Aug. 31: Sliding A Tad Down Under The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1, the overseas compilation disc from 2007, loses two spots to come in at No. 9 in its 37th week on this week's Australian country top 20 albums chart.
Paper Looks Back At Smokies The Knoxville News Sentinel is readying for the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedication this week with stories reviewing the area's transformation into a tourist Mecca, due in large part over the past quarter-century to Dolly. Read their story here.
Aug. 29: 'Change It' Tops 'Pure' Tally
Dolly's music video for "Change It" on Friday debuted at No. 1 on the Pure 12 Pack countdown on CMT's digital channel Pure Country. Vote for it for next week's tally here.
'London' To Supply Telethon Clip Dolly's performance on the Jerry Lewis telethon Labor Day weekend will not be a live appearance, her official record label website, DollyPartonMusic.net, revealed on Friday. Instead, her contribution will be a clip from her upcoming concert DVD Dolly: Live From London.
Dolly Watches The Cards Dolly was spotted in St. Louis, Mo., this week, according to The St. Louis Post Dispatch. While in town, she took in both Wednesday and Thursday nights' games of the Cardinals, the paper noted here.
Up Again Overseas Dolly's overseas disc of greatest hits from a couple of years back, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1, rises 16 spots to No. 60 in its 86th week on the Irish pop albums chart, it was announced Friday.
Aug. 28: '9 To 5' Goes 9 On 9-5-09 The original Broadway cast album for Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical rises one digit to No. 9 in its sixth week on the 15-position cast albums list, the charts dated "9-5" (Sept. 5) released Thursday by Billboard revealed. Steve Martin's The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, with a Dolly and Vince Gill track, regains the No. 1 position on the bluegrass albums tally, inching up one in its 27th week. Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, featuring Dolly on "When I Get Where I'm Going," falls six to No. 14 country catalog and five to No. 41 Canadian country. Reba's Keep On Loving You debuts at No. 1 country and pop with 96,000 units moved in its first week (giving her a record-breaking 11th country chart-topping album for a female artist – Loretta Lynn is second with 10 and Dolly third with six), while George Strait's Twang slips one to No. 2 country and pop with 61,000 copies sold in its second week.
Smith Says 'Hello, Dolly!'
Singer Mindy Smith, whose cover of "Jolene" brought her to the national spotlight, got a visit from Dolly recently in her new apartment. She posted the video of her tour onto YouTube Thursday. Check it out in the player above or by clicking here.
Dolly Says 'Hello, Jerry!' Dolly has been added to the line-up of guests for the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The show begins live at 9 p.m. Eastern Sept. 6 from Las Vegas and continues until 7 p.m. Sept. 7 (although some stations break away at 6:30 p.m. and don't carry the final half-hour). No word on at what time Dolly is slated to perform or whether she will be singing in Vegas or via satellite elsewhere. A note about it made Theatremaniahere Thursday.
CMT Talks About Dolly Again CMT.com's blog on Thursday noted Dolly's recent Guidepostsarticle about the Smokies. Read what they had to say here.
Helping Out Another Cause Wanna see the final Broadway performance of Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical and help out a good cause? AIDS charity Broadway Cares is auctioning off two VIP seats to the Sept. 6 closing show plus a poster signed by Dolly and the show's cast. It's on eBay through next Thursday, and as of press time this Thursday night, bids were at $560. Check it out here.
Aug. 27: Simpson Puts Dolly On Her Guest List Jessica Simpson wants Dolly over for dinner. The pop-turned-country singer is involved in the Macy's campaign "Come Together" that encourages people to host dinner parties to raise money to fight hunger. She says there's one guest she wants at her table: "The one person I would love to have at my dinner party is Dolly Parton. She's always good with the laughter and the one liners," she told People Magazine here. Learn more about "Come Together" here.
Aug. 25: '9 To 5' Has Worst Week Ever Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical suffered its worst week on Broadway since opening for previews more than four months ago, the Aug. 18-23 grosses released Monday showed. As its final performances approach in advance of its Sept. 6 closing, the musical's percent of tickets sold dropped to its lowest ever, 62 percent, which was the worst percentage on the Great White Way for the third week in a row. Its audience, 7,937, dipped below 8,600 for the first time ever, dropping 10 percent from the previous week. Its per-ticket average price was down 1 percent to $74.27, resulting in an 11 percent drop in gross to $589,453. Its per-performance gross for the week fell below $75,000 for the first time since previews began. It actually increased one spot to No. 16 for the week's biggest Broadway gross out of the 20 current shows but lost one to No. 14 for biggest audience. Since opening for previews, the show has grossed just under $14 million and played for 200,295 people.
Dolly On 'Charlie Rose' Again For those reading this update early enough Monday night, Dolly is among three legendary ladies scheduled for The Charlie Rose Show Monday night, it was announced earlier in the day. The episode is marked as "new," but since she was his guest just two months ago (get a DVD of the interview from Amazon.com here!), my guess is it is most likely a repeat of that interview – but you never know! The other two guests for the evening are Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren. The show airs on most PBS stations at 11 p.m., although some air it at 10 p.m. and some at midnight, so check local listings for the channel and time in your market.
