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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

  • HOMETOWN:Locust Ridge, Tennessee , United States
  • BIRTHDAY:Jan 19, 1946
  • AGE:72
  • HEIGHT:5'0

ALBUMS:

Hello, I'm Dolly (1967)

Just Because I'm A Woman (1968)

Just Between You and Me (1968)

Dolly Parton Sings Country Oldies (1968)

In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (1969)

My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy (1969)

The Fairest of Them All (1970)

Golden Streets of Glory (1971)

Joshua (1971)

Coat of Many Colors (1971)

Touch Your Woman (1972)

My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner (1972)

My Tennessee Mountain Home (1973)

Bubbling Over (1973)

Jolene (1974)

Love Is Like a Butterfly (1974)

The Bargain Store (1975)

Dolly (1975)

All I Can Do (1976)

New Harvest... First Gathering (1977)

Here You Come Again (1977)

Heartbreaker (1978)

Great Balls of Fire (1979)

9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (1980)

Dolly, Dolly, Dolly (1980)

Heartbreak Express (1982)

Burlap & Satin (1983)

The Great Pretender (1984)

Real Love (1985)

Rainbow (1987)

White Limozeen (1989)

Eagle When She Flies (1991)

Slow Dancing with the Moon (1993)

Something Special (1995)

Treasures (1996)

Hungry Again (1998)

The Grass Is Blue (1999)

Little Sparrow (2001)

Halos & Horns (2002)

For God and Country (2003)

Those Were the Days (2005)

Backwoods Barbie (2008)

Better Day (2011)

Blue Smoke (2014)

Pure & Simple (2016)

SIBLINGS:

Cassie Nan Parton

Coy Denver Parton

David Wilburn Parton

Floyd Parton

Freida Estelle Parton

Larry Gerald Parton

Rachel Dennison

Randy Parton

Robert Lee Parton Jr.

Stella Parton

Willadeene Parton

GENDER:

Female

GIVEN NAME:

Dolly Rebecca Parton

SPOUSE:

Carl Thomas Dean

SPOUSE GENDER:

Male

HOME LOCATION:

Nashville, Tennessee

HOME REGION:

United States

PARENTS:

Avie Lee

Robert Lee Parton

ALUMNI OF:

Sevier County High School

MEMBER OF:

Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame

Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame

East Tennessee Hall of Fame

GRAMMY Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of East Tennessee Business Hall of Fame

Kennedy Center honoree

Music City Walk of Fame

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Recording Academy

Small Town of America Hall of Fame

Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Americana Highway Hall of Fame

The Grand Ole Opry

The Happiness Hall of Fame

The National Hall of Fame for Mountain Artisans

EARLY LIFE

Parton was born and raised in Locust Ridge, Tennessee as the fourth of twelve children. Parton found solace through music, and it ran in the family. Her mother played guitar and her grandfather, Rev. Jake Owens, was a fiddler and songwriter. Her uncle gave her a guitar when she was seven and then she became a regular on WIVK Knoxville's The Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour.

MUSIC CAREER

Over the years Parton worked on her craft and in 1959 she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry; the following year, she recorded her first single, "Puppy Love," for Goldband.

When she was 14 years old, Parton signed to Mercury Records. While the relationship didn’t pan out, over the next five years Parton kept recording. After she graduated high school, she moved to Nashville, where she stayed with her uncle Bill Owens. Fred Foster signed both Parton and Owens in 1965 to his publishing house, Combine Music; Foster also signed Parton to Monument Records. In 1966, Bill Phillips took two of Parton's and Owens' songs -- "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" and "The Company You Keep" to the Top Ten, setting the stage for Parton's breakthrough single, "Dumb Blonde." Released early in 1967, the record climbed to number 24, followed shortly afterward by the number 17 "Something Fishy."

Through the singles’ success, Parton met country star Porter Wagoner and hired Parton as a singer for his syndicated television show in 1967. Parton also joined Wagoner’s label RCA. The label paired Parton and Wagoner together for their first single, "The Last Thing on My Mind," which reached the country Top Ten in 1968 followed by other top ten singles. Parton then released her first solo single, "Just Because I'm a Woman." Parton and Wagoner as a duo were named Vocal Group of the Year in 1968 by the Country Music Association.
By 1970 Parton sang Jimmie Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)," and the record shot to number three on the charts, followed closely by her first number one single, "Joshua." For the next two years, she had a number of solo hits -- including her signature song "Coat of Many Colors" in addition to duets. Then parton had her notable, chart-topping smash "Jolene" in 1974. Parton stopped traveling with Wagoner after its release, yet she continued to appear on television and sing duets with him until 1976.

Parton’s solo singles then spread a wide range of musicality, ranging from “I Will Always Love You” to “Here You Come Again.” From 1974 to 1980, she consistently charted in the country Top Ten. Parton had her own television show, Dolly, in 1976, and 1977 had gained the right to produce her own albums.

Parton's success grew in 1980, as she had three number one hits in a row: the Donna Summer-written "Starting Over Again," "Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)," and "9 to 5." The latter was the theme song to Parton's acting debut, 9 to 5 which also starred Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and established Parton as an actor The song became her first number one pop single as well. She then appeared in more films, including The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and the Rhinestone (1984). Parton's singles continued to chart. Notably, her Kenny Rogers duet "Islands in the Stream" spent two weeks at number one.

In 1987 Parton signed with Columbia records and joined Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris to record the album Trio. Trio became a huge hit and contained three Top Ten country singles: "To Know Him Is to Love Him," "Telling Me Lies" and "Those Memories of You." Parton’s first Columbia album, 1989's White Limozeen had two number one hits in "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That" and "Yellow Roses."

In 1991 Parton had a number one duet with Ricky Van Shelton, "Rockin' Years." In 1996 she released Treasures, containing covers from Merle Haggard to Neil Young. Hungry Again was released in 1998, and early the following year she reunited with Ronstadt and Harris for a second Trio collection in addition to releasing the solo “The Grass Is Blue.” Other released in the 2000s are For God and Country (2003) and Live and Well (2004). Backwoods Barbie, was on her own Dolly Records imprint in 2008. Live from London followed in 2009. An album of all Parton-written material, Better Day, appeared from Dolly Records in 2011. Three years later, Blue Smoke.


In 2015, Parton's classic song "Coat of Many Colors" was adapted into a made-for-TV movie and featured Alyvia Alyn Lind as the young Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles her mother. Parton was a producer on the film. Parton released an album called Pure & Simple in August 2016. In October 2017, Parton released her first children's album, I Believe in You.

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