Dolly Parton


Contemporary Country,Country-Pop,Bluegrass

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An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," and her mega-hit "I Will Always Love You." With 1977's crossover hit "Here You Come Again," Dolly Parton successfully erased the line between country and pop music without noticeably altering either her music or her image. "I'm not leaving country," she said at the time, "I'm just taking it with me."

Making her film debut in the 1980 hit comedy 9 to 5, Dolly  Parton earned rave reviews for her performance and an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, along with her second and third Grammy Awards. Roles in Steel Magnolias, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, and Straight Talk followed, along with two network television series, made for television movies, network and HBO specials, and guest-starring roles in series television. In 2006, Dolly Parton earned her second Oscar nomination for "Travelin' Thru," which she wrote for the film Transamerica.

Dolly Parton's remarkable life began very humbly. Born January 19, 1946 on a farm in Sevier County, Tennessee, Dolly is the fourth of twelve children. Her parents, Robert Lee and Avie Lee Parton struggled to make ends meet in the impoverished East Tennessee hills. This hard rural life was the foundation of Dolly Parton's career, as she began singing almost before she could talk, according to her father. By age 10, Dolly Parton was performing on local television and radio shows in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee. "I always wanted to be a star. It just seemed natural to me," she said. "Making music is all I've ever known."

Dolly Parton left for Nashville the day after her high school graduation. On her first afternoon there, she met a young man, Carl Dean, who would become her husband. Two years later, in May 1966, they were married. "He's good for me, cause he's so different in nature from me," she smiles.

In 1967, Dolly Parton's career took off when country music superstar Porter Wagoner began featuring her on his popular syndicated television show, exposing Dolly Parton to over 45 million people in more than 100 markets and attracting the attention of record executives at RCA. Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner had 14 Top Ten hits together, and Dolly quickly blossomed into one of the best-selling country artists in music history. By 1974, Dolly Parton ended her working relationship with Wagoner. She was voted the Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year two years in a row, and in 1978, Dolly Parton was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year.

In 1974, "I Will Always Love You" topped the charts and did so again in 1982 when it was revived in the movie Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, making Dolly Parton the first artist to earn a number one record twice with the same song. In 1992, the song was recorded by Whitney Houston for the movie The Bodyguard and went on to sell in excess of 4 million copies, topping the charts once again. "I Will Always Love You" was named BMI's Most Performed Song of the Year in 1993.

Dolly Parton saw a cherished dream become a reality in 1986 with the opening of her own theme park called Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. The state's number one tourist attraction, Dollywood was selected by the theme park industry as one of the top three theme parks in the world in 2006.

In 1988, Dolly Parton began the Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, do more and care more. Currently the foundation funds the Dolly Parton Imagination Library across America and in Canada, by giving every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. With the help of local sponsors, this program has expanded to over 800 communities in 41 states and will give away over 5 million books in 2007 alone. Dolly says, "My dad was prouder of me for this program than for my music career. He thought it was grand that all the kids called me the Book Lady."

Long respected for her instinctive business savvy, Dolly Parton established Velvet Apple Music (BMI) early in her career and owns the copyrights and the publishing for her vast songwriting empire. She owns her own successful record label, Blue Eye Records.

Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. Dolly Parton has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide.

Dolly Parton has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award.

In 1997, middle-aged, no longer viable at radio, and as she later said, "not knowing exactly what I should be doing in my musical career," Parton returned to the Tennessee mountain cabin of her youth to "write like I was hungry again." The result is an album that revives her reputation as a country singer/songwriter and allows her to sing, to testify even, with the kind of authentic, fiery passion absent from her recordings for nearly three decades. Backed by the hang-loose, alt-country band Shinola, Parton performs a stirring and, at times, deeply moving set of autobiographical songs called Hungry Again.

That album sparked a new creative period for Dolly Parton that marks one of the pinnacles of her career. Starting in 1999 Dolly Parton released a series of bluegrass albums with The Grass Is Blue, followed byLittle Sparrow in 2001 and Halos & Horns in 2002.