CMT Chats 'Change' CMT staffer Whitney, who often opines about Dolly on the network's blog, has added one about her video for "Change It" on the site here. In related news, while as was reported here Sunday night you may vote for the clip on the Pure 12 Pack countdown here for CMT's digital channel Pure Country, the video was unfortunately not added Monday to the line-up for voting on regular CMT's Top 20 Countdown.
Doll Page Debuts On MySpace Dolly doll collectors should take note that a new Dolly Doll Collector MySpace site has opened. Check it out here.
Slipping A Tad Down Under The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1, her Sony greatest hits collection from two years ago, loses one point to come in at No. 7 in its 36th week on this week's Australian country albums chart.
Dolly Still Hot In Ireland The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1, an overseas compilation disc from two years ago, snags its 85th week on the Irish pop albums chart this week dipping 11 places to No. 76, it was revealed Friday.
Never Heard A Dolly Record?! I understand Dolly got a mention on the BBC series I've Never Seen Star Wars, where people try things they've never done in the past. Friday night a guest had never heard Dolly and listened to an album, giving the experience eight out of 10 points. You may watch it online here (although the player doesn't' appear to allow those outside of the U.K. to stream the video). Thanks, Cathy!
'Shine A Light' On A Dolly Friend S.D. Professionals, the company that operates the website for Dolly's Imagination Library, has been nominated for the Shine A Light Awards for NBC and American Express. If you like what they do, you may register with Shine A Light and vote for them here.
Aug. 21: '9 To 5' Falls Again On Chart Five weeks into its release, its third week in wide release, the original Broadway cast album for Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical drops four more spots to No. 10 on the 15-position cast albums tally, the Aug. 29 numbers from Billboard released Thursday showed. After about half a year at No. 1 on the bluegrass albums chart, Steve Martin's The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, featuring his Dolly collaboration, loses the top spot, dipping one to No. 2 in its 26th week. Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, with Dolly duetting on "When I Get Where I'm Going," slips two to No. 8 country catalog and remains steady at No. 36 Canadian country. George Strait's Twang debuts at No. 1 country and pop with 155,000 copies moved in its first week, while Taylor Swift's Fearless rises one to No. 2 country and remains unchanged at No. 9 pop in its 40th week.
It's A Waiting List, Bygosh Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program has caught on so well in Oshkosh, Wisc., that organizers have had to initiate a waiting list for new registrants until additional funding becomes available, The Oshkosh Northwestern reported here Thursday. The program there has signed up 1,560 children for their free monthly book.
Splash Country To Add $1 Million Ride Dollywood's Splash Country will next year open its 2010 season with a new multi-lane mat slide called the Slick Rock Racer. In a press release, Dolly said: "Me and my brothers and sisters used to play in the creeks around home in the Smoky Mountains, and more times than not, we'd land on a mossy covered rock that sent us for a ride like you wouldn't believe. That's the same kind of unexpected thrills and adventure that I had in mind when I chose Slick Rock Racer for families to enjoy together at Dollywood's Splash Country." The 300-foot ride will have four side-by-side lines to allow riders to whip through the water on their bellies head-first atop mats over multiple bumps, each of which builds more speed until the end. It will accommodate about 600 guests per hour. The 35-acre water park adjacent to Dollywood will celebrate its 10th season next year.
Memphis Books Bless The Child Check out an op-ed piece about the Memphis-area chapter of Dolly's Imagination Library from The Commercial Appealhere.
Aug. 19: CNN Premieres Dolly Show Online In a surprise move, CNN International on Tuesday began offering its Dolly installment of the program Revealed for online streaming viewing on its website nearly an entire day before it was scheduled to premiere on television. The cable network, available widely throughout the world and on select cable systems in the U.S., will first show the episode at 9:30 a.m. British Summer Time Wednesday (8:30 GMT and 4:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. time), but Internet visitors got to see the half-hour program first starting Tuesday morning. The in-depth look at Dolly features tour footage, several interview clips, coverage of her Guideposts cover shoot, Dollywood appearances and much more. Several fans are shown (and a few briefly interviewed) at her parade in Pigeon Forge from May, and the final segment focuses largely on her Imagination Library literacy program. Read a written story taken from the program here and watch the full-length show in three parts in the media players below or by clicking here, here and here for each segment. Image courtesy CNN International. Click on it for a larger view. Used with permission.
Park Ceremony Tickets Released After initially planning to make the event a private, invitation-only ceremony, the National Park Service on Tuesday announced that a limited number of seats for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th anniversary re-dedication with Dolly on Sept. 2 are now available to the public. Tickets to attend the 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. event in the Newfound Gap, limited to four per person, are being reserved on a first-come/first-served basis. Due to the closure of the Newfound Gap road, attendees will have to board charter busses in either Pigeon Forge, Tenn., or Cherokee, N.C., to be transported to the event. The busses will run starting at 8 a.m. to the event and will run up to 3 p.m. for the return trip. Tickets should be requested before Monday via e-mail to GRSMComments@nps.gov with the following information:
Your name (first and last) and full names of up to three guests attending with you
Your mailing address
Your telephone number
Whether you would like to be picked up in Cherokee or Pigeon Forge
How many vehicles are in your party
And, if applicable, if anyone in your party is in a wheelchair and requires a bus with wheelchair lift
If you do not have e-mail access, you may leave your name and phone number at 865-436-7318, ext. 258 for a call back to obtain the information. Stories on the announcement are available from The Knoxville News Sentinelhere and Maryville Daily Timeshere.
