This week in
Dolly history
Fifty years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly record “Always, Always;” released as a single two months later, it peaks at No. 16. Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, Dolly begins a series of concerts at Dollywood (that conclude the following day) which are compiled into her second live album, Heartsongs: Live From Home; released six months later, it reaches No. 16 country, No. 87 pop. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, Heartbreak Express debuts on the album charts; it peaks at No. 5 country, No. 106 pop. Forty-nine years ago Thursday, Dolly Parton Day is held in Sevierville, Tenn., culminating in the recording of A Real Live Dolly, her first concert album, in her high school gymnasium; released four months later, it peaks at No. 32 country, No. 154 pop; although cut from the album, the concert features her first public performance of the autobiographical song “Coat Of Many Colors,” regarded as her personal favorite of all songs she's written (it is included as a bonus track on the 2003 CD re-issue of Just Because I'm A Woman). Forty-eight years ago Saturday, just over a year to the day of its first performance, Dolly records “Coat of Many Colors;” released as a single six months later, it reaches No. 4 and becomes second only to “I Will Always Love You” as the song most identified with her throughout her career. Forty-seven years ago Sunday, Porter & Dolly record “We Found It;” released as a single 11 months later, it reaches No. 30. Forty-one years ago Sunday, Here You Come Again is certified as the first of Dolly's six platinum albums for sales in excess of 1 million copies each. Eighteen years ago Sunday, Dolly headlines the 14th annual MerleFest music festival at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C., bringing in a record crowd of more than 77,000 to the festival.


  • U.K., April 22 edition:
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 5 country compilation (no change; 136th week; peaked at No. 1 for 30 weeks)

    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • April 22, 6:30 a.m., Cinemax, The Beverly Hillbillies
  • April 23, 7 a.m., Freeform, Reba
  • Sept. 15-18 and 22-25, 8 p.m., PBS, Country Music

    In-person Dolly
    (scheduled live appearances, some are tentative)

  • May 10-11: Dollywood Wildwood Grove Opening, Pigeon Forge
  • June 6: Pirate's Voyage Opening, Pigeon Forge
  • Oct. 12: Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Say Forever You'll Be Mine 1975 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, April 19

  • The RCA Sessions (1968-1976), 22-song digital collection of rare Porter & Dolly songs first released on the 2014 complete recordings boxed set, April 5

  • Love & Music 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, March 29

  • We Found It 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, Feb. 1

  • Hungry Again 1998 album, digital release, Jan. 25

  • Ronnie Milsap: The Duets, with Dolly on "Smoky Mountain Rain," Jan. 18

  • The Right Combination/Burning The Midnight Oil 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Together Always, 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD version here or the digital version here, featuring 12 Dolly tracks, Nov. 30

  • Dolly: The Seeker/We Used To Dolly album from 1975, digital release, Nov. 23

  • As Long As I Love Dolly album from 1970, digital release, Nov. 23

  • "Jolene" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 16

  • "Girl In The Movies" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 2

  • The Sounds Of Christmas, Dailey & Vincent CD with Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," Oct. 12

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Dolly afterword, Oct. 9

  • Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Once More 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Porter 'N' Dolly 1974 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • A Woman's Right Dolly track from 27: The Most Perfect Album, Sept. 18

  • "Here I Am" Dolly duet with Sia from Dumplin' soundtrack, Sept. 14

  • King Of The Road Roger Miller tribute with Dolly performance, Aug. 31

    Just The Two Of Us 1968 album with Porter Wagoner, Aug. 17

  • 1927 Jubilee: The New Bristol Sessions , with Dolly track "Something More," July 30

  • Frank McKlusky, C.I. Blu-Ray release (and DVD re-release) July 17

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton June 12 book

  • What Would Dolly Do? April 24 book

  • Straight Talk Special Edition, Blue-Ray and DVD re-issue, April 17

  • Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin April 6

  • Dolly Parton, Gender and Country Music Jan. 6 book

  • Next New Heartbreak, Brad Hudson CD Nov. 3 with Dolly duet

  • I Believe In You kids' CD Oct. 13 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, Sept. 29 digital download

