Dolly and Dionne Warwick's long-awaited duet single "Peace Like A River" and its accompanying music video dropped on Friday. Watch the pair on YouTube here or in the media player above, and download the song from Amazon here!
Dolly Participates In Newton-John Funeral Dolly on Sunday led a group of notables from around the world who shared on video their tributes to the late Olivia Newton-John as part of her official state funeral in Melbourne. Followed by the likes of Nicole Kidman, Mariah Carey and Elton John, Dolly opened the tributes saying: "The world lost one of its greatest talents when Olivia left us . . . As a country, you should be very proud and know that the whole world mourns with you. Now, I had the honour of singing with her several times. I considered her a great friend as well as a fellow entertainer. Olivia, to quote one of your songs, "I honestly love you". Thank you for shining your light on us." Watch the tribute video from the Australian Broadcasting Company here.
Dolly Doubles Local United Way Fundraiser Knoxville reporter Kyle Granger of WVLT participated over the weekend in Dancing with the Sevier County Stars and revealed on Facebook here that Dolly announced via video she is matching every dollar raised at the event, which he said came to over $260,000.
Judas Priest Lead Singer Gushes Over Dolly Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford told SiriusXM's Mark Stigl in a new interview that he "gay hustled" on stage at the finale of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where they were both honored so that he could perform closer to her than he was supposed to be because he was such a giddy queer fan boy. Read what he had to say about her on Rock Celebrities.nethere.
Ohio First Lady Teases Cookbook About a year after announcing they planned to take items from their respective out-of-print cookbooks to benefit Imagination Library, Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine this week revealed the cover for Our Family Favorites: A Collection of Beloved Recipes by DeWine and Dolly on social media here. No announcement on sales has officially been made by the First Lady but some individual Ohio Imagination Library affiliates have copies and are distributing them locally in exchange for donations or selling them.
Feb. 23: Dolly Heading To Dollywood Next Month Dollywood officials on Wednesday confirmed Dolly will be on park for its season opening weekend next month and will return later in the spring to officially open the new $25 million Big Bear Mountain roller coaster, as construction delays will prevent it from debuting with the park's seasonal start. The nearly 4,000-foot-long coaster is about 75 percent complete, park officials announced at a media tour of the construction site on Wednesday. When asked about the ride's first day, they said Dolly would announce the specific date when she makes appearances for opening weekend next month and to kick off the I Will Always Love You 50th Anniversary Festival but that the coaster date would be "sooner than later" and would still meet their "spring 2023" deadline. Watch a summary of the press tour from Adventure Is Out Therehere. The park also updated that the next property resort hotel and convention center, Heartsong Lodge, will open in fall. Season passholders, gold and diamond pass holder bring-a-friends, guests at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, and guests at Bear Cove Cabins (formerly Dollywood Cabins) may be admitted to Season Passholder Preview Day Friday, March 10, and the general public may join on official Opening Day Saturday, March 11, which also starts the I Will Always Love You 50th Anniversary Festival. Although details haven't been announced, traditionally Dolly makes a media appearance on Friday and parades through the park grounds on both Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, in addition to other possible "pop ins" at various shows around the park. Last year, her media event was open only to gold and diamond passholders with advance reservations, but no announcement has yet to be made about that for this year.
Funko Figures Available Now Funko this week began selling its Dolly Pop figures, with the orange dress version available here and white pantsuit version here.
Opry Honors Leslie Jordan The Grand Ole Opry over the weekend honored the late comedian Leslie Jordan with a tribute, "Reporting For Duty." While Dolly was not there, she sent a video remembrance in which she noted: "We had so much in common, didn't we? We were little. We were crazy. We wanted to go to heaven. But we were crazy as hell. And we made everybody laugh, when we were together especially." In addition, Lainey Wilson and Lucas Nelson performed her Kenny Rogers duet "You Can't Made Old Friends."
Dolly Recalls Kenny On Anniversary Of His Passing Speaking of Kenny, as the third anniversary of his death approaches, Dolly told People magazine here: "I miss him so much. I've lost so many wonderful people in my life in the last few years. But Kenny — he was very, very dear and special and I never get tired of hearing us sing, all the years that we were on stage together."
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection loses four spots to No. 40 country albums in its 13th week, the Feb. 25 charts released by Billboard on Tuesday showed. The set declines six to No. 61 on the all-genre current albums sales chart. Her Run, Rose, Run holds steady at No. 7 bluegrass albums in its 48th chart week.
