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This week in Dolly history
Twenty-nine years ago Monday, Porter & Dolly perform together on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry for her ABC television series, the first time the two sing together publicly since 1974. Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its second of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's fourth time at the top and longest stay there); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). The same day, “9 to 5" reaches No. 1 on the pop charts. Thirty years ago Tuesday, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris debuts on the country singles charts; three months later it would become Trio's sole No. 1, Dolly's 21st of her record 25 times atop the country singles charts, Emmylou's fifth and most recent No. 1, and Linda's second and most recent country No. 1. Sixteen years ago Tuesday, Dolly wins her sixth Grammy Award, this time for Best Bluegrass Album for The Grass is Blue. Forty-two years ago Wednesday, “The Bargain Store” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; the No. 1 country single would peak at No. 35 AC. Thirty-two years ago Thursday, “Don't Call It Love” debuts on the adult contemporary chart; the song would peak at No. 12 adult contemporary and No. 3 country. Seventeen years ago Thursday, Dolly picks up her fifth Grammy Award, Best Country Vocal Collaboration, for “After The Goldrush,” the second she shares with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris as The Trio. Thirty-five years ago Friday, Dolly wins two Grammy Awards for “9 to 5” -- Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song; the hit was also up for overall Song Of The Year and Best Album From A Motion Picture.
U.K., Feb. 19 edition:
The Complete Trio Collection No. 4 country compilation (down from No. 2; 23rd week; peaked at No. 1 for 20 weeks)
Australia, Feb. 20 edition:
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection No. 10 country (no change; 23rd week; peaked at No. 1 for three weeks)
U.S., March 4 edition:
Pure & Simple No. 45 country (down from No. 42; 26th week; peaked at No. 1), No. 19 Americana/folk (down from No. 15; 26th week; peaked at No. 1)
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
May 5, Pigeon Forge Dolly Parade
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Feb. 23, 4:36 p.m., Starz Kids and Family, The Beverly Hillbillies (re-runs 1:32 p.m. Feb. 24)
'Just Between You And Me' Getting Digital Reissue Another classic Dolly album is getting a digital release from Sony Music next month: her RCA debut, Just Between You And Me, her first duet album with Porter Wagoner from January 1968. The 12-song album becomes available for download on March 3. Get it here!
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's Pure & Simple ends its 26th sales week losing four spots to No. 19 Americana/folk album sales and three places to No. 45 country album sales, the March 4 Billboard charts released Wednesday showed. Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton fell off the 25-position country catalog albums, down from one week at No. 24.
Grammy Win Chatter From 'Forbes,' 'Adweek' Adweek and Forbes on Wednesday offered stories on Dolly's recent Grammy win with Pentatonix thanks to retailer Cracker Barrel here and here, respectively.
Branson Stampede Has Gone To The Dogs The Branson, Mo., location of Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theater opens for its 23rd season Friday and debuts a new “Canine Capers” exhibition of stunt dogs, all of whom are rescue animals. Their relay event features fly ball racing, an agility course and high jump competitions.
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Feb. 22: Dolly Song On Charity CD Available For Streaming
A little over one day after news of the project was reported here on Dollymania.net folk singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile on Tuesday officially announced her charity project and also released streaming audio of Dolly's contribution as the project's teaser. Two tracks, Adele's "Hiding My Heart" and Ruby Amanfu's "Shadow On The Wall," had been previously released, in 2011 and 2015, respectfully, but the other dozen songs were recorded last year. Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child will be released May 1 on CD, vinyl and digital. In addition to the 14 tracks, the liner notes will feature a forward written by President Barack Obama. Rolling Stone premiered Dolly's track, "The Story," on Tuesday here. As was previously revealed here, all proceeds will benefit War Child UK, which assists children from war-torn places in the world. In a release, Carlile said: "This is a David and Goliath story. Since becoming a mother, the reality of a child's beautiful life being torn apart by war felt like too big of a problem for me. So I asked my heroes and friends to help me launch a rock at the giant that is our refugee crisis and help in the only way we know how: through the power of music." In the same release, President Obama said: "As an artist, Brandi Carlile is using her talent on behalf of the most vulnerable among us, children living in areas of conflict. She reminds us that, together, we can build for our children a more just, peaceful world." Special packages are available for pre-order from Carlile's website here. The full track listing is:
"Late Morning Lullaby" — Shovels & Rope
"The Story" — Dolly Parton
"Turpentine" — Kris Kristofferson
"My Song" — Old Crow Medicine Show
"Wasted" — Jim James
"Have You Ever" — the Avett Brothers
"Josephine" — Anderson East
"Losing Heart" — Secret Sisters
"Cannonball" — Indigo Girls
"Until I Die" — Torres
"Downpour" — Margo Price
"Shadow on the Wall" — Ruby Amanfu
"Again Today" — Pearl Jam
"Hiding My Heart" — Adele
Dolly Got Some Metal Help For Tour Pollstar on Tuesday profiled Dolly's most recent tour crew, most of whom had their greatest degree of touring experience with heavy metal acts such as Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue, Slipknot and Megadeth. Read more here. Her biggest North American tour in a quarter century, Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour was also the most successful North American tour of her career, packing in 387,000 fans and grossing $31.0 million to be last year's 34th top North American tour of the year and No. 10 country tour of the year. (For comparison, her two previous tours focused more on Europe and Australia than North America, with 2014's Blue Smoke World Tour grossing $31.8 million and 2011's Better Day World Tour grossing her career-best $40.0 million, according to Pollstar.)
