Forty-six years ago Monday, Porter 'N' Dolly debuts on the country album charts; it would peak at No. 8 and produce the duo's sole No. 1 single, “Please Don't Stop Loving Me.” Sixteen years ago Monday, Dolly's concert CD/DVD Live And Well is released. Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, “God Won't Get You” from the Rhinestone soundtrack debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 10 to become Dolly's 44th Top 10 country hit. Forty-six years ago Wednesday, Merle Haggard records his version of Dolly's "Kentucky Gambler," a single that he takes to No. 1. Forty-two years ago Wednesday, Heartbreaker is on its second of nine weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts; it reaches No. 27 pop and goes gold (+500,000 copies sold). Twenty-six years ago Wednesday, Dolly's third version of “I Will Always Love You,” this time a duet with Vince Gill, debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 15 (her first two versions, in 1974 and 1982, went to No. 1). Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, Dolly's cover of “House of The Rising Sun” debuts on the pop charts, where it would peak at No. 77; it would also reach No. 14 country and No. 30 adult contemporary. Twelve years ago Sunday, after several nights of “previews,” Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical has its official opening night in Los Angeles during a test run prior to its Broadway opening.
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'Dolly', 'Dolly!', 'Porter' Shows Coming On Time-Life DVDs Time-Life on Wednesday finally revealed the price, details, and shipping date for Dolly: The Ultimate Collection, which is available now for pre-orders here. It will feature over 35 hours of footage across 19 DVDs, cost $200, and is expected to ship the week of Oct. 5. As was predicted here, the set features episodes of all three of her television series, television specials, several talk show appearances, concerts, and classic and new interviews plus a booklet. Unlike most Time-Life collections that come in an abbreviated form and a deluxe edition, it appears the company is only releasing a deluxe edition. The set contains:
16 episodes of her 1987-88 ABC series Dolly (which is the complete series minus six episodes: the one with Ned Beatty, Jackie Harry, Jon Lovitz and Tom Petty; the one with Tom Jones, Lee Majors, and Paul Rodriguez; the one with Rich Little, Randy Travis, Nell Carter, and Tyne Daly; and the on-location episodes of Thanksgiving at Dollywood, Hawaii and New Orleans – there is a highlights bonus feature of the series, so perhaps it will have some clips from the six missing shows. The series has never been available on DVD and hasn't aired anywhere since its original broadcast.)
Six episodes of her 1976-77 syndicated series Dolly! (the episodes featuring the Trio and Kenny Rogers, both of which have previously been available on DVD, plus the episodes featuring The Parton Family, KC and the Sunshine Band, Freddy Fender, and Tom T. Hall, all of which have aired in recent years on the GET TV network)
Seven episodes of The Porter Wagoner Show (Dolly's 1967 debut with guest Bobby Bare, 1970 episodes with Hank Locklin and Billy Edd Wheeler, a 1972 episode with Onie Wheeler, 1973 episodes with The Willis Brothers and Jack Greene, and a 1974 episode with Nat Stuckey – while the episodes air weekly on RFD-TV, only the first episode with Dolly from these selections has previously been available on DVD)
Dolly's previously-released 2009 Live From London concert
Dolly's previously-released 2002 Live & Well concert
10 of her music videos from 2001 to 2020
CMT's Dolly & Friends Making of a Soundtrack special from 2018
Bob Hope's 1988 Christmas special
Seven episodes of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (three from 1977 and one each from 1979, 1980, 1987, and 1992)
The entire Song By Song series (plus for the first time the complete interviews from the shows)
One 1987 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show
Her 2009 commencement address to the University of Tennessee
The 2018 ceremony at the Library of Congress celebrating the 100 millionth Imagination Library book
2019's UK documentary Here I Am
One episode of Celebrities Offstage from 1992
One episode of Music City Tonight from 1995
15 episodes of Crook & Chase from 1986 to 1992
Time-Life's previously-released Opry Video Classics duets DVD featuring two performances with Porter
Time-Life's previously-released CMA Awards Live highlights DVD with performances of “Love Is Like A Butterfly” and “Here You Come Again”
Several old and new interviews with Dolly and others
Dolly Joins Graham Norton On BBC One The BBC announced Wednesday that The Graham Norton Show would be returning to regular broadcasts on Oct. 2 and among his guests for his first night back will be Dolly, who will be appearing remotely. Other guests will be Riz Ahmed remotely and Rupert Everett, Lolly Adefope and Sara Pascoe in studio.
