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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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Dolly Parton Shares Air Date for ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ Movie

Dolly Parton visited Fox & Friends on Tuesday (Aug. 23) to discuss her new album, Pure & Simple, but also revealed the release date of her upcoming Christmas film.

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Dolly Parton Shares Thoughts on 2016 Presidential Election

Dolly Parton doesn't involve herself in politics in public, but she recently shared her thoughts on what she hopes happens in America in the months to come.

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Dolly Parton to Appear in ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ TV Movie

Dolly Parton's early life will be the subject of another movie that is coming to the small screen, and this time the country music legend will make an appearance.

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Dolly Parton Shares What Olympic Event She Would Compete In [Watch]

The Olympics are a grand series of events that occur every four years and make viewers, fans and country stars alike ask the important question: If I were an athlete, what would I compete in?

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Dolly Parton Opens Up Her Diary in ‘Outside Your Door’ Lyric Video

Dolly Parton lets us peek inside her journal in a new lyric video for her song “Outside Your Door,” a romantic, yet lighthearted tune about two people who can’t deny their attraction to one another. The video is presented from the point of view of the person writing the entry — a parallel to Parton, complete with bold red nails — as the hands pick up a pen and begin to write out the words to the song and doodle some images to go along with it

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Dolly Parton Reveals Details for All-New Album That Takes Her Back to Her Roots

Dolly Parton fans (read: everyone) can finally mark a date in their calendar apps for the release of her new record, Pure & Simple.

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Dolly Parton Inspires at Pure & Simple Tour Stop in Jersey [Pictures]

Dolly Parton is full of wisdom, pure and simple. The charismatic singer brought her Pure and Simple Tour to New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, and during her entertaining set left the crowd with a few nuggets of wisdom.

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Dolly Parton Clarifies Hillary Clinton ‘Endorsement’ Comments

Dolly Parton made headlines all over the country last week when she was reported to have endorsed Hillary Clinton, but in a new statement, she says she has not endorsed any candidate who is running in the 2016 presidential election.

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Dollywood Adds Calming Room for Kids With Sensory Issues

Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has just added a calming room that will provide a soothing, safe place for children dealing with a sensory overload.

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Dolly Parton on Hillary Clinton for President: ‘If She Gets It, I’ll Be Behind Her’

Dolly Parton isn't one to shy away from sharing her opinion — even when the topic is politics.

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