This week in
Dolly history
Forty-six years ago Monday, Dolly's first recording of her original classic “I Will Always Love You” debuts on the country singles chart; two months later it becomes her third No. 1 hit (she hits No. 1 with it again in 1982 and No. 15 in 1995, while Whitney Houston takes it to No. 1 on the pop charts for 14 weeks in 1992, and a multi-artist new recording of the song mashed up with “On The Road Again” and “Country Roads” featuring Dolly herself tops the country chart in 2016). Twenty-nine years ago Monday, Eagle When She Flies debuts on the album charts; one month later it would become her fifth and most recent album to reach No. 1 on the country charts, makes it to No. 24 on the pop charts, spawns her 24th country No. 1 single and sells more than 1 million copies to be certified platinum (her fifth). Forty-nine years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly record “Burning the Midnight Oil,” “The Right Combination” and other cuts for their The Right Combination/Burning The Midnight Oil album; released as singles seven and two months later, respectively, they reach No. 14 and No. 11 on the country singles chart. Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, Dolly's cover of Petula Clark's “Downtown” debuts on the country singles chart; it reaches No. 36 country, No. 80 pop and No. 20 adult contemporary. Forty-eight years ago Wednesday, “Lost Forever In Your Kiss” debuts on the country singles chart; it peaks at No. 9. Forty-seven years ago Thursday, Dolly records a second version of her song “Travelin' Man,” this time for her album Bubbling Over; released as a single one month later, it peaks at No. 20. Forty-three years ago Thursday, “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Dolly's first post-Porter single, debuts on the single charts; it reaches No. 11 country, No. 87 pop. Forty-nine years ago Friday, “Comin' For To Carry Me Home,” Dolly's arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” debuts on the country singles chart; it reaches No. 23. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its ninth of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album chart (Dolly's fourth and longest stay atop the chart); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). That same day, “But You Know That I Love You” debuts on the country singles chart one week after its pop debut and one week before its adult contemporary debut; it peaks at No. 41 pop, No. 14 adult contemporary and No. 1 country. Thirty-seven years ago Saturday, Kenny Rogers begins recording “Islands In The Stream;” during the five-day recording session, he decides to bring Dolly in to sing with him; released as a single five months later, the duet spends two weeks atop both the country and pop charts, four weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, reaches No. 7 on the U.K. pop chart and sells more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone to become the biggest-selling song of the year in any genre and one of the biggest-sellers of all time. Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, “Straight Talk” debuts on the country singles chart; the title song from Dolly's film would peak at No. 64. Fifty-one years ago Sunday, “Daddy” debuts on the country singles charts; it reaches No. 40.

Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
  • April 6, 8 p.m., AXS, Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong (re-runs 11 p.m. April 6, noon April 7, noon April 12)
  • April 6, 9 p.m., AXS, Kenny & Dolly: Real Love (re-runs midnight April 6, noon April 9, 9 a.m. April 12)
  • April 8, 8 p.m., CMT, CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares (re-runs noon April 11)
  • April 10, 5 p.m., Lifetime, Joyful Noise (re-runs noon April 13)
  • April 10, 8 p.m., MTV Live, CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares
  • April 11, 6 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Mel Tillis
  • April 12, 1 p.m., A&E, Blue Valley Songbird
  • April 12, 3 p.m., A&E, Joyful Noise
  • April 12, 6 p.m., A&E, Dolly: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry
  • April 12, 8 p.m., A&E, Biography: Dolly Parton (re-runs midnight April 13, 7 p.m. April 13, 3 a.m. April 14)
  • April 13, 8 p.m., REELZ, Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again! (re-runs midnight April 14)
  • April 13, 9 p.m., A&E, Biography: Kenny Rogers (re-runs midnight April 14)
  • April 18, 6 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Freddy Fender
  • April 25, 6 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Ronnie Milsap


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Dolly Parton: Country Wisdom For Life's Little Challenges book, Nov. 3

  • She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton, The Great Unifier book, Oct. 13

  • Songteller autobiography audio book, Oct. 6

  • Unlikely Angel: The Songs Of Dolly Parton book, Sept. 30

  • We Found It/Porter 'N' Dolly/Say Forever You'll Be Mine/Porter & Dolly four-on-two CD, April 27

  • Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline with forward by Dolly, April 7

  • Unlikely Angel DVD re-issue, April 7

  • The Little Engine That Could 90th anniversary edition with Dolly introduction, April 7

  • Live At The Bottom Line 1977 digital download of New York concert, March 30

  • The Winning Hand, 1982 album, digital download, Feb. 28

  • Just Between You And Me/Always, Always/Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca/Love And Music four-on-two CD, Feb. 14

  • 9 To 5: The Musical London West End Cast Recording, Feb. 7; CD here, March 27

  • Church, Galantis album with Dolly collaboration on "Faith," Feb. 7

  • Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice documentary, Dec. 3

  • "Faith" with Swedish duo Galantis and Danish rapper Mr. Probz, Oct. 25; (Galantis & Bali Bandits VIP Mix, Dec. 27; Acoustic mix, Jan. 10; six-remix EP, Jan. 24