Dolly To Guest On Reba's New Podcast Reba McEntire has announced she and Reba co-star Melissa Peterman are reuniting for a Spotify podcast called Living and Learning with Reba McEntire that premieres Sept. 21 and that Dolly will be one of her first guests. The format has the duo, one expert guest, and one celebrity guest chat about different life challenges, making good decisions and creating happiness around you, Country Fancast reported here.
Dolly's Myrtle Beach Dinner Theatre Re-Opens Myrtle Beach Online this week profiled the local Dolly's Pirates Voyage dinner theatre here, noting when it reopened Sept. 4 it was one of the last dinner theatres in the city to return to operations. It was the last of Dolly's properties to re-open, following her Branson and Pigeon Forge attractions earlier in the summer.
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Sept. 16: 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' Released
Dolly on Monday revealed that at midnight she'd be releasing a second surprise single from her upcoming holiday album A Holly Dolly Christmas, and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was made available. Listen to it on YouTube here or in the media player above, or download it here. The full album comes out Oct. 2.
Christie's To Auction Dolly's Opry Dulcimer Christie's auction house on Tuesday announced here that the ACMs will be hosting an online-only charity auction later this fall called Nashville: An Auction to benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund and that Dolly has donated the signature item: the Swarovski crystal-studded four-string dulcimer she used on stage to perform "Jolene" during the taping of her 50th Grand Ole Opry anniversary special last year. Proceeds will help frontline workers of the country music industry from tour bus drivers, techs and venue workers to aspiring musicians out of work during the pandemic shutdown. The instrument is expected to sell at auction for between $50,000 and $100,000. Dolly said in the release: "Seeing my country music community suffer due to the pandemic has broken my heart. It was important to donate the dulcimer that was designed for my 50th Opry Anniversary so we can raise awareness and much needed funds to keep these folks on their feet before we can open the doors to our stages once again."
Library Documentary Moves To Virtual Premiere Local organizers in Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program on Tuesday shared on social media that they have been notified that the program's newest documentary, The Library That Dolly Built, which was cancelled from its New York premiere and national screenings to benefit local chapters of the program in April due to COVID-19, won't be showing in the fall as the original back-up plan had intended. Instead, a Facebook virtual premiere is planned for 7 p.m. Dec. 9 with a live Dolly Q&A to follow plus performance of a song she wrote for the program's local workers.
'Jesus' Stays At No. 2 Hot Christian Songs Chart Dolly and Zach Williams are still awaiting their collaboration "There Was Jesus" getting to the top of the Hot Christian Songs chart, where it stays at No. 2 for another week, the Sept. 19 Billboard lists released Tuesday confirmed. The track earns a second week at No. 1 each on the Christian Airplay chart and Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and a ninth week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It holds steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs and gains five to No. 33 overall digital single sales.
Miley, Fallon Talk About Dolly Dolly's goddaughter Miley Cyrus appeared last week on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and the two discussed both appearing on Dolly's upcoming holiday album A Holly Dolly Christmas. They also gushed about what a wonderful artist and person she is, with Miley declaring: "She is just the best living angel on earth." Watch the interview here.
Sept. 10: 'Jesus' Hits No. 1 On Two Christian Charts Although their song still has yet to cross the threshold to the pole position for the overall Hot Christian Singles chart that normally is an "official" No. 1 single for the genre, Dolly and Zach Williams on Wednesday celebrated their collaboration "There Was Jesus" topping two other charts in the genre, advancing one to No. 1 Christian Airplay and No. 1 Adult Contemporary Christian Songs, while it regains one to the No. 1 spot on the Christian digital song sales chart after having dipped to No. 2 for one week granting it an eighth week at No. 1 on that list. The track remains steady at No. 2 on the overall Hot Christian Songs chart and No. 4 Christian streaming songs while slipping three to No. 38 overall digital single sales on the Sept. 12 Billboard charts. The magazine noted her achievement of landing her first No. 1 in the genre with an article here, adding she now is the only artist to top the radio charts in all the Adult Contemporary, Christian, Country and Dance genres.
Comedians Parody Dolly Hits Musical comedians the Holderness family added Dolly to their parody repertoire this week adapting several of her classic songs to the horrors of 2020. Enjoy the medley on Facebook here or in the media player below.
Sept. 8: Barrett Chats With Dolly, Covers 'IWALY'
American Idol alum Gabby Barrett chatted last week remotely with Dolly about life and career as part of the promotion of her Amazon-exclusive cover of "I Will Always Love You." Download the song here and watch the interview here or in the media player above.