Fan Dinner Tickets On Sale Tickets went on sale Monday for the unofficial annual Dolly Fan Dinner for May 5 at the Courtyard by Marriot in Pigeon Forge here. Organizers say the 7 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner at 7:30 and entertainment at 8:30 from Chip Yeomans and CJ Morgan performing Dolly songs as well as a "special guest entertainer." In addition, Randy L. Schmidt will debut his book Dolly On Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton, which will be released four days prior. At 9:45, Schmidt will remain for a book signing and fans will be around selling memorabilia. (Your webmaster has reviewed an advance copy of the book, and I can tell you it's an indulgent journey through Dolly's life and career, giving fans a chance to re-live interviews they haven't seen in decades, but moreover it is a study in excellent interview technique. Dolly is one of the world's most skilled interview subjects, expertly navigating reporters' questions with humor and wit, remaining in control of the interview at all times and gently steering it where she wants it to go. Dolly On Dolly offers a fascinating overview of how her natural interview talent grew over time to a level that few in the public eye can match.)
Feb. 20: Dolly Helps War Victims With Charity CD Appearance Dolly has lent her voice to folk singer Brandi Carlile's efforts to help the victims of war by participating in a charity album. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of her landmark album The Story, Carlile and her Looking Out Foundation got together 14 artists including Dolly, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price, Jim James and more, to re-record the 14 songs on the album. The finished project, Cover Stories, will raise funds for War Child UK. The release date and pre-order information are not yet available, but pre-orders will be taken online here.
Dolly Profiled On 'National Enquirer' TV Show Cable channel REELZ has announced the second season of the tabloid "documentary" series National Enquirer Investigates will premiere at 6 p.m. April 12 with an episode dedicated to Dolly's career and private personal life.
Overseas Chart Updates Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 10 on the Australian country albums chart in its 23rd week, it was announced Sunday. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week loses two on the British country compilation albums chart, coming in at No. 4 in its 23rd week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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) holds steady at No. 9 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls three to No. 18.
Billboard Loves Dolly's 'He's Alive' Billboard magazine last week counted down the 100 best award show musical performances of all time, and Dolly was the only country artist to make the top 20 with her 1989 Country Music Association Awards cover of "He's Alive." The publication noted: "Dolly absolutely shreds the inspirational anthem, captivating with her towering presence and providing the resurrection entirely with her lilting, mighty voice, rendering the gospel choir who enters at song's end for punctuation a virtual redundancy." See the full list, and watch clips, here.
'Drag Race' Hopes To Get Dolly Rupaul Drag Race judge Michele Visage says Dolly is among the gay icons asked to appear on the show every season (such as Madonna, Cher and Liza Minnelli as well as Lady Gaga, who makes her first appearance on the program this coming season, it has been announced). Read more here.
Dolly Chats With UK Media Dolly had an interview over the weekend with the British press in London's Sunday Post in which she says she'll eventually tour again in the U.K. Read the interview here.
