This week in
Dolly history
Forty-nine years ago Monday, Dolly records “Evening Shade” for My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy. Fifty-four years ago Tuesday, Dolly becomes the first in her family to graduate high school. Fifty years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly record “We'll Get Ahead Someday;” released as their third duet single two months later, it peaks at No. 5. Fifty-four years ago Wednesday, Dolly boards a bus and moves to Nashville to pursue her dream of becoming a singer-songwriter; she says she met Carl Dean at the Wishy Washy Laundromat later that day. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, Trio marks its fourth of five weeks at No. 1 on the country albums chart (Dolly's fifth of her six times there, Emmy's third and most recent time and Linda's fourth and most recent); it sells more than 1 million copies to be certified as Dolly's fourth of her six platinum albums (Emmy's sole and Linda's seventh), and reaches No. 6 on the pop albums chart, Dolly's highest career position there. Twelve years ago Wednesday, “When I Get Where I'm Going” by Dolly and Brad Paisley, earns the pair two Academy of Country Music Awards: Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year. Forty-four years ago Thursday, Porter & Dolly record “Please Don't Stop Loving Me;” issued as a single three months later, it would two months after release become the duo's sole Billboard No. 1. Forty-one years ago Thursday, Dolly begins a one-week gig co-hosting The Mike Douglas Show. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, “Starting Over Again,” a song co-written by disco diva Donna Summer, becomes Dolly's 12th of her record 25 country No. 1 hits; it peaks at No. 36 pop and No. 35 adult contemporary. Thirty-three years ago Friday, “Real Love” with Kenny Rogers debuts on the singles charts; three months later it would become Dolly's 19th country No. 1 and peak at No. 91 pop and No. 13 adult contemporary.

Charts

  • U.K., May 20 edition:
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 11 country compilation (up from No. 14; 88th week; peaked at No. 1 for 23 weeks)


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • May 22, 8 p.m., POP, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 11 p.m. May 22, 8 p.m. May 28, 11 p.m. May 28)
  • May 31, 11:30 a.m., Freeform, Reba
  • June 3, 8:30 a.m., E!, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 12:30 p.m. June 3)
  • June 4, 6:35 a.m., HBO Signature, 9 To 5


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

  • June 24: 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Gala, Los Angeles


    Upcoming or recent releases

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

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton May 22 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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    www.dollymania.net                     News                               May 22, 2018


    Today's Dolly Parton news

    Video From Hospital Dedication Released


    The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt on Monday released a video and press release on Dolly's visit last week to dedicate the butterfly garden at the facility in honor of her niece Hannah and in recognition of her $1 million gift. Watch the video in the media player above.

    Miranda Lambert Joins Soundtrack
    Dumplin' soundtrack producer Linda Perry on Monday posted a photo of herself with Dolly and Miranda Lambert in the studio to her personal Instagram account, indicating Lambert has joined Miley Cyrus, Sia, Rhonda Vincent, Mavis Staples, and Macy Gray as Dolly's collaborators on the CD.



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    Past news

    May 21:
    More Coverage From Women's Music Conference


    A great selection of footage from Dolly and Linda Perry's address in Nashville last week has been posted online. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above.

    Pictures From Hospital Visit
    Dolly's social media team over the weekend shared some photos from her appearance last week at Nashville's Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Check them out here.

    U.K. Newspaper Profiles Dollywood
    Britain' s Daily Mail recently sent a writer over to Dollywood to check out what the park has to offer. Enjoy the story here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains three on the British country compilation albums chart in its 88th chart week to No. 11, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises three to No. 14 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises four to No. 9 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 falls back off the top 20, down from No. 20.


    May 18:
    Dolly Returns To Children's Hospital To Honor Niece
    Dolly and several family members on Thursday made their second appearance in seven months at Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital. This time was for the dedication of the Hannah Dennison Butterfly Garden at the facility in appreciation for Dolly's $1 million gift in honor of Hannah and her parents which she announced at the previous visit in October. The celebration was timed for Hannah's 30th birthday this weekend. Hannah, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4, was treated for six years at the hospital. Her parents, Dolly's sister Rachel George and Rachel's ex-husband Richard Dennison, who has been part of Dolly's band for four decades, joined Dolly for an interview on the facility's Seacrest Studio for a Q&A with patients. Dolly told them she plans to pop in unannounced in the future to entertain children in the hospital whenever she feels like it. Coverage included NewsChannel 5 here and The Tennessean here.