  • Younger Now, Sept. 29, Miley Cyrus CD with Dolly duet

  • Woman Walk The Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives Sept. 20 book

  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends DVD set Sept. 19

  • Simple Dreams, 1977 Linda Ronstadt album on CD with Dolly duet, Sept. 15

  • Just Because I'm A Woman 1968 vinyl re-issue, Sept. 8

  • A Real Live Dolly, 1970 album on CD, Sept. 1

  • Rainbow, Kesha CD with Dolly duet, Aug. 11

  • Born Again Wildflower, by Debbie Cochran (with Dolly duet on "Born Again Wildflower"), June 16

  • Hee Haw: Pfft! You Were Gone! DVD with Dolly performance of "Coat of Many Colors" and "The Right Combination," Time-Life, June 13

  • Dolly On Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton May 1 book

  • Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , features Dolly's performance of "The Story," May 5 (also available on vinyl here)

  • Just Between You And Me, 1968 album with Porter Wagoner download, March 3

  • Songs Of Cinema, Michael Bolton (duet with Dolly), Feb. 10

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love DVD and Blu-Ray Dec. 20

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl, 1984 album, Dec. 2

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Blu-Ray release, Nov. 29

  • Coat Of Many Colors Oct. 18, children's book

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Oct. 11 "Pop Art Cover" DVD re-issue

  • "Jolene" with Pentatonix, Sept. 16

  • Hits Made Famous by Country Queens, Sept. 14, reissue

  • The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe Sept. 9, three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along)

  • On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, CD with Dolly track, Aug. 19

  • Pure & Simple, solo CD, Aug. 19 (U.K. import with live CD from 2014 Glastonbury set available as import here)

  • Golden Streets of Glory 1971 album digital download

    My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973 album digital download

  • Country Girl In The Big Apple. vinyl, 1977 concert, June 24

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

  • Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country April 5 digital release of hourlong documentary

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors May 3 DVD release

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (BluRay release), March 8

  • Coat Of Many Colors Feb. 12 vinyl re-issue

  • Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute Stella Parton tribute CD to Dolly, Jan. 19

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (2015 movie), Dec. 21 download

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

  • The Great Pretender (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Hello I'm Dolly (1967), Dec. 4 download

  • Here You Come Again (1977), Dec. 4 download

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

  • The Collection, Dec. 4 download of 10 Dolly albums

  • Christmas Time, Rhonda Vincent CD with Dolly guest appearance, Oct. 30

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

  • Cass County, Sept. 25 Don Henley CD with Dolly duet

  • Picking Up The Pieces, Sept. 11, Jewel CD with Dolly duet

  • Platinum Blonde Australian DVD, Sept. 11 (import)

  • The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series Aug. 21 CD with "Slow Ass Jolene" by Dolly

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD

  • Midnight Special DVD set with two Dolly songs, May 12

  • Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD with Dolly performing "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," May 12

  • Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7

  • Lifetime Holiday Triple Feature DVD with A Country Christmas Story featuring Dolly, Nov. 4

  • Touch Your Woman digital re-issue of 1972 album, Oct. 22

  • Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12

  • 2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7

  • Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    'Trio' Remains Steady In U.K., 'Very Best' Holds Down Under
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 5 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 136th chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) dips three to No. 9, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises three to No. 13 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) and The Essential Dolly Parton both fall out of the top 20, down from No. 17 and No. 20, respectively. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 16 in its 396th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday.

    Candidate's Spouse Wants Dolly For Presidential Inauguration
    Could Dolly play a presidential inauguration? Of course, several candidates in recent years have used her classic “9 To 5” on the campaign trail (both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in 2008 and Elizabeth Warren in the current presidential race) and Trump danced to the song at one of his inaugural balls, but Dolly herself shies away from anything political. Chasten Buttigieg tweeted that his husband and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's statement to TMZ that he'd like Phish to play at his inauguration if elected showed their difference in musical opinions. The potential First Gentleman said his dream performers for an inauguration would be Beyonce, Jimmy Buffet and Dolly, according to The Indianapolis Star here.