Aug. 18: Seven Unreleased Tracks On Boxed Set You were told on this site back a week ago that when the information on the upcoming Dolly boxed set from Sony/Legacy was ready to come out that you wouldn't be disappointed, and I wager that after reading this you won't be. The label announced to the world Monday via a press release that in addition to 21 of her record 25 No. 1 country singles, the collection titled simply Dolly will boast half of her charted duets with Porter Wagoner, her Goldband recordings, a previously unreleased demo with her uncle Bill Owens, both sides of her 1962 Mercury single plus an unreleased song from that same recording session, a previously unreleased Monument single from her Ray Stevens-produced pop sessions of November 1965 that resulted in "Don't Drop Out" (one of my all-time favorite Dolly tracks, also included on the set), and four previously unreleased RCA recordings: a 1969 version of "Everything Is Beautiful (In Its Own Way)," which she had previously recorded but not released on Monument a couple of years earlier; a 1971 take on "God's Coloring Book," which she would re-record and release six years later; and 1972 recordings of "Eugene, Oregon" and "What Will Baby Be," the latter of which she re-recorded and released two decades later. It will also feature an extensive 60-page booklet with rare photos, memorabilia, an introduction by Laura Cantrell and liner notes by Holly George-Warren. Practically within minutes of the press release being posted to the website of the label's publicist Monday evening, CMT.com was the first to report a brief about it here. As was previously reported here, the set will contain four CDs, hits stores Oct. 27 and may be advance ordered here. The complete 99-song track listing (with label and year of recording) is:
Puppy Love Goldband single 1957
Girl Left Alone Goldband B-side 1957
Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can) unreleased demo with Bill Owens
It's Sure Gonna Hurt Mercury single 1962
The Love You Gave Mercury B-side 1962
Nobody But You Mercury 1962 unreleased
Busy Signal Monument single 1965
Don't Drop Out Monument single 1965
I've Known You All My Life Monument 1965 unreleased
Put It Off Until Tomorrow Decca 1965 (by Bill Phillips with Dolly)
Dumb Blonde Monument 1966
Something Fishy Monument 1966
I Couldn't Wait Forever Monument 1967
I'm Not Worth The Tears Monument 1967
Last Thing On My Mind RCA 1967 with Porter
False Eyelashes RCA 1967
The Bridge RCA 1967
Just Because I'm A Woman RCA 1967
Holdin' On To Nothin' RCA 1968 with Porter
We'll Get Ahead Someday RCA 1968 with Porter
Jeannie's Afraid Of The Dark RCA 1968 with Porter
In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) RCA 1968
Daddy RCA 1968
Evening Shade RCA 1969
Gypsy, Joe And Me RCA 1969
My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy RCA 1969
Just The Way I Am RCA 1969
Down From Dover RCA 1969
Everything Is Beautiful (In Its Own Way) RCA 1969 unreleased
Daddy Come And Get Me RCA 1969
Just Someone That I Used To Know RCA 1969 with Porter
Tomorrow Is Forever RCA 1969 with Porter
Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man RCA 1970 with Porter
Comin' For To Carry Me Home RCA single 1971
The Golden Streets Of Glory RCA 1970
Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) RCA 1970
Joshua RCA 1970
Daddy's Moonshine Still RCA 1971
The Last One To Touch Me RCA 1971
Better Move It On Home RCA 1970 with Porter
Coat Of Many Colors RCA 1971
Traveling Man RCA 1971
My Blue Tears RCA 1971
Here I Am RCA 1971
God's Coloring Book RCA 1971 unreleased
Will He Be Waiting RCA 1971-1972
Touch Your Woman RCA 1971-1972
Together Always RCA 1972 with Porter
Lost Forever In Your Kiss RCA 1971 with Porter
My Tennessee Mountain Home RCA 1972
Eugene, Oregon RCA 1972 unreleased
What Will Baby Be RCA 1972 unreleased
Jolene RCA 1973
Early Morning Breeze RCA 1973
I Will Always Love You RCA 1973
Please Don't Stop Loving Me RCA 1974 with Porter
Love Is Like A Butterfly RCA 1974
Sacred Memories RCA 1972
The Bargain Store RCA 1974
On My Mind Again RCA 1974
Kentucky Gambler RCA 1974
The Seeker RCA 1974
We Used To RCA 1974
All I Can Do RCA 1976
Light Of A Clear Blue Morning RCA 1976
You Are RCA 1976
Applejack RCA 1976
It's All Wrong, But It's All Right RCA 1977
Here You Come Again RCA 1977
Two Doors Down RCA 1977
Me And Little Andy RCA 1977
Heartbreaker RCA 1978
I Really Got The Feeling RCA 1978
Baby I'm Burnin' RCA 1978
You're The Only One RCA 1979
Sweet Summer Lovin' RCA 1979
Starting Over Again RCA 1979
Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You RCA 1979
9 To 5 RCA 1980
But You Know I Love You RCA 1980
Single Women RCA 1982
Heartbreak Express RCA 1982
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind RCA 1982
Potential New Boyfriend RCA 1982
Islands In The Stream RCA 1983 with Kenny Rogers
Save The Last Dance For Me RCA 1983
Tennessee Homesick Blues 20th Century 1984
God Won't Get You 20th Century 1983
What A Heartache 20th Century 1984
Don't Call It Love RCA 1985
Think About Love RCA 1985
Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That Columbia 1988
Yellow Roses Columbia 1988
Time For Me To Fly Columbia 1988
He's Alive Columbia 1988
Rockin' Years Columbia 1990 with Ricky Van Shelton
