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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is arguably the most important female singer-songwriter in country music history. Beginning her career as a songwriter in Nashville just after graduating high school, she joined Porter Wagoner on his television show, releasing a series of duets with him before launching a solo recording career. She scored her first solo No. 1 hit in 1970 with “Joshua,” and followed up with a string of No. 1 hits that included “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You” and “Love Is Like a Butterfly.” After her break with Wagoner, she crossed over into mainstream stardom with the 1977 album ‘Here You Come Again,’ which scored No. 1 singles with the title song and “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right.” She launched an acting career in 1980 with ’9 to 5,’ and scored one of the biggest crossover country-pop hits ever with “Islands in the Stream,” a 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers. In 1986 she launched her own theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. She has continued a high-profile series of films, TV appearances, books, regular album releases and touring, returning to her country roots in more recent years for a string of bluegrass albums, among other ventures.

  • Birth Name: Dolly Rebecca Parton
  • Top Songs: "Jolene," "Here You Come Again," "Coat of Many Colors," "I Will Always Love You"
  • Did You Know? Parton estimates she has written more than 3,000 songs.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Dolly Parton Songs
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‘Coat of Many Colors’ Movie to Be Based on Dolly Parton’s Childhood

A movie based on Dolly Parton’s upbringing will be the first project in a new partnership between the singer and NBC. Coat of Many Colors is named after the famous Parton song from 1971. It will air during the 2015-16 television season.

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Martina McBride, Sara Evans Cover Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ [Watch]

Martina McBride and Sara Evans recently teamed up for a stellar version of Dolly Parton's classic country song, "Jolene."

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Remember When Dolly Parton Hosted ‘SNL’?

Dolly Parton is a staple country singer, but she's also got a great sense of humor! The icon showed both talents off when she hosted and served as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

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Dolly Parton Sings Country Medley With Boy With Down Syndrome [Watch]

Dolly Parton called Gage Blackwell “Gage Rogers” because she thought the young boy with Down syndrome kept up with her just as well as Kenny did. Together, the famous country legend and the aspiring country singer did their best versions of three classic country songs.

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Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Unveils New $2.5 Million Overhaul

Visitors to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede attraction will be treated to a brand-new look and some exciting new features.

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Taste of Style: Stars Sport Romantic Reds, Pretty Pinks for Valentine’s Day

'Tis the season ... of love! It's February and love is in the air, which means country stars are slipping into various shades of romance.

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Remember When Sylvester Stallone Was a Country Singer?

It must have seemed like a good idea on paper.

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Dolly Parton, ‘I Will Always Love You’

America may have 'The Voice,' but Germany has something much cuter: a spinoff called 'The Voice Kids'!

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Dolly Parton Never Judges a Book by Its Cover

Dolly Parton may be one of the most recognizable country music figures in the world, but that doesn't mean she takes first impressions too seriously. The iconic singer says she always believes in taking a second look and seeing the good in people.

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Dolly Parton Signs New Deal With NBC

Dolly Parton has signed a new development deal with NBC.

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