Dolly was #4 of 12 childrenRobert andAvie Lee PartonFather was a tobacco farmerDolly said they were “dirt poor”Sevierville and later TN home in the Smoky Mtns of east TN
album photo (1973) – house where they lived late 40s-early 50s in Locust Ridge, TNGrandfather was a Pentecostal preacher1951 – wrote first song “Little Tiny Tassle Top”1953 – made a guitar from old mandolin9 yrs. oldbegan performing as a regular singer on Knoxville radio WIVK, WBIR
Dolly’s uncle, Henry Owens stationed at a military base in Lake Charles, LAHenry’s friend, Eddie Shuler, owned Goldband Recordsage 13Henry invited Dolly to come to LA took a bus from TN to LA made her first record, “Puppy Love,” written by Dolly and another uncle, Billappeared on the Grand Ole Opry-met Johnny Cash “go where your heart takes you don’t worry about what others think”-introduced by JC, she performed his song You Gotta Be My Baby 3 encores1964graduated from high school, moved to BNAmet Carl Dean on her first day in BNA at the Wishy Washy Laundromat“I met him the day I got to BNA in 1964, I wasn’t a star then, so I’ve never had to worry that he loves me because I’m a star and I’ve got money. I know he loves me for me”Carl has always shunned the spotlightDolly and Carl married in 1966Dolly says respect for her husband's character is the reason Carl lives his life out of the spotlight. "Early on in my career, I'd won [Song of the Year] in 1966, and I asked him to go with me. ... He was so uncomfortable," she says. "He said: 'Now I want you to do everything you want to do. I want you to enjoy every minute of your life. But don't you ever ask me to go to another one of these things. Because I am not going.'" Dolly says she never asked him to make another public appearance. "He's proud of me. He's just basically shy about things like that. He doesn't like crowds," she says. "And I respect his privacy. I respect the fact that he loves to be out of the limelight. That's one of the reasons I think we've lasted so long.“Carl runs an asphalt road surface paving business in BNADP says he’s only seen her perform onceThey have no childrenpartly raised some of DP’s younger siblingsDP is godmother of Miley CyrusOn May 30, 2011, they celebrated their 45th anniversary. Later, she said, "We're really proud of our marriage. It's the first for both of us. And the last."
Initial success was in songwriting-Bill Phillips, Put It Off Until Tomorrow-Skeeter Davis, Fuel To The Flame-Hank Williams, Jr, I’m In No Condition
Mercury Recordsfirst single on a major labeldid not reach hit chartsParton and Owens were dropped by Mercury
one of the few songs she recorded early that she didn’t write-written by Curly Putman1, 2, 3 -- 2, 3reached #24 on Country Chart
1967, Porter Wagonerafter featuring DP, offered her a regular spot on weekly showPW got RCA to sign DPFirst single was a duet with PW-”The Last Thing On My Mind” (1967)reached top 10six year streak of top-ten singles for PW and DP
“signature” song#4 1971 – Country Singlescomposed in 1969 while on tour with PWwrote in on the back of a dry cleaning receipt from PW suitObv. connection to Josephexcited to wear it, sad to be made fun ofMoral of the story: only poor as you choose to bethe coat is on display at the Chasing Rainbows Museum, Dollywood
I Will Always … (1974)about her professional break with PW#1 on Country charts the song "speaks about the breakup of a relationship between a man and a woman that does not descend into unremitting domestic turmoil, but instead envisions parting with respect -- because of the initiative of the womanBusiness sense…Elvis wanted to cover the songDP was interested but Col. Tom Parker suggested it was standard procedure for the songwriter to sign over 50% of publishing rights to any song EP recorded. DP walked away from the deal, a decision that preserved many millions in royalties from the song over the years. Hearing a lot lately following the death of Whitney Houston, who recorded and had another huge hit with the songOn February 11, 2012, after the sudden death of Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton stated, "Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, “Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.
1976-1986 – branching into pop musicI can vouch for this, in 1977 we started listening (Jolene, esp.)8 singles reached #1TV show, Dolly!featured some of her siblings who went on to have recording contractsHere You Come Again, 19771st million –selleron Country and Pop charts80s were also a time for another popular run of duet hits, this time with Kenny Rogers
80s – return to County rootsTrio album with L Ronstadt and EmmyLou HarrisTo Know …by Phil SpectorTrio won Grammy for Best Country Duo or Groupnominated for Album of the Year
Originally recorded by Kitty Wells, 1952response to “The Wild Side of Life” bu Hank ThompsonIn "The Wild Side of Life," Thompson expresses regret that his bride-to-be has left him for another man whom she met in a roadhouse, stating "I didn't know that God made honky tonk angels." That song and its appeal to people who "thought the world was going to hell and that faithless women deserved a good deal of the blame ... just begged for an answer from a woman," wWells’ release began the story — which blamed unfaithful men and women for creating unfaithful women — became the first No. 1Billboard country hit for a solo female artist. In addition to helping establish Wells as country music's first major female star, "It Wasn't God ..." paved the way for other female artists, particularly Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette,and songs where women defied the typical stereotype of being submissive to men and putting up with their oft-infidel ways.
