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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 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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Dolly Parton Reveals How She Fits Into Those ‘Tight-Ass Clothes’

Dolly Parton is on the road for her Pure & Simple Tour through November, and she knows that when living on the road, it's important to eat well and right.

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Dolly Parton Combats Homesickness With Homemade Food

Dolly Parton is on the road for her biggest U.S. and Canadian tour in over 25 years. With stops in 60 cities, the country legend will be living on her bus for weeks at a time and says she tries to make it as comfortable as possible.

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Dolly Parton’s ‘Coat of Many Colors’ to Become Children’s Book

Dolly Parton's autobiographical classic “Coat of Many Colors” has inspired many people, not only through the song itself, but also its recent film based on the tune. Now, the iconic song's message will reach a younger audience with a new children's book.

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Dolly Parton on Her Favorite Wigs: ‘That Hair Was Bigger Than Me’

Dolly Parton's wigs are as much a part of her costume as her stage clothes.

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Dolly Parton Says ‘I Do’ Again!

After 50 years of marriage, Dolly Parton and her husband have renewed their wedding vows — and they did it in a way that only Dolly Parton could pull off.

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Dolly Parton Gets Animated for Children’s Show

Dolly Parton will lend her voice to the pre-school animation television series Lily's Driftwood Bay. The country legend will play the role of a singing chicken named Noleen for an episode in the new series.

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Dolly Parton Extends Pure & Simple Tour

Dolly Parton fans hoping to catch the legendary singer on tour this year are in luck, as she has added dates to her upcoming Pure & Simple Tour.

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8 Country Artists With Unbelievable Swagger

A true sense of swagger in a country star is hard to define, but when it’s there, you know it.

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Dolly Parton Goes to Taco Bell for Date Nights With Her Husband

Dolly Parton's date nights with her husband, Carl Dean, aren't what you'd expect.

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