Feb. 20: Two New Dolly Singles Dropped Last Week
Two new Dolly singles were released last week: her promised cover of "Jolene" with Olivia Newton-John, hailed by the media in multiple reports as the final recording Newton-John made prior to her death six months ago from cancer at age 73, and a solo version of "The Last Thing On My Mind,", recorded as a tribute to the late Doc Watson for his centennial. The Newton-John duet, streamable on YouTube here or in the media player above and downloadable with pre-order of the full album Just The Two Of Us: The Duets Collection Vol. 1 coming out May 5 from Amazon here (also available on CD here and LP here). The Tom Paxton cover, on the other hand, will appear on the April 28 release I Am A Pilgrim: Doc Watson At 100, which also features Steve Earle and Roseanne Cash, among other artists. She had originally recorded the song, a signature tune of Watson's during his career, as her first duet with Porter Wagoner and performed it with Watson at his annual music festival in memory of his son, MerleFest, in 2001. In a press release, she said: "Doc Watson is everyone's hero and a great guitar player. Some say he is the absolute best, and I was honored to get to work with him a few times in my career." Stream the song on YouTube here or in the media player below and download it from Amazon here.
Dolly Gets Record Store Day Monument Release Record Store Day last week announced that Legacy Records will issue a limited-edition LP of Dolly's Monument singles as a Record Store Day exclusive April 22. Most participating stores won't know until that morning whether they received a copy of the album, and stores usually don't allow reserving titles or ordering them specifically for RSD, so the only way to get it is to show up at participating record stores that morning to grab it before someone else. The The Monument Singles Collection 1964-1968 will be limited to 5,500 sets and is remastered from the original monoaural Monument master tapes. The announcement gave no reason why it was in mono instead of stereo, since her singles at the time were released in both formats. It will also feature liner notes from Holly George-Warren. (Although some media outlets listed the title as a 2-LP collection, the official Record Store Day site shows it as one disc.) In addition to the Dolly title, Kenny Rogers' estate has announced that a two-disc, vinyl version of his farewell concert, All In For the Gambler, which features Dolly on the final three songs ("You Can't Make Old Friends," "I Will Always Love You" and "Islands In The Stream") will be released as a "Record Store Day First" limited edition of 1,500 units prior to a to-be-determined release date for other retailers. For more information on the Dolly release, visit Record Store Day here or Legacy Records here. The track listing for side A appears in the press photo for the project, available at left (click on it for a larger version), while side B is presumed from her known singles released on the label in 1967 and 1968. It is unknown whether any additional tracks or unreleased tracks may be included as a bonus. The likely track listing is:
A. 1. What Do You Think About Loving
A. 2. I Wasted My Tears
A. 3. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
A. 4. Old Enough To Know Better (Too Young To Resist)
A. 5. Busy Signal
A. 6. I Took Him For Granted
A. 7. Don't Drop Out
A. 8. Control Yourself
A. 9. The Little Things
A. 10. I'll Put It Off Until Tomorrow
B. 1. Dumb Blonde
B. 2. The Giving And The Taking
B. 3. Something Fishy
B. 4. I've Lived My Life
B. 5. Why, Why, Why
B. 6. I Couldn't Wait Forever
B. 7. I'm Not Worth The Tears
B. 8. Ping Pong
VMP Restocks 'Coat Of Many Colors' Vinyl Hot off the announcement that they will launch a 12-month Dolly album of the month club in April, Vinyl Me Please last week revealed that the 50th anniversary edition of Coat Of Many Colors that was its August 2021 country track record of the month for the vinyl service has been re-issued and is available for purchase here.
Bebe Rexha Duet Coming Soon Billboard magazine reported last week that Bebe Rexha hosted a listening party for her next album, although it didn't reveal the title or the release date, but the news included confirmation it will feature the duet she recently recorded with Dolly. Watch their report here.
Dollywood Readies For Opening, 'IWALY' Celebration Dollywood last week announced the celebrity line up for its series of Saturday concerts in its "I Will Always Love You Celebration" observing the 50th anniversary of Dolly's signature song. The free concerts will feature Natalie Grant opening day March 11, Ricky Skaggs March 18, Jo Dee Messina March 25, The Gatlin Brothers April 1 and Lauren Alaina April 8. An additional concert series of songwriters in the Showstreet Songwriting Showcase has yet to be announced in full, but the park noted it will feature Deana Black ("Check Yes or No"), Billy Montana ("Suds In The Bucket"), and Steve Dean ("Walk On") among others. The festival also features a glittering display of pink sequins shimmers above Showstreet, special themed culinary treats, and exclusive merchandise such as "I Will Always Love You" anniversary tee-shirts.