  • Spartanburg Blues, Buck Trent (duet with Dolly on "Carrol County Accident")

  • "There Was Jesus" duet with Zach Williams, Oct. 4

  • For The Girls duet of "I Will Always Love You" on Kristin Chenoweth's CD, Sept. 27

  • Ken Burns' Country Music, Blu-Ray,Sept. 17

  • "God Only Knows" with For King & Country, Aug. 30

  • Ken Burns' Country Music Soundtrack Deluxe Edition, five-CD set, Aug. 30

  • Straight Talk, Aug. 23, Hollywood Records digital reissue

  • Jolene, Aug. 23, Sony Legacy vinyl reissue

  • "I Will Always Love You" with Kristin Chenoweth, single, Aug. 9

  • Once More/Two Of A Kind/Together Always/The Right Combination, Burning The Midnight Oil four-on-two CD, Aug. 2

  • In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) 1969 album, digital release, July 26

  • Treasures 1996 album, digital release, July 19

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas 1982 soundtrack, digital release, July 19

  • Steel Magnolias Blu-Ray release, May 28

  • Bubbling Over, 1973 Dolly album, digital release, May 17

  • 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

    Watch Dolly All Over TV This Week


    The coming several days are huge for Dolly fans to watch television while following stay-at-home advice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As was reported here last week, things start Monday with AXS's tribute to the late Kenny Rogers by airing the 1989 special Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong at 8 p.m. followed by the 1985 HBO special Kenny & Dolly: Real Love at 9 p.m. The two shows repeat throughout the week (check TV listings at the left hand column of this page for details). Wednesday night CMT gets in on the action with living room interviews and at-home performances from numerous stars, including Dolly, memorializing him in CMT Giants Kenny Rogers, which will also repeat a few times throughout the week. All three of those programs are being aired as benefits for the MusiCares COVID 19 Artist Relief Fund. On Thursday night, Dolly returns to YouTube for the second installment of her “Goodnight With Dolly” bedtime story series highlighting Imagination Library books, a project that was highlighted Sunday night on NBC Nightly News as the week's “There's Good News Tonight” segment, which you may watch here or in the media player above. Then, as was also previously revealed here, A&E brings its Dolly marathon to the television Sunday with Blue Valley Songbird at 1 p.m., Joyful Noise at 3 p.m., Dolly: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry at 6 p.m. and the premiere of Biography: Dolly at 8 p.m. (which repeats several times over coming days and is the American showing of December's Dolly Parton: Here I Am BBC documentary), followed the next day by the premiere of Kenny's farewell concert from 2017 as part of the premiere of A&E's new Biography: Kenny Rogers, which had been scheduled prior to his passing. (And thanks to Tracey for alerting me that BBC2 viewers will be able to catch Dolly: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry at 9 p.m. Monday, April 13.)

    Australian Chart Update
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) rises six places to No. 5 its 446th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.



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    Past news

    April 4:
    'Kenny & Dolly,' 'Kenny, Dolly & Willie' Specials To Air


    Two of Kenny Rogers' three classic television specials with Dolly will air next week in memorial to his recent passing, cable and satellite channel AXS TV announced Friday. The duo's 1989 NBC concert special with Willie Nelson, Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong, will air at 8 p.m. Monday followed by the pair's 1985 HBO concert special Kenny & Dolly: Real Love at 9 p.m. The former will repeat at 11 p.m. Monday, noon Tuesday, and noon Sunday, April 12, while the latter will repeat at midnight Tuesday, noon Thursday and 9 a.m. Sunday. April 12. During the programs, viewers will be encouraged to donate in Kenny's memory to the COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund at the MusiCares Foundation. Learn more here.

    'Dolly' Continues Run On GET TV
    GET TV has confirmed its run of classic 1976-77 Dolly episodes will continue through April. The show airs at 6 a.m. on Saturdays with Tom T. Hall this week, Mel Tillis April 11, Freddy Fender April 18 and Ronnie Milsap April 25.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    After one week at No. 63 thanks to sales following Kenny Rogers' death, his duet with Dolly on "Islands In The Stream" falls back off the top 100 singles chart in the U.K., it was revealed Friday. 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 back off the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, down from No. 20, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains three to No. 13, Essential Dolly Parton gains seven to No. 8, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe re-enters the top 20 at No. 20, and Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 13.

    Dolly Gives Jolene A Handwashing Lesson
    Dolly on Friday gave Dollywood's social media a little handwashing lesson with a parody of her classic "Jolene," Watch here or in the media player below.


    April 3:
    Dolly's Bedtime Stories Series Starts


    The "Goodnight With Dolly" series of Imagination Library storytimes premiered Thursday evening on YouTube. Watch it here or in the media player above. To promote the program, she launched a TikTok account here and appeared via satellite on NBC's Today show here and here.

