Is it just me, or does Dolly Parton, 75, appear to be in every single place right now? She has a Netflix holiday special. She appeared in a Super Bowl commercial. She contributed to the cost of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. On Sunday, March 14th, she received the Grammy Award for Contemporary Christian Music for her song “There Was Jesus.” In fact, I’m fairly certain that Dolly Parton wants to bring the country together and see to it that we all get over the difficulties of the coronavirus and the year we spent waiting for it to pass so we could resume our usual lives. And soon we will be able to, mostly because to Dolly’s efforts. Simply put, she is a national treasure. In addition to all of that, she is one of the most well-known figures in the history of country music.
She has reportedly sold 200 million records. She has created around 3,000 songs in all. She has 110 charted singles, 44 Top 10 country albums, 10 Grammy Awards on 50 nominations including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2020 Grammy for her collaboration on “God Only Knows” with King & Country. One of just seven women to get the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award, she has ten Country Music Association Awards. She has received four People’s Choice Awards, three American Music Awards, and five Academy of Country Music Awards. In essence, it is Dolly’s universe; the rest of us are only fortunate to be living at the same moment as her. She has accumulated an astounding net worth of $600 million as a result of all of her accomplishments. She’s gone a long way since her upbringing in abject poverty.
On January 19, 1946, Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. She was one of twelve children raised in an Appalachian hut by extremely impoverished parents. In the songs “Coat of Many Colors” and “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad),” Dolly spoke about how poor her family was. From a young age, Dolly’s life revolved on music. Many of Dolly’s early performances were in churches with her musically-inclined family because her grandfather was a Pentecostal “Holy Roller” minister. Her first aspiration was to perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
As a composer, Parton rose to fame in Nashville very rapidly. She signed with Combine Publishing and wrote a number of singles that hit the charts—including two top ten hits – Bill Phillips’s 1966 song “Put it off Until Tomorrow” and Skeeter Davis’s 1967 hit “Fuel to the Flame.” Many musicians, including Hank Williams Jr., recorded Dolly’s tunes. Parton received a record deal with Monument Records in late 1965, when she was just 19 years old. Put It Off Until Tomorrow, her debut record, peaked at number six on the country music chart in 1966. In 1967, her debut country song, “Dumb Blonde,” peaked at number 24 on the country music chart. Her second, “Something Fishy,” peaked at number 17. Dolly had started walking.
Parton’s singing career began to take off in 1967, particularly after she began performing and guesting on “The Porter Wagoner Show.” Together, Parton and Wagoner produced a number of popular country songs. “Joshua,” a song by Dolly, became her first No. 1 country hit in 1971. More hits would follow soon, including 1973’s “Jolene” and 1974’s “I Will Always Love You” – a song that became a signature for both Dolly and Whitney Houston.
Dolly Parton had a very good decade in the 1980s. She appeared in the popular movie “9 to 5” and contributed to the music. The song was yet another number one hit and it also earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. She appeared in the 1982 film “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” which included her song “I Will Always Love You.” In 1983, Parton had a huge hit with her duet with Kenny Rogers, “Islands in the Stream.”
Although Dolly Parton has written several songs over her career, “I Will Always Love You” has had the greatest impact on her and brought her the most money. It is her go-to tune. It was intended for recording by Elvis Presley. Colonel Tom Parker called Dolly Parton the night before Elvis was scheduled to record the song and informed her that if he couldn’t also hold the publication rights to the tune, Elvis wouldn’t record the song. Due to the fact that it was (and arguably still is) her most significant song, Dolly was unable to give up those rights. It turned out okay in the end because she held her ground. Dolly would have the last laugh in 1992. I Will Always Love You, from the movie “The Bodyguard,” was covered by Whitney Houston and went on to become one of the greatest singles of ALL TIME. Dolly has made tens of millions of dollars on Houston’s rendition of her anthem.
When it comes down to it, the woman famous for her wigs and her chest and her voice is just a normal woman who loves to read, cook, and ride around in her RV with her husband of nearly 57 years. Oh, and she gave a $1 million donation to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in April. Regarding one of the three Covid-19 vaccines now on the market, the Vanderbilt team has been collaborating with Moderna. The Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund, her charitable organization, was mentioned in the New England Journal of Medicine’s draft report on the vaccination and other studies.
Did you see the video of Dolly receiving her vaccination, by the way? I’m old enough and intelligent enough to acquire the Moderna vaccine, she first declared. Then she altered one of her most well-known songs’ lyrics, “Jolene,” and pleaded with everyone to not hold off on getting their shots. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, cause once you’re dead it’s too late.”
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