    Pirates Voyage Pigeon Forge Getting Closer To Being Ready
    Dolly's Pigeon Forge location of her Pirates Voyage dinner theatre is getting closer to opening, and the pirate ships arrived last week. Read more from WBIR here.

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    Past news

    April 19:
    'Say Forever You'll Be Mine' Available For Download
    Retailers on Thursday night began showing the 1975 Porter Wagoner and Dolly album Say Forever You'll Be Mine available this Friday for downloads, making the duo's 1980 lawsuit settlement album of older unreleased cuts, Porter & Dolly, their only RCA studio recordings not presently available for download (although eight of its 10 tracks were released recently on the rare recordings collection The RCA Sessions (1968-1976) and the other two are available on some other compilations, so some may consider that album technically available as well) in addition to two unavailable solo Dolly RCA albums, Bubbling Over and In The Good Old Days.

    Dolly Helps Announce Titans Schedule
    Music City's NFL team, the Tennessee Titans, this week released their schedule for the 2019 season and had several country music artists introduce each opposing team on the list, which concludes with Dolly encouraging fans to "Titan Up!" Watch the video here!

    Drumstruck Returns Home To Africa
    South African drum group Drumstruck recently returned home at the end of Dollywood's Festival of Nations, garnering several stories in the local media about their performances in the U.S. including one from satellite channel ENCA here.

    'Little Sparrow' Makes Top 100 Albums List
    Thanks to Chuck for alerting me that Taste Of Country put Dolly's Little Sparrow at No. 69 of the top 100 best country albums of the 2000s, also placing Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted (which features his "When I Get Where I'm Going" duet with Dolly) at No. 25. See the entire list here.

    Paula Deen Added To Knoxville Parade
    Although Dolly won't be returning to her former Dolly Parade in Pigeon Forge this year, now called the Music In The Mountains Spring Parade, another big-mouthed southern broad will be making an appearance. The city announced this week that Paula Deen, who operates a restaurant in Pigeon Forge, will join Hal Ripken Jr., who replaced Dolly as grand marshal last year after 30 years, as co-grand marshal this year. Read more from The Knoxville News-Sentinel here.

    Behar To Talk Of Designing For Dolly
    Dolly's personal dress designer, Robert Behar, will be offering a Master Style Class in Los Angeles next week where he'll talk about the inspiration behind several of his iconic creations for Dolly, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Naomi Campbell, among others, he revealed on his Instagram here. The lecture takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Guild Theatre in Hudson Theatre, Tickets may be purchased from

    April 16:
    Baranski Joins Dolly Christmas Special
    Musical theatre legend Christine Baranski apparently will appear in Dolly's Netflix holiday special, she told Page Six's Cindy Adams at this year's Hollywood Reporter party. Adams quoted her here saying: "I'm doing a Dolly Parton Christmas special for Netflix. Just we two together. I think I'm the Grinch." Not much else has been released about Christmas On The Square other than that Dolly wrote all of the music for it. Recently, the network was casting for dancers to appear in the film, which will shoot in the Atlanta area.

    Dolly Interviewed About Kenny For Doc
    Dolly was in a studio Monday taping an interview for an upcoming documentary on Kenny Rogers, Nashville's Boardwalk Productions revealed on Instagram. Thanks, Chuck!

    April 15:
    'Very Best' Hangs In On Top 20 Down Under
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) regains one to No. 16 in its 395th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday.

    Dollywood Receives Another Industry Top Honor
    Dollywood on Saturday was presented with the Themed Entertainment Association's (TEA) highest honor, the Thea Classic Award, at the 25th annual Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim, Calif. Although Dolly could not be present, she sent an acceptance speech via video, and the park's president Craig Ross accepted the honor in person, according to Theme Park Insider here.