'Seriously Red' Out Now, DVD Coming March 21 Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced that the Australian Dolly impersonator film Seriously Red, endorsed by Dolly herself and executive produced by her manager, will hit Blu-Ray and DVD March 21 here. If you can't wait, the film is available for online streaming rental or digital purchase from most retailers including Amazon here.
Dolly Talks Food, New Cookbook With Yahoo Yahoo Life's "Deglazed" food column interviewed Dolly and got a few more details about her upcoming cook book with her sister that she has mentioned in a couple of other recent interviews. According to the story, they're calling it "Good Lookin' Cookin'" because Rachel can make food "pretty and make it taste good," Dolly said, adding it will contain recipes "from the past and things I've gathered traveling all around the world." She added it will also feature "revamped" versions of some of the recipes in Dollywood's old park cookbook. Read the fill interview here.
New 'ET' Dolly Videos Released Entertainment Tonight last week released two video compilations from their archives of Dolly interviews: one on her philanthropy here and one on "rare interviews and behind-the-scenes moments" here.
'Still Working 9 To 5' Wins Another Award Congratulations to the documentary Still Working 9 To 5 featuring Dolly which won Best Documentary at the sixth annual Cowboys & Indians Movie Awards. Read more about this year's winners from the magazine here.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection loses five places to No. 36 country albums in its 12th week, the Feb. 18 charts released by Billboard on Tuesday showed. The set falls off the 100-position overall album sales chart, down from No. 94, and dips 10 to No. 55 in the all-genre current albums sales chart. Her
Run, Rose, Run holds steady at No. 7 bluegrass albums in its 47th chart week. Overseas, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection loses the top British country compilation albums spot after 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1, slipping one to No. 2, while Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains four to No. 6, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls seven to No. 14, Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 15, and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slides three to No. 12.
Feb. 9: VMP Collection To Feature Monthly Dolly LPs
Vinyl Me, Please on Wednesday revealed the details on their "Vinyl Me, Parton" club, which will release 12 monthly classic Dolly albums on limited edition colored vinyl starting in April. From her Monument debut through her RCA peak to several Sugar Hill releases through to some of her Dolly Records CDs. Most of the collection will either be in vinyl for the first time or for the first time in decades.
Watch Dolly's announcement video here or in the media player above, and start your subscription here. An image of each album and its expected colored vinyl is below. (Click on it for a larger view.)
Exclusive quarterly Dolly "mystery merch" will be included in the subscription, and some additional yet-to-be-announced Dolly titles are expected to be offered throughout the year as well that are outside of the subscription and available for additional purchase. Because of the subscription nature, the Swap feature that allows you to skip an entry in your track and choose a replacement will not be active, and the 12 subscription albums will not be guaranteed as swaps on the service's other monthly tracks.
Each selection was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound in Nashville and features an obi-strip on the side. They will be pressed on 180-gram collectors' vinyl.
"I love listening to records, and to know that fans around the world are discovering music on vinyl is wonderful," Dolly said in a press release. "I am really happy to see some of my favorite albums that have been out of print on vinyl or were never pressed on vinyl be made available. What's old is new again!"
Subscriptions are available here for a one-time charge of $435 ($36 per album), two installments of $237 every six months ($40 per album, and cancelable before the renewal for the second six months), or four installments of $128 ($43 per album and cancellable each quarter).
As was predicted here, the set includes Jolene, 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs and New Harvest, First Gathering. The full schedule is:
April 2023: My Tennessee Mountain Home (1973, RCA; 50th anniversary edition; first time on vinyl since 1973)
May 2023: Little Sparrow (2001, Sugar Hill/Blue Eye; first time on vinyl)
June 2023: Blue Smoke (2014, Dolly Records)
July 2023: Just Because I'm a Woman (1968, RCA; first time on vinyl since 1968)
August 2023: 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (1980, RCA; first time on vinyl since 1984)
September 2023: Backwoods Barbie (2008, Dolly Records; 15th anniversary edition; first time on vinyl)
October 2023: Hello, I'm Dolly (1967, Monument Records; first time on vinyl since 1971)
November 2023: Jolene (1974, RCA)
December 2023: Halos & Horns (2002, Sugar Hill/Blue Eye; first time on vinyl)
January 2024: Better Day (2011, Dolly Records; first time on vinyl since 2011)
February 2024: Those Were the Days (2005, Sugar Hill/Blue Eye; first time on vinyl)
March 2024: New Harvest…First Gathering (1977, RCA; first time on vinyl since 1977)
Warwick Duet Drops Feb. 24 Dolly and Dionne Warwick made a surprise appearance Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America to talk about their duet "Peace Like A River," a song Dolly wrote decades ago but never recorded. They filmed a video in Nashville that day for the collaboration and announced that the song will be available for download and streaming, and the video for viewing, starting Feb. 24. Check out the interview here and the cover art at left. Click on it for a larger view.