    CMT Honors Kenny Rogers Next Week
    CMT on Thursday announced a virtual tribute to the late Kenny Rogers to benefit the COVID-19 relief fund of the MusiCares Foundation which will include Dolly. CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares airs at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday with repeats at 8 p.m. April 10 on MTV Live and noon April 11 on CMT. It will feature interviews and/or performances from Dolly, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more filmed in self-isolation. Viewers will be invited to donate to The Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation COVID-19 fund.


    April 2:
    Dolly Gives Vanderbilt $1 Million For COVID Research
    Dolly on Wednesday announced she was donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 cure research. She explained on social media: "My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who's been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure. I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations. Keep the faith, Dolly"

    Dolly On Thursday's 'Today'
    Imagination Library on Wednesday announced Dolly will make several appearances throughout Thursday morning's Today show on NBC starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, presumably to promote her "Goodnight With Dolly" video series premiering that evening online at 7 p.m. Eastern. She had originally been scheduled to appear on the show to promote the nationwide screening of the documentary The Library That Dolly Built, which is being postponed to September due to coronavirus. In related news, SD Professionals, which oversees the Library's website and book ordering system, posted a blog about developing Dolly's webseries. Read it here.


    April 1:
    Dolly's New Autobiography Audio Book Coming Oct. 6
    Dolly's new autobiography, reported here back in September, now has a release date and title for the 11-CD unabridged audio version. Amazon is taking orders to reserve your copy of Songteller for Oct. 6 release here. I would expect the hardcover book form to likely come out the same day and be available for pre-orders soon. Thanks, Tony!

    Dolly Makes New 'Billboard' Record For Top 20 Hits
    Dolly added a new record to her list of accolades on Tuesday when her 1983 hit "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers re-entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 20 on the April 4 Billboard tallies representing sales and airplay following Kenny's death. The entry gives Dolly the honor of being the only artist in history to have a top 20 single on the Hot Country Songs chart in seven consecutive decades from "Something Fishy" in 1967 through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and now 2020s with "Islands In The Stream." She was recognized for the six-decade record in 2016 when a new recording of "Jolene" with Pentatonix made it to No. 18 as her 73rd top 20 single and 107th chart single. The song is No. 2 overall digital song sales and No. 2 country digital song sales, while their most recent duet, "You Can't Make Old Friends," debuted at No. 28 digital song sales and No. 12 country digital song sales. On the Country Albums Chart, Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters at No. 14 thanks to the downloads of "Islands In The Stream" counting toward album-sales-equivalents of the album (because Kenny's current greatest hits collections, including the one at No. 1 country this week, due to him getting the rights to only his solo recordings from RCA when he left the label, so the song only appears now on her hits collections). Elsewhere on the charts, Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz rises four to No. 13 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart.

    Dolly Thanks First Responders For Coronavirus Work
    Dolly on Tuesday posted to social media a note of appreciation to first responders, servicemembers and medical personnel on the front lines of the war against COVID-19. Watch it here or in the media player below.


    March 31:
    'Goodnight With Dolly' Story Series Starts Thursday


    As was teased here Sunday night, Dolly on Monday announced her "Goodnight With Dolly" series of Imagination Library storybook readings on YouTube for 10 weeks starting Thursday night. The first book she will read will be The Little Engine That Could, which is the first book in her literacy program and which releases its 90th anniversary edition with an introduction by Dolly next week. Check out the announcement video here or in the media player above. In a press release, the announcement notes the series was to premiere the same night as the release in 330 theatres of her documentary The Library That Dolly Built, which is now expected to show the week of Sept. 21 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the program's founding. The new videos will become available at 7 p.m. Eastern time each Thursday evening. In the release, Dolly said: "Although it was the right thing to do, postponing the screening of our documentary was a disappointment. So many of our Imagination Library affiliates had organized events around the nationwide screenings, however things do have a way of working out so the documentary will still have its day. This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right. I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think." Other titles to be read include Dolly's own I Am A Rainbow and Coat Of Many Colors as well as Loren Long's There's A Hole In The Log On The Bottom Of The Lake, Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Red Pajama, Sophy Henn's Pass It On, Patty Lovell's Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon, Steve Breen's Violet The Pilot, Floyd Cooper's Max & The Tag-Along Moon and Matt de la Pena's Last Stop On Market Street. The videos will be available across the Imagination Library, official Dolly, her dinner theatres', and Dollywood media channels.

    Kenny Duets Re-Enter U.S. Charts
    As expected, sales from news of Kenny Rogers' passing light up the charts this week, Billboard revealed Monday. When the full charts are released Tuesday, Kenny will have a dozen songs in the top 50 sales tally, including four in the top 10. While "The Gambler" was the week's biggest-selling song with 21,000 downloads, his first duet with Dolly, "Islands In The Stream," was No. 2 with 15,000 downloads and his last duet with her, "You Can't Make Old Friends," was No. 28 with 5,000 downloads. "Islands In The Stream" will also appear on the country streaming, airplay and sales-based charts, coming in at No. 20 Hot Country Songs with 3.1 million streams and radio reach of 1.1 million listeners.