    April 13:
    '9 To 5' Goes Where No Song Has Gone Before
    Dolly's classic "9 To 5" played a prominent role in Thursday night's episode of the science fiction comedy/drama series The Orville on FOX. In one of the series' more serious episodes, the ship discovers a colony of women on a hidden planet from a society that finds females disgusting and forces all children born as girls to have gender reassignment surgery to become male. Those who disagree with the practice have developed an underground railroad to ferry girls prior to any surgery to this settlement where they are raised to become women instead of men. With their discovery, the ship's captain suggests petitioning the Union of planets for recognition as an independent member so that the residents are not arrested and taken back to their home planet for forced surgery and imprisonment. On the ship to Earth, she asks if the captain's planet lets women express themselves. He gives her access to the database of female artists and she randomly selects "9 To 5." As it plays, she is spellbound, exclaiming Dolly is singing with the voice of a hundred warriors and will be the voice of their revolution. When she addresses the Union to make her case, she quotes the lyrics of the song as coming from one of Earth's great poets. When her home planet chooses to attack the colony and the ship's crew steps in to protect them, the ground phaser battle and space battle were choreographed to "9 To 5" (similar to the opening scene of Deadpool 2). And when the issue is resolved and the women are safe, their leader asks the captain, "Do you think Dolly Parton would be proud of us?" He answers, "Yes, I think she would." The gag shows the genius of show creator Seth McFarlane's comedy. His best humor comes from a place of truth and irony. An obvious Dolly fan given his use of several of her songs in his other shows in the past (most notably on American Dad), he is likely aware that she is held in high regard by serious music critics as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, but her image as perceived by the general public not aware of her vast catalog is not that of a poet but a big-boobed late night talk show joke, so when the character finds inspiration in her labor anthem and calls her one of the planet's greatest poets, the dialogue is designed to elicit laughter from most of the audience, unaware that the lines are truthful and that – as Dolly is fond of saying – the joke is on them.

    '9 To 5' Also Makes It To 'Late, Late Show'
    Broadway's Ben Platt last week appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden for a "Soundtrack To A Bromance" performance telling the story of two friends over the course of their lives. Among the songs performed was Dolly's "9 To 5," which the Facebook feed of the West End version of Dolly's musical based on the film shared this week. Check out the clip here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 5 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 135th chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) rises three to No. 6, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains one to No. 16 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inches down one to No. 17. The Essential Dolly Parton slips one to No. 20.

    April 11:
    Dolly To Make NFL Debut With Voice-Over Duties
    The NFL Draft will take place in Nashville this year, and the city's team, the Titans, announced on Wednesday that the NFL Network has tapped Dolly to record the voice over introduction for the channel's special three-day coverage April 25-27 under the theme "A Star Is Born." Learn more here.

    Paper: Put Dolly In Rock Hall Of Fame
    With the recent induction of Stevie Nicks, The Houston Press opined Wednesday on 15 other women who should be in the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, including two country icons, Dolly and pal Loretta Lynn. Read their reasons here.

    April 10:
    Hear Rare Porter & Dolly 'Coat Of Many Colors' Recording

    Rolling Stone on Tuesday chose an obscure Porter & Dolly reference for its flashback segment on its website, looking at the 50th anniversary of Porter Wagoner recording the first unreleased version of Dolly's classic "Coat Of Many Colors." They also dug up and shared a video of the recording someone obtained and posted eight years ago to YouTube, featuring Porter's lead vocals and Dolly's on harmony leading the usual RCA background singers. (That version, however, is unlikely the April 9 recording, since RCA's masters notes list that version as "rejected," and the rejected tracks were usually destroyed. Instead, it's most likely the second version that Porter recorded of the song six days later on April 15, which RCA's masters notes list as simply "unreleased." I have no idea where the YouTube poster obtained the recording, since it has not been released on any compilation to my knowledge. He did record it again in 1982 and release it on his album One For The Road, but that is a different version than this one.) Porter's recording came a little more than a month before Dolly recorded the song for an unreleased track, a year before she performed it at her live album recording at her high school (although that version wasn't released until the album was re-issued on CD), and two years before she recorded the actual version that was used as the single and title track to the album of the same name. Read Rolling Stone's story here and take a listen to the recording here or in the media player above.