Opry Anniversary DVD Released Down Under, Import Friday A DVD of the Dolly: 50 Years At The Opry television special has been released in Australia and Amazon is reporting it will be available in the States as an import on Friday. Order yours here.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Across the pond, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 remains steady at No. 1 atop the British country compilation albums chart for the album's 139th overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. It marks the project's eighth week at the pole position since being reissued on vinyl. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 5, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains two to No. 15, and 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) falls five to No. 17. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) regains five to No. 12 its 468th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Facebook Fan Group Reports DVD Cover Art The Facebook Dolly fan group Dolly Parton Living Legend American Icon on Monday obtained what it reported is the cover art for the Time-Life DVD series Dolly: The Ultimate Collection to be released later this month, pictured below. The project's contents still have yet to be announced.
Sept. 2: 'There Was Jesus' Stays At No. 2
Another interview surfaced this week of Dolly and Zach Williams promoting their hit single "There Was Jesus" as it continues to march toward a possible chart-topper on the Hot Christian Songs chart, where the Sept. 5 Billboard tallies keeps it at No. 2 for yet another week. Watch the interview from The River 104.9 here. Elsewhere on the charts, it slides one to No. 2 Christian digital song sales after seven weeks at No. 1, remains steady at No. 2 Christian airplay and No. 4 Christian streaming while slipping four to No. 35 overall digital single sales.
Time-Life DVD Set Coming This Month Although they remain hush-hush on the contents of the DVD set, Time Life this week confirmed to Dollymania.net that they intend to release their Dolly DVD collection in mid-to-late September, so it is now less than a month away!
UK Radio Network Calls Dolly Best Country Artist Ever UK radio network Smooth Radio recently polled its listeners to vote for the best artists of all time overall and in each major musical genre, and Dolly was named the No. 34 singer of all time and No. 1 for country music, besting No. 2 Kenny Rogers, No. 3 The Eagles, No. 4 Shania Twain and No. 5 Johnny Cash. Read more here.
New Dolly Doc Hitting Streaming Services This Month A new hour-long Dolly documentary, The Dolly Parton Story: From Rags To Riches will be available for purchase from streaming services on Sept. 15. From the trailer, it appears the film is pieced together from stock footage of her over the years. Pre-order it for $10 from Amazon or watch the trailer here.
Aug. 31: Amazon Premieres Exclusive New 'Faith' Remix, 'Making Of' Doc
Amazon Music on Friday released a new exclusive remix of Dolly's No. 1 dance music hit "Faith" with Galantis ft. Mr. Probz as well as a mini-documentary of the making of the original single. Download the new remix from Misha K here and watch the documentary on YouTube here or in the media player above.
Executive Confirms Netflix 'Christmas' Film Coming In November Dolly's Netflix holiday film, Christmas On The Square, will premiere on the streaming service in November, an executive from her co-producer's film company said last week in an interview with his hometown newspaper, the Madison County Journal in Mississippi (where your webmaster used to be the News Editor many years ago). Read the story about working with Dolly and her co-producer Sam Haskell here.
Christopher Awards Honor 'Heartstrings' Dolly last week earned her third Christopher Award, which since 1949 have annually honored the writers, producers, directors, authors and illustrators whose work "affirms the highest values of the human spirit" and reflects the Christopher motto: "It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness." The "These Old Bones" episode of her Dolly Parton's Heartstrings was one of this year's six productions celebrated from the world of television alongside Return To Normandy from ABC News and Nightline, the dance documentary America Reframed: Perfectly Normal for Me from World Channel, College Behind Bars from PBS, I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story from Lifetime and Two Turtle Doves from Hallmark Movies. Dolly has previously won the award for her NBC films Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors. Read more from a press release here.
'USA Today' Interviews Dolly As Woman Of Century You may recall it reported here several weeks ago that Dolly had been selected as one of the "Women of the Century" from USA Today in recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Last week, they released a new in-depth interview with her for the series. Take a read here.
Screenrant: Dolly's Doralee One Of '80s' Best Movie site Screen Rant over the weekend named its 10 best comedic acting performances from films in the 1980s, ranking Dolly's debut as Doralee in 9 To 5 to start off the top 5, putting her above such notable performances as Nicholas Cage in Raising Arizona and Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation. The full list, available with commentary here, is:
10. Michael Keeton in Beetlejuice 9. John Candy in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 8. Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack 7. Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation 6. Nicholas Cage in Raising Arizona
5. Dolly Parton in 9 To 5 4. Bill Murray in Ghostbusters 3. Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off 2. Leislie Nielsen in The Naked Gun 1. Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop
Dolly Accepts Tennessee Sports Hall Of Fame Honor The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night inducted its 2020 class, including presenting Dolly with the Tennessean of the Year Award for her contributions to the state. Her profile airs around minute 27 of the remote ceremony and concludes with a brief video of her thanking them for the honor. Watch it here.