    Dolly's 1977 New York Concert Available For Download
    Although it has come out on CD and vinyl a few times in recent years, a recording of Dolly's RCA coming out concert from 1977 at New York's Bottom Line Club was released for digital download on Monday. Live At The Bottom Line 1977 is available for purchase here.


    March 30:
    A&E Airs Two Dolly Movies, Two Specials April 12
    A&E has revealed that its April 12 programming will feature a Dolly marathon in advance of its American premiere of last Christmas' BBC documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am under the title of its Biography series. Before that airs, however, the cable channel will show her 1999 Lifetime movie Blue Valley Songbird at 1 p.m., followed by her 2012 theatrical release Joyful Noise at 3 p.m., followed by a repeat of November's NBC special Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry at 6 p.m., before the new two-hour Biography premieres at 8 p.m., followed by a new Biography installment on pal Willie Nelson before hers repeats at midnight. Then the new Biography on Kenny Rogers, featuring the unaired performances from her farewell tribute show that included Dolly, premieres at 8 p.m. April 13, followed by a new Biography on pal Merle Haggard, and then a repeat of Kenny's episode at midnight.

    Australian Chart Update
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) slips six spaces to No. 11 its 445th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.


    March 28:
    Dolly Tells Fans To 'Keep The Faith' During Coronavirus


    Dolly on Friday released a video on her social media encouraging fans to "Keep the faith" during the COVID-19 pandemic. She explained she thought she could see God in the crisis and believed He was holding us up to the light so we could see each other through the eyes of love. Watch it here or in the media player above. In related news, Imagination Library affiliate leaders posted in Facebook Dolly fan groups that Dolly will begin April 2 releasing videos via social media of her reading Imagination Library books for 10 weeks for families at home during the pandemic, and that they are working to reschedule the national one-day release of their documentary The Library That Dolly Built, hoping for the week of Sept. 21. In less happy news, the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce this week announced its May 15-16 Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, which features the annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition where contestants give their take on songs written by Dolly, has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Rogers Sales Increase Greatly Post-Death
    Kenny Rogers' music, including his duets with Dolly, have seen significant sales increases in the days following his March 20 passing, Billboard reported this week here. On-demand streams of his music jumped 1,687 percent from 1 million the two days prior to his death to 18 million the two days following his death, sales of his albums soared 7,709 percent from negligible to 15,000 copies, and digital downloads rose 11,163 percent from 1,000 to 82,000. Specifically, "Islands In The Stream" with Dolly was his second-biggest-song of the week with a 9,769 percent increase from a negligible figure to 12,000 digital sales and 720 percent streaming increase from 200,000 to 1.6 million. His album The Best Of Kenny Rogers: Through The Years is expected to move 25,000 album equivalents to top the Top Country Albums chart when it comes out next week and could break the top 20 or even the top 10 of the Billboard 200 all-genre pop albums chart.

    'I Will Always Love You' Makes Library Of Congress Registry
    The U.S. Library of Congress this week announced the induction of the Whitney Houston cover of Dolly's signature composition, "I Will Always Love You," into the National Recording Registry. It marks Dolly's second entry in the catalog of recordings of such cultural or artistic significance they deserve permanent protection by the Library of Congress, as her 1971 autobiographical single "Coat Of Many Colors" was inducted in 2011.

    U.S., U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz dips three to No. 17 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the March 28 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed, as the band's album with the track, Church, falls off the top dance albums chart, down from No. 23 in its fifth week. Across the pond, Kenny Rogers' death allows the digital single of "Islands In The Stream" (released there under the name "Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers") to re-enter the top 100 pop singles chart at No. 63 – the original physical single of the song (under the name "Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton") peaked at No. 7 there in 1983. 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 eight to No. 20 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains three to No. 13, Essential Dolly Parton adds two to No. 6 and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls back off the top 20, down from No. 15.


    March 24:
    Dollywood Extends Closure To At Least May, Shutters Resort
    As most observers expected, Dollywood on Monday announced they will be extending their COVID-19-induced closure for the immediate future, and its resort hotel/spa is also closing down for the same period. The park now hopes to open at a yet-to-be-determined date in May, it was noted in a press release and statements posted to social media. The park opened as planned for season passholder preview day March 13 but originally postponed the public opening to March 28 and revealed her dinner theatres would also close until then, but their closure period was soon extended to May 9, the soonest that revised CDC recommendations advised for any groups larger than 10 people to congregate. Dollywood Smoky Mountain Cabins are remaining open for the time being, presumably because people can self-isolate more easily in the individual cabins. The virus has also postponed productions of her stage musical in both London and Australia. The full press release is as follows:

    PIGEON FORGE, TN (Monday, March 23, 2020) --- Based on daily changes in the status of the coronavirus pandemic and guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control, we are delaying the opening of Dollywood and suspending the operations of Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa as of March 24. Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins remains open at this time.

