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Dolly Parton

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
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love - Season 2016
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Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love’ Comes to DVD

Those hoping to have their own copy of Dolly Parton's heartwarming film Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love are in luck as the DVD collection is available in stores.

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Dolly Parton Joins Pentatonix for ‘Silent Night’ During Christmas Special [Watch]

Dolly Parton surprised Pentatonix during their televised holiday show A Pentatonix Christmas Special on NBC on Wednesday evening (Dec. 14).

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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon Raises $9 Million (And Counting)

Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon brought in nearly $9 million on Tuesday night (Dec. 13)

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You Can Watch Dolly Parton’s Telethon for Gatlinburg Fire Victims Here

Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountains Rise telethon will stream live on Tuesday (Dec. 13), and you can watch all the performances, stories and moving moments right here.

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Hank Williams Jr., Lauren Alaina + More Join Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon

The star power continues to grow for Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon, which will be held on Dec. 13 at 8PM ET.

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Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ Set for Second Showing on NBC

The 2016 holiday season just got a little sweeter with the announcement that Dolly Parton's TV special, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, was such a success that NBC is set to re-air the special the day before Christmas Eve.

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Taylor Swift, ACMs Pledge $200K to Help East Tennessee Fire Victims

Four days before Dolly Parton's telethon to help families in Gatlinburg and East Tennessee affected by wildfires, the legend can count on $200,000. Taylor Swift and the ACM's charitable arm have each pledged $100K to the effort.

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Chris Stapleton, Chris Young + More Announced for Dolly Parton Wildfires Telethon

The list of artists taking part in Dolly Parton's telethon to help those affected by the devastating wildfires in her native East Tennessee is growing.

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Dolly Parton Announces Performers for Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon

Dolly Parton has announced some of the performers and the details for her upcoming benefit concert to aid victims of the wildfires in and around Gatlinburg, Tenn. The superstar's Smoky Mountains Rise benefit will feature an impressive list of her famous friends.

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Dolly Parton Organizing Telethon for Gatlinburg Wildfire Victims

Dolly Parton is stepping up once again for Tennessee residents who were impacted by the wildfires that raged in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge recently. The singer is organizing a telethon, with the proceeds going to benefit the victims.

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