Feb. 17: 'Christmas Of Many Colors' Wins Award For the second year in a row, Dolly won the $100,000 MovieGuide Awards' Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring TV Program of the Year. This year's winner was Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, the sequel to last year's winner Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors. Dolly attended last year's ceremony to accept the honor but was absent this year, so the award was accepted by her co-executive producer, Sam Haskell, along with three of the cast members, the director, the screenwriter and the editor. "To stand in the light of God's grace, and to show people who you really are is what it's about, that's who Dolly Parton is," said Haskell. "We love her and we appreciate her, and we cherish her. She's a servant of God, and we love telling the stories of her life."
Dolly Collaboration Earns ACM Nomination "Forever Country," the mash-up of John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads," Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" and Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" performed by 30 different artists – including Dolly as the finale, was nominated Thursday for Vocal Event of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The song will compete against Dierks Bentley and Elle King for "Different for Girls," Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw for "May We All," Kenny Chesney with Pink for "Setting The World On Fire" and Chris Young with Cassaddee Pope for "Think Of You." Because the song is credited to "Artists of Then, Now & Forever" instead of the 30 individual names of the performers, it is unlikely that a win would be added to any of the artists' official totals. Dolly has won seven regular ACM Awards and three special ACMs (Pioneer Award, Jim Reeves International Award, and the Tex Ritter Award). She previously won this category with Brad Paisley for "When I Get Where I'm Going" in 2006 and was nominated in this category with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris in 2000 and with Norah Jones in 2005.
Dolly Fan Dinner Returning This Year Organizers this week announced on Facebook that in addition to the fan gathering at Dolly's Dixie Stampede on May 6, the annual unofficial Dolly Fan Dinner will also return at 7 p.m. May 5, following Dolly's annual Pigeon Forge parade.This year's event will take place at the Courtyard by Marriot and tickets go on sale Monday.
Feb. 15: 'Pure & Simple' Passes 110K Copies Dolly's Pure & Simple continues to sell about 700 copies per week, ending its 25th sales week at 111,000 cumulative copies moved in the U.S., which earns the CD a seven-point climb to No. 15 Americana/folk album sales and one spot increase to No. 42 country album sales, the Feb. 25 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. A 2008 release, Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, debuts at No. 24 country catalog albums.
Feb. 14: 'Hello, I'm Dolly' Turns 50 Years Old Dolly on Monday celebrated the half-century anniversary of Monument Records' release of her debut album, Hello I'm Dolly, saying in a press release: "I can't believe it's been 50 years since I did my first album. What a wonderful 50 years it has been. Thanks to my Uncle Bill Owens and Fred Foster for believing in me early on. And thanks to all the fans out there...I hope to have at least another 50 years!"
Feb. 13: 'Jolene' With Pentatonix Wins Grammy Award Dolly on Sunday took home her eighth competitive Grammy Award, her ninth award from the Recording Academy including her Lifetime Achievement Grammy, when "Jolene" with a capella group Pentatonix won Best Country Duo/Group Performance. In a press release, Dolly gushed: "Oh my Lord I am so excited to have won the Grammy with Pentatonix on my old song Jolene. I am so happy and am so very proud of Pentatonix. The song is one of my favorites. Thanks to the Grammys, but most importantly thanks to all the fans. I love you all." Pentatonix reacted on Twitter: "AHH!! We just won our THIRD GRAMMY for "Best Country Duo/Group Performance" with @DollyParton! ?? We are so honored… THANK YOU!!" The honor was actually the first Grammy Award for the classic song, as Dolly had previously been nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the original version in 1975 and a live recording in 1976, which lost to Anne Murray's "Love Song" and Linda Ronstadt's "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)," respectively. The Pentatonix collaboration marked Dolly's second win and ninth nomination in this specific category – four with Porter Wagoner including her first Grammy nod in 1969 for "Just Someone I Used To Know," three with Kenny Rogers and one with Emmylou Harris and Ronstadt, which they won for their first collaborative album (for a period from the 1990s through early 2000s, the category rules changed to consider only full-time collaborative duos and groups, putting temporary collaborations into the new category of Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, which saw Dolly earn six nominations, including another win with Harris and Ronstadt). The original "Jolene" had been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014. This year's nomination was Dolly's 47th of her career, second only to Beyonce, who took the record from Dolly for the woman with the most Grammy nominations three years ago and now has 62 nods. Neither Dolly nor Pentatonix was on hand to receive the award when it was presented in the pre-televised portion of the ceremony, although Pentatonix performed another song during the broadcast. Coverage included AOL's The Boothere and The Los Angeles Timeshere.
