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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).


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, AFF-USA.com)

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.


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!


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.


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. Watch details on the left.



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! twitter.com/utknoxville/st… 12:04 AM - 11 Apr 2017»


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.” 


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.


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 dollywoodfoundation.org. The next distribution will take place on January 26 and 27, 2017, at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.



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


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

music.

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.


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.



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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