    "The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented, and based on the ever-changing developments, we are constantly re-evaluating our options and hoping to open in May," Craig Ross, Dollywood President said.

    Ross continued, "We are looking daily at all of our options to present an exciting and entertaining 2020 season that is a great experience for our guests, but our first priority is the safety of our hosts and guests." 

    Dollywood will continue to watch the conditions within our region, consult with our medical experts and follow CDC guidelines to determine the re-opening date for the parks and resort. We will continue to communicate any additional changes as they occur.

    For guests with resort reservations or tickets for this period of temporary closure, please contact 1-800-DOLLYWOOD for rescheduling information.


    March 23:
    In Memoriam: Kenny Rogers

    Kenny Rogers, Dolly's most frequent duet partner other than Porter Wagoner, with whom she performed regularly off and on for nearly 40 years, died Friday night at age 81. The family said in a statement posted to his official social media account that he "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family." On Saturday, Dolly released an emotional video via her official social media reacting to his death. The text accompanying the video read: "You never know how much you love somebody until they're gone. I've had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend. So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you, dolly."

    In the video, viewable here or in the media player above, Dolly shared: "Well, I couldn't believe it this morning when I got up and turned on the TV checking to see what the corona virus was doing and it told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had passed away. And I know that we all know Kenny's in a better than we are today, but I'm sure he's gonna be talking to God sometime today if he ain't already and he's gonna be asking Him to spread some light on a bunch of this darkness going on here. But I loved Kenny with all my heart, and my heart's broken, and a big ole chunk of it has gone with him today. And I think that I can speak for all his family, his friends, and fans when I say that I will always love you. I just happened to have this picture when I walked out this morning (pause as she tries to keep her composure) of us, I walked out and I thought, well, (through tears) maybe I'll hold that up, everybody. So I know you're sad as I am, but God bless you Kenny. Fly high, straight to the arms of God. And to the rest of you, keep the faith. "

    On Sunday, the family shared Dolly's video to Kenny's official social media accounts, the first posting after their announcement of his passing. Shortly thereafter, they shared a note of appreciation for the fan support: "The Rogers family would like to thank you for the generous outpouring of love and support coming in from all over the world these past two days. It's a beautiful reminder of the positive impact Kenny has had and will continue to have on so many. The music lives on! #SweetMusicMan" They added that memorial gifts may be made to The COVID-19 Relief Fund of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs and its MusiCares Foundation.

    In the wake of his passing, sales of his music skyrocketed, with several songs making the iTunes charts on Sunday including Dolly collaborations "Islands In The Stream" at No. 2 and No. 93 pop (the first with Kenny's name first and the second listed with Dolly's name first) and No. 1 country songs, with "You Can't Make Old Friends" at No. 56 and No. 73 pop (the first with Kenny's name first and the second with Dolly's name first) and No. 27 and No. 34 country. In honor of Kenny, AXS TV will rebroadcast his The Big Interview with Dan Rather, in which he speaks at length about his partnership with Dolly. The episode, from 2014, airs at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Monday and 8 p.m. Wednesday. His A&E Biography special including his farewell tribute concert, including performances and interviews with Dolly, is slated for airing April 13. Billboard paid tribute with a column here about how big of a star he was and its "Forever No. 1" column here focusing on the signature Hot 100 No. 1 pop single of a recently deceased artist. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution provided an overview of his relationship with Dolly here.

    He and Dolly first performed together on her variety television show's third episode, which aired Oct. 2, 1976 (available on DVD here). They didn't reunite until 1983 when producer Barry Gibb suggested Dolly join him on "Islands In The Stream" when they were on the fourth day of unsuccessfully recording the track, and upon learning she happened to be down the street in Los Angeles, she came in and the rest was history. The song was the biggest-selling tune of the year and topped charts worldwide. The next year they released a holiday album, Once Upon A Christmas, containing half duets, one-quarter Dolly solos and one-quarter Kenny solos (although when Kenny left RCA records he took the U.S. rights to his solo recordings with him, so they had to be removed from all U.S. re-releases and Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" was added). Over the course of the next three and a half decades, they toured together several times in the U.S. as well as Australia/New Zealand and recorded the No. 1 country duet "Real Love" in 1985, No. 21 country single "Love Is Strange" in 1990, album cut "Undercover" in 2003, uncharted single "Tell Me That You Love Me" in 2009, and No. 57 country airplay single "You Can't Make Old Friends" in 2013. They also starred together in three television specials (1984's network special Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas To Remember, 1985's HBO concert Kenny & Dolly: Real Love, and 1989 network special Kenny, Dolly, & Willie: Something Inside So Strong with Willie Nelson). He also appeared on an episode of her 1987-1988 ABC variety series and with her in concert at Dollywood. She recorded his song "Sweet Music Man" in 1977 and he recorded her unreleased songs "The Stranger" in 1984 and "Christmas In America" in 1989 (as well as her classic "I Will Always Love You" in 1996).