'Seriously Red' Movie Opens Friday Seriously Red, Rose Byrne's film about a Dolly impersonator in Australia executive produced by Dolly's manager Danny Nozell and authorized by Dolly herself, opens in limited release in the U.S. on Friday. Check out an interview with the cast from Entertainment Weeklyhere.
Duncan Hines Boxed Sets Available Dolly's limited edition boxed set of the additions to her Duncan Hines line of baking products went on sale to the public for $40 a box Wednesday and remained available as of press time Wednesday evening. The collection features one box each of her biscuit mix, cornbread mix, and two brownie mixes in addition to exclusive recipe cards, spatula, and tea towel. Get yours here. The products are on their way to stores nationwide now.
U.S. Chart Updates Both of Dolly's new singles this week fall off the digital sales charts after one week each, the Billboard lists dated Feb. 11 that were released on Tuesday, revealed. Dolly's "Don't Make Me Have To Come Down There" falls off the country digital song sales chart, down from No. 23, and "Gonna Be You" with Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, and Debbie Harry falls off the overall digital song sales chart, down from No. 42. Elsewhere, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection dips six to No. 31 country albums in its 11th chart week, losing 30 to No. 94 overall album sales and 17 to No. 45 current album sales. Her
Run, Rose, Run dips two to No. 7 bluegrass albums in its 46th chart week.
Feb. 6: Dolly Loses Country Duo, American Roots Grammy Awards
Dolly on Sunday failed to add to her 10 career regular Grammy Awards, or 11 overall Grammys including her Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, as both her collaborations with Bill Anderson and Reba McEntire lost.
"Someday It'll All Make Sense" (bluegrass remix) with Anderson lost Best American Roots Performance to "Stompin' Ground" by Aaron Neville with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The other nominees were "Life According to Raechel" by Madison Cunningham, "Oh Betty" by Fantastic Negrito, and "Prodigal Daughter" by Aoife O'Donovan and Allison Russell.
"Does He Love You – Revisited" with Reba lost Best Country Duo/Group Performance to "Never Wanted to Be That Girl" by Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde. The other nominees were "Wishful Drinking" by Ingrid Andress and Sam Hunt, "Midnight Rider's Prayer" by Brothers Osborne, "Outrunnin' Your Memory" by Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert, and "Going Where the Lonely Go" by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Critics largely expected the Plant/Krauss collaboration to win, noting the Dolly and Reba duet was the most likely other nominee to upset the category, but that was not to be.
Prior to the awards, Anderson spoke to Billboardhere about how he and Dolly came to record the song. And Reba, who previously won a Grammy for their nomination song's original recording with Linda Davis, reflected on being nominated with Dolly to Southern Livinghere.
In her career, Dolly has amassed 53 Grammy nominations, second for a female after only Beyonce, who has 88 nominations. This was Dolly's first nomination in the American Roots field and her 14th in the Country Duo/Group category (or its 1980s separation into the Country Vocal Collaboration category), of which she had won three. The nomination was Reba's career 17th, of which she has won three. The nomination was Anderson's first as a performer, as his previous four nominations were for songwriting. He has yet to win a Grammy.
Dolly Covers CD Coming March 31 British boutique re-issue label Ace Records announced on their Instagram page back on Dolly's birthday that they plan to release a new compilation of Dolly covers on March 31, Facebook fan page Dolly's Place discovered and reported last week. The title has yet to be added to the label's website but the cover art included in the Instagram post (click on at left for larger version) showed its title will be A Way To Make A Living: The Dolly Parton Songbook and include recordings by Bettye LaVette (who covered "Little Sparrow" in 2005), Chet Atkins (who covered "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" with Dolly in 1976), RuPaul and Michele Visage (who covered "With Bells On" in 1994), The White Stripes (who covered "Jolene" in 2001) and Tina Turner (who covered "There'll Always Be Music" in 1974), "and more," although the other selections have not been identified yet. For years, the label has released similar collections under its "Songwriter Series" which typically feature 20 to 25 tracks of other artists performing songs the selected composer wrote over the course of their career. For example, Dolly's cover of "Life's Like Poetry" was included on a compilation they released recently of Merle Haggard songs.
