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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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Kelly Clarkson Covers Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ [Watch]

By now there is no doubt that Kelly Clarkson can slay every cover she performs during her live shows. On this tour alone we've heard her pay tribute to Taylor Swift, N Sync, Rihanna and so many more. This week really might have taken the cake, though, when she covered country legend Dolly Parton's 1974 hit "Jolene" at a tour stop in Albuquerque.

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Dolly Parton’s ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Movie to Air in December

Dolly Parton is promising an early Christmas present for us all this year: the premiere of  the film Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, which will air in early December.

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Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ Being Adapted Into TV Movie

Dolly Parton’s songwriting talent is not simply an ability to put words to music, but a skill for meaningful storytelling. These stories have stood the test of time and will now be brought to an entirely new audience through a new medium.

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Jennifer Nettles to Play Dolly Parton’s Mother in NBC’s ‘Coat of Many Colors’

Three well-known celebrities have joined the cast of a movie based on Dolly Parton’s childhood. Two are TV actors, but singer Jennifer Nettles is the third, and she's slotted to portray Parton’s mother.

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Dollywood to House World’s Fastest Wooden Roller Coaster

Dolly Parton is taking Dollywood to new heights with the addition of the newest roller coaster Lightning Rod, both the world’s fastest wooden coaster and the world’s first launching wooden coaster.

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Dolly Parton Wows Nashville Audience at Ryman Benefit

Dolly Parton's sold-out show at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Saturday night (Aug. 1)  was more than just a concert home run. It was also a personal glimpse inside the creative process of one of the most important singer-songwriters in country music history.

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Dolly Parton Surprises Young Actress With News of a Lifetime [Watch]

Country superstar Dolly Parton gave a surprise bigger than her hair to young actress Alyvia Lind on Monday (July 13), when she personally offered the youngster the role of Dolly (as a child) in the upcoming original movie about her life, Coat of Many Colors.

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Remember Dolly Parton’s Most Controversial Movie Role?

Dolly Parton is as sweet as homemade apple pie, but she wound up mired in controversy over one of her film roles.

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They Know People: See Country Artists With Their Most Famous Friends

We already know that the genre's biggest stars hang out together, like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, who go fishing regularly. But in addition to their peers, country artists also spend time with celebrities from other walks, like acting.

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After a Sellout, Dolly Parton Books Second Show at the Ryman

After tickets to Dolly Parton’s first full Nashville headlining show in 12 years sold out nearly immediately, fans now have a second chance at snagging seats.

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