Dolly Parton facts: Her age, biggest songs, husband and movies
And while Tammy had all her operations because she was ill, Dolly had them Avie Lee's family were musical, and as a child Dolly started writing . There have been countless rumours about their marriage, and Parton seems to love nor confirming stories about affairs with country star Porter Wagoner. Dolly Parton is a year-old American country singer. She said in her interviews that her family was very poor. Dolly, Cher Special, Hee Haw, The Porter Wagoner Show, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Bachelorette, etc. With her album All I Can Do, which she co-produced with Porter Wagoner, Parton began taking more of an active role in production, and began specifically .
The Church Was Her Stage As her family was religiously devout and lived in a predominantly Pentecostal area, while her grandfather pastored the church they attended, the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. Music played a vital role in her early life and by the age of six Dolly was already performing in front of the congregation. At seven she began playing with a homemade guitar. At age eight she was gifted her very first real guitar by her uncle. The talented Parton soon began performing as a child, leading to appearances on local radio and television programs in the East Tennessee area.
Despite her prodigious talent and dreams of being a singer, she initially found success as a songwriter working alongside her uncle, Bill Owens.
The duo wrote two top hits: Parton had, in fact, contributed the harmony to the song despite being uncredited. And thus, a true Country Music star was born! Audiences originally gave Parton a frosty reception due to many being unhappy that Norma Jean, the performer Parton replaced, having left the show. The song reached the country top 10 in January and in turn began a six-year streak of uninterrupted top singles for the duo. The record reached number three. For the next couple of years, Parton achieved numerous solo hits.
Tough Love Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner continued to record songs together, as the singer enjoyed increasing success as a solo singer.
The song topped the country chart in February where it also reached the lower end of the Hot The song also charted in the UK, peaking at number seven in Back To Pop In the late 70s, after she consistently found her dominating the country charts, with eight singles reaching number one, the singer attempted embarking on a high-profile crossover campaign, aiming her music in a more mainstream direction in order to increase her visibility outside of the confines of country music.
InParton began working with Sandy Gallin, who served as her personal manager for the next 25 years. The October issue later included an extensive and candid interview with the singer. Bullied At A Young Age It might come as a shock but the eternally cheerful Dolly Parton admitted she was targetted at school by bullies as students became jealous of her appearances on local television.
On one occasion they locked her in a closet. Not Riding High Surprising as it may sound, Dolly Parton has never ridden any of the rides at her famous Dollywood theme park. The reason being she suffers from motion sickness. She has stated that she used to get sick on the school bus and as a child, her father had advised her not to become a sailor or pilot. Fortunately for her and for her fansshe never had to consider other professions. A Talented Actress Dolly Parton has dabbled in acting throughout her career.
After first appearing on The Porter Wagoner Show in the s and s, she had a few television roles, including two stints a variety show host, both of which lasted a solitary season.
She played a secretary in a leading role with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the comedy film 9 to 5 She has earned acting nominations at the for Best Actress at the Golden Globe awards on two occasions.
She said in an interview that while she was growing up she saw a lady of the night who had yellow hair piled on top of her head, bright red lipstick, rouge powder, and high heels.
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She decided this was the look she wanted for the film. Time For Love Parton was fortunate in that she found love before her career really took off. Dean is retired and used to run an asphalt road-paving business. Dean it seems shuns publicity and rarely joins his wife to events. Parton has said that he has seen her perform just once. The couple do not have any children of their own, although Parton is the godmother of a well-known singer as we will soon find out.
With Cyrus causing controversy with her behavior throughout andParton was quick to defend her godchild. The girl can sing. The girl is smart. But I will respect her choices. Inwhen asked about cosmetic surgery on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Parton said it was crucial in maintaining her image.
She ended up losing to the other competitors. Just Friends As her husband shunned the spotlight and rarely accompanied his wife, rumors spread that Parton swung the other way, particularly due to her close relationship with her childhood friend since third grade, Judy Ogle, whom she was photographed holding hands with. She, of course, said as much as she loves Ogle, there is nothing remotely romantic about their relationship. Building Bridges Although it could be said, Parton and Wagoner fell out in their younger days, the two never held any ill feelings toward each other.
Quite the contrary in fact, as when Wagoner was battling with lung cancer, it was Parton who rushed to his bedside when he passed away aged She said as difficult as it was she held his hand and prayed for him as his soul had already left to be with God.
