Born Dolly Rebecca Parton on Jan 19 1946 ( age 65)
In Sevierville, Tennessee, USA
To Robert Lee Parton ( b. March 22, 1921) ( d. Nov 12 2000) and Avie Lee Parton ( Nee Owens; b. Oct 5, 1923 ) ( d. Dec 5, 2003)
Dolly is one of 12 children
Her Brother and Sisters are:
Willadeene Parton ( b. March 24, 1940)
David Wilburn Parton ( b. March 30, 1942)
Coy Denver Parton ( b. August 16, 1943) He named his 1st born daughter....Dolly Christina Parton
Robert Lee Parton Jr "Bobby" ( b. Feb 18, 1948 )
Stella Mae Parton ( b. May 4, 1949 )
Cassie Nan Parton ( b. Feb 12, 1951 )
Randel Huston Parton " Randy" ( b. Dec 15, 1953 )
Larry Gerald Parton ( b. July 6, 1955 ) ( d. July 6, 1955)
Floyd Parton and freida Parton ( Twins ) ( b. June 1, 1957)
Rachel Ann Parton ( b. August 31, 1959 )
Dolly started performing as a child, singing on the radio and local television programs in East Tennessee.
At the age of 9, she was appearing on the Caz Walker Show on WIVK Radio and WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.
When she was 13, she was recording for Goldband Records, she appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. She met Johnny Cash there, who encouraged her "to go where her heart took her, and not to care what others thought."
The day after she graduated High School in 64'. Dolly moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Carl Thomas Dean
They met the day after she moved to Nashville, Tennesee, they met at the Wishy-Washy Laundromat.
They married on May 30 1966 in Ringgold, Georgia.
When they met he said to her " Y'all gonna get sunburnt out there, little lady."
They partly brought up several of Dolly's younger siblings in their home in Nashville, most of her Nieces and Nephews call her "Aunt Granny". Dolly has no children of her own.
Dolly is also Miley Cyrus Godmother.
The couple celebrated their 45th Anniversary on May 30 2011. Dolly later said, " We're really proud of our marriage, its the first time for both of us. And the last."
Music Career from 67-75...
Dolly joined The Porter Wagoner Sow in 67'. Wagoner convinced RCA Victor to sign Dolly. Their first single together was " The Last Thing On My Mind" released in 67', reached the Country top 10 in Jan 68'. Starting a 6 year streak of nearly uninterupted top 10 single for them.
Dolly's 1st solo single for RCA was " Just Because I'm A Woman" was released summer 68' reached No 17.
The duet was named " Vocal Group Of The Year" in 68'.
Dolly's solo effort was ignored which was " The Good Old Days".
Porter was Dolly's co-producer in 69' and owned nearly half of Owepar, the publishing Company that Dolly had founded with her Uncle Bill Owens.
In the 70's Porter, had Dolly record " Mule Skinner Blues" got to No 3 in the charts.
Feb 71' seen Dolly first No 1 single " Joshua". the next 2 yrs Dolly had alot of solo hits, including " Coat Of Many Colors" No 4 in 71'. Dolly released " Jolene" in 73' which was a blockbuster. It topped the singles chart in Feb 74', it eventually got into the UK's chart, reaching No 7 in 76', Dolly's 1st UK hit.
Dolly & Porter had their last duet concert April 74'.
In 74' Dolly's song " I Will Always Love You" written about the break from Porter went to No 1 in the Country Music Charts.
76-86'- Stepping out into Pop...
1974-1980, Dolly consistently got into the Country Top 10. Having no fewer than, eight singles reaching No 1.
Dolly had her own television show "Dolly" (76-77).
Her 76' album "All I Can Do", co-produced by Dolly with Porter.Dolly started taking an active role in production. She started her music going into a more mainstream, pop direction. She self produced " New Harvest-First Gathering," in 77' the album contained pop and R&B greats "My Girl " and "Higher and Higher". However the album didn't recieve the crossover success Dolly had hoped, although it topped the Country Album Chart, but it stayed at No 71 on the Pop album chart. The albums single "Light Of a Clear Blue Morning" reached No 87 on the "Hot 100".
Dolly turned to Gary Klein to do her next album, 1977's " Here You Come Again". It became her 1st million-seller. topping the Country albums chart and reaching No 20 on the Pop albums chart. The title track written by Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil topped the Country singles chart, and became Dolly's 1st top-ten single reaching No3 on the Pop chart. Dolly's 2nd single "Two Doors Down" / " Its All Wrong But Its Alright, " topped the Country singles chart and crossed over to Pop top 20.
1978 Dolly won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for " Here You Come Again" album. Dolly continued to have hits with "Heartbreaker" (78), "Baby I'm Burning" and " You're The Only One" (79) all of them topped the Top 40 Pop singles chart, and also topped the Country singles chart. " Sweet Summer Lovin" in 1979 became Dolly's 1st single in 2 years not to get to the top of the Country single chart.
Dolly's success continued to grow during the 80's, with 3 number 1 hits on a row "Starting Over Again", " Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You", and "9 to 5", which topped the Pop and Country charts in 81.
