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Dolly Parton

Country Singer Dolly Parton
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Profession: Country Singer

United States of America

Biography: Dolly Parton, who was born one of 12 children to a poor sharecropper in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains went on to build a career as one of the most loved singer-songwriters in country music.

Parton began her music career as a songwriter in Nashville before being picked to sing in Porter Wagoner's variety show. A series of popular duets by the two followed before Parton broke out fully on her own in 1974. Her famous single "I will Always Love You", later sung by Whitney Houston is about this period and went to number one on the Country Chart.

Parton's music has spanned a wide range from bluegrass to gospel to pop crossover. Some of her most successful singles include "Joelene" (1973), the theme song to the 1980 film "9 to 5" with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and the duet "Islands in the Stream" with fellow country star Kenny Rogers.

Parton is the recipient of numerous awards, including eleven Grammy awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1969 and Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Born: January 19, 1946
Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, USA
Age: 76 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn

Married Life

  • 1966-05-30 American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia

Historical Events

  • 1967-10-30 Dolly Parton releases her debut single with Porter Wagoner "The Last Thing On My Mind"
  • 1973-06-17 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later a huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville
  • 1973-10-15 Country music artist Dolly Parton releases her single "Jolene"
  • 1978-10-09 12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, and Don Williams win
  • 1980-12-19 Comedy film "9 to 5" starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is released
  • 1992-11-03 "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton cover) single released by Whitney Houston (Billboard Song of the Year 1993)
  • 2014-06-25 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Arcade Fire, and Metallica headline; other performers include The Black Keys; Lana Del Ray; Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, Bryan Ferry, and Ed Sheeran
  • 2021-03-02 Dolly Parton receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine she gave $1 million to help develop
  • 2022-03-14 Dolly Parton removes herself from the ballot for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame saying " I don’t feel that I have earned that right”

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