36th studio albumbluegrass, folk#12 Country chart, DP’s highes chart in almost 10 yearsDedicated to her fahteralso certidfied as silver albim in UK
Playboy, 1978interview only, no photos inside
Her literacy program, "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library", a part of the Dollywood Foundation, mails one book per month to each enrolled child from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten. It began in Sevier County but has now been replicated in 566 counties across 36 U.S. states (as well as in Canada). In December 2007 it expanded to Europe with the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham, United Kingdom, being the first British locality to receive the books. The program distributes more than 2.5 million free books to children annually.Jobs and tax revenues to depressed region in E Tenn.American Red Cross, HIV/AIDS charitiespledged $500k plus benefit concert for hospital and cancer center in Sevierville
one of most honored female country performers ever25 gold, silver, platimum records26 #1 hits42 top 10 albums8 Grammy awardsGrammy Lifetime AchievementCMA Entertainer of the YearHollywood Walk of Fame starGrand Ole Opryindictionnasvhille songwriters hall of fameLibrary of Congress, Living Legend MedalNational Medal of Artsmost proud of statue on courthouse lawn in Sevierville, “because it came from the people that knew her” "If I see something sagging, bagging, and dragging, I'm going to nip it, suck it and tuck it. Why should I look like an old barn yard dog if I don't have to?" and "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap."Parton is a successful songwriter, having begun by writing country-music songs with strong elements of folk music, based upon her upbringing in humble mountain surroundings, and reflecting her family's evangelical-Christian background. Her songs "Coat of Many Colors", "I Will Always Love You" and "Jolene" have become classics in the field, as have a number of others. As a songwriter, she is also regarded as one of country music's most-gifted storytellers, with many of hernarrative songs based on persons and events from her childhood. On November 4, 2003, Dolly Parton was honored as a BMI Icon at the 2003 BMI Country Awards.She has earned over 35 BMI Pop and Country Awards throughout her prolific songwriting career. In 2001, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.In a 2009 interview with CNN's Larry King Live, Parton indicated that she had written "at least 3,000" songs, having written seriously since the age of seven. Parton went on to say that she writes something every day, be it a song or an idea
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13 years old Dolly Parton married Carl Dean, May 1966
It’s Sure Gonna Hurt (1962)written by Dolly Parton andBill Owens (her uncle) It may not kill me, but its sure gonna hurt Since my baby left me, I dont know what to do Just couldnt believe my eyes, when I saw him with you He left me for you, oh hes treating me like dirt It may not kill me, but its sure gonna hurt Chorus: Its sure gonna hurt to lose you My poor hearts in pain Dont see how you could abuse me Its driving me insane Oh youre both out paintin the town red, well Im paintin it too But Im not paintin the town red, Im paintin it blue It hurts to lose everything to such a little flirt It may not kill me, but its sure gonna hurt
Dont try to cry your way out of this Dumb Blonde (1967)Dont try to lie or Ill catch you in itDont try to make me feel sorry for youJust because Im blondeDont think Im dumbCause this dumb blonde aint nobodys foolWhen you left you thought Id sitAn you thought Id waitAn you thought Id cryYou called me a dumb blondeAh, but somehow I lived through itAnd you know if theres one thingthis blonde has learnedBlondes have more funYou flew too high up off the groundIts stormy wheater an had to come back downBut Ive found new thread for my old spoolJust because Im blondeDont think Im dumbCause this dumb blonde aint nobodys fool
I can see youre disappointed By the way you look at me And Im sorry that Im not The woman you thought Id be Yes, Ive made my mistakes But listen and understand My mistakes are no worse than yours Just because Im a woman So when you look at me Dont feel sorry for yourself Just think of all the shame1968 You might have brought somebody else Just let me tell you this Then well both know where we stand My mistakes are no worse than yours Just because Im a woman
Now a man will take a good girlAnd hell ruin her reputationBut when he wants to marryWell, thats a different situationHell just walk off and leave herTo do the best she canWhile he looks for an angelTo wear his wedding bandNow I know that Im no angelIf thats what you thought youd foundI was just the victum ofA man that let me downYes, Ive made my mistakesBut listen and understandMy mistakes are no worse than yoursJust because Im a woman
Back through the years I go wanderin once again Back to the seasons of my youth I recall a box of rags that someone gave us And how my momma put the rags to use There were rags of many colors Every piece was small And I didnt have a coat And it was way down in the fall Momma sewed the rags together Sewing every piece with love She made my coat of many colors That I was so proud of1971 As she sewed, she told a story From the bible, she had read About a coat of many colors Joseph wore and then she said Perhaps this coat will bring you Good luck and happiness And I just couldnt wait to wear it And momma blessed it with a kiss