The Grass Is Blue was her first release on the independent label Sugar Hill Records won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2001.  Little Sparrow was another critical and commercial success winning the Grammy for Best Country Female Vocal Performance for its single "Shine". Little sparrow was also named Best Bluegrass Album by the Association for Independent Music Awards.  Dolly Parton's   third bluegrass-influenced CD, Halos & Horns, which includes a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven," inspired Dolly Parton to go on tour for the first time in a decade. Halos & Horns earns Dolly Parton two more Grammy nominations in 2003 and a nomination for the CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year--her first such recognition in sixteen years.

In 1999, Dolly Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and became a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Broadcast Music, Inc. honored Dolly Parton with their Icon Award in 2003, and in 2004, the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award for her contribution to the cultural heritage of the United States. This was followed in 2005 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given by the U.S. government for excellence in the arts.

In December, 2006 Dolly Parton was honored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her lifetime of contributions to the arts. In June 2007 Dolly Parton was named the recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. The Johnny Mercer Award is exclusively reserved for a songwriter who has already been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer.

In 2009 Dolly, a career spanning boxed set is released to critical acclaim followed by two live recordings.  At 63, Dolly Parton, the greatest female country artist of all time, continues to perform, write and build her legend.

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Album Title Year Label
Dolly Parton Sings1963Somerset
Hits Made Famous by Country Queens1963Somerset
Hello, I'm Dolly1967Somerset
The World of Dolly Parton1967Monument
Just Because I'm a Woman1968RCA Records
Dolly Parton and George Jones1968Starday
Dolly Parton Sings Country Oldies1968Somerset
In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)1969RCA Records
The Fairest Of Them All1969RCA Records
Just the Two of Us1969RCA Records
My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy1969RCA Records
A Real Live Dolly1970RCA Records
Once More1970RCA Records
The Best of Dolly Parton1970RCA Records
As Long As I Love1970Monument
Two of a Kind1971RCA Records
Golden Streets of Glory1971RCA Records
Joshua/Coat of Many Colors1971RCA Records
Coat of Many Colors1971Buddha Records
Touch Your Woman (1972, RCA LSP-4686, Stereo)1972RCA Records
The Right Combination Burning The Midnight Oil(sealed)LP vinyl1972RCA Records
Together Always1972RCA Records
Sings My Favorite Songwriter Porter Wagoner1972RCA Records
We Found It1973RCA Records
My Tennessee Mountain Home1973RCA Records
bubbling over (featuring traveling man) 1973RCA Records
Mine1973RCA Records
Jolene1974Buddha Records
The Bargain Store1975RCA Records
The Best of Dolly Parton1975RCA Records
Dolly1975RCA Records
Love Is Like a Butterfly1975RCA Records
All I Can Do1976RCA Records
This Is Dolly Parton1976RCA Records
Say Forever You'll Be Mine----Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton1976RCA Records
All I Can Do/New Harvest...First Gathering1977RCA
The Dolly Parton Story1977Embassy
Here You Come Again1977DCC
The Hits of Dolly Parton1977RCA Records
Heartbreaker1978BMG Special Products
Great Balls of Fire1979RCA Records
The Great Dolly Parton1979Camden Records
Dolly Dolly Dolly1980SBME
Dolly Parton Collection1980Pickwick
Porter & Dolly1980Sony BMG
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs1980Buddha Records
You Are1980RCA Records
Greatest Hits1982RCA Records
Dolly Parton1982Camden
The Very Best of Dolly Parton1982BMG
Burlap & Satin1983RCA Records
HBO Presents Dolly Parton's Greatest Hits1983RCA Records
Classic Country: Queens of Country1983Quicksilver
The Great Pretender1984RCA Records
Rhinestone1984RCA Records
Once upon a Christmas1984Camden
Collector's Series1985RCA Records
Magic Moments With Dolly Parton1985RCA Records
Real Love1985RCA Records