Eagle When She Flies Columbia 1990
Silver and Gold Columbia 1990
Romeo Columbia 1993
Fans Shell Out $75,000 For Dolly Meals Congratulations to Dolly megafans Sabrina Taylor and Tabitha Hall of Gatlinburg – and condolences to their checking account – for placing the winning bid for Dolly's contribution to this year's Evening of Elegance fund-raising auction to benefit the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation: a whopping $75,000 donation over the weekend to win her "5 To 9" prize package. Donors came as far as from Scotland to try and take home the right for one couple to arrive at 5 p.m. at Dolly's legendary Tennessee Mountain Home, enjoy a private tour of the house (with 10 additional guests) followed by a barbeque and bluegrass concert hosted by Dolly, spend the night in Dolly's adjacent guest house (just the two winners), and have Dolly prepare and serve them breakfast the next morning at 9 a.m. But Tabby and Sabrina beat them all with their record-breaking bid, making them responsible for more than half of the $140,000 raised at the event. "We're absolutely humbled by Dolly's remarkable donation and Tabitha and Sabrina's overwhelming generosity. These three remarkable ladies surpassed our greatest expectations for this year's event," said event organizer Amy Kingery. "It's even better knowing that the people of Sevier County will enjoy the benefits of their contributions to the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation through improved health care in our area." Dolly serves as honorary chairperson of the Foundation, which promotes healthcare in Sevier County, Tenn., and was named for the country missionary doctor who delivered her in January 1946.
'9 To 5' Still Low On List Things aren't looking up for Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical, the Aug. 11-16 grosses released Monday confirmed. The audience for the week was down 6 percent compared to the previous week, falling to 8,837 ticketholders, and the average per-ticket price slipped 1 percent to $74.86, resulting in a 7 percent decrease in the week's gross, $661,572. The percent of seats sold fell to 69 percent, giving it the smallest percentage of sold seats on Broadway for the second week in a row. The musical dropped two places to No. 17 for biggest Broadway gross out of the 21 shows on the Great White Way and remained steady at No. 13 for audience size. Since opening for previews, the show has grossed $13.4 million and been seen by 192,358 people.
CNN International Reminder Don't forget if your cable system carries CNN International to tune in (or set your DVR) for 4:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. time (9:30 a.m. British Summer Time) Wednesday morning to catch the premiere of its Revealed episode profiling Dolly. If that's too early for you, it repeats at 18:30 British time (1:30 p.m. U.S.) and will be available for online streaming from the network's website here after broadcast. As was first reported here, the show follows Dolly on tour, at photo shoots, to speeches, around Dollywood, during her Dolly Parade and at other performances.
Special events captured include her honorary degree ceremony from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and announcement in Atlanta of Rotary International's partnership with her Imagination Library, about which she says during the show: "I am like an over exaggerated character, not just to kids but to other people. But with kids they get me. They like it, they feel they can come up to me like Mickey Mouse and be part of that." Frequent duet partner Kenny Rogers is also interviewed, observing: "Dolly is liberating – she is so herself, she makes everyone else feel that they have the right to be themselves." Nearly two weeks ago, Dollymania.net was the first anywhere to provide a sneak peak of the show, and you may still watch the preview here! Images courtesy CNN International. Click on them for larger views. Used with permission.
Dollywood Memories Check out a Dollywood-inspired poem by Stephen Roger Powers in Milwaukee-area Shepherd Express as the newspaper's Poem Of The Week here.
Dolly's His One That Got Away Paste magazine has an interesting Q&A with singer David Gray, who tells how he unsuccessfully tried to get Dolly on his latest CD. Read it here.
Aug. 17: Smith Revisits 'Jolene'
Singer Mindy Smith was on The Early Show Saturday Edition on CBS over the weekend to promote her new CD, Stupid Love. While on the program, she also performed her cover of Dolly's "Jolene" that launched her career. Watch a clip of her singing the song on the show in the player above or by clicking here.
More Dolly Details From The Park Dolly's remarks at the 75th anniversary re-dedication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will focus on her love of the Smokies, it was announced over the weekend, and she will also perform two selections from her fund-raising CD for the park, Sha-Kon-O-Hey!. Others just announced as participating in the Sept. 2 private event for 2,000 invited guests include the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School band and Swain County, N.C., high school band as well as a special Cherokee blessing by Jerry Wolfe. Read more from The Newport Plain Talkhere.