    BBC Scotland Chats With Dolly About Songwriting
    An interview with Dolly recorded during her recent stop in London to open the West End production of 9 To 5: The Musical aired Tuesday night on BBC Radio Scotland. Take a listen to Another Country With Ricky Ross here. The first hour features classic Dolly songs and covers, while the second hour features an interview focused mostly on her songwriting and interspersed with songs being played.

    'Independent': Dolly's 1983 London Gig Was One Of All-Time Best
    Critics for Britain's The Independent were asked recently to list the greatest concerts they have ever attended to compile a list of modern music's 18 best performances ever, and Dolly's 1983 stop at London's Dominion Theatre to film an HBO special was included here. The reviewer revealed he remained after the main concert after its posh audience of paid attendees left and about half an hour later a large group of punks and goths were brought in and Dolly provided them an "impromptu extra set, which was full of risqué jokes and blue banter." The reactions of the young audience members were filmed and then inserted into the footage of the real audience from the filmed concert earlier in the evening to give the impression that the audience was more diverse and younger than it actually was.

    Ken Burns Praises Dolly In Documentary
    PBS documentarian Ken Burns spoke with West Virginia Public Radio about his upcoming Country Music project here and gave much praise to Dolly, who participates in the project. At one point, he calls her one of the genre's all-time greatest songwriters and notes the simplicity of the lyrics to "I Will Always Love You" but the complexity she gives the song in performance. He also said the first episode includes a look at how multiple generations took "Mule Skinner Blues" and made it their own, from the original Jimmy Rodgers recording in 1930 through Dolly's 1970 version.

    Ross Matthews Visits Dollywood
    Former Tonight Show intern and current RuPaul's Drag Race judge Ross Matthews enjoyed a day at Dollywood this week and shared some of the images on Facebook here. He promises to talk about the trip on his Straight Talk podcast here.

    Dolly Moved BTS Member To Tears
    K-Pop group BTS this week released several clips of footage from their experience at this year's Grammy Awards, including one of member Jungkook being moved to literal tears during Dolly's tribute segment as she was performing "After The Goldrush." Check it out via Twitter here.

    April 9:
    Did Maren Morris Steal '9 To 5' Melody For New Song?
    Did newcomer Maren Morris steal from Dolly? After she and The Brothers Osborne performed their new song, "All My Favorite People," on last weekend's ACM Awards, many observed that the tune (credited as being written by Morris with her husband Ryan Hurd and Mikey Reaves) bore a striking resemblance to the melody of Dolly's classic "9 To 5." Buffalo, N.Y., radio station WYRK noted the "déjà vu" here, while Go Buz opined here that the song "lifts its melody from Dolly Parton's '9 To 5.'" Even Slate said in its review of her new album here that "the verse's cadences are a clone of" Dolly's song and wondered if Morris copied it as "inadvertent pilfer or deliberate homage." In related news, KXXV in Waco, Texas, shared their creative services director's tribute to Dolly with a "9 to 5" music video staring her pet chicken, Nugget. Watch it here.

    Harling Talks 'Steel Magnolias' As Anniversary Approaches
    With its 30th anniversary just around the corner, sentimentality is setting in for Steel Magnolias, including a new interview with playwright Robert Harling where he recalled the excellent cast here with Closer Weekly. As reported back in January, the film is returning to select theatres in May for the anniversary. Tickets are on sale for May 19, 21, and 22 in 500 cinemas across the country via Fathom's website here.

    April 8:
    Dolly Car Places Second At Bristol Race

    Dolly's NASCAR debut was a strong one, as her face on the hood of Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Camaro led the race for most of the day at Bristol Motor Speedway but lost the lead and came in second in the overall race. The Associated Press offered a story about the car she sponsored with her business interests covering it, available via ABC News here, and check out her videotaped message to the team, which FS1 aired during the first section of the race, here via Facebook or in the media player above.

    Australian Chart Update
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) loses four to No. 17 in its 394th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday.

