April 4: 'Kenny & Dolly,' 'Kenny, Dolly & Willie' Specials To Air
Two of Kenny Rogers' three classic television specials with Dolly will air next week in memorial to his recent passing, cable and satellite channel AXS TV announced Friday. The duo's 1989 NBC concert special with Willie Nelson, Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong, will air at 8 p.m. Monday followed by the pair's 1985 HBO concert special Kenny & Dolly: Real Love at 9 p.m. The former will repeat at 11 p.m. Monday, noon Tuesday, and noon Sunday, April 12, while the latter will repeat at midnight Tuesday, noon Thursday and 9 a.m. Sunday. April 12. During the programs, viewers will be encouraged to donate in Kenny's memory to the COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund at the MusiCares Foundation. Learn more here.
'Dolly' Continues Run On GET TV GET TV has confirmed its run of classic 1976-77 Dolly episodes will continue through April. The show airs at 6 a.m. on Saturdays with Tom T. Hall this week, Mel Tillis April 11, Freddy Fender April 18 and Ronnie Milsap April 25.
U.K. Chart Updates After one week at No. 63 thanks to sales following Kenny Rogers' death, his duet with Dolly on "Islands In The Stream" falls back off the top 100 singles chart in the U.K., it was revealed Friday. 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) drops back off the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, down from No. 20, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains three to No. 13, Essential Dolly Parton gains seven to No. 8, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe re-enters the top 20 at No. 20, and Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 13.
Dolly Gives Jolene A Handwashing Lesson Dolly on Friday gave Dollywood's social media a little handwashing lesson with a parody of her classic "Jolene," Watch here or in the media player below.
April 3: Dolly's Bedtime Stories Series Starts
The "Goodnight With Dolly" series of Imagination Library storytimes premiered Thursday evening on YouTube. Watch it here or in the media player above. To promote the program, she launched a TikTok account here and appeared via satellite on NBC's Today show here and here.
CMT Honors Kenny Rogers Next Week CMT on Thursday announced a virtual tribute to the late Kenny Rogers to benefit the COVID-19 relief fund of the MusiCares Foundation which will include Dolly. CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares airs at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday with repeats at 8 p.m. April 10 on MTV Live and noon April 11 on CMT. It will feature interviews and/or performances from Dolly, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more filmed in self-isolation. Viewers will be invited to donate to The Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation COVID-19 fund.
April 2: Dolly Gives Vanderbilt $1 Million For COVID Research Dolly on Wednesday announced she was donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 cure research. She explained on social media: "My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who's been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure. I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations. Keep the faith, Dolly"
Dolly On Thursday's 'Today' Imagination Library on Wednesday announced Dolly will make several appearances throughout Thursday morning's Today show on NBC starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, presumably to promote her "Goodnight With Dolly" video series premiering that evening online at 7 p.m. Eastern. She had originally been scheduled to appear on the show to promote the nationwide screening of the documentary The Library That Dolly Built, which is being postponed to September due to coronavirus. In related news, SD Professionals, which oversees the Library's website and book ordering system, posted a blog about developing Dolly's webseries. Read it here.
April 1: Dolly's New Autobiography Audio Book Coming Oct. 6 Dolly's new autobiography, reported here back in September, now has a release date and title for the 11-CD unabridged audio version. Amazon is taking orders to reserve your copy of Songteller for Oct. 6 release here. I would expect the hardcover book form to likely come out the same day and be available for pre-orders soon. Thanks, Tony!
Dolly Makes New 'Billboard' Record For Top 20 Hits Dolly added a new record to her list of accolades on Tuesday when her 1983 hit "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers re-entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 20 on the April 4 Billboard tallies representing sales and airplay following Kenny's death. The entry gives Dolly the honor of being the only artist in history to have a top 20 single on the Hot Country Songs chart in seven consecutive decades from "Something Fishy" in 1967 through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and now 2020s with "Islands In The Stream." She was recognized for the six-decade record in 2016 when a new recording of "Jolene" with Pentatonix made it to No. 18 as her 73rd top 20 single and 107th chart single. The song is No. 2 overall digital song sales and No. 2 country digital song sales, while their most recent duet, "You Can't Make Old Friends," debuted at No. 28 digital song sales and No. 12 country digital song sales. On the Country Albums Chart, Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters at No. 14 thanks to the downloads of "Islands In The Stream" counting toward album-sales-equivalents of the album (because Kenny's current greatest hits collections, including the one at No. 1 country this week, due to him getting the rights to only his solo recordings from RCA when he left the label, so the song only appears now on her hits collections). Elsewhere on the charts, Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz rises four to No. 13 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart.
Dolly Thanks First Responders For Coronavirus Work Dolly on Tuesday posted to social media a note of appreciation to first responders, servicemembers and medical personnel on the front lines of the war against COVID-19. Watch it here or in the media player below.