'I'll Take 'Dolly' For $1,000, Alex' Thanks to Chris for alerting me that a weekend broadcast of Jeopardy on Saturday again featured a Dolly answer. The $400 clue under "They Said It" was "This country star said 'I am not offended by dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb....and I know I'm definitely not blonde!" The audience erupted in laughter and then a contestant buzzed in with "Who is Dolly Parton?"
Dolly Dresses Up For Sale Hey, everyone. There are some cool Dolly dresses up for sale right now on eBay. Check them out here and here (plus there's also a specially-created replica of one of her dresses from the same collector here).
Aug. 15: Dolly Back On Irish Tally It's been two months since she was on the top 100 pop albums chart in Ireland, but the 2007 compilation The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1 returns this week to the Irish chart to sit at No. 65 in its 84th week since release.
Iowa Gets Another Library Cherokee County, Iowa, is the latest to kick off a chapter of Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program, The Chronicle Times reported here Friday. Dolly's program provides one free, age-appropriate, expert-selected book every month to any child birth to age 5 in more than 1,100 participating communities in the U.S., Canada and U.K. The project has distributed more than 20 million books since inception.
Aug. 14: '9 To 5' CD Stumbles Out Of Some Charts As was expected in its second week of wide release, the original Broadway cast album of Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical score looses considerable ground in the Aug. 22 Billboard charts released Thursday. The CD slips just three to No. 6 in its fourth week on the cast albums chart (its first two weeks there were due to early sales from two websites and paid downloads from most digital retailers), but it falls off of the 25-position Internet sales albums chart, down from No. 14, and the 200-position pop albums and comprehensive albums charts, down from No. 130 and No. 160, respectively. It spent just one week on each of those tallies. It also falls back off of the 50-position independent label albums chart, down from No. 16 in its second week there (with its first week again being due to the early sales). Steve Martin's The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, with a Dolly duet, remains steady at No. 1 bluegrass in its 25th week. Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, featuring Dolly on "When I Get Where I'm Going," rises one to No. 6 country catalog and three to No. 36 Canadian country. Sugarland's LIVE On The Inside CD/DVD combo debuts at No. 1 country and pop with 76,000 units sold in its first week, while the self-titled debut from Gloriana debuts at No. 2 country, No. 3 pop.
Dolly In Paul Remembrances Guitar innovation legend Les Paul passed away Thursday at the age of 94. His death brought a couple of Dolly mentions thanks to an Associated Press photo of her and Freddie Fender presenting Grammy Awards in 1977 to Paul and Chet Atkins. Check out the image in a tribute to Paul from The Washington Posthere (it's the fourth shot).
Latest From Stern Thanks to Al for updating me on the latest installment of "As Howard Stern Turns" :) The radio host on Thursday once again brought up Dolly, this time saying that she is the nicest person out there, only seeing the good in people. He cited as evidence that she wrote a song about how much she hates him for a joke he played on her but couldn't bring herself to release it, although he said he is very happy he'll get to see the lyrics. He added that he thinks she is beautiful and talented and really means it. Sidekick Robin Quivers jumped in to say she went to see 9 to 5: The Musical Wednesday night and was amazed at Dolly's talent writing all of the songs and making them appropriate for the characters. Stern added that the show's star, Allison Janney, had a small role in his autobiographical film Private Parts.
Aug. 13: No Obama For Smokies Event The White House confirmed Wednesday that the president will not make it to the 75th anniversary rededication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which will feature Dolly as the event's international ambassador. Added the list of dignitaries, though, are Cherokee Chief Michele Hicks and Governors Phil Bredesen of Tennessee and Bev Perdue of North Carolina. Read more from TV stations WBIR here and WATE here.
Video Press Release Makes AP Dolly's "Change It" music video snagged some coverage from the Associated Press Wednesday based on a press release issued Tuesday about the video. The AP reports are noted here and here, and the press release reads: "Dolly Parton has released a video for the song 'Change It' from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of 9 to 5: The Musical album--and it's Dolly like you've never seen before: behind-the-scenes, doing photo shoots, working on her computer and even playfully shaving a photographer's head. This version of the song, with Dolly on lead vocals, was originally released exclusively via iTunes, but has been added as a bonus track to the musical's CD. See it here. Filmed on location at a Nashville studio in July, the 'Change It' video shows Dolly doing a photo shoot with a plethora of outfit changes and guitars and in the studio recording vocals and working on the lyrics and audio mix. She's also seen working at her computer going over graphic designs and having fun with her team, including photographer Fran Strine, whose head Dolly shaves and makes a mess of. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of 9 to 5: The Musical album is Dolly Records' second release (the label released Dolly's acclaimed Backwoods Barbie CD last year) and is produced by Stephen Oremus and Dolly Parton. Alex Lacamoire (music director and co-orchestrator for the Grammy winning original cast recording of In The Heights) is co-producer, and the album was recorded and mixed by Frank Filipetti. The Broadway version of the musical is set to travel the country next year."
