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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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What Would You Say to Dolly Parton? Savannah Keyes’ Answer Is Perfect

Savannah Keyes is getting the chance to meet some of her idols, but meeting the artist most influential on her music is still a dream that has yet to come true.

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University of Tennessee Offering New Course on Dolly Parton

The University of Tennessee is honoring Dolly Parton in a particularly special way.

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Remember When Dolly Parton Hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’?

Dolly Parton is a country music legend, but she's also got a great sense of humor!

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Dolly Parton to Be Honored by Her Hometown Again in 2017

Dolly Parton is set to be honored by her hometown of Sevierville, Tenn. for the thirteenth year.

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Dolly Parton Mourns Death of Longtime Manager Don Warden

Dolly Parton is dealing with the death of longtime friend, manager and Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Don Warden. Warden died on March 11. He was 87.

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Parton Us, But Here Are 14 of the All-Time Best Dolly-isms

Dolly Parton is revered for her beautiful voice, an epic multi-faceted career, her vivacious spirit and above all else, a positive attitude. She spreads joy and love wherever she goes, so we've selected 14 of her best "Dolly-isms" for a gallery that's guaranteed to make you feel good.

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Lip-Syncing Couple Salute Country Songs + More in Viral Valentine Video [Watch]

This couple went all out to channel some of the greatest love songs of all time, right down to Dolly Parton’s wig. In honor of Valentine’s Day, a video-making duo named Kristin and Danny released a lip-sync medley that would put any late night host to shame.

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Dolly Parton Reacts to 2017 Grammy Awards Win

Dolly Parton is no stranger to awards and on Sunday (Feb. 12), she picked up her eighth Grammy Award in the category of Country Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration with Pentatonix on her classic hit, "Jolene."

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Pentatonix, Dolly Parton Nab Surprise Grammy Win

Dolly Parton and a cappella group Pentatonix topped four well-known, mainstream country acts to win the Best Country Duo / Group Performance Grammy on Sunday (Feb. 12). Their version of "Jolene" took the award during a pre-show ceremony.

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Dolly Parton Brings Comedy to 2017 SAG Awards [Watch]

Dolly Parton brought laughter to the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 29) when she presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lily Tomlin.

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