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Dolly Parton

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Sevierville, Tennessee, U.S. (1955 – present)

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee, U.S.) is an American country singer, songwriter, composer, producer, entrepreneur, author and actress.

Parton began performing as a child, singing on local radio and television in East Tennessee. At age 12 she was appearing on Knoxville TV, and at 13, she was recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. When she graduated from high school in 1964 she moved to Nashville, taking many traditional elements of folklore and popular music from East Tennessee with her.

Parton’s initial success came as a songwriter, with her songs being covered by Kitty Wells, Hank Williams, Jr., Skeeter Davis, and a number of others. She signed with Monument Records in late 1965, where she was initially pitched as a bubblegum pop singer, earning only one national chart single, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby,” which did not crack the Billboard Top 100. Additional pop singles also failed to chart.

The label agreed to have Parton sing country music after her composition “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” as recorded by Bill Phillips (and with Parton, uncredited, on harmony) went to No. 6 on the country charts in 1966. Her first country single, “Dumb Blonde” (one of the few songs during this era that she recorded but didn’t write), reached No. 24 country 1967, followed later the same year with “Something Fishy,” which went to No. 17. The two songs anchored her first full-length album, Hello I’m Dolly, that same year.

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  • lovepeaceguitar

    What earthly good does comparison like that do anyone? Just enjoy whatever you like listening to and don't embitter yourself worrying about who's better. Love Dolly and all her contemporaries. [2]

    3 Apr 7:57pm Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    Blue Smoke (song) is perfect <3

    20 Mar 10:40pm Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    Jolene ♥

    14 Mar 11:07pm Reply
  • felipebiffe

    Home <3, such a sweet song :3

    5 Mar 1:39pm Reply
  • SmurfyNZ

    Loving the new album; best NZ #1 in ages. :) <3

    22 Feb 7:33am Reply
  • Bachelor_No2

    Banks of the Ohio <3

    1 Feb 3:30pm Reply
  • tresfoufou

    She makes fun of herself and I like that a lot.

    28 Jan 2:44am Reply
  • Bachelor_No2

    One week 'til new album!

    24 Jan 12:44pm Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    Happy Birthday Dolly :D

    19 Jan 1:47pm Reply
  • Bachelor_No2

    v I'd say her best albums, artistically, are My Tennessee Mountain Home, New Harvest...First Gathering, The Grass Is Blue, Little Sparrow, Halos & Horns and Hungry Again. There're about a billion compilations of the biggest hits but those are what I'd consider to be her absolute best.

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Does she have a popular album these days or is she mostly just a hits artists?

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bachelor_No2

    'Blue Smoke' is available for pre-order on the Australian iTunes store, with the title track instantly downloadable. Can't get it myself, of course. Grr.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bachelor_No2

    DollyPartonVEVO posted the title track from the new album - don't know if it's a snippet or full song - but I can't view it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ws8ZHkJjA4

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Emsj9

    i will always love you , 9-5 , happy birthday from the beverly hillbillies movie , islands in the stream ,

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • acclamationsun

    Dolly has a very celestial and Gothic atmosphere, and a very nice voice

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dobbeltslag

    I wish Dolly was my godmother! <333

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Bachelor_No2

    New album is called 'Blue Smoke', tour kicks off in February in Australia!

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tgbbirch

    the most loving famous person ever great singer to

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dea_anonyma

    What earthly good does comparison like that do anyone? Just enjoy whatever you like listening to and don't embitter yourself worrying about who's better. Love Dolly and all her contemporaries.

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    She's very good, but the one and only QUEEN OF COUNTRY is and will always be LORETTA LYNN.

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
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