CNN International Show Coming Next Week It's now less than a week before the broadcast of CNN International's Revealed episode about Dolly, premiering 9:30 a.m. British Summer Time (4:30 a.m. Eastern U.S.) next Wednesday. In the States, although the channel is not carried by satellite providers DISH Network or Direct TV, it is available from many cable systems, including most Time Warner franchises. Also, the episode will be available for online viewing from the network's website worldwide after airing. If you can't wait and need a sneak peak to keep you satiated, remember that Dollymania.net was the first in the world to provide a preview clip thanks to CNN International. Scroll down to the Aug. 5 news update to take a look. (Keep scrolling down to the July 31 news update and you can see a couple of behind-the-scenes photos from the show that Dollymania.net was also the first anywhere to publish.)
Boxed Set Adds A CD The official announcement isn't available yet (should be coming soon!) for the upcoming Dolly boxed set from Sony Records to hit stores Oct. 27, but Dollymania has confirmed that the release will contain four discs, not the three that Amazon.com was showing on its advance order page. Get yours here.
CD, DVD Cover Art Posted Dolly's record label website, DollyPartonMusic.net, on Tuesday released to fans the images of Dolly's upcoming Live In London CD and DVD, although the cover art has been made available to PBS stations for several weeks since they've been selling advance copies of both as fund-raisers associated with the abbreviated television concert special from the recording. Take a peak here and here. Thanks, Aaron.
Dolly V. Stern, Round Three Thanks to Al and Marie for telling me that Howard Stern's producers announced on his show Tuesday that Dolly's management had informed them she has changed her mind and will send him the lyrics to the song she wrote about him in retaliation for an offensive audio joke at her expense. Reportedly, Stern said on his program he loves her, is happy he'll be able to hear what she wrote and that he thinks she's still gorgeous "for an old broad." No word yet on when she plans to turn over the lyrics.
'9 To 5' Goes Up And Down Results for the week of Aug. 4-9 on Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical were mixed, the grosses that came out Monday showed. On the good side, the weekly audience was up 8 percent compared to the previous week, coming in at 9,399 ticketholders, so even with the average per-ticket price dropping 1 percent to $75.80 the week's gross rose 7 percent to $712,415. The bad news was that even though the percent of seats sold rose from 68 percent the previous week to 73 percent, for the first time since opening the show had the lowest percentage of sold seats on Broadway. The musical actually rose one spot to No. 15 for biggest Broadway gross and remained steady at No. 13 for audience size. Since opening for previews, the show has grossed $12.7 million and been seen by 183,521 people.
More 'London' Sightings Dollymania has confirmed a few additional airings of Dolly: Live In London O2 Arena on PBS networks for you. Mississippi Public Broadcasting will show the concert at 9 p.m. Tuesday, followed by repeats at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 20. It will be shown at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 on both Gainesville, Fla., station WUFT and as a repeat on Maryland Public Television's WMPT-DT2. You may recall it first reported here that Maryland Public Television was the first in the world to show the special, airing it the first night it became available to public television. Scroll through previous updates to see if a station in your viewing area has been identified as carrying the show.
Stern Getting On Dolly Again Thanks to Marie for alerting me that Dolly once again made The Howard Stern Show Monday. (You may recall that several months ago he caused quite an outcry when he created a joke on his show where he spliced together excerpts from the audiobook version of her autobiography from more than a decade ago to make it sound like she was making several raunchy and racist remarks on air, but Dolly didn't find it amusing and released a statement saying she was very much hurt and would consider suing over the incident. Shortly thereafter, she said she was writing a song called "Howard Stern" about the event and might record it. This led Stern's staff to speak with her management and confirm the song was being written, to which Stern said at the time he was certain it wouldn't be "a love fest" but he still considered her an amazing songwriter and was honored to be immortalized in song by her.) Well, the update from Stern's camp is that Dolly's management confirmed to them that she decided not to finish the song and not to record it, so he's disappointed and wants to get a clip of the verses she wrote about him, although she has thus far refused to release them.
Aug. 10: New Sony Boxed Set Coming In Oct. Retailers over the weekend revealed that a yet-to-be-titled three-CD Dolly boxed set is scheduled for release on Oct. 27 from Sony Legacy. If this is the project I think it is, trust me that you won't be disappointed when it hits stores. Reserve your copy, for $50 each, here !
Three Live Tracks On New CD Speaking of new releases, thanks to Tony for alerting me to Rare Country Legends Live, a new three-disc set from Jim Owens Entertainment which features Dolly performances of "My Tennessee Mountain Home," "Touch Your Woman" and "The Last Thing On My Mind" with Porter Wagoner. Its order page here states that the recordings are taken live from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry (although it doesn't actually state that they occurred on the Opry itself, so these may be tracks from other events recorded at the Opry House).
Steady Down Under The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1, her overseas Sony compilation CD from two years ago, remains steady this week at No. 6 again in its 34th week on the Australian country albums chart, it was announced.
The Sincerest Form Of Flattery Andrea Pattison, the star of one of the Dolly tribute shows currently touring the U.K., The Dolly Parton Story, was profiled over the weekend in The Sunderland Echo newspaper here and Sunday Sunhere.