    Australian Chart Update
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) remains steady at No. 5 in its 444th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.


    March 21:
    New Billboard Up, '9 To 5' Closes Down Under


    Dollywood on Friday put up a new interstate billboard for travelers heading to the park featuring an excerpt from Dolly's quote in the press release announcing cancelation of last week's planned park expansion announcement and repeated in the press release announcing the COVID-19-related closure of the park until at least March 28: "Brighter days are ahead" above her "Dolly" signature logo. A photo from Facebook is posted above. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, the infection has shuttered the planned Australian production of her 9 To 5: The Musical, following the London production in closing due to public health concerns. Producers announced Friday that both the Sydney and Melbourne productions are postponed until further notice due to the pandemic.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    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) slips five places to No. 12 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls two to No. 16, Essential Dolly Parton rises three to No. 8 and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe moves up one to No. 15.


    March 20:
    COVID-19 Closes London '9 To 5' At Least To April 26
    Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical will shut down in London at least through April 26, producers of the West End show announced Thursday amid new COVID-19 closures.

    Dinner With Dolly Raises $40K For Ole Miss
    The University of Mississippi Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy recently held its 20th anniversary celebration, and Dolly was recognized with the 2020 Legacy Award for exceptional leadership, mentorship and philanthropy. The evening featured a live auction hosted by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuchy, whose lives were portrayed in the film The Blind Side, and one of the two biggest-ticket items was dinner for 10 with Dolly hosted by her friends and business partners, Ole Miss alums Sam and Mary Haskell, which went for $40,000.

    Watch 'Christmas At Dollywood' This Weekend
    Hallmark Channel is bringing some holiday cheer to the COVID-19 self-quarantine by running a marathon this weekend of 27 original "Countdown to Christmas" films starting Friday at noon. About halfway through the marathon, 1 p.m. Eastern Saturday, Christmas At Dollywood airs. In related news, it was announced Thursday that overseas television distributor Red Arrow Studios International has acquired the film's overseas rights as part of its spring and summer slate of new shows to sell to networks outside of the U.S.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz inches up one to No. 14 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the March 21 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed, as the song falls back off the digital song sales chart, down from No. 17. The band's album with the track, Church, regains two to No. 23 in its fifth week on the top dance albums chart.

    'Dolly Parton's America' Up For Podcast Award
    The New York Festivals 2020 Radio Awards Finalists have been announced and Dolly Parton's America is up for best podcast.


    March 17:
    More COVID-19 Dolly Closures
    The COVID-19 pandemic continues this week to negatively impact Dolly and her projects. It was announced Monday that the documentary The Library That Dolly Built one-night-only national release date of April 2 has been cancelled and that a new date, likely months away, will be announced later. In Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach, and Branson, her dinner theatres announced Monday they will extend their closure to May 9 and that it also includes her other Pigeon Forge properties: The Comedy Barn Theater, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, and Smoky Mountain Opry (the number of attendees in the Frizzle Chicken House Café will be limited so that it may remain open). And across the pond, the West End production of her 9 To 5: The Musical is suspended until further notice. The show is scheduled to run in London through May 23.


    March 16:
    COVID-19 Claims Aussie Festival, CDC Wants Longer Closures
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in cancellation of another Dolly-related event: the April 17-19 Dolly Festival planned in Narromine, Australia. Read more here. Meanwhile, the closure of Dollywood and Dolly's dinner theatres in Pigeon Forge, Branson and Myrtle Beach could last longer than the planned two-week postponement, as the CDC on Sunday issued guidelines that Americans should avoid any gatherings of 50 or more people for eight weeks, which would be around May 10, or the weekend of the scheduled opening of the new Flower & Food Festival. While the park has not given any indication of plans to extend its closure, park officials have said they will monitor the situation, consult with medical experts, and follow CDC recommendations. A park spokesperson confirms that while DreamMore Resort and Dollywood Cabins are operating during the closure, they are working with patrons to provide refunds or rebookings of cancellations.

    Australian Chart Update
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) rises five to No. 5 in its 443rd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.


    March 14:
    Coronavirus Closes Dollywood, Restaurants For Two Weeks
    Coronavirus has caused the temporary closure of Dolly's theme park and dinner theatres, it was announced Friday. Although Dollywood was open Friday for season passholder preview day – and Dolly's media appearances for the day had already been cancelled – the park revealed the public opening scheduled for Saturday will be postponed for two weeks due to the "escalating" coronavirus pandemic. It now opens March 28. Dolly's dinner theatres – Stampede in Pigeon Forge and Branson, Mo., and Pirates Voyage in Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach, S.C. – will also close for the same period after Sunday's performances. Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Smoky Mountain Cabins are scheduled to remain open, the release noted. Dollywood President Craig Ross said: "We have been following the coronavirus crisis very closely and based on developments within the last 24 hours and in consultation with health experts, we are going to delay our season opening until March 28. Despite the delay in opening, we are committed to taking care of our hosts while the park remains closed." The release repeated part of Dolly's comment from the press release on Thursday that announced her media appearance cancellation: "We need to focus on good health and praying for those who are affected. We know brighter days are ahead." Its sister park, Silver Dollar City in Branson, will also delay its opening to March 28. Season passholders will be eligible for an additional bring-a-friend-free ticket for summer 2020 due to the delay, park officials said.