Australian Chart Updates Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 10 on the Australian country albums chart in its 22nd week, it was announced Sunday, while Dolly's Pure & Simple falls back out of the top 40 country albums tally, down from No. 40 in its 23rd chart week.
Dolly Chooses Her Most Romantic Songs For Valentine's Day, Country Living asked Dolly to rank her 10 most romantic songs. See which ones she chose here.
Feb. 11: 'Great Pretender' Coming To CD For First Time Since 1984 Vibe On Records, a new independent label created two years ago and "specializing in limited-run expanded editions of classic and forgotten pop records on CD," has revealed plans to release an "expanded edition" of Dolly's 1984 covers album The Great Pretender "featuring rare bonus tracks." The release date or any more details on what bonus tracks the collection will contain have not been announced.
Dolly Up For Grammy Award On Sunday Dolly and Pentatonix will be up Sunday for a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their a capella version of "Jolene," but they won't be performing the song. According to USA Todayhere, the band will sing an unannounced tune that was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year. In related news, The Huffington Post took the Grammy Awards as an opportunity to recognize the 10 best albums of the year here, putting The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe at No. 10 for 2016.
U.K. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week loses one on the British country compilation albums chart, coming in at No. 2 in its 22nd week, having had 20 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the tally, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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 five to No. 9 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises five to No. 15.
Dollywood Readies For 2017 Closed for the season, Dollywood is busy prepping for the 2017 season, and The Knoxville News-Sentinel had a behind-the-scenes look on Friday here.
Watch '9 To 5' At Beverly Hills Theatre The Writers Guild of America Committee of Women Writers will celebrate Women's History Month in March with a screening of Dolly's 1980 film 9 To 5 followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Patricia Resnick. The 8 p.m. event will be at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills on March 4. Call (323) 782-4589 for information.
Feb. 9: U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Now that your webmaster is back from a week's vacation :) The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady at No. 1 British country compilation albums chart in its 21st week, giving the CD 20 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the tally, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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) holds steady at 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) re-enters the top 20 at No. 20 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls off the top 20, down from No. 11. On the overall country albums chart, Dolly's Pure & Simple falls out of the top 20, down from No. 9 in its 23rd week. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt loses four to No. 10 on the Australian country albums chart in its 21st week, it was announced Sunday, falling out of the top 50 pop albums chart, down from No. 37, while Dolly's Pure & Simple re-enters the top 40 country albums tally at No. 40 in its 23rd chart week. Stateside, Dolly's Pure & Simple tumbles 10 spots to No. 22 Americana/folk album sales and four places to No. 43 country album sales in its 24th chart week, the Feb. 18 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed.
'Elle' Looks At Dolly's Relevance Elle magazine recently took a look at the cultural significance over the past few decades of Dolly, Fiona Apple and Lana Del Rey. Check out the piece here.
Library License Plates Hit The Streets Dolly's Imagination Library license plates for Tennessee drivers made their debut last week and were so popular that the program plans to also make available souvenir plates that non-Tennessee residents may order. Check out a story from FOX 17 here.
Dolly Collectors Profiled On TV Major Dolly collectors Harrell Gabehart and Patric Parkey were profiled on Knoxville station WBIR a few days ago. Watch the story here.
Mississippi Birthday Party Covered Last month's Bay St. Louis, Miss.'s, Dolly birthday festival was highlighted in The Norman Transcripthere.
Worsham Worships Dolly Song Newcomer Charlie Worsham counts "Coat Of Many Colors" as among the songs most influential in his life. Find out why from Wide Open Countryhere.
Bolton Talks Of Dolly Duet Michael Bolton told Billboard this week how his upcoming duet with Dolly on "I Will Always Love You" came about. As was first reported here nearly two months ago, the song appears on Bolton's album Songs Of Cinema, which comes out on Friday. Read the interview here.
Dolly Duplicate Sings On 'Caraoke' Show Spike's Caraoke Showdown this week unveiled a new episode with a Dolly impersonator. Check out a clip below.
