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Who is Dolly Parton, the queen of country

Dolly Parton: the biography, career and curiosities about the queen of American country music.

Dolly Parton was the first major American country star to also achieve success in pop music. An icon of the made in USA show capable of her, with her blond curls , of conquering the world and becoming a symbol and an inspiration for many singers after her. Let’s find out her curiosities about her career and her private life.

Who is Dolly Parton: biography

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in Sevierville, Tennesse on January 19, 1946 under the sign of Capricorn . She grew up in a family very close to gospel and spiritual music, she made her debut in 1965 with Monument Records.

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

At first the label tries to make her famous as a bubblegum pop singer . However, her success is slow to arrive and so Monument decides to direct her towards the country road . Her first big hit was Dumb Blonde , and she reached number 22 in the American charts in 1967. It was the single that opened the door to her first album, Hello, I’m Dolly .

Thanks also to her participation in some television shows, her fame grew dramatically and in 1968 Parton was signed by another label, RCA . During this period, some of her most important hits were released, including the album Coat of Many Colors , one of the best albums of all time according to Rolling Stone .

He reached number one in the American singles chart with Jolene , and between the 1960s and 1970s he became a true superstar . One of the most famous songs from this period is the romantic ballad I Will Always Love You , later successfully covered by Whitney Houston . Thanks to these great successes, Parton also manages to establish itself on television with a show of her all about her, Dolly! in the second half of the seventies.

Precisely in this period she turned towards pop , becoming the first superstar to blend country sounds and more commercial melodies (in the following years artists of the caliber of Shania Twain and Miley Cyrus will do the same). Hers The most important album of this phase of her career and Here You Come Again in 1977. Below is his Hers Heartbreaker Hers:

Throughout the 1980s he remained on the crest of the wave as a country pop and adult oriented pop artist, ringing in successful singles . Only at the end of the decade and in the 90s did she return to pure country, always with good results.

What is Dolly Parton doing today ? She continues in her career, between albums that take up the classics of the past and some new work every now and then. She also founded her own label , Dolly Records.

Dolly Parton: the studio discography

Hello, I’m Dolly (1967)

Just Because I’m a Woman (1968)

In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (1969)

My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy (1969)

The Fairest of Them All (1970)

The Golden Streets of Glory (1971)

Joshua  (1971)

Coat of Many Colors (1971)

Touch Your Woman (1972)

My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner (1972)

My Tennessee Mountain Home (1973)

Bubbling Over (1973)

Jolene (1974)

Love Is Like a Butterfly (1974)

The Bargain Store (1975)

Dolly: The Seeker – We Used To (1975)

All I Can Do (1976)

New Harvest… First Gathering (1977)

Here You Come Again (1977)

Heartbreaker (1978)

Great Balls of Fire (1979)

Dolly, Dolly, Dolly (1980)

9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (1980)

Heartbreak Express (1982)

Burlap & Satin (1983)

The Great Pretender (1984)

Once Upon a Christmas (con Kenny Rogers) (1984)

Real Love (1985)

Trio (con Emmylou Harris e Linda Ronstadt) (1987)

Rainbow (1987)

White Limozeen (1989)

Home for Christmas (1990)

Eagle When She Flies (1991)

Slow Dancing with the Moon (1993)

Honky Tonk Angels (con Loretta Lynn e Tammy Wynette) (1993)

Something Special (1995)

Treasures (1996)

Hungry Again (1998)

Trio II (con Emmylou Harris e Linda Ronstadt) (1999)

Precious Memories (1999)

The Grass Is Blue (1999)

Little Sparrow (2001)

Halos & Horns (2002)

For God and Country (2003)

Those Were the Days (2005)

Backwoods Barbie (2008)

Better Day (2011)

Blue Smoke (2014)

Pure & Simple (2016)

I Believe in You (2017)

A Holly Dolly Christmas (2020)

Run, Rose, Run (2022)

Dolly Parton’s Private Life: Wife and Children

Dolly was first married to Carl Thomas Dean on May 30, 1966. The two have remained together to this day, and Parton said in 2011, “We are really proud of our marriage. It was the first for both of us and it will be the last”. They never had children , but Dolly is godmother to another big country pop star, Miley Cyrus .

You know that…

– Dolly Parton is 1.52 meters tall.

– She is nicknamed the queen of country music, with 41 albums placed in the top ten of the American charts.

– She was the fourth of twelve children. Many of her brothers have also tried to make it in the music business.

– His was a very religious family of Pentecostal orientation.

– She posed for Playboy as a girl, and at 76 she chose to show off again in the same sexy attire on social media.

– Dolly is also famous for her philanthropy and her attention to the needs of the less fortunate.

– Won, among other things, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy .

– What is the Dolly Parton Challenge ? The latest social challenge launched by the queen of country. It consists of posting a collage on social media of the profile photos you use for your main accounts, those of Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and Tinder.

 

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