U.S, U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams continue to wait and see if the duet "There Was Jesus" will top the Hot Christian Songs chart, where the track sits steady for yet another week at No. 2 on that list in the Aug. 29 Billboard tallies. The track spends a seventh week at No. 1 on Christian digital song sales, holds steady at No. 2 Christian airplay, gains nine to No. 4 Christian streaming and loses two to No. 31 overall digital song sales. Across the pond, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 returns to the top of the British country compilation albums chart, gaining one to No. 1 in the album's 138th overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. It marks the project's seventh week at the pole position since being reissued on vinyl. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe rises two to No. 5, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 17, and 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 two to No. 12. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) inches up one to No. 17 its 467th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Fan, Niece Put Out 'Give Me A Holler' Cabaret artist Christopher Hamblin, whom some Dolly fans may remember as the original founder of the annual Night of 1,000 Dollys party in Knoxville and whom drag fans may know as the husband of Rupaul's Drag Race alum Latrice Royale, this weekend released a bluegrass single featuring Dolly's niece Jada Star and her musical partner Barry J, who perform together at Dollywood. Catch "Give Me A Holler" on YouTube here.
Miley Gets Kick Out Of Dolly Video Dolly's goddaughter Miley Cyrus set Twitter ablaze last week sharing a fan-created clip from her latest music video that used the popular Reface app to replace Miley's face with Dolly's. Watch it here or below.
Although when the album was announced, it was revealed "Cuddle Up, Cuddle Down Christmas" with Michael Buble would be the first single, Dolly on Friday released "Mary, Did You Know?" as a surprise teaser single from her upcoming holiday album A Holly Dolly Christmas after noting just a couple of days earlier that it would be coming out. Download it here and listen to the entire song here or in the media player above. Also, over the past few days, Target revealed it will have exclusive cover art for the CD (a green border instead of red) and Amazon UK announced it will have an exclusive transparent white vinyl release in addition to the mainstream red vinyl release and her official website exclusive green vinyl and gold vinyl versions (both of which now will exceed their originally-announced limited edition productions of a few hundred copies each).
Vanderbilt Expands Dolly COVID Treatment Study Nationwide Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a $34 million grant to conduct a year-long nationwide study of using plasma from COVID-19-infected patients as a potential treatment for the virus. The initial 40-patient study on which this is based was funded by Dolly's gift to the hospital for COVID research, ABC reported here.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Across the pond, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart, the album's 137th overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches up one to No. 7, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips four to No. 16, 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) falls four to No. 14, and Dolly's Gold collection falls back off the top 20, down from No. 20. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 18 its 466th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
YouTuber Takes 30-Day Dollywood Challenge A YouTuber recently completed a challenge of visiting Dollywood for 30 consecutive days and documenting the experience online. He is hoping to receive some type of response from Dolly herself to the feat. Watch the series here.
Aug. 19: 'There Was Jesus' Steady Near Top Of Charts
Dolly and Zach Williams on Tuesday were back at pushing their collaboration "There Was Jesus" to No. 1 with another remote interview at Christian radio station The Fish here or in the media player above. Meanwhile, the song this week holds steady at No. 2 on the Aug. 22 Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. The track spends a sixth week at No. 1 on Christian digital song sales, advances one to No. 2 Christian airplay, loses eight to No. 13 Christian streaming and gains six to No. 29 digital song sales.
'Mary, Did You Know?' Drops Friday Dolly announced on social media Tuesday night that "Mary, Did You Know?", the first single from her upcoming holiday collection A Holly Dolly Christmas, will be available Friday. Look for your ability to download it from Amazon here.
Aug. 18: Dolly Makes 'CBS This Morning' After Tech Glitches
After some technical difficulties that prevented her from appearing on video earlier Monday morning, Dolly made a telephone appearance on CBS This Morning right at the end of the program to discuss at length her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program and its story. She also was asked briefly about the backlash over her remarks in the Billboard cover story endorsing the Black Lives Matter movement. Hear what she said in the media player above or by clicking here.