Aug. 8: 'People' Offers Free Dolly Track Wanna download Dolly's "Backwoods Barbie" free from iTunes? Well, she's one of eight artists whose songs were selected for the PEOPLE Country Playlist to promote the annual country music issue of the magazine. The list also includes Jack Ingram, Willie Nelson, Darryl Worley and others. Access the codes for the free downloads here. The magazine itself, dated September, hit newsstands nationwide on Friday and features Reba on the cover with an interview that includes a look inside her home. Other stars who opened their domiciles for the publication include frequent Dolly duetter Kenny Rogers along with Darius Rucker, Gretchen Wilson, Holly Williams and Jimmy Wayne. Other stories focus on Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Brad Paisley and Jennifer Nettles, plus a story about the songs available for free download including a quote from Dolly saying her song is "about not judging people by how they look." Cover art courtesy PEOPLE Country. Used with permission
Latest On '9 To 5' The New York Post is doing its part to try and sell some tickets to Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical. In its weekly run-down of what's playing on Broadway, it gave the show three-out-of-four stars here and opined: "Don't listen to the haters: This revenge fantasy is a hoot, Allison Janney rocks, and Dolly Parton's songs were made for the musical theater." In related news, Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Terry Morrow presents recent interviews with Dolly and cast member Megan Hilty in a story about the show here this week.
A Few More 'London' Showings Additional public television stations are gearing up in coming days to show Dolly: Live In London O2 Arena. The new ones uncovered by Dollymania are Fargo, N.D.-based Prairie Public Television at 3 a.m. Saturday, WKNO-2 Memphis at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (it had aired there on WKNO-1 Wednesday night), 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on WQED in Pittsburgh, Pa., and 8 p.m. Thursday on Connecticut Public Television. Scroll down to previous news updates on this page in case you missed them to see if your city has been listed earlier for a broadcast of the concert.
Aug. 7: '9 To 5' Rebounds On Charts As was expected with the first week's sales in regular retail outlets, the cast album of Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical score produced a sizeable jump on the charts, the August 15 Billboard numbers confirmed Thursday. As was previously reported, the collection debuts at No. 130 pop albums. In addition, it climbs nine spots in its third week on the cast albums chart to a new peak at No. 3 and re-enters the 50-position independent label albums chart for a second week and a new peak of No. 16. It also debuts on the Internet sales albums chart at No. 14 and comes in at No. 160 on the comprehensive albums tally. The CD will likely see a significant drop in next week's numbers, since sales typically spike on an album's wide release date. Steve Martin's The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, with its Dolly collaboration, remains steady at No. 1 bluegrass in its 24th week. Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, featuring Dolly on "When I Get Where I'm Going," slides one to No. 7 country catalog and falls six to No. 39 Canadian country. Taylor Swift's Fearless remains steady at No. 1 country and No. 9 pop in its 38th chart week with 38,000 units moved while The Zac Brown Band's The Foundation also remains steady at No. 2 country and No. 11 pop in its 37th week.
DVD Release Date Moves, New Video Coming The release date for Dolly's upcoming live DVD and CD Live In London has been moved up one month to October instead of the previously-announced November shelf date, according to an e-mail blast issued Thursday by her official record label website, DollyPartonMusic.net. The message also noted that a music video for her single "Change It" from the Tony-nominated score of 9 To 5: The Musical will soon be posted on the website using footage taken from Dolly's recording of the tune as well as a recent photo shoot. (Download the song from iTunes here now!)
Hear 'Rainbow' Interview Thanks to Sheldon for alerting me that a podcast has been posted on the Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio's website of her appearance on a recent program to promote her children's book, I Am A Rainbow. Take a listen here!
Aug. 6: '9 To 5' To Be No. 130 Pop As was predicted here, Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical original Broadway cast recording album will shoot up the charts quite a bit when they are released Thursday to reflect the first week of sales in retail stores. Dolly's record label website, DollyPartonMusic.net, reported Wednesday that the CD will debut on the Billboard Top 200 pop albums chart at No. 130. Given that position, it will likely be around No. 2 on the Cast Albums chart (the No. 1 spot is a remote possibility) and somewhere in the mid-20s on the independent label albums chart. The collection debuted at No. 4 Cast Albums and No. 39 indie two weeks ago based solely on its early release via the online stores at Dolly's record label site and the musical's official website as well as digital download release on all of the major legal downloading services. Last week, it dipped to No. 12 Cast Albums and fell out of the top 50 indie CDs.
Dolly To Be Recognized Sept. 22 Lee Ann Womack will host the Sept. 22 ceremony in Nashville where Dolly will be honored with the Academy of Country Music's Jim Reeves International Award, the Academy announced in a press release Wednesday. The event, to be held at the Schermerhorn Symphony building, recognizes the off-camera winners from this year's awards including Pioneer Award winners Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr. and Jerry Reed, among others. The award was her ninth career win from the ACM.
Film Series To Show 'For The Love' If you're in New York the first week of September, you might want to take in "Mondo Fandom," a series of obsessed fan documentaries being shown Sept 3-6 by the Anthology Film Archives in its Second Avenue Courthouse building in Manhattan. The series will include the fan doc For The Love Of Dolly at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 5 complete with director Tai Uhlmann present for discussion.