    Dollywood Bluegrass Fest Coming
    Dollywood soon opens this year's Barbeque & Bluegrass festival, announcing Thursday it will be sponsored by Bush's Beans. Performances kick off May 25 and include The Gibson Brothers that day and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage May 26-27, Dailey & Vincent May 29-30, Molly Tuttle May 31, The Seldom Scene June 5 and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver June 7.


    May 17:
    A Few New 'Dumplin'' Details Revealed
    Variety on Wednesday covered Dolly and Linda Perry's talk in Nashville from Tuesday, revealing three additional details about their Dumplin' soundtrack: the number of newly re-recorded older Dolly songs are six (in addition to six new Dolly/Perry co-written tracks featuring guest artists with Dolly) and that the guest artists include Miley Cyrus and Sia (in addition to previously-reported Rhonda Vincent, Mavis Staples, and Macy Gray). Read the full article here.


    May 16:
    'Billboard' Talks 'Dumplin'' Soundtrack
    Although details from their panel discussion at Tuesday's Music's Leading Ladies Speak Out conference had not been reported on as of press time, Billboard on Tuesday revealed a little more on the Dumplin' soundtrack Linda Perry produced for Dolly which will be released on Dolly Records and RCA Nashville. The article revealed Dolly executive produced the album and that it features six new songs co-written by Dolly and Perry with various guest artists joining Dolly on those collaborations as well as "several" newly recorded versions of classic Dolly songs. The story also noted the movie is currently in negotiation with a distributor for release and that the soundtrack will come out later this year. Although the magazine did not name any of the guest vocalists, Dollymania.net has reported Rhonda Vincent, Mavis Staples, and Macy Gray are among the collaborators. Read more here.

    Stella Headed To BBC Cooking Competition
    Dolly's younger sister Stella was announced Tuesday as one of the new season's stars on Britain's Celebrity MasterChef program. The BBC has not revealed the season's premiere date yet. Learn more from The Express here.


    May 15:
    New Dolly Musical To Premiere In November
    Dolly has tried her hand again at writing a Broadway musical which will premiere this fall in Minnesota. Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol moves the classic Charles Dickens tale to East Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains where mining company boss Ebenezer Scrooge meets the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future set to an all-new original score by Dolly. A live acoustic band will join the cast for a "sneak-peek staged reading" for the musical's world premiere at the concert hall of St. Paul's Ordway Theater. Tickets are available here and a Facebook event page has been posted here. There will be evening performances Nov. 17 and 18 and a matinee Nov. 18. There has not been an announcement as to whether Dolly will be in attendance for the premiere or whether the show's intended future is Broadway, Dollywood, a national tour, or runs in other theatre cities such as Los Angeles or Chicago.

    Splash Country Readies For Season
    Dollywood Splash Country is prepping for its 18th season starting Saturday. New this season is a DJ on the wave pool deck on Tuesdays, new menu items, new landscaping, new lounge chairs, new Luxury Loungers (in addition to the existing Retreats and Canopies currently available for rent), self-serve ticket kiosks, shade structures over queue lines, and a new platinum level for its TimeSaver H2O. Also, those with accessibility issues will be able to use new aquatic wheelchairs and adult changing tables. Special ticket prices are available this week online. The water park operates through Sept. 3.


    May 14:
    Dolly To Address Nashville Conference Tuesday
    The Music Business Association on Friday announced Dolly and Linda Perry will close out the Music's Leading Ladies Speak Out conference at the Omni in Nashville this week with a 4 p.m. discussion of their songwriting processes. The two are currently collaborating on the Dumplin' film soundtrack, which the announcement revealed will be released on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville. Music Business Association President James Donio said in the release: "Dolly and Linda are two of the most successful and influential artists, songwriters, producers, and businesswomen in the world, and we are honored to have them close out our third annual Music's Leading Ladies Speak Out program. Their phenomenal work has broken down many barriers for women in the industry, and we can't wait to hear about their respective paths to music business success and advice for young women looking to reach the same heights they have attained."

