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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 Reunites With Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda at 2017 Emmy Awards

Dolly Parton made a splash at the 2017 Emmy Awards Sunday night (Sept. 17), appearing alongside her longtime friends and 9 to 5 costars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

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Five Charged in Alleged Dolly Parton Wildfire Relief Fund Scam

Five people have been charged with multiple crimes after they were alleged to have concocted an elaborate scheme to defraud Dolly Parton's charity fund devoted to wildfire relief in Tennessee.

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6 Unforgettable CMA Awards Controversies

Controversy isn't the norm at the CMA Awards, but when they happen, they're absolutely memorable.

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See What Happened Backstage at the 2017 ACM Honors [Pictures]

On Wednesday, some of country music's biggest stars attended the 2017 ACM Honors event at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Here's what happened backstage.

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New Country Music Releases for September 2017

There are four major country music albums fans can't wait for in September, and that only includes the month's first Friday! Thomas Rhett and Kip Moore begin what is sure to be the biggest country month of 2017.

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Dolly Parton to Release Her First-Ever Children’s Album, ‘I Believe in You’

Dolly Parton has accomplished so much in her multi-decade career that it's hard to believe there's anything left to do. But on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 15), the legendary singer announced her first-ever children's album.

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Glen Campbell Dies: Country Singers Give Thanks to a Legend

The news of Glen Campbell's death on Tuesday (Aug. 8) has rocked the country music world, and as fans and artists alike mourn, some of the genre's most notable stars are opening up about the legend.

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5 All-Time Best Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Songs

A cover song and a Christmas song make up two of the best Kenny Rogers duets with Dolly Parton.

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Kenny Rogers Marks 60 Years With All-Star Farewell Concert Featuring Dolly Parton

Kenny Rogers is going out in style after a 60-year career with an all-star farewell concert in Nashville.

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Remember When Dollywood Opened Its Doors?

Dolly Parton got to realize a childhood dream when she opened Dollywood in 1986.

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