Dolly Parton Biography

Dolly Is The Real Queen of Country Music.


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This Dolly Parton biography is my vinyl record memories of this enormously gifted and talented singer/songwriter, and the most successful female artist in Country Music history.

As far as talent goes, in addition to singing, Dolly plays a dozen different instruments and has starred in eight movies. Her resume includes singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, author, musician and businesswoman.

She has performed on a top-five country hit in each of the last five decades. She and Reba McEntire are the only country artists with #1 singles in four consecutive decades and Dolly has sold an estimated 100 million records.

I do not know of another female on this planet in the entertainment industry that has accomplished what Dolly has.

Her performances are always stunning, whether she is accompanied by a small acoustic group or an orchestra.

When I watch Dolly on a live TV performance I stand up and applaud her accomplishments.  Dolly, you simply take my breath away!


Dolly's Duet with Kenny Rogers Voted #1 All Time.

The 1983 Country duet, “Islands in the Stream,” sailed away with the distinction of being country’s greatest duet during a CMT concert taping in Nashville in June, 2005.  The duet sung with Kenny Rogers, grew from a suggestion by Bee Gees star Barry Gibb, who wrote the song.

Until that point, Rogers hadn't been thrilled with the song. But then Parton joined him in the recording studio. “From the moment she marched into that room, that song never sounded the same,” Rogers said, according to the AP. “It took on a whole new spirit.” The way that they trade off from singing melody and harmony....Pure magic.

Sadly, Kenny Rogers passed away peacefully at home on 03-20-2020 at 10:25pm from natural causes, surrounded by his family. Rest easy Mister Kenny Rogers. And thank you for the music.

Dolly Parton Biography - Tough Beginnings For The Future Country Queen.

It wasn't always so easy for Dolly. Early in her career in 1967, Dolly was asked to join the Porter Wagoner show. She replaced Norma Jean, one of the most popular country female artists at the time.

At first Porter's audience didn't warm up to Dolly and at times chanted for Norma Jean. But Porter took control of the situation and she was finally accepted.

Porter helped Dolly along and asked his record company to also sign Parton. RCA, protecting their investment, released her first single as a duet with Wagoner. Their first single reached the country top ten in early 1968 and started a six-year run of Top-Ten singles.

But even though Parton's first single for RCA, "Just Because I'm a Woman", reached number seventeen in 1968, none of her solo's were as successful as her duets. Porter & Dolly were named Vocal Group of the year in 1968, but Dolly's singles were continually ignored.


Dolly Parton Biography - Frustration turns to Gold.

By 1970, both Parton and Wagoner had grown frustrated by her lack of solo chart success, and Porter had her sing Jimmie Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues", a gimmick that worked.

The record shot to number three on the charts, followed closely by her first number-one single, "Joshua." None of her previous releases were really big hits until "Jolene" reached number one in early 1974.

She had been with the Porter Wagoner show for seven years and when she left she wrote a song about her professional break from Wagoner. Her song "I Will Always Love You" was released and went to number one on the country music charts.


Elvis' Manager Suggested What!!!
And, Dolly Said No!

Around the time this song was written Elvis indicated that he wanted to cover the song. Parton was interested until Colonel Parker told her that she would have to sign over half of the publishing rights if Presley recorded the song.

This was supposedly standard procedure for top recording artists, and especially songs Elvis recorded while Colonel Parker was his manager.

Dolly refused and that decision is credited with helping Parton make her many millions of dollars in royalties from that song over the years.

Dolly showed her tough business savoy and it was decisions like these, in fact, that caused her to be called "The Iron Butterfly" in show-business circles.


My personal 45rpm record purchased new with original sleeve.

Additional Info: The 45rpm record with picture sleeve you see to the left was purchased new in 1983 and the vinyl record is still in perfect condition.

My wife and I also saw Dolly and Kenny live in concert in Austin, Texas in the early eighties.

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Songs that will make you cry.

"Tear Time" takes you through a feminine emotional experience and will touch your heart with the lyrics, "All it takes is the smallest thought of you ... Then tear time starts crying all night through." Read more ...


The song "True Love Ways" was recorded in the presence of Buddy's wife, and should be appreciated for the impact of this great song, and the love that inspired it.  Read the story here.


"Just The Way You Are"

"We almost didn't put it on an album. We were sitting around listening to it going...naaah, that's a chick song."   Billy Joel...

Song of the year and Record of the year in 1978. Read more...

Read the story and listen to my all time favorite by Billy Joel.

You're The Only One.

I Will Always Love You.

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Lorrie Morgan covers a
Beach Boys Classic!

What a treat, watching Lorrie Morgan and The Beach Boys sing together. A country voice with a sexy tone covering an old Beach Boys song hit the spot. Watch the "Don't Worry Baby" video here.

Lorrie Morgan cover of Don't Worry Baby with Beach Boys background vocals.

I Can Hear Music.
A Beach Boys Cover Song.

I always enjoyed the Beach Boys version but Kathy just multiplied the WOW factor by a million. One of those really nice "feel good" love songs.  Read more.

Watch Kathy Troccoli sing the Beach Boys Cover song, I Can Hear Music.

Love Me with All Your Heart.  Just creamy harmony and seamless pleasure returns you to the days when easy listening was called "dinner music."  Read more.

A beautiful love song that spent four weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts in 1964. Read more here.

You Belong To Me

Patsy Cline songs are the voice of the average woman...the waitress at the diner, the counter girl at the all-night truck stop, or even the stay-at-home mom who stops to wonder what happened to all her dreams. Patsy Cline was their voice. Read more...

Patsy Cline, You Belong to Me Vinyl Record Memories.

"Why Do I Love You So"

This 1960 teen love song was a short song with a long-lasting heartbroken message. One of the more romantic teen ballads written at the time. Read More ...

Johnny's re-issue of this classic in 1965 proves that some do turn out better.

The Chordettes
Lollipop & Mr. Sandman

If you lived and breathed in the fifties those songs of the past reminds us of our connection to innocence and the fabulous harmonies of these four pretty gals.

More than 60 years later, the emotional power of these two songs still resonates with listeners, and as a result, still remains current. Read more ...


Don't Break The Heart
That Loves You.

This haunting ballad is about a plea from a heartbroken teenager trying to understand why her boyfriend is going out of his way to treat her unkindly. Read more...


"Dream" - Roy Orbison cover of this 1944 Johnny Mercer classic.

The song "Dream" reminds us of those glamorous movie stars of the '40s,' 50s, and early '60s. The one thing they all shared was a level of glamor we still aspire to today. This is a song everyone should have in their music collection. Read more ... 

Dream, when you're feeling blue. Roy Orbison cover of this 1944 song.