Dolly starred in the film Nine to Five(80's) she starred alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Dolly wrote the song " 9 to 5 " for the film. It reached No 1 on the Country chart, then again in Feb 81, it reached No 1 on the Pop chart and the adult-contemporary charts, giving Dolly a triple No 1 hit.
Dolly's singles appeared consistently in the Country Top 10 between 81' and 85', Dolly had 12 Top 10 hits, half of those being No1 singles. She re-recorded " I Will Always Love You " for the film " The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982) getting into to the Top 50 that year. Her duet with Kenny Rogers " Island in the Stream " got to No 1, spending 2 wks there in 1983. Other chart hits during this period included Dolly's 1969 hit " But You Know I Love " and " The House of the Rising Sun " ( both 1981) "Single Woman " , " Heartbreak Express " and " Hard Candy Christmas " (1982) and " Potential New Boyfriend " ( 1983).
Dolly continued new business and entertainment ventures.......Dollywood theme park, which opened in 86' in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
In the mid 80's Dolly's record sales were kind of strong with " Save the Last Dance for Me ", " Downtown ", " Tennessee Homesick Blues " (1984) "Real Love " ( with Kenny Rogers) " Don't Call it Love " (1985) " Think About Love " (1986) all getting into the Country singles Top 10. " Tennessee Homesick Blues " and " Think About Love " reached No1. " Real Love " reached No1 on the Country singles chart and became a modest pop-crossover. RCA Records didn't renew Dolly's contract, she signed with Columbia Records in 1987.
1987-1994 Back to Country Roots
Dolly released " Trio " along with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt in 1987. It spent 5wks at No1 on the Billboard Country albums chart, and selling several million copies, and producing for the Top 10 Country hits " To Know Him is to Love Him ", which went to No1. Trio won the Grammy Award for Best Country Preformance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
In 1987, Dolly did her telelvision show " Dolly ".
" Rainbow " (1987) was disappointing, Dolly focused on doing country material, " White Limozeen " (1989) and produced two No1 hits with " Why'd You Come in Here Looking Like That " and " Yellow Roses ".
" Rockin Years " with Ricky Van Shelton in 1991, reached No1. Dolly's greatest fortune of the decade was when Whitney Houston recorded " I Will Always Love You " for the movie " The Bodyguard " (1992).
Dolly recorded "The Day I Fell in Love " a duet with James Ingram for the film " Beethoven's 2nd (1993).
Dolly recorded " Honky Tonk Angels " (1994) with tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn.
Dolly re-recorded " I Will Always Love You " with Vince Gill on her " Somthing Special " album in 1995. They won the Country Music Association's Vocal Event of the Year Award.
In 1999 she got together with Harris and Ronstat again to do " Trio II " and the song " Afetr the Gold Rush " won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Dolly was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dolly recorded some critically acclaimed bluegrass albums. Starting off with " The Grass is Blue " (1999), Dolly won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, "Little Sparrow " (2001) with " Shine " winning a Grammy Award for Best female Country Vocal Performance. Then " Halo's & Horns " (2002) which included Led Zeppelin's " Stairway to Heaven ".
Dolly released " Those Were the Days" (2005) with folk-rock hits from the late 60's through to the 70's. The album had John Lennon's " Imagine ", Tommy Jone's " Crimson and Clover ", Cat Stevens " Where Do the Children Play " and Pete Seeger's " Where Have All The Flowers Gone ".
Dolly got a 2nd Academy nomination for Best Original Song with " Travelin' Thru' " which she wrote for the film " Transamerican " in 2005. Dolly also got a No1 on the Country charts later in 2005, by lending her harmonies to Brad Paisley's " When I Get Where I'm Goin' ".
She released a 4-CD box set in Oct 27, 2009, called " Dolly ", with 99 songs and covered most of her career.
She said in 2010 that she would like to record a Country-dance album in Nov, and it should be released in 2011. Dolly announced on Jan 6, 2011 that her new album would be called " Better Day ". Dolly announced in Feb 2011, she would be doing a " Better Day World Tour " on July 17, 2011, going to Northern Europe and the USA. The albums single " Together You and I " was released on May 26, 2011, and "Better Day " released on June 28, 2011, later in Europe.
Dolly also did the voice for Dolly Gnome in the animated Film " Gnomeo & Juliet ".
