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Dolly Parton

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Biography

Parton accepting an Applause award for Dollywood, November 2010

Source: Wikipedia

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the Cas Walker radio show, then recording a few singles from the age of 13. Relocating to Nashville at age 18 in 1964, her first commercial successes were as a songwriter (her songs during this period were covered by numerous artists, including Bill Phillips and Kitty Wells). She rose to prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singer Porter Wagoner's weekly syndicated TV program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind", was a top-ten hit on the country singles chart and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream pop music, her 1977 single "Here You Come Again" was a success on both the country and pop charts. A string of pop-country hits followed into the mid-1980s, the most successful being her 1980 hit "9 to 5" (from the film of the same name) and her 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers "Islands in the Stream", both of which topped the U.S. pop and country singles charts. A pair of albums recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were among her later successes. In the late 1990s, she returned to classic country/bluegrass with a series of acclaimed recordings. Non-musical ventures include Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and her efforts on behalf of childhood literacy, particularly her Imagination Library, as well as Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Dolly Rebecca Parton
  • Born: January 19, 1946 (age 69) Sevier County, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Genres: Country, country pop, pop, bluegrass, gospel
  • Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter, producer, actress, author, musician, business executive
  • Instruments: Vocals, guitar, dulcimer, penny whistle, piano, drums, fiddle, autoharp, saxophone, gospel organ, mandolin, banjo
  • Years active: 1964–present
  • Labels: Goldband, Mercury, Monument, RCA, Warner Bros., Columbia, Rising Tide, Decca, Sugar Hill, Dolly
  • Associated acts: Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, Porter Wagoner
  • Website: www.dollyparton.com

Read more about Dolly Parton at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Floyd Parton, Dolly Parton's Brother and Songwriter, Dies at 61
Billboard, 2018-12-11 15:29:04
Country songwriter Floyd Estel Parton -- younger brother of icon Dolly Parton -- has died at age 61. Parton's death was confirmed by an obituary...

Dolly Parton's younger songwriter brother Floyd dead at 61
USA Today Music, 2018-12-11 02:53:18
Dolly Parton's songwriter younger brother Floyd Parton died this week.         

Jennifer Aniston, Ted Sarandos 'Dumplin'' film premiere, Los Angeles, USA - 06 Dec 2018
Variety, 2018-12-07 18:03:11
It’s not easy to upstage Jennifer Aniston. But everyone at Thursday night’s premiere of her new Netflix flick, “Dumplin’,” seemed to be singing the praises of Dolly Parton, who earlier in the day received a Golden Globe nomination for “Girl in the Movies,” one of half a dozen new songs ...

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