There are few in this world as beloved as country music icon Dolly Parton and today, January 19, we wish her a happy 72nd birthday! To help celebrate the country sensation's special day, we compiled a list of five reasons we love her so much.
1. Dolly Parton has composed and recorded countless hits over her career.
It's no surprise Parton is most widely known for her music and has written and recorded a spectacular number of hit songs over the years. Her most famous tracks include “Jolene," “9 to 5," “I Will Always Love You," “Islands in the Stream," “Coat Of Many Colors," “The Bargain Store" and many more. Parton has produced quit a few albums, her most recent a children's record titled I Believe In You.
2. Dolly Parton is a movie star.
Aside from her extremely successful music career, Parton has also stared in a number of films, including Steel Magnolias, 9 to 5, The Best Little Whore House In Texas, Joyful Noise, Straight Talk and more.
3. Dolly Parton is a two-time Guinness World Record holder.
The legendary country singer earned two Guinness World Records recently, one for most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Country Songs chart, and another for the most hits on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist.
Dolly Parton holding her two Guinness World Records.
4. Dolly Parton has a big heart.
Parton has been a longtime philanthropist, especially when it comes to literacy. She established the Imagination Library in 1995, which sends one book per month to children from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten.
She also donated $500,000 in 2006 to Fort Sanders Medical Center and her efforts to preserve the bald eagle through the American Eagle Foundation's sanctuary at Dollywood earned her the Partnership Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2003.
5. Dolly Parton is truly timeless.
Parton began her musical career at the early age of 7 and has continued to showcase her impeccable talent and beautiful spirit to this day. She has proved to be one of the greatest musicians in country music and created a unique look and persona that is truly iconic.
Like most of the world, we are in awe of the country singer and look forward to many more years of celebrating her success.