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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’s ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Coming to DVD 

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, a TV movie inspired by her life growing up in East Tennessee, will be released on DVD May 3, after its extremely successful original airing on NBC.

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Willie Nelson Helps Honor ‘Austin City Limits’ in ‘A Song for You’ Documentary

Willie Nelson gives back to a show that has helped him throughout his career in a new documentary called A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story.

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Dolly Parton Announces New Dinner Theater

Dolly Parton wears many hats as a performer and a businesswoman, and now she is adding another project to her resume. The legendary singer-songwriter has acquired the Lumberjack Feud Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and announced its new name Jan. 28: Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show.

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11 Unforgettable Dolly Parton Moments

Dolly Parton has lived an unforgettable life and enjoyed an unforgettable career in music, television, film and philanthropy. She’s an all-timer in so many ways, and she still has plenty left to give

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Hello, Dolly: See Pictures of Dolly Parton Through the Years

You've heard Dolly's story. Celebrate her career in this Dolly Parton Through the Years photo gallery.

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Dolly Parton Asking for Help Finding Kidney Donor for Longtime Friend

Dolly Parton is asking for a Christmas miracle. The country superstar has made a public plea to fans, seeking a kidney donor for her longtime friend and attorney Jerry Edelstein.

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‘Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors’ to Air Again on Christmas Day

If you missed out on Dolly Parton’s first television special about her childhood, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, earlier this month, don’t worry — NBC has announced the movie will re-air Christmas Day. As a result of its high ratings and viewership, the network has decided to play the film again for families to enjoy together.

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Blake Shelton, Emily Ann Roberts Pair Up for ‘Islands in the Stream’ on ‘The Voice’

Emily Ann Roberts relied on a modern hit from Cam, a country classic by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and a Christmas staple to earn enough votes to make her Season 9’s winner on The Voice.

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‘Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors’ Wins With Fans and Critics

Dolly Parton's most recent foray into television was a smash with both audiences and critics, winning its time slot when it aired on NBC Thursday night (Dec. 10).

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Dolly Parton Joins Instagram, Kicks It Off ‘With a Bang’

Dolly Parton is officially on Instagram.

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