Aug. 5: First Look: CNN International Profile
Aug. 4: '9 To 5' Tumbles A Little Announcing last week that it would close Labor Day weekend apparently didn't help move more tickets for Dolly's 9 to 5: The Musical, the grosses for the week of July 28-Aug. 2 released on Monday indicated. Attendance, 8,702 audience members, was down 3 percent compared to the previous week, with the percentage of seats filled dipping to 68 percent, for the third week in a row the second-lowest sale percentage on Broadway. The overall gross, $665,102, was down 4 percent from the week before, as the per-ticket average dipped 1 percent to $76.43. The show remained steady at No. 16 for biggest Broadway gross and No. 13 for audience size. Since opening for previews, the show has grossed $12 million and been seen by 174,122 people.
Skaggs Set With Dolly Re-Issued An album with a couple of classic Dolly guest vocals is in stores once again. Ricky Skaggs' 1983 recording Don't Cheat In Our Hometown on Epic/Sugar Hill has been re-issued by his Skaggs Family Records. The collection includes two tracks with Dolly harmonies: "Vision Of Mother" and "Don't Step Over An Old Love." The new version also includes a bonus DVD of Skaggs discussing the recording of the album. Get your copy, available on CD for the first time since a 1990 re-issue, here!
Latest 'London' TV Additions I've come across several additional airings this week of the Dolly: Live In London O2 Arena special. It aired Sunday in Denver, although there is a 7 p.m. Tuesday repeat. It aired Monday in Tallahassee and also on New Mexico PBS (which will repeat it Aug. 7 and 17 on its 9.1 World channel). Other new broadcasts include 7 p.m. Tuesday on South Dakota Public Broadcasting, 8 p.m. Tuesday on Milwaukee Public Television, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Vegas PBS, 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday on Bowling Green's WKYU, 8 p.m. Saturday on central California's KVIE and noon and 7 p.m. Sunday on northern California's KQED. It also recently aired on Ozarks Public Television in Missouri and will repeat there at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. More stations as I become aware of them!
Florida Library Ceases Registrations Sometimes you can be just too successful. That's what organizers of the Tampa-area chapter of Dolly' s Imagination Library literacy program have discovered. An influx of registering children forced them to stop accepting new kids into the free book project until new funding is secured. Current registrants, more than 11,000 of them, will continue to receive books, however, The St. Petersburg Times reports here.
Aug. 3: Streaming Video Reminder You still have plenty of time to support Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program and enjoy full-length footage of some great Dolly appearances from June. Her streaming Video On Demand project with Smokies TV launched Sunday and continues through noon Saturday. For a $5 tax-deductible donation, you get one day's access to watch the 15-minute online premiere of Dolly's musical version of Llama Llama Red Pajama, a $15 gift adds on nine minutes of footage of Dolly reading I Am A Rainbow and singing the song of the same name, while a $30 contribution gives you access to everything as many times as you want to watch it until Saturday plus an additional 20-minute segment including Dolly's media Q&A interspersed with an interview with Llama author Anna Dewdney and her own Q&A with Library affiliate representatives. Get access to the videos here!
Holding On In Aussie Tally The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1, her overseas Sony compilation CD from two years ago, remains steady this week at No. 6 in its 33rd week on the Australian country albums chart, it was announced.
'Angel' Flies Again Unlikely Angel, Dolly's 1996 holiday film, is being re-issued once again on DVD, it has been announced. The new release is coming Oct. 20 from Tango Entertainment. Reserve your copy here!
Aug. 1: Library Music Coming, Video Starts Sun.
Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program will soon incorporate music in some way, Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson announced Friday. He was participating in a live online contest drawing for survey respondents who had participated in a survey about the program when it was announced that 95 percent answered that they would like to see music added to the program. He responded it wouldn't be "too much longer" before that day arrives. Other items from the survey included that Llama Llama Red Pajama and The Little Engine That Could were tied for the most popular books in the series, 99 percent of parents love the program and are very satisfied and nearly 90 percent of parents read more to their children after enrolling than they did before. They also plugged next week's special Video On Demand project through Smokies TV by playing the preview clip viewable in the media player above or by clicking here (and even featuring your webmaster asking Dolly a question). The videos become accessible at midnight Eastern time Sunday morning and run through noon Saturday, Aug. 8. Packages, available here for a tax-deductible donation to the Library, are $5 for one day's access to the musical version of Llama Llama Red Pajama with Dolly, $15 for one day's access to that footage plus Dolly reading her I Am A Rainbow book and singing its song, or $30 for a full week's access to both sets of footage plus Dolly's media Q&A and an interview with Llama author Anna Dewdney.
Auction Reminder The Knoxville News Sentinel on Friday picked up the news about Dolly's charity auction invitation to stay in her guest house and have dinner and breakfast with her in a story here. (And I was alerted on Friday that the phone number originally included in the press release, and repeated here, to order tickets to the Aug. 15 auction at $200 each was incorrect. It was corrected Friday morning to 865-429-6715.)
'Sweet Summer' Dolly Thanks to Greg for directing me to Dolly's entry of "Sweet Summer Lovin"" in North Carolina's 99 KISS Country's top 10 country summer songs countdown here.