly said the following:

«If anybody deserves [a medallion], Fred, you do. You really gave me a shot. And you were a gentleman but Porter Wagoner stole me away. You really were a gentleman, but you started my life and you started me with my first record. You saw things in me that nobody else did, and I hope that I’ve made you proud. So many times, when I’m out on the road, thinking about what all has happened to me, I thank God, I thank the fans and I thank you. So, I just wanted to say congratulations and that I love you. And I’m gonna try and sing our song. It’s been 50 years or so. And it’s in a very high key. I may strain my milk, but I’m gonna try.»


Watch Dolly pay tribute to Fred with her performance of “Dumb Blonde” at the HOF ceremony

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | October 4, 2016

Dolly Parton to Receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at Upcoming CMA Awards

The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country


The award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales and public representation at the highest level.


Following in the footsteps of previous recipients of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award - Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013) and Johnny Cash (2015) - Dolly sounds like the perfect choice.


Dolly Parton is certainly one of popular music’s most colorful characters - a gifted singer and songwriter, a savvy entrepreneur and a multi-media entertainer.

On Nov. 2, Dolly will be the 2016 recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented during the 50th annual CMA Awards. The announcement was made last night (Oct. 3) during Dolly’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | August 26, 2016

Dolly Parton Dishes on Her Admiration for Adele, the Secrets to a 50-Year Marriage & the Making of Her New Album, “Pure & Simple”

With the camera rolling, Dolly Parton sat down with Nash Country Daily to talk about all of the wonderful things going on in her life, including:


● Her admiration for Adele: “I love her style, I love her voice, I love her songs, I just love the way she is . . . Someday I would love to write something will her, sing something, do something, because I like her.” ●The secrets to 50 years of happy marriage: “I really think you have to have a respect for each other. You have to have a trust. You have to have a willingness to be patient and kind.”


●Why her new album, Pure & Simple, is so special to her: “It’s my Love of Many Colors album.”


Check out the entire video clip below, and be sure to pick up a copy of Pure & Simple, which is out now.

Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | August 3, 2016

Listen to Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris’ New Version of “Wildflowers” From “Trio” Collection

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris teamed up in 1987 to form a supergroup and record the award-winning album, Trio. The threesome followed that collection up with 1999’s Trio II. The two albums combined to sell more than 5 millions copies and win three Grammys. And now there is more good news for fans of Dolly, Linda and Emmylou. A newly remastered three-CD set, The Complete Trio Collection, will drop on Sept. 9. The new collection will feature remastered versions of Trio and Trio II as well as a bonus disc that contains rare and unreleased music, including an alternate take of “Wildflowers,” a tune that Dolly penned and the threesome recorded on Trio. Check out the alternate recording from 1986 that is available on The Complete Trio Collection.

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