    'McKlusky' Also Gets Blu-Ray Treatment This July
    Kino International/KL Studio Classics over the weekend revealed that in addition to the previously-announced DVD re-issue of Dolly's 2002 film Frank McKlusky, C.I. on July 17, the movie will also be released for the first time ever on Blu-Ray the same day. Reserve your copy here!

    Chart Update Down Under
    Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin, featuring Dolly and Rhonda Vincent on "Please," falls off the Australian country albums chart this week, it was announced Sunday, down from No. 40 in its third chart week.


    May 12:
    Dolly Helps Girls' Charity Auction
    Dolly has joined numerous other female artists in supporting an online auction for Girls Rock Camp Alliance, a nonprofit which works to provide summer camps and education opportunities for female, transgender and gender non-binary youth. Learn more about the auction, which continues through Wednesday afternoon, in a story from Billboard here. Dolly donated two tour t-shirts, a bandana, and two autographed CDs for the auction. They are available here, here, and here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe rises four on the British country compilation albums chart in its 87th chart week to No. 14, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops six to No. 17 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains two to No. 13 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 re-enters the top 20 at No. 20.


    May 9:
    Dolly Dedicates Senior Center To Parents


    Dolly on Monday surprised members at Sevierville's senior citizen center to rededicate the facility under the new name My People Senior Activity Center in memory of her parents. She popped in on exercise, woodworking, and quilting classes and took part in a rededication ceremony in the facility's dining room where she sang "My Mountains, My Home" and took questions from the audience. Check out footage from the event courtesy the Facebook page of WVLT reporter Kyle Grainger here or in the media player above. Coverage included The Knoxville News Sentinel here and here as well as the Center's official Facebook page here and Dolly's official website here.

    U.S. Chart Update, Nelson Extends Record
    The tribute album Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin, featuring Dolly and Rhonda Vincent on "Please," falls out of the top 50 country albums chart in the May 12 Billboard numbers, it was announced Tuesday, down from No. 39 in its third chart week. Also on the tally, Willie Nelson extends his lead over Dolly for the artist with the most top 10 albums, as his Last Man Standing debuts at No. 3 to register his 51st top 10 album on the country chart compared to Dolly's 43 (or 45). The magazine once again published an incorrect total for Dolly here, saying she is tied for second place with Loretta Lynn and George Strait at 40 top 10 albums each. (Your webmaster researched the magazine's online archives to identify the source of the error and confirmed the publication mistakenly identified two of her top 10 Porter Wagoner duet albums -- Just Between You And Me and Once More -- as Porter solo projects and mistakenly combined the chart histories of two similarly-titled duet albums -- 1974's Porter 'N' Dolly and 1980's Porter & Dolly -- under the non-existent title Porter And Dolly so that it only counted as one top 10 instead of two. Correcting those errors would raise her total to 43. Your webmaster notified the publication of the research, so hopefully they won't make the error again. The publication also does not count the 1984 top 10 The Winning Hand with Nelson, Brenda Lee, and Kris Kristofferson since the chart credited it as "Various Artists" instead of the four performers' names nor her top 10 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas since it was credited as "soundtrack" instead of the performers' names, making them ineligible for her total under the magazine's rules, but if they were counted that would raise her total to 45 but also increase Nelson's total to 52.)


    May 7:
    Dolly Pops In At Dollywood
    Dolly made a couple of brief appearances over the weekend at her Dollywood theme park. On Saturday, attendees saw her in one park tour parade through the grounds at around 2 p.m. although rain moved in later in the afternoon, which prevented a rumored planned second park tour. On Sunday, she made a surprise appearance at the revamped "My People" show at 3:30 p.m. to welcome attendees before sitting in the audience to watch the performance for the first time herself. She opted to remain in Nashville on Friday – when Cal Ripken Jr. replaced her after 32 years as grand marshal of the annual Pigeon Forge spring parade – and reports indicate attendance dropped dramatically from the up to 50,000 who normally came each year to see Dolly. In related news, Birmingham's CBS 42 last week broadcast an interview with Dolly from the park's opening weekend in March. Watch it here.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin, featuring Dolly and Rhonda Vincent on "Please," drops 28 places on the Australian country albums chart in its third chart week to No. 40, it was announced Sunday. Also overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains two on the British country compilation albums chart in its 86th chart week to No. 18, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses two to No. 11 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops three to No. 15.


