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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

In the news

Why Dolly Parton has helped put millions of books in the hands of children
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2019-03-23 15:46:14
Parton is the driving force behind a charity that distributes books, completely free of charge, to children around the nation

Dolly Parton Helps Raise $200K for Tennessee Fire Victims
Billboard, 2019-03-21 22:19:59
Dolly Parton is giving back to her community after wildfires ravaged her home state of Tennessee. In 2016, the greater Gatlinburg area suffered the...

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Variety, 2019-03-14 22:03:03
Outgoing Sony/ATV chairman Martin Bandier is certainly not phoning it in during his last month on the job — earlier this month he signed a deal that brings Dolly Parton’s entire catalog to the company, and today he sent a letter to the company’s songwriters slamming the decision by Spotify, ...

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