Christmas CD, Vinyl Releases Added It was revealed Monday that Dolly's upcoming holiday album will be released to retail stores in CD format – reserve your copy here -- and a red vinyl format – reserve your copy here -- in addition to the gold and green limited-edition vinyl editions and CD version being sold on Dolly's official website's online store and the previously-announced A Holly Dolly Christmas MP3 version which retailers have had for pre-orders since the project was announced a few days ago. The regular-edition vinyl will be released Oct. 30, while the limited edition vinyl, CD, and mp3 versions come out Oct. 2. In related news, Sony's Legacy Records has revealed plans to reissue the vinyl edition of her 1984 holiday album with Kenny Rogers, Once Upon A Christmas, on Oct. 2 as well.
Library Expands To All Of Delaware Delaware on Monday celebrated becoming the next state to take Dolly's Imagination Library statewide. Check out a video making that announcement here.
Aug. 17: Controversy Erupts Over Black Lives Matter Comments Dolly fans largely spent the weekend arguing online over her comments of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and protests as reported in her cover story interview for Billboard magazine. (Nationally, roughly two-thirds of Americans support BLM and one-third oppose it, and given her very diverse fan base one can presume their split is roughly similar.) Numerous media outlets accurately reported her comments, causing an uproar from conservatives. Dolly's official website over the weekend shared a direct link to the Billboard story as its lead article without adding any comment about the controversy, seemingly endorsing the story. An essay from Esquire opined here that no one with any knowledge of her accepting outlook on others should be surprised by her endorsement of the movement, while the website God detailed some of the conservative backlash here. In related news, a new mural of her was being painted at the time in East Nashville and the artist decided to add her Black Lives Matter comments to it, The Tennessean noted here, and producers of the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim series Squidbillies announced over the weekend they had immediately fired its lead voice actor, Stuart Daniel Baker, also known as Unknown Hinson, as soon as they were informed of his social media posts condemning Dolly for her BLM support and insulting her with: "So, now this freak-tittied, old Southern bimbo is a BLM Lover? Remember, slut, Rednecks made you a Millionaire!" He had voiced the cartoon's lead character, Early Cuyler, for 15 years.
'CBS This Morning' Reminder For Monday Don't forget to catch Dolly on CBS This Morning Monday to discuss her Imagination Library book program.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Across the pond, after six consecutive weeks at No. 1, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slips one to No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart, the album's 136th overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips two to No. 8, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 12, 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) dips one to No. 10, Essential Dolly Parton falls off the top 20, down from No. 20, while her Gold collection re-enters the top 20 at No. 20. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 18 its 465th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Aug. 14: Dolly Graces 'Billboard' Cover, Supports BLM Dolly is on the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine (at left) for a story on her career and how she continues to expand her "empire" even through coronavirus. Of note, it is explained she hopes to do a Dollyfest, a tour of 12 stadiums around the world where she would perform as would acts she has influenced to celebrate her 75th birthday next year. What gained the most attention in the press was her statements of support when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement for racial equity, to which she responded saying: "I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen. And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!" When asked about changing Dixie Stampede's name to Stampede, which it notes her management said at the time was partly due to a consideration of expanding overseas where the term "Dixie" wouldn't be relevant to the chain's name, she added: "There's such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that. When they said 'Dixie' was an offensive word, I thought, 'Well, I don't want to offend anybody. This is a business. We'll just call it The Stampede.' As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don't be a dumbass. That's where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose." Read the full article here and watch parts of the interview in the magazine's 5-minute interview video on YouTube here or in the media player below.
BMI Honors Dolly For Radio Broadcasts Music rights performance society BMI recently recognized Dolly with seven new "Million-Air" certificates for her song catalog. "I Will Always Love You" joined the society's 30 most-performed songs of all time with a 10 Million broadcast honor, while "9 To 5" moved to 5 million, "Jolene" and "Two Doors Down" to 2 million, and new 1 million certificates for "The Seeker," "Yellow Roses" and "Coat Of Many Colors." Read more from Music Rowhere.
Dolly Schedules 'CBS This Morning' Appearance Monday CBS This Morning has announced Dolly will be a special guest on their program Monday, which airs 7-9 a.m. Eastern. It features a special "School Matters" hour and notes she founded the Dollywood Foundation, so her appearance may center around her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program.
Christmas CD Bundles, Vinyl Available On Official Store Dolly's team on Thursday posted to her official website store (here for U.S. customers and here for UK customers) several bundles for her upcoming holiday CD A Holly Dolly Christmas, including the ability to order one of 400 globally limited edition gold vinyl albums and/or one of 800 globally limited edition green vinyl albums, which are exclusive to the official online store. They are available in several of the bundles, as are physical CDs and other memorabilia, or you may order them separately by visiting the music section of the store. Amazon and a few other retailers have added pages to preorder the MP3 album, such as here on Amazon, but the preorder page for physical CDs has yet to be added at regular retailers and it has not been announced whether a regular vinyl issue will be released to other retailers either.