Feb. 1: 'Pure & Simple' Hangs On To Charts Dolly's Pure & Simple inches up one place to No. 12 Americana/folk album sales and one space to No. 39 country album sales in its 23rd chart week, the Feb. 11 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly falls off the hot country songs list, down from No. 46. Three dates from the Pure & Simple Tour make this week's Box Score: No. 31 is her sold out engagement Nov. 26 at Tampa's Amalie Arena with $612,289 gross from 6,699 seats, No. 38 is her sold out show Nov. 29 at Pensacola Bay Center with $551,787 gross from 6,581 seats, and No. 44 is her Nov. 27 performance at Sunrise, Fla.'s, BB&T Center with a gross of $407,227 and 86 percent of the available 6,183 seats sold.
There's A New Dolly Around Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman earlier this month had a daughter and named her after Dolly, Rare reported here.
Dolly Fan Dinner Coming May 5 Organizers of the annual unofficial Dolly Fan Dinner have announced that this year's event will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge. Check out the event page here.The party each year follows Dolly's annual Pigeon Forge parade, which Dollymania.net announced nearly a month ago will take place on May 5.
Jan. 30: Overseas Albums Charts Updated The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady at No. 1 British country compilation albums chart in its 20th week, giving the CD 19 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the tally, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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) inches down one to No. 14 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up one to No. 11. On the overall country albums chart, Dolly's Pure & Simple falls five to No. 9 country in its 23rd week. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt loses two to No. 6 on the Australian country albums chart in its 20th week, it was announced Sunday, rising four on the top 50 pop albums chart to No. 37, while Dolly's Pure & Simple falls off the top 40 country albums tally, down from No. 29 country in its 22nd chart week.
Dolly Presents Tomlin's Award At SAG Dolly received one of the few standing ovations of the night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards when she took to the stage to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to 9 To 5 co-star Lily Tomlin. Fellow co-star Jane Fonda was scheduled to appear but was ill. Dolly joked several times about her breasts (saying she was giving an award for something she's tried all her life to avoid: "sag"). After the program aired, Dolly was in the top 5 of Yahoo's trending topics. Dolly was returning the favor, as Tomlin had presented Dolly with the Country Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award two months ago. Check out a recap from Gossip Cophere and The Huffington Posthere.
Jan. 25: 'Puppy Love' Coming For Record Store Day The Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which purchased the masters from Louisiana indie label Goldband several years ago, on Tuesday announced that it plans to begin reissuing archival recordings from the record company, starting with Dolly's childhood single "Puppy Love"/"Girl Left Alone" from 1959, which it has partnered with Yep Roc Records to digitally re-master and release as a limited edition vinyl 45 on Record Store Day April 22. "Like a first love, a first record for a singer will always be remembered above all others," Dolly said in a press release. "Hopefully I've improved since I recorded 'Puppy Love,' so don't laugh…just enjoy."
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's Pure & Simple sold about 800 copies in its 22nd week last week to rise four spots to No. 13 Americana/folk albums in the Feb. 4 Billboard charts released Tuesday, gaining three to No. 40 country albums. The "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly dips six to No. 46 hot country songs.
Viral 'Jolene' Toddler Profiled A little girl singing Dolly's "Jolene" has gone viral, earning over 6 million Facebook views in recent days and even getting sent out on Tuesday by Dolly's official social media. Check out a story from WFMY News 2 here.
Jan. 23: Trump Dances To Dolly's Song
Donald J. Trump was inaugurated Friday as the 45th president of the United States, and there were a couple of Dolly connections that evening. One of the early official inaugural balls Friday night featured "9 To 5," and then the official Commander in Chief and First Lady's dance at the Armed Services Ball later in the evening was to a cover of the Whitney Houston version of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You," viewable here or in the media player above, although Dolly almost certainly did not consent to use of the songs since no one has to get permission for music at these events (instead, the facility where they're held obtains a general license from the song licensing firms – BMI and ASCAP – that allows them to use any song written by a composer on their roster). The First Couple's dance drew to a close perhaps the most bizarre national election in the history of democracy, one which saw enternally non-political Dolly thrown into the race. Dolly's humorous and innocent non-partisan remarks were distorted by both the left and right, then possibly altered by the Russian government in their propaganda campaign, and finally resulted in creation of her first Snopes page. Long known as a celebrity who speaks only on select few political issues – most notably pro-LGBT rights, pro-children's issues and pro-armed forces – Dolly expertly deflects most political questions with humor and diplomatic answers that don't favor one side over the other. However, in this highly polarized election, even her usual strategy dragged her into the battle.