However, this was far from the truth as the pair often spoke of their mutual love and admiration of one another. Houston personally asked Parton to let her cover the song, with Parton responding she was honored she covered it. Parton founded the Dollywood Foundation in in order to help those less fortunate.
Since its founding, it has offered scholarships to local high school students, established the Imagination Library which distributes free books to children monthly until age 5, and also created the My People Fund for victims of the Tennessee wildfires. It also supports other non-profits.
She has said Dollywood is a place for everyone and went so far as to say passing judgment was a sin. She once tried to take her own life in the s.
Sixty-four dates were planned in the US and Canada.
She is considered the wealthiest country-music star. For years rumors floated about Parton being covered in tattoos over the places she covered up. As it turns out she has indeed been inked. Indeed these are wigs which have allowed her to create her iconic look, and the reason for it was because early on she found that her natural hair could not be shaped into the styles she desired.
As such she began experimenting with wigs, which she stuck with. She has said she never leaves the house without her wig. Dolly The Sheep One of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history was the first successful cloned mammal.
But the story gets better — apparently, this occurred on Halloween and the contestants were a group of men. The reason for her loss? Apparently, she over exaggerated her look so much that she barely resembled herself. We wonder if anyone ever realized it was really her.
Recreating Fond Memories One of the things Dolly did once she hit the big time was to repurchase her Locust Ridge family home in the s.
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The home looks exactly the same as it did when she was a child, with some minor fixes such as reliable plumbing and electricity. Rejecting Elvis Very few, if any, musicians can say they turned down Elvis covering their song, but Dolly Parton did just that.
The decision proved to be wise as the song has made Parton millions of dollars in royalties over the years. Her sisters, Stella, Freida, and Rachel as well as her brother Randy, have also gone onto have musical careers. Some focused their talents in gospel music and singing in bands, while others preferred country and rock music. The song was inspired by a red-headed bank teller who flirted with her husband, Carl Dean, at their local bank branch when the two were newly married. Her Very Own Record Label The most successful musicians usually end up forming their own label, and this is exactly what Parton did.
In her younger days, she ensured she owned the copyrights and publishing rights to all her songs, and this business acumen allowed her to later establish her own record label Dolly Records. While most singers place their microphone packs to their waists, Dolly Parton is able to accentuate her waistline during performances by utilizing a specially designed compartment in her wig for the device. And so, we just try to live our lives.
She narrated, executive produced and also appeared in the film. Parton known as "Lee" worked in the mountains of east Tennessee, first as a sharecropperand later tending his own small farm and acreage.
He also worked temporary side jobs to make ends meet. Her eleven pregnancies the tenth pregnancy being twins in twenty years made her a mother of twelve at thirty five years of age. Often in poor health, she still managed to keep house and entertain her children with songs and tales of mountain folklore. Parton has long credited her father for her business savvy, and her mother's family for her musical abilities.
Most of Parton's cherished memories of youth happened while living there, and it was also the place for which she was inspired to write the song, " My Tennessee Mountain Home " in the s. Parton would buy back the Locust Ridge property in the s.
They lived in a rustic, one-room cabin in Locust Ridge,  just north of the Greenbrier Valley of the Great Smoky Mountainsa predominantly Pentecostal area.
Music played an important role in her early life. Her earliest public performances were in the church, beginning at age six. At seven, she started playing a homemade guitar.
When she was eight years old, her uncle bought her first real guitar. At 13, she was recording the single "Puppy Love" on a small Louisiana label, Goldband Records and appeared at the Grand Ole Oprywhere she first met Johnny Cashwho encouraged her to follow her own instincts regarding her career.
Her songs were recorded by many other artists during this period, including Kitty Wells and Hank Williams Jr. She released a string of singles, but the only one that charted, "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby", did not crack the Billboard Hot Although she expressed a desire to record country material, Monument resisted, thinking her unique voice with its strong vibrato was not suited to the genre.
After her composition, "Put It Off Until Tomorrow", as recorded by Bill Phillips and with Parton, uncredited, on harmonywent to number six on the country chart inthe label relented and allowed her to record country. Her first country single, "Dumb Blonde" composed by Curly Putmanone of the few songs during this era that she recorded but did not writereached number 24 on the country chart infollowed by "Something Fishy", which went to number The two songs appeared on her first full-length album, Hello, I'm Dolly.