'USA Today' Recognizes Dolly Among 'Women of the Century' For the centennial of ratification of the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, USA Today has chosen 10 historical female figures from each state to celebrate as their "Women of the Century." Although most are political figures or Civil Rights icons, Dolly and UT female basketball coach Pat Summit are among the 10 chosen for her home state of Tennessee. Read the full list here.
Aug. 13: Holiday Album Officially Announced For Oct. 2 Dolly on Wednesday officially announced her holiday album A Holly Dolly Christmas exclusively on Billboard.comhere. She released the cover art, at left, and track listing, below. The article also revealed the CD will be released Oct. 2 on Dolly's rebranded personal record label, now known as Butterfly Records, in partnership with 12Tone Music Group and was produced by Kent Wells. Her track with Michael Buble will be the first single and it will also feature her 2009 holiday single "Comin' Home For Christmas," the theme song for 2016's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love movie and the theme song for this year's Netflix movie Christmas On The Square. The track listing is:
Holly Jolly Christmas
Christmas Is (feat. Miley Cyrus)
Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas with Michael Bublé
Christmas On The Square
Circle Of Love
All I Want For Christmas Is You with Jimmy Fallon
Comin' Home For Christmas
Christmas Where We Are (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
Pretty Paper with Willie Nelson
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
You Are My Christmas (feat. Randy Parton)
Mary, Did You Know?
Time-Life DVD Collection Coming This Fall Buried in the announcement of her new holiday album, Billboard also revealed that Dolly will get her own Time-Life DVD collection, The Ultimate Dolly Parton, coming out sometime "this fall." While no details of the project have been released, most of these collections feature an assortment of the subject's television series (so maybe it will have her 1977 and/or 1987 variety show), an assortment of television specials (so maybe her HBO concerts and holiday specials and promotional specials for various albums), and guest appearances on late night television shows and daytime talk shows. They usually release a scaled-down version and a larger deluxe version with more shows and specials.
Dolly Promotes 'There Was Jesus'
Dolly and Zach Williams on Wednesday were working to try and get their collaboration "There Was Jesus" to No. 1 with remote interviews at Christian radio stations including K-LOVE here or in the media player above, and The Morning Cruise here or in the media player below. Meanwhile, the song this week reversed course and might be headed back to the top, gaining one to No. 2 again on the Aug. 15 Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. The track spends a fifth week at No. 1 on Christian digital song sales, holds steady at No. 3 Christian airplay, up two to No. 5 Christian streaming and up 11 to No. 35 digital song sales.
Dolly Helps Williams Sonoma Feed Children Dolly has contributed a matching spatula and tea towel design for Williams Sonoma's new collection to help reduce childhood hunger. Check out the towel here.
Opry Poster Donated For MusiCares Dolly has contributed an autographed Grand Ole Opry poster from her 50th anniversary for this year's Grammy MusiCares Foundation charity auction, which takes place Sept. 9, it was reported here.
PaleyFest Video Released Paley Fest on Monday released to the public the interview with Dolly, co-executive producer Sam Haskell, and actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Kathleen Turner about her Netflix series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings. Watch it here or in the media player below.
Aug. 8: Netflix Plans Second 'Heartstrings' Season, Possible Sitcom Although an official renewal hasn't been announced, Sam Haskell, Dolly's co-executive producer on her Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, revealed this week that the network wants a second season and he is getting scripts written now so that they may begin production of a second season as soon as it is determined safe for filming again once the coronavirus crisis has ended, according to a Deadline recap here of the virtual PaleyFest LA panel he had with Dolly, Kathleen Turner and Ginnifer Goodwin which became available Friday to Paley members and Citi cardholders. The panel discussion becomes available to the general public on YouTube here Monday. They also noted they are discussing a possible sitcom for Dolly to star in on the streaming service as well and explained they had pitched 17 potential songs to the network for the first season, of which it chose seven and asked that "Sugar Hill" be added because it was a favorite of a Netflix executive overseeing the project. In related news, The Hollywood Reporter profiled the "These Old Bones" episode alongside its four fellow Emmy nominees for Best TV Movie here.
