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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 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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Dolly Parton Presents Special Award to Kansas Teacher

Dolly Parton has become known for her philanthropy, most notably her Imagination Library, which provides books to children in Tennessee. This week Parton honored another individual, Dyane Smokorowski, for her contributions to education with the Chasing Rainbows Award.

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Dolly Parton Sells Out Upcoming Nashville Concert in Record Time

Dolly Parton sold out her upcoming performance at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Saturday morning (June 20), the very same day that tickets went on sale. The sellout is one of the fastest in the entire storied history of the venue.

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Dolly Parton to Headline Benefit Concert in Nashville

Country icon Dolly Parton is taking the historic stage at the Ryman Auditorium July 31 to benefit the W. O. Smith School of Music in Nashville, Tenn. The Dustin Wells Foundation hosts the Gift of Music concert annually to benefit the school as one of its initiatives to enrich the lives of young people.

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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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