    May 4:
    Dolly Visits Dollywood
    Catch Dolly at Dollywood on Saturday, where she may pop into a show or two and take a park tour or two if the forecasted rain holds off. In related news, The Knoxville News-Sentinel interviewed Cal Ripken Jr. about replacing Dolly as grand marshal of the annual Pigeon Forge parade Friday here.

    'Frank McKlusky, C.I.' Gets DVD Re-Release
    Dolly's 2002 movie Frank McKlusky, C.I. is being re-released on DVD July 17 by KL Studio Classics, it was announced this week. The original theatrical trailer will be included as a special feature. The comedy – which starred Dave Sheridan as an insurance claims adjustor whose father (Randy Quaid) was an Evil Knievel-type daredevil now in a coma due to a stunt gone wrong and Dolly as his mother who was overprotective due to her husband's accident – opened in limited release in several Florida cities but tested so poorly with audiences that the studio chose to release it direct-to-video instead. Reserve your copy here.

    Fonda Talks '9 To 5' Part Two
    Jane Fonda confirmed to The Canadian Press that the sequel to 9 To 5 is a go. She revealed she is executive producer of the project being written by Patricia Resnick and Rashida Jones. Read more here.

    Colbert Takes On Trump '9 To 5'
    Dolly fan and late night host Stephen Colbert this week lampooned President Donald Trump's half-day work schedule by re-writing Dolly's "9 To 5" in his honor. Watch the performance courtesy Time here.

    'Deadpool 2' Features '9 To 5'
    The filmmakers behind Deadpool 2 on Thursday announced the songs that will be featured in the movie and on the official soundtrack – including Dolly's classic "9 To 5." See the entire track listing from Billboard here and get the soundtrack May 18 here.

    Drag 'Magnolias' Comes To SF
    San Francisco area folks will want to head out to The Castro Theatre on Saturday for two performances of the drag version of Steel Magnolias: "Steel Dragnolias" starring Peaches Christ, Heklina, Alaska, and Coco Peru, The San Francisco Gate reported here.

    New Orleans Dolly Walk Held
    Several Dolly look-a-likes marched in New Orleans this week to celebrate the new book What Would Dolly Do? , NOLA.com reported here.

    Elton John Tribute Chart Update
    The tribute album Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin, featuring Dolly and Rhonda Vincent on "Please," sees mixed results on the May 5 Billboard charts, it was announced Tuesday. The CD falls 25 spots to No. 39 country in its third chart week and off the top 200 pop albums chart, down from No. 95.


    April 30:
    VA Channel Talks To Dolly
    An interview with Dolly from Dollywood opening weekend aired on Roanoke, Va., station WSLS last week. Watch it here.

    'US Magazine' Focuses On Country Legends
    A special edition of US Magazine focused on the Legends of Country Music – including Dolly – is on newsstands now. Learn more here.

    Leverett Recalls Dolly Photo Shoot
    Famed Opry photographer Les Leverett, who shot most of Dolly's early-to-mid-1970s album covers, recently chatted with The Tennessean about his work with her and Porter Wagoner. Watch the video here.

    'WWDD' Author Visits New Orelans
    Lauren Marino, the author of What Would Dolly Do? , will be in New Orleans' Garden District Bookshop Wednesday for a 6 p.m. discussion and signing of her book, The Advocate reported here.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin, featuring Dolly and Rhonda Vincent on "Please," loses two on the Australian country albums chart in its second chart week to come in at No. 12, it was announced Sunday. Also overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe dips three on the British country compilation albums chart in its 85th chart week to No. 20, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops two to No. 9 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 12 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls off the top 20, down from No. 12.


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