'Songteller' Audio Book Officially Announced, U.K. Release Although it was originally revealed back in September by Page Six and first confirmed here on Dollymania in April, the audiobook of Dolly's upcoming story-behind-the-songs book Songteller was officially announced this week. In a press release from RBmedia, it was noted the CD and digital recording by Dolly herself would be released on Recorded Books Nov. 17. "Across my life, I've written thousands of songs. This fall, for the first time ever, we're spotlighting a hundred of my favorites in my new audiobook, Dolly Parton, Songteller. Not only will you be able to revisit my life in lyrics, but I'll tell you never-before-heard stories behind the songs. I am so thrilled to announce my collaboration with Recorded Books to create this unique audio experience," Dolly said in the release. Page Six originally reported it was the audio book rights that led Dolly to the indie publisher she chose, Chronicle Books, since none of the major publishing houses was willing to meet her demand of returning the audio book rights to her after 10 years instead of retaining the rights in perpetuity. Reserve your copy of the audio book here. In related news, Amazon added a few inside pages from the book to its listing for it here, and it was also announced this week that the U.K. edition will also come out Nov. 17 from publisher Hodder & Stoughton.
Aug. 5: Dolly's Ole Miss Award Ceremony Rescheduled For April Dolly's acceptance of the Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy has been rescheduled for April 11 at The Jefferson Oxford in Oxford, Miss., and will include a literacy event where she will read to children at the University of Mississippi's Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, it was announced Tuesday. "For the 20th anniversary year of the Ole Miss Women's Council and the 10th anniversary of the Legacy Award, we are honoring Dolly Parton who has a national and international reach," said Mary Donnelly Haskell, of Oxford, the Legacy Award event chair, and wife of Dolly's recent movie co-producer Sam Haskell. "When I think of the positive influence Dolly continues to have on her home state of Tennessee, as well as children and adults around the globe, it is clear she is a perfect choice for this distinguished award. Dolly's extraordinary legacy spans from her enrichment of our lives through entertainment, to the many generous humanitarian acts she carries out to support people all over the world. Our goal is for our OMWC scholarship recipients to become servant leaders who truly make a difference in society, and my dear friend Dolly lives that life daily." Sponsorships, which include a meet-and-greet with Dolly, are sold out. The event was originally scheduled for April of this year but was postponed due to COVID-19.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Dolly's "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams earns a fourth week at No. 1 of the Christian digital songs sales chart, the Aug. 8 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. The song may have stopped its advance on the Hot Christian Songs chart, losing one to No. 3 from its peak position at No. 2. On the Christian airplay list it rises one to No. 3, on the Christian streaming chart it holds steady at No. 7, and on the all-genre digital sales chart it falls seven to No. 46. Across the pond, for the fifth week in the row, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 keeps Dolly on the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart, the album's 134th overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains three to No. 4, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 11 and 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) dips two to No. 10. Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 19. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) slips six to No. 15 its 463rd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
July 31: Hear Dolly's 2019 Newport Folk Festival Set Friday
The Newport Folk Festival has announced Newport Folk Radio will be available this weekend including Dolly's set as last year's surprise headliner. Dolly's set with female country supergroup The Highwomen and several other female artists curated by Brandi Carlisle, which they've titled "She's An Eagle," will be available at 6:15 p.m. Eastern Friday. You may listen on TuneIn here or the media player above, by asking Alexa or Siri to "play Newport Folk Radio" or by listening to WFUV in New York City, WMVY in Newport, or WEXT in Albany.
Dolly Announces Album Title, Guest List, Another Book Dolly called in Wednesday for Eddie Stubbs' final broadcast on WSM Radio in Nashville at his retirement from the station and as announcer for The Grand Ole Opry for an on-air interview. She repeated a lot of information that was already released in past interviews, including that she'll be releasing her Christmas album this fall, was going to announce the groundbreaking for a second Dollywood resort but postponed it due to COVID, and that she will soon launch her lifestyle brand with perfume, wigs, cosmetics, clothing and more. New details about the previously-announced projects included that the holiday album will be titled A Holly Dolly Christmas and will feature the song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and collaborations with Michael Buble, Randy Parton and Heidi Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, and Miley Cyrus (she noted it will also include "Circle Of Love" but that had been announced a couple of years ago when she started working on the album) and that the park's new resort will be a "lodge." She noted she is continuing to work on her Broadway musical of her life she has been writing for a couple of decades now and expressed hope that the theme park would be back to normal by its Smoky Mountain Christmas festival in November. The only completely new announcement was that she is working with author James Patterson on a collaborative mystery novel set in Nashville (he frequently collaborates with others, including a thriller he co-wrote with former President Bill Clinton). Audio of the interview was posted by the station to its SoundCloud account here but had been deleted by mid-afternoon.