Country music success[ edit ] Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton in Inmusician and country music entertainer Porter Wagoner invited Parton to join his organization, offering her a regular spot on his weekly syndicated television program The Porter Wagoner Show, and in his road show. As documented in her autobiography,  initially, much of Wagoner's audience was unhappy that Norma Jeanthe performer whom Parton had replaced, had left the show, and was reluctant to accept Parton sometimes chanting loudly for Norma Jean from the audience.
Wagoner convinced his label, RCA Victorto sign her. RCA decided to protect their investment by releasing her first single as a duet with Wagoner. That song, a remake of Tom Paxton 's " The Last Thing on My Mind ", released in latereached the country top 10 in Januarylaunching a six-year streak of virtually uninterrupted top singles for the pair.
Parton's first solo single for RCA Victor, " Just Because I'm a Woman ", was released in the summer of and was a moderate chart hit, reaching number For the remainder of the decade, none of her solo effort — even " In the Good Old Days When Times Were Bad ", which later became a standard — was as successful as her duets with Wagoner.
The duo was named Vocal Group of the Year in by the Country Music Associationbut Parton's solo records were continually ignored. Wagoner had a significant financial stake in her future; as ofhe was her co-producer and owned nearly half of Owe-Par,  the publishing company Parton had founded with Bill Owens.
Byboth Parton and Wagoner had grown frustrated by her lack of solo chart success. The record shot to number three, followed closely, in Februaryby her first number-one single, "Joshua".
For the next two years, she had numerous solo hits — including her signature song " Coat of Many Colors " number four, — in addition to her duets.
Released in lateit topped the country chart in February and reached the lower regions of the Hot It eventually also charted in the U. Parton, who had always envisioned a solo career, made the decision to leave Wagoner's organization; the pair performed their last duet concert in Apriland she stopped appearing on his TV show in mid, although they remained affiliated. He helped produce her records through Around the same time, Elvis Presley indicated that he wanted to record the song.
Parton was interested until Presley's wily manager, Colonel Tom Parkertold her that it was standard procedure for the songwriter to sign over half of the publishing rights to any song recorded by Presley. That decision has been credited with helping to make her many millions of dollars in royalties from the song over the years. She again topped the singles chart in with " The Bargain Store ".
Pop transition[ edit ] Parton in From toshe consistently charted in the country Top 10with eight singles reaching number one. Parton had her own syndicated television variety show, Dolly! Her siblings Randy and Stella both received recording contracts of their own. Inshe began working closely with Sandy Gallinwho served as her personal manager for the next 25 years. With her album All I Can Dowhich she co-produced with Porter Wagoner, Parton began taking more of an active role in production, and began specifically aiming her music in a more mainstream, pop direction.
Her first entirely self-produced effort, New Harvest After New Harvest's disappointing chart performance, Parton turned to high-profile pop producer Gary Klein for her next album. The result, 's Here You Come Againbecame her first million-seller, topping the country album chart and reaching number 20 on the pop chart. The Barry Mann - Cynthia Weil -penned title track topped the country singles chart, and became Parton's first top-ten single on the pop chart 3.
For the remainder of the s and into the early s, many of her subsequent singles moved up on both charts simultaneously. Her albums during this period were developed specifically for pop- crossover success. She continued to have hits with " Heartbreaker ", " Baby I'm Burning " and " You're the Only One ," all of which charted in the pop Top 40 and topped the country chart. During this period, her visibility continued to increase, with multiple television appearances. Her commercial success grew inwith three consecutive country chart number-one hits: Parton became one of the few female country singers to have a number-one single on the country and pop charts simultaneously.
Her singles continued to appear consistently in the country Top Between andshe had 12 Top hits; half of them hit number one. She continued to make inroads on the pop chart as well.
However, RCA Records did not renew her contract after it expired inand she signed with Columbia Records in Country and bluegrass period[ edit ] Along with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadtshe released Trio to critical acclaim. The album revitalized Parton's music career, spending five weeks at number one on Billboard's Country Albums chart, and also reached the top 10 on Billboard's Top Albums chart.
After a further attempt at pop success with Rainbowincluding the single " The River Unbroken ", Parton focused on recording country material. Although Parton's career appeared to be revived, it was actually just a brief revival before contemporary country music came in the early s and moved most veteran artists off the charts.
Both the single and the album were massively successful. Parton's soundtrack album from the film, Straight Talkhowever, was less successful. But her album Slow Dancing with the Moon won critical acclaim and did well on the charts, reaching number four on the country albums chart, and number 16 on the Billboard album chart.