    Dolly Singing Contest Deadline Extended
    According to Knoxville television station WVLT here, the deadline to submit audition recordings for the annual Dolly-composed song singing competition in her hometown, Sevierville's Mountain Soul Vocal Competition at the Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass Festival May 18, has been postponed a week. Originally due with an April 5 postmark, the deadline to mail an audition recording has been extended to Friday, April 12. Now in its 15th year, winners of the competition receive cash prizes and entry fees are $10 for the 13-and-up category and $5 for the 12-and-under category. The entry form and rules are available here. Contestants must perform a song composed by Dolly, regardless of whether she performed it or not, and organizers encourage contestants to visit's list of her songs here to determine if their selection was written by Dolly or not.

    April 6:
    Dolly Receives New U.K. Gold, Platinum Awards
    BPI (The British Phonographic Industry) on Friday announced two Dolly recordings had reached new certification levels last week. On March 29, the single "Jolene" was certified platinum for sales in excess of 600,000 since its digital release in 2004 (it had previously been certified gold in the U.K. in 2017 for 400,000 units and silver in 2014 for 200,000), and the 2013 compilation The Real Dolly Parton was certified gold for sales in excess of 100,000 (after going silver for sales of 60,000 in January 2018).

    Sony Releases 22 Rare Porter & Dolly Tracks
    Sony Music on Friday issued a new Porter & Dolly compilation featuring almost all of the rare and previously-unreleased tracks that first saw the light of day in the German label Bear Family Records 2014 boxed set Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner: Just Between You And Me, Complete Recordings 1967-1976. Since fall 2018, the label has been releasing the classic Porter & Dolly duet albums for the first time ever on digital download. This week, instead of releasing one of the two albums currently unavailable (1980's Porter & Dolly and 1976's Say Forever You'll Be Mine), the label put out a new compilation of 22 rare tracks. The RCA Sessions (1968-1976) contains seven of the nine tracks that were first released on the complete recordings boxed set (missing for some reason are 1971's "Waldo The Weirdo" and 1976's "Golden Streets of Glory"), a 1969 track that was first released on a 2012 compilation, four alternate recordings of previously-released songs that were first released on the boxed set, their 1973 charity single duet "Here Comes The Freedom Train" and its B-side Porter solo "All Aboard America" (which on the boxed set was remastered from your webmaster's 45 single in my personal collection), and eight of the 10 songs that were overdubbed and remixed for their final album, 1980's Porter & Dolly (missing are the album's two singles, "If You Go, I'll Follow You" and "Making Plans") – which were the original, non-overdubbed versions on the boxed set and presumably also on this collection. Download the collection here!

    U.K. Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt dips one to No. 5 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 134th chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) rises six to No. 9, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses six to No. 17 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves down two to No. 16. The Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 19.

    Knoxville Dolly Exhibit Opens
    The Dolly art exhibit previously reported on here a few weeks back opened on Friday in Knoxville at the Rala gallery, WVLT reported here.

    April 5:
    Dolly Die Cast Car Coming, Too
    Lionel Racing, the official die cast maker for NASCAR, confirmed on Thursday that a model of Dolly's No. 2 Camaro which will debut at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday will be forthcoming. Although a date for release has not been announced, a spokesperson told "Yes we do plan to offer this die-cast. We'll post it on our web site and here on Facebook when we're approved to do so, so stay tuned!"

    Dollywood Planning 'Dear Dolly' Kid Feeback Series
    Thanks to a reader who alerted me that Dollywood is soliciting input from the park's youngest visitors for a new "Dear Dolly" segment. Children are encouraged to submit written or video questions about the park, observations or suggestions via e-mail and Dolly will address selected ones in an upcoming video series. Example questions included: "Dear Dolly, can you make a ride where I get to be invisible? Dear Dolly, I don't like that they serve vegetables in the restaurant. Dear Dolly, why don't you have more ice cream in the park? Dear Dolly, please do a show about unicorns." Emails are due here by April 15.