Real Love1987RCA Records
Just the Way I Am1986Special
Rainbow1987CBS Records
Best There Is1987BMG Special Products
The World of Dolly Parton, Vol. 11988Monument
The World of Dolly Parton, Vol. 21988Monument
1989Columbia Records
The Love Album1989RCA Records
Greatest Hits, Vol. 11990RCA Records
The Love Album, Vol. 21990RCA Records
The Best of Dolly Parton1990RCA Records
The Best of Dolly Parton, Vol. 31990RCA Records
Home for Christmas1990CBS Records
Eagle When She Flies1991Columbia Records
Greatest Hits1992RCA Records
The RCA Years 1967-19861993RCA Records
The Collection1993RCA Records
Slow Dancing with the Moon1993Columbia Records
Little Things: 18 Great Country Songs1993Country Stars
Honky Tonk Angels1993Columbia Records
Heartsongs: Live from Home1994Columbia Records
The Greatest Hits1994Telstar
Two of a Kind1994Pair
The Essential Dolly Parton, Vol. 1: I Will Always Love You1995RCA Records
2Gether on 11995RCA Records
Something Special1995Columbia Records
Treasures1995RCA Records
Dolly Parton - I Will Always Love You and Other Greatest Hits1996Sony Records
Super Hits1996RCA Records
The Essential Dolly Parton, Vol. 21997RCA Records
I Believe1997BMG
Super Stars1997Super
Dolly Parton - Encore Collection1997BMG Special Prodcuts
Dolly Parton-Plus-Faye Tucker1997Alshire
The Ultimate Collection1998BMG International
Hungry Again1998MCA
Widlest Dreams1998Kisok
Jolene: Her Greatest Hits1998Disky/Woodford
Great (Goldies)1998Goldies
The Best of Dolly Parton (DJ Specialist)1999BMG International
Super Hits, Vol. 21999RCA Records
The Grass Is Blue1999Sugar Hill
Greatest Hits (Columbia River)1999Columbia River
Super Hits (1999)1999Columbia Records
Love Songs1999BMG International
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers1999Goldies
La Legende Country2000Sony Records
Honky Tonk Angel2000Golden Stars
Legendary Dolly Parton2000BMG International
Dolly Parton2000Legend
Honky Tonk Angel2000Pegas
Gold: Greatest Hits2001RCA Records
Gold: Greatest Hits2001BMG International
Little Sparrow201Sugar Hill
Back to Back2001Pegasus
Joshua/Coat of Many Colors2001BMG International
Mission Chapel Memories 1971-19752001Raven
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers2001Golden Stars
Midnight Country2001Dressed To Kill
The Best of Dolly Parton2001Hot Town
RCA Country Legends2002RCA Records
All American Country2002BMG Special Products
Most Famous HitsPlanetPlanet
Best of the Best2002Federal
Best of Dolly Parton2002BMG
Halos & Horns2002Sugar Hill
I'll Be Home for Christmas2002Sony
Songs of Love & Heartache2002Sony
Greatest Hits2003BMG International
Ultimate Dolly Parton2003RCA Records
Dolly Parton (Country Legends)2003Country Legends
The Bluegrass Collection2003Sony BMG
Makin' Believe2003Legacy
For God and Country2003Welk
Live and Well2004Sugar Hill
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers (Goldies)2004Country Stars
Platinum & Gold Collection2004RCA Records
Platinum & Gold Collection2004Rajon Music Group
Platinum & Gold Collection2004Sony BMG
Early Years2004Xtra
Artist Collection: Dolly Parton2004BMG International
The Collection2004Universal International
The Essential Dolly Parton2005RCA Records
The Monument Sessions2005Lost Gold
Those Were the Days2005Sugar Hill
Love Songs2006RCA Legacy
Covered by Dolly2006American Beat
Best of Dolly Parton: Original Hits2006Paradiso
Collection2006Sony International
Ultimate Dolly Parton2006Sony
Puppy Love2006Pazzazz
The Acoustic Collection: 1999-20022006Sugar Hill
Country Hit Parade2007Direct Source
All I Can Do/New Harvest...First Gathering2007BMG
Burlap & Satin/Real Love2007BMG
Great Balls of Fire/Dolly, Dolly, Dolly2007BMG
The Very Best of Dolly Parton2007BMG
Vol. 2 -Very Best of Dolly Parton2007Sony
16 Biggest Hits2007RCA Records
The Very Best of Dolly Parton2007RCA Records
X2: Jolene/Coat of Many Colors2008Sony
Dolly Parton2008Legacy
Hello I'm Dolly/As Long As I Live2008Edsel
The Tour Collection2008Sony BMG
Collectors Edition2008Madacy
Backwoods Barbie2008Dolly
Dolly Parton - From The Heart2009Legacy
Dolly (Box Set)2009RCA Legacy
Love Always: Live from Texas2009Country Stars
Live from London (CD/DVD)2009Dolly Records
Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith & Inspiration2010Sony Legacy





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