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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 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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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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