Dolly's Film Acting Performances:
1980 Nine to Five Role: Doralee Rhodes
1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Role: Mona Stangley
1984 Rhinestone Role: Jake
1989 Steel Magnolias Role: Truvy Jones
1992 Straight Talk Role: Shirlee Kenyon
1993 Beverly Hillbillies Role: Herself
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I Role: Edith McKlusky
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Role: Herself
2011 Gnomeo and Julliet Role: Dolly Gnome (Voice)
2011 The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom Role:Herself (Voice)
2012 Joyful Noise Role: G.G Sparrow
Dolly's Television Acting Performances:
1979 Dolly and Carol in Nashville Role: Trudy/Herself
1981 Lily: Sold Out Role: Herself
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas Role: Lorna Davis
1991 Wild Texas Wind Role: Thiola "Big T" Rayfield
1994 Heaven to Betsy Role: Betsy Baxter (unaired)
1994 Mindin' My Own Business Role: Catering Business Owner (unaired)
1996 Unlikely Angel Role: Ruby Diamond
1996 The Magic School Bus Role: Katrina Eloise "Murph" Murphy
1999 Blue Valley Songbird Role: Leanna Taylor
2005 Reba Role: Dolly Majors
2006, 07, 10 Hannah Montana Role: Aunt Dolly
Dolly's Television Appearances as Singer:
1967-74 Porter Wagoner Show
1978 Cher- Special
1981 The Lily Tomlin Special
1987 Alvin and the Chipmunks
1988 Bob Hope's Christmas Special
1990 Designing Woman
1995 Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story
1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge
1997 Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story
1999 The Simpsons
1999 Jackie's Back
2009 19 Kids and Countin'
1967 Hello, I'm Dolly
1968 Just Because I'm A Woman
1969 In The Good Old Days ( When Times Were Bad )
1969 My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
1970 The Fairest of Them All
1971 The Golden Streets of Glory
1971 Coat of Many Colors
1972 Touch Your Woman
1972 My Favorite Songwriter: Port Wagoner
1973 My Tennessee Mountain Home
1973 Bubbling Over
1974 Love is Like a Butterfly
1975 The Bargain Store
1975 Dolly: The Seeker/We Used To
1976 All I Can Do
1977 New Harvest...First Gathering
1977 Here You Come Again
1979 Great Balls of Fire
1980 Dolly, Dolly, Dolly
1980 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs
1982 Heartbreak Express
1983 Burlap & Satin
1984 The Great Pretender
1985 Real Love
1989 White Limozeen
1991 Eagle When She Flies
1993 Slow Dancing With the Moon
1996 Something Special
1998 Hungry Again
1999 The Grass is Blue
2001 Little Sparrow
2002 Halo's & Horns
2003 For God and Country
2005 Those Were the Days
2008 Backwoods Barbie
2011 Better Day
Concerts and Tours
Dolly toured a lot from the late 60's to the early 90's. In the 60's and 70's Dolly toured with other Country artists including Porter Wagoner, Linda Ronstadt and George Jones. Dolly toured as a headline act in 77' and 78' to promote her albums "Here You Come Again and Heartbreaker. From 85' to 95' Dolly toured alongside Kenny Rogers on the "Real Love Tour". She continued touring in 86' on the "Thinking About Love Tour". And 89' for the "White Limozeen Tour". Dolly's only tour in the 90' was the "Eagle When She Flies Tour", which was preformed in 91' 92'. And in 08' she did a tour promoting " Backwoods Barbie".
Early 90' to 2001 her concert appearances were mostly limited to one weekend a year at Dollywood to benefit the Dollywood Foundation. They usually followed a theme, they also included holiday shows during the Christmas season.
Halos and Horns Tour
After a decade absence from touring, Dolly returned in 2002, with the Halos and Horns Tour. It sold out on all its us and European dates.
Hello, I'm Dolly Tour
Dolly returned in 2004 with a 36 city U.S. and Canadian tour, with nearly 140,00 tickets sold.
The Vintage Tour
In 2005 Dolly completed a 40 city tour with The Vintage Tour. Promoting "Those Were The Days".
An Evening With Dolly
Dolly had 17 city and 21 dates through out the U.S. and Canada, running from March 6th to April 3rd 2007. This was also he first world tour and her 1st in the U.K. since 2002. The tour sold out in every European city.
Backwoods Barbie Tour
In 2008 Dolly went on her "Backwoods Barbie Tour". It was set to begin in the U.S., but due to back problems she put off all U.S. dates. It started March 28th 2008 with 13 U.S. dates and 17 European shows. She returned to the U.S. on August 1st 2008 with a concert at Humphrey's By The Bay in San Diego, California. Dolly preformed the tour on August 3rd 2008 at the Greek Theatre, in LA to a sold out crowd. From August 1- November 1 she had 16 dates on both East and West coast of the U.S.
Better Days Tour
She is still in the middle of this tour............
Dolly is an successful songwriter, having started by writing country music, based on folk music. based on her upbringing in the mountains and reflecting on her families Christian background. Her song " Coat of Many Colours" was written about something that happened to herself when she was young. As a songwriter she is also a very gifted storyteller, many of her songs were based on people and events from her past. In 2001 she was inducted into the Songwritters Hall of Fame. In 2009 Dolly indicated that she had written at least 3000 songs. Since started writing by the age of 7, Dolly says she writes every day, be it a song or an idea.
Dolly's songs have featured in several films.
Including the title song for 9 to 5 (1980) also recorded a 2nd version of " I will Always Love You" for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).
" I Will Always Love You" was sung by countless people, Linda Ronstadt (1975), Kenny Rogers (1996), LeAnn Rimes (1997), and Whitney Houston on the Bodyguard (1992).