'Heartstrings' Wins GLAAD Media Award The "Two Doors Down" episode of Dolly's Netflix anthology Dolly Parton's Heartstrings on Thursday won a GLAAD Media Award for Best Individual Television Episode (for a show without a recurring LGBTQ character), besting episodes of Drunk History, Law & Order: SVU, Easy and Watchmen for the honor. The awards celebrate positive LGBTQ representation in popular media. As the ceremony was held virtually, she accepted via video, thanking everyone associated with making the episode and ending by singing a chorus of "Two Doors Down." Watch here or in the media player below. The awards repeat on Logo at 8 p.m. Monday.
July 29: 'Heartstrings' Earns Emmy Nomination For Dolly Dolly on Tuesday was nominated for the third time for a Primetime Emmy Award, her second as executive producer of a film up for Outstanding Television Movie, as the one movie-length episode of her Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, "These Old Bones," received the nod. It competes against HBO's Bad Education and Neflix's American Son, El Camino and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend. Winners will be announced on ABC Sept. 20. Dolly was previously nominated as executive producer of NBC's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love in 2017 and for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety Show for her 1978 appearance on Cher . . . Special. (She has won two regional Emmy Awards from the Nashville chapter: a Lifetime Achievement Emmy and a competitive Emmy for Outstanding Community Service Program for her wildfires telethon in 2018.)
Paley Center Moves Dolly Panel To Virtual The Paley Center for Media announced this week that its PaleyFest LA will be held virtually for the first time ever. Panels, including Dolly's roundtable on her television career plus her Netflix Heartstrings anthology series, will be taped remotely between now and early August and then become available for Paley Center members and Citi credit card holders starting Aug. 7 and to the general public on the Paley Center's YouTube page starting Aug. 10. Dolly's panel will be moderated by TV Guide West Coast Bureau Chief Jim Halterman and also feature co-executive producer Sam Haskell and "These Old Bones" actors Kathleen Turner and Ginnifer Goodwin. Dolly's session, which had originally been scheduled for March 14, was one of the first major entertainment events in the U.S. cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
'There Was Jesus' Remains No. 1 Christian Sales Dolly's "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams earns a third week at No. 1 of the Christian digital songs sales chart, the Aug. 1 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. The song also continues to advance on the Hot Christian Songs chart, gaining one to No. 2. On the Christian airplay list it rises two to No. 4, on the Christian streaming chart it inches up one to No. 7, and on the all-genre digital sales chart it slips one to No. 39.
July 27: Dolly Leads U.S. Christian Sales, UK Country Comp Charts "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams holds steady at the No. 1 song on the Christian digital song sales chart for the second consecutive week, the July 25 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. The song, her first No. 1 on that tally, also continues advancing on the Hot Christian Songs overall chart, where it's her first top 10, and gains one to No. 3. On the Christian airplay list it rises one to No. 6 and on the Christian streaming chart it shoots up 13 places to No. 8. Across the pond, for the fourth week in the row, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 kept Dolly on the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart, the album's 133rd overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips two to No. 7, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 11 and 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 two to No. 8. The new four-on-two-CD re-issue of We Found It/Porter 'N' Dolly/Say Forever You'll Be Mine/Porter & Dolly, Dolly's Gold and Essential Dolly Parton all fall off of the top 20, down from No. 15, No. 18, and No. 20, respectively. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) inches up one to No. 9 its 462nd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
CDC Recommends Tenn. Use Dolly To Encourage Mask Use A federal public health report to Tennessee recommended recruiting trusted celebrities from the state to promote the message of mask-usage to reduce COVID-19 infections including specifically suggestions of using Dolly, Taylor Swift, Chris Blue and University of Tennessee coaches, WBIR reported here. Dolly has previously encouraged her fans to wear masks in her music video for the COVID-inspired "When Life Is Good Again" single and requires mask usage at her Dollywood theme park and associated other businesses. Meanwhile, CBS's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert used "Jolene" and footage of Dolly singing it to a new recording of an anonymous singer pleading with "Karen" to please wear her mask in a music video during his show available here or in the media player below.
July 20: Dolly's Wal-Mart Greeting Cards Debut Wal-Marts around the country over the weekend started rolling out American Greetings' store-exclusive set of Dolly greeting cards. It appears there are 20 cards included in the debut collection, although only three are sold online via the store's website. Some feature Dolly photos or cartoons, and others feature generic art with Dolly quotes.
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