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Ricky Ross Meets Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton shares the stories and influences behind some of her most-loved songs, plus her collaborations with Fred Foster, Porter Wagoner, Kenny Rogers and Linda Ronstadt.

An extended interview with The First Lady of Country Music, Dolly Parton, exploring her song-writing and the stories behind some of her most-loved songs.

Dolly Parton is the first ever successful female singer-songwriter, writing over 3,000 songs. In this unique conversation about her writing process she describes her early days at Monument Records under the guidance of Fred Foster, turning down several requests to meet with Elvis and refusing his demand for a publishing credit on one of her biggest hits. She talks about her relationship with collaborators Porter Wagoner and Kenny Rogers, being mad at Linda Ronstadt for missing out a key lyric in one of her songs and the clause she gave Whitney Houston for the use of I Will Always Love You in The Bodyguard soundtrack. Dolly shares the stories behind her songs and the real events centred around her humble up-bringing. Plus she describes the opportunity to bring her songs to the stage for 9 To 5 The Musical and revisit the themes of the original movie in the #MeToo movement.

57 minutes

Last on

Sat 9 Nov 2019 02:00

Music Played

  • Dolly Parton

    9 to 5

  • Dolly Parton

    Down On Music Row

  • Skeeter Davis

    Fuel To The Flame

  • Bill Phillips & Dolly Parton

    Put It Off Until Tomorrow

  • Dolly Parton


  • Dolly Parton

    Dumb Blonde

  • Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner

    Run That By Me One More Time (Live)

  • Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner

    I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby

  • Dolly Parton

    Just Because I'm a Woman

  • Sam Bacco, Dolly Parton, Romantic Roy Buskey, Mark Casstevens, Michael Davis, Glen Duncan, Paul Franklin, Steve Gibson, Alisa Jones, Jimmy Mattingly, Joey Miskulin, Gary W. Smith, Steve Turner, Paul Uhrig, Bruce Watkins & Kent Wells

    Eagle When She Flies

  • Dolly Parton

    Coat Of Many Colors

    • Dolly Parton: The Ultimate Collection.
    • BMG/RCA.
  • Dolly Parton


  • Dolly Parton


  • Elvis Presley

    Return To Sender

    • Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • Dolly Parton

    I Will Always Love You (1974 Version)

  • Linda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, Ed Black, Michael Botts, Jim Connor, Dan Dugmore, Kenny Edwards, Lowell George, Andrew Gold, David Grisman, Glen D. Hardin, Dennis Karmazyn, David Kemper, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, David Lindley, Clarence McDonald, Nigel Olsson, J.D. Souther & James Taylor

    I Will Always Love You

  • Whitney Houston

    I Will Always Love You

  • Dolly Parton

    The Seeker

  • Dolly Parton

    Cash On The Barrelhead

  • Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

    You Can't Make Old Friends