Dolly Receives Two Gold Single Awards From October The RIAA on Tuesday released video of their finally presenting Dolly with her two latest gold digital single certifications, which were first reported anywhere here on Dollymania.net back in October. Apparently, it took them three and a half months to arrange with Dolly's busy schedule for the RIAA to hand the awards to her in person. Shown in the photo at left courtesy RIAA (click on it for larger version) are, from left, RIAA Senior Vice President of Artist and Industry Relations Jackie Jones, Dolly's manager Danny Nozell, Dolly, and RIAA Chairman/CEO Mitch Glazier. As was reported here back in October, Dolly's recording of "Hard Candy Christmas" from 1982's film adaptation of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and her collaboration on "Faith" with Swedish duo Galantis featuring Danish rapper Mr. Probz had both gone digital gold for a combination 500,000 or more paid downloads and/or streams of 75 million. Watch the presentation here or in the media player below.
Two New Singles Enter Sales Charts Both of Dolly's new singles made their digital sales chart debuts in the Billboard tallies dated Feb. 4 that were released on Tuesday. Her dream-inspired "Don't Make Me Have To Come Down There" debuts at No. 23 country digital song sales and "Gonna Be You" with Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, and Debbie Harry debuts at No. 42 overall digital song sales. Elsewhere, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection slides three to No. 25 country albums in its 10th chart week, gaining 13 to No. 64 overall album sales and eight to No. 28 current album sales. Her
Run, Rose, Run holds steady at No. 5 bluegrass albums in its 45th chart week. Overseas, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection falls off the Scottish albums chart, down from No. 100, but holds steady at No. 1 country compilation albums. Run, Rose, Run falls off the British country albums chart, down from No. 20. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) lose five to No. 16, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inch up one to No. 5, Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enter top 20 at No. 17, and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 rise 10 to No. 18.
Keto, CBD Gummy Ads Not Dolly's Dolly this week addressed online scams trying to sell CBD gummies and keto diet foods under her name online, posting to social media that "Dolly Parton is not affiliated with, has not endorsed and is not associated with any keto or CBD gummy product. She's more of the cake, cookie, and cornbread type. – Team Dolly" The latter portion of the message refers to her Duncan Hines baking mix collection, which recently expanded to include brownies, biscuits, and cornbread. Speaking of her baking collection, the new $40 limited edition box containing each of the new mixes plus an exclusive tea towel, spatula, and recipe cards sold out in seconds last Wednesday for the units allocated to the presale and go on sell to the general public online at 11 a.m. Eastern next Wednesday here.
Researching Dolly's Likeability Factor Researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University recently released a paper analyzing the positivity in Dolly's songwriting and postulating that it is at least partially responsible for her cross-section popularity. Most artists decrease their positivity and increase negativity in their songwriting over time, they found, and overall popular music's positivity is less today than in past generations, but the percentage of positivity, measured as usage of words such as "love" and "happiness," in Dolly's lyrics has remained constant over the course of her more than five decade-long career, their algorithm found. Read more about the paper in a summary story here and the full paper may be accessed here.
More On Dolly's National Treasure Status CNN also spoke to some other experts over the weekend about how stars like Dolly and Tom Hanks become so beloved in the public's mind. Read their take here.
Dolly Up For Two Movieguide Awards Dolly is up for two honors at the 30th annual Movieguide Awards for family-friendly movies which will be handed out Saturday in Hollywood and air on UPtv Feb. 26 hosted by Terry Crews. Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas is nominated for the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV or Streaming Movie or Program against Blood and Treasure Season 2, A Christmas . . .Present, and Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Episode 1.8. Dolly is herself nominated for the Grace Prize for Most Inspiring Performance on TV for playing herself in Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas and faces Reba McEntire in My Chains Are Gone, Mark Gagliardi in Blood And Treasure, Candace Cameron Bure in A Christmas . . . Present and Joanathan Roumie in The Chosen Episode 3. 3. Dolly has won the Epiphany Prize twice for Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors and Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and the Grace Prize two years ago as Angel in Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square.
Dolly Poetry Tribute Collection Released A collection of poetry paying tribute to Dolly and her influence on the world was recently published by editors Julie E. Bloemeke and Dustin Brookshire. Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology highlights works by emerging and established poets including Pulitzer Prize finalist Dorianne Laux, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Denise Duhamel, the current Poet Laureate of Ohio, a 2022 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow, multiple National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship recipients, and two Lambda Literary Award recipients, among others. A total of 54 poets contributed to the project, with a majority identifying as female and a majority identifying as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Read an interview with Brookshire from Metro Weeklyhere and order your copy here.