She conducted an unusually high number of interviews last year to promote her new CD and largest North American tour in a quarter-century, and in June The New York Times asked what used to be a pretty innocent question: "How do you feel about a female presidential nominee?" Dolly responded with a fairly standard answer for her: making a joke about it, adding what prior to this election would have been a fairly innocuous statement that the Democratic nominee was qualified to be president, and diplomatically affirming that she'd support whoever wins. Her exact words were: "Well, I think that that would be wonderful. Hillary might make as good a president as anybody ever has. I think no matter if it's Hillary or Donald Trump, we're gonna be plagued with PMS either way — presidential mood swings! But I personally think a woman would do a great job. I think Hillary's very qualified. So if she gets it, I'll certainly be behind her." Liberal and conservative media outlets jumped on the quote and mischaracterized it as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Liberal fans showered her social media and the comments sections of liberal media outlets with praise, while conservative fans filled her social media and the comments sections of conservative media outlets with insults and threats, including several remarks that she was not a "real" Christian because no "real" Christian could consider supporting Clinton, that she was just another fake and un-American Hollywood celebrity, or that she had been "brainwashed" by Hollywood.
The backlash was so great that a few days later in July her publicist was forced to release a political statement on the matter, which included a quote from Dolly: "This morning while I was watching the news I saw many reports that I had endorsed Hillary Clinton. My comment about supporting a woman in the White House was taken out of context. I have not endorsed Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. I try not to get political but if I am, I might as well just run myself 'cause I've got the hair for it, it's huge, and they could always use more boobs in the race. But seriously, I have not decided who I'm voting for, but no matter what we're gonna be suffering from PMS, Presidential Mood Swings." Unfortunately, the statement, while garnering more coverage from the mainstream media, only slightly quieted the flames, as negative comments from the right continued, focusing mostly on their belief that she was either a Clinton supporter lying to keep from alienating her fan base or she wasn't a "real" American or "real" Christian if she was still considering voting for Clinton.
In August, she continued to try to clear things up, offering more jokes in a CNN interview in which she called the campaign "the greatest show on television right now" adding "I don't know where they're going to land but I think they're both nuts. It's like watching the OJ Simpson trial. You just believe whoever's up next. Whoever testified last is who you believe." She added that the two candidates should stop talking about each other and instead talk about the issues: "Let's talk about what we really need -- taking care of us. I think people just want to have a feeling of security. It's just like political terrorism right now, they got us all scared to death about everything."
Even this diplomatic exchange was then taken a few weeks later by the conservative fake news propaganda machine, most of which intelligence agencies later determined to be controlled by the Russian government, and distorted to use as attacks on Clinton. A couple of fake news sites removed the fact that her comments were about both Trump and Clinton and presented them about only Clinton, saying that Dolly had previously endorsed Clinton but "recently, Parton saw the light and realized that Hillary would be quite possible the worst person to be the champion for woman throughout the nation. She now understands that Hillary is a liar; she's as corrupt as they come. In a more recent interview, she called Hillary 'nuts' and that her campaign has been 'just crazy.'" The fake news article was picked up by numerous conservative media outlets and circulated throughout social media, garnering praise from conservative fans. The development resulted in the September creation of Dolly's first-ever entry on the urban legends-turned-fact-checker website Snopes.com debunking the fake story.
Trump won the election, and shortly thereafter when asked by Phoenix television station 12 News on her thoughts after the election, she said this degree of change was frightening but everything is going to be fine in the end, explaining: "Give yourself and everyone else a chance. We have a new president coming in and it's scary to have this much change all of a sudden but I think we're going to be great, and we'll be greater still. . . This is the land of opportunity and I believe we'll always fight for it. No matter who we have to fight for it, we'll make sure to keep our values and principles. I think we're going to be fine."
Australian Chart Updates Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt loses two to No. 4 on the Australian country albums chart in its 19th week, it was announced Sunday, losing 10 spots on the top 50 pop albums chart to No. 41, while Dolly's Pure & Simple inches up one to No. 29 country in its 22nd chart week.
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