    Celine Takes On 'Jolene'
    Celine Dion this week released a weird video – but most things Celine does are rather odd :) – announcing her upcoming World Tour and she threw in a little Dolly. Watch the clip to the end here to see her belt out a little "Jolene."

    April 4:
    Dolly Gets Race Car At Bristol

    Richard Childress Racing on Wednesday announced Dolly's NASCAR debut with her very own vehicle to be raced this weekend. Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro will be Dollyized for Saturday's Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Dolly's face graces the hood above her signature logo to represent "Dolly Records," while Dollywood logos are found on the rear quarter panels, her official website,, is across the rear roof as well as DreamMore Resort and her Imagination Library charity on the back fascia, and Stampede, Splash Country and Pirates Voyage on the deck lid. "It's an honor to represent Dolly Parton and her variety of businesses on our No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway," Reddick said of the bright pink vehicle. "Dolly is an icon and has had a lot of success in her career, which is something I admire while trying to build my own success in NASCAR. Hopefully, we can take Dolly and the No. 2 Camaro to Victory Lane this weekend in her home state of Tennessee. I think that would be really special for everyone who is a fan of hers." Reddick is the 2018 Xfinity Series champion and enters the event in Thunder Valley with RCR as the current series leader. He is fresh off a second-place finish in last weekend's event at Texas Motor Speedway and will be competing in Xfinity Racing's Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus this weekend. The Facebook posting of the announcement is available here and the official press release is available here. The news quickly went viral throughout the day and was featured on several major news outlets.

    Netflix Holiday Movie Casting Dancers
    Dolly's Netflix Christmas musical Christmas On The Square is currently casting dancers age 8 and older with technical training to film in Atlanta. An open casting call will take place in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday, Backstage reported here.

    Night Of 1,000 Dollys Returning Next Month
    Organizers of the annual Night of 1,000 Dollys in Knoxville have announced details of their 10th anniversary celebration. The show will take place Saturday, May 11, with 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. showtimes at Club XYZ Doors open at 9 p.m. with $10 cover. Age 21 and up. The shows star The Queenz with Trixie Lynn and hosted by Raz. Productions from past shows will be revisited as well as Best Little Whorehouse and Joyful Noise and new Dolly songs. A Dolly-look-a-like contest takes place at midnight as well as a raffle to benefit Imagination Library featuring several prizes including Dollywood season passes. (The event is not affiliated with Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton Productions, Dollywood, or Imagination Library. Dolly will not be at the event.)

    April 3:
    'Jolene' On 'American Idol'

    ABC's American Idol on Monday presented its top 20 artists, who performed solos for the panel of judges, and Riley Thompson went with a Dolly classic, "Jolene." Check out video of her performance here or in the media player above.

    New Musical To Feature At Least One Dolly Song
    Lively McCabe Entertainment, which recently inked a deal with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and BMG to develop theatrical musicals using previously-released songs, this week announced its first three projects, one of which be a stage musical featuring country music including Dolly. May We All will feature a book (script) written by Troy Britton Johnson and Todd Johnson and focus on disappearing small-town America as seen through the hopeful eyes of its youth when a fledgling country singer reluctantly comes home after a rough start in Nashville. Other artists whose music will be featured include Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line. Read more from Deadline here.

    April 2:
    Dollywood Gets In The April Fools' Jokes

    Dolly's theme park got a few national and regional media mentions Monday thanks to Pigeon Forge Guide's April Fools' Day joke here that Dollywood had been purchased by Kanye West. The park also got into the act with a video promoting Dream More Spa mud facials on location at the Wildwood Grove construction site using the site's own red clay mud, noting it is a limited-time offer until the new area's May 10 scheduled opening. Watch the video here or in the media player above. In related news, The Knoxville News-Sentinel promoted several coming attractions to the area, including Wildwood Grove, which it noted will have a recognizable voice providing rotating stories starting in June about the Wildwood Tree's origins, animals in the Smokies and the seasons. Read that here.

    April 1:
    'Very Best' Still On Aussie Charts
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) loses three to No. 13 in its 393rd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Sunday.

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