Dolly Parton

Born 19 January 1946.
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Dolly Parton on the Pyramid stage

Highlights of Dolly Parton's set on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2014

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Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the radio, then recording a few singles from the age of 13. 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 1981 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.

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  • Founded Blue Eye Records and Dolly Records

Personal Relationships

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Better Day

    Better Day 2011

    Reviewed by Andrew Mueller
    Parton’s 41st studio LP sparkles with the enthusiasm of a debut.
  2. Review of Live From London

    Live From London 2010

    Reviewed by Nick Barraclough
    It’s all beautifully rehearsed and obviously so, yet she is irresistible.
  3. Review of Backwoods Barbie

    Backwoods Barbie 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The only regret is that you know she's talented enough to rise above such ordinary fare.
  4. Review of The Very Best Of

    The Very Best Of 2007

    Reviewed by Guy Hayden
    She was and is one of the finest singers and songwriters of the modern era.
  5. Review of Halos And Horns

    Halos And Horns 2006

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh takes delicious audacity to set your sights on Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To...
  6. Review of Those Were The Days

    Those Were The Days 2006

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh
    The fourth in her series of bluegrass-inspired albums sees Dolly going all flower...
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