    'Southern Living' Names Dolly Southerner Of The Year
    Southern Living magazine on Thursday announced it had selected Dolly as its 2020 Southerner Of The Year in recognition of her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program. Read more here.

    Governor Tells People At Home For Virus To Sign Up For Dolly Books
    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine took a moment in his daily coronavirus press conference on Friday to tell parents stuck at home with their children during the pandemic to read to their kids and encourage them to register for Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program if they are not currently enrolled. He noted almost all counties in the state now have the program open for registration and that it will be in all counties in another month or two.

    Trio Returns To U.K. Charts
    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. 7 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips two to No. 14, Essential Dolly Parton gains four to No. 11 and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe re-enters the top 20 at No. 16.


    March 13:
    Dolly Appearance At Dollywood Opening Cancelled
    Dollywood on Thursday afternoon cancelled Dolly's appearance at the park scheduled for Friday's season passholder preview day to open its 35th season. A statement noted the cancellation was due to "the constantly changing coronavirus situation and under an abundance of caution." Dolly had been expected to announce the park's largest-ever financial investment. In the statement, she explained: "The exciting economic news we planned to share does not seem appropriate based on what is going on. It doesn't feel right. We need to focus on good health and praying for those who are affected. We know brighter days are ahead." The announcement is expected to be rescheduled for later in the season. Dolly had been at the park's DreamMore Resort on Thursday but left in her tour bus shortly after the cancellation announcement was released. The Paley Center for Television had earlier in the week cancelled her scheduled appearance there in Los Angeles that was to take place on Saturday. As of press time, the park planned to continue operating its normal hours for season passholders on Friday and open to the general public on Saturday but any changes to its operating schedule past Saturday have not been announced. Competitor Disney revealed on Thursday it was taking the unusual step of closing all of its parks starting Sunday and continuing through the end of the month; it had previously closed its parks in China and Japan but now will also close Disneyland/California Adventure in California, Disney World in Florida and Disney Paris. It is unknown whether the planned premiere of the documentary The Library That Dolly Built will still take place April 2 in New York City with Dolly in attendance, as New York's governor on Thursday banned all gatherings of 500 or more people in the state and ordered venues holding fewer than 500 people to only sell half their seats. It is unknown when the ban will be lifted. The theatre hosting the premiere seats 479 and therefore isn't subject to the ban but could only seat a maximum of 239 guests if the restriction remains in effect on April 2.


    March 12:
    Coronavirus Stops Dolly's LA Panel This Weekend
    Dolly's Saturday appearance at the Paley Center for Television in Los Angeles to discuss her television career and Netflix series Heartstrings has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns, The Paley Center announced Wednesday night. The panel discussion, and others that had been originally scheduled for this weekend as well, are expected to be rescheduled for a later date. Read more from Variety here.As of press time Wednesday, a Dollywood spokesperson confirmed her media event on Friday morning to announce the largest investment in the park's history was still scheduled to proceed as planned. Knoxville television station WBIR reported here the park is taking safety precautions and monitoring the situation.

    New Porter & Dolly Four-On-Two Coming
    BGO Records has announced it will release a third four-on-two-CD set of Porter & Dolly's duet albums next month. We Found It/Porter 'N' Dolly/Say Forever You'll Be Mine/Porter & Dolly will come out April 24. Its release leaves just Just The Two Of Us as their sole duet studio album not included in the series (Maybe they'll release a fourth one next featuring that one remaining album, their original "Best Of" album, Dolly's covers album of Porter-composed songs, and her first live album, on which they performed a handful of duets). Reserve your copy here!

    '9 To 5' London CD To Be Released
    That's not the only CD coming soon, as Absolute Records will be releasing a British CD version of the 9 To 5: The Musical West End Cast Recording on March 27, which Amazon will have available as an import here. The digital version of the cast album was released here a month ago.

    Dolly Writes Kids Who Made Movie
    Dolly wrote a letter to some kids whose class made a video inspired by her Imagination Library literacy program, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal here.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz holds steady at No. 15 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the March 14 charts released Tuesday showed, as the song re-enters the digital song sales chart at No. 17. The band's album with the track, Church, dips four to No. 25 in its fourth week on the top dance albums chart. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, falls out of the top 50 hot Christian songs, down from No. 40.