And oh I couldnt understand itMy coat of many colors For I felt I was richThat my momma made for me And I told them of the loveMade only from rags My momma sewed in every stitchBut I wore it so proudly And I told em all the storyAlthough we had no money Momma told me while she sewedI was rich as I could be And how my coat of many colorsIn my coat of many colors Was worth more than all their clothesMy momma made for me But they didnt understand itSo with patches on my britches And I tried to make them seeHoles in both my shoes That one is only poorIn my coat of many colors Only if they choose to beI hurried off to school Now I know we had no moneyJust to find the others laughing But I was rich as I could beAnd making fun of me In my coat of many colorsIn my coat of many colors My momma made for meMy momma made for me Made just for me
If I should stay I would only be in your way So Ill go, but I know Ill think of you each step of the way And I will always love you I will always love you Bittersweet memories Thats all I am taking with me Good-bye, please dont cry We both know that Im not what you need I hope life will treat you kindfrom the album, And I hope that you have all“Jolene” (1974) That you ever dreamed of And I wish you joy and happiness But above all of this, I wish you love And I will always love you
Here you come again Just when Im about to make it work without you You look into my eyes And light those dreamy eyes And pretty soon Im wonderin How I came to doubt you All you gotta do Is smile that smile And there go all my defenses Just leave it up to you And in a little while Youre messin up my mind Here You Come Again An fillin up my senses 1977 Here you come againHere you come again Lookin better than a bodyJust when Im about to make it work Has a right towithout you An shakin me up soYou waltz right in the door That all I really knowJust like you done before Is here you come againAnd wrap my heart round your little An here I gofinger
To Know Him Is To Love Him1987 To know know know him Is to love love love him Just to see him smile Makes my life worthwhile To know know know him Is to love love love him And I do Ill be good to him Ill bring love to him Everyone says therell come a day When Ill walk alongside of him Yes just to know him Is to love love love him And I do Why cant he see How blind can he be Someday he will see That he was meant for me
As I sit here tonight the jukebox playing A tune about the wild side of life As I listen to the words you are saying It brings memries when I was a trusting wife It wasnt God who made honky tonk angels As you said in the words of your song1993 Too many times married men think theyre still single That has caused many a good girl to go wrong Its a shame that all the blame is on us women Its not true that only you men feel the same From the start most every heart thats ever broken Was because there always was a man to blame
Well I met a boy from Grassy Branch Fine as he can be I met him at the big barn dance And he took a shine to me Sky-blue eyes, a big wide smile And tall as a sycamore tree Hes real smart with a real big heart And hes gonna marry me Hes gonna marry me And were gonna go to town2001 Were gonna buy some real good car And were gonna drive around Well hold hands an touch n hug He talks so sweet to me Cause he knows a lot about love and stuff And hes gonna marry me
His momma dont like me one little bitBut you know I dont careLet her pitch her hissy-fitCause I aint amarryin herHes always been a mommas boyIts just plain jealousyShes as mad as an old wet henCause hes gonna marry meOh, an hes gonna marry meAn hes gonna buy me a ringWere gonna be so freeCut mommas apron stringsHes gonna build me a pretty little houseHave a pretty little bed-for-threeCause he done kiss me on the mouthAn hes gonna marry me
Now we dont know what heaven looks likeBut weve seen enough hell right here and right nowBut when the road is the roughestAnd the problems are the toughestOr when the times are the hardestAnd that ol sky turns the darkestYou gotta keep the faith cause I believe theres a better dayAnd those ol blues, why theyre gonna just roll right on awayI know they are, listen to me...All thats blue aint sky and seaSome of that blues bound to get on meBut the blues dont come to stayTheyll move away on a better dayTroubles and woes and miseryAint gonna get the best of meLift the shades, fix my gazeOn a better day clear away
Better days just up aheadWhen sorrow aint sleepin in my bedWhen people aint messin with my headTheres a better way, theres a brighter dayOh, theres a better day with clearer skiesHope and promise on the riseOh, the future, well, its lookin bright, on a better dayLook away, look awayTheres a better dayOh better day just up aheadWhen sorrow aint sleepin in my bedAnd people aint messin with my headTheres a better day, theres a better dayOh, all thats blue, it aint sky and seaSome of that blues gonna fall on meOh, the futures lookin brightTheres a better day, look away, look away
Dolly Parton,from the mountains of Eastern Tennessee.The Queen of Country Music
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