    March 9:
    Dolly Gets '60 Minutes' Down Under Year's Best Ratings


    Dolly was the featured interviewee Sunday on 60 Minutes Australia as part of her promotions for the Down Under production of her 9 To 5: The Musical. Several media outlets picked up on her quote that she'll never retire and hopes next year to re-create her famous 1978 Playboy cover shoot at age 75. Watch the interview here or in the media player above. The segment brought the show its largest audience of the year with 842,000 viewers Down Under, ratings reported on Monday.

    'Heartstrings' Renewal Announcement Could Come Saturday
    Could Netflix be planning on Saturday to announce a second season of Dolly's Heartstrings series? Looks like that could be a possibility. Organizers of her panel discussion that evening at the Paley Center for Television in Los Angles say the night will feature Dolly, her co-producer Sam Haskell, actors Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney, showrunner Patrick Sean Smith, additional participants to be announced, highlights from Dolly's television career, a retrospective of the show's first season "and a special surprise!" The network hasn't commented yet on the show's status for the fall season, although it has announced renewals or cancellations for most of its other programs in recent weeks. A few tickets for the uppermost balcony still remain available here for Saturday night, which follows her scheduled appearance on the other side of the country Friday morning for season pass holders at Dollywood's preview day for the new season.

    Library Doc Premiere Announced, Social Media Kits Available
    Cinemas around the country have started selling tickets for the one-night-only April 2 screening of the Imagination Library documentary The Library That Dolly Built. Look for information on your closest theatre showing it here! Dolly is scheduled to appear that morning on NBC's Today Fourth Hour with Hoda & Jenna to promote it, as well as at the official premiere that takes place that night at the Sillas SVA Theatre hosted by the United Way of New York City, which is expected that evening to announce a major expansion of the program's operations in the Big Apple. Fans are encouraged to promote the screenings in their areas using social media materials available here.

    Dolly Helps Loretta On New Memoir
    Thanks to Tony for alerting me that Dolly has written the forward to pal Loretta Lynn's new memoir, Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline, which will come out from Grand Central Publishing April 7, the same day as the anniversary edition of The Little Engine That Could featuring an introduction from Dolly. Reserve your copy of Loretta's book here! In addition, several more Dolly tomes are set to hit shelves later this year including Unlikely Angel: The Songs Of Dolly Parton as part of the University of Illinois Press' Women Composers series Sept. 30, She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton, The Great Unifier from Scribner Oct. 13, and Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Dolly Parton: Country Wisdom For Life's Little Challenges from Media Lab Books Nov. 3. On the music end, Music Box Mania released a set of nine classic Dolly tunes reimagined as music box melodies on Friday under the title MSM Performs Dolly Parton.

    A&E 'Biography' Is U.K. Documentary
    Thanks to my friend Greg who noticed from the A&E trailer that the new Biography: Dolly Parton, a two-hour special on April 12 announced last week, is the American premiere of her BBC special documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am, which aired over the Christmas holidays overseas before being picked up by Netflix for all foreign markets outside of the U.S. and U.K.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    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 one to No. 10 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) includes up one to No. 12, and Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 15. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) falls six at No. 10 in its 442nd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.

    'Kenny & Dolly' On 'Let's Make A Deal'
    Be sure to catch Let's Make A Deal on Thursday as Dolly fans Jason Denton and Sherry Gilleland compete dressed up as Kenny & Dolly for an '80s Day taping of the game show.


    March 5:
    Library Doc Trailer Released, 'Today' Appearance Announced


    NBC's Today on Wednesday premiered here the official trailer for the documentary The Library That Dolly Built, opening nationwide on April 2 for one showing only. They also announced that Dolly will be on the show's fourth hour with Hoda and Jenna that morning to promote the film and that it will be in their new studio with a studio audience (tickets available from hodaandjennatickets.com). Watch the trailer here or in the media player above. And get tickets to watch the film here. Half of box office proceeds will go to Imagination Library affiliates screening the film.

    A&E To Show New Dolly, Kenny 'Biographies'
    A&E on Wednesday announced a new two-hour Biography: Dolly Parton will premiere on the network at 8 p.m. Eastern April 12. This marks the second installment based on Dolly's life in the long-running docu-series, as they produced a two-hour episode on her back in 2006. The new one goes from her childhood through her recent Opry 50th anniversary and features interviews with Chris Stapleton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, among others. The network follows it at 9 p.m. April 13 with Biography: Kenny Rogers, chronicling his time from the First Edition to his 2017 farewell concert with Dolly and others. Check out the preview for Dolly's installment here or in the media player below.


    March 4:
    Dolly Responds To Nashville Tornadoes


    Several violent tornadoes ripped through the Nashville area Monday night, killing at least 25 people. On Tuesday morning, Dolly was one of the first Music City celebrities to address the disaster, saying on social media here and in the media player above: "Well I am here on the job today 'cause as they say the show must go on but we had a lot of damage out in our area. I know a lot of Nashville was just devastated with the storms. And I just wanted all of you to know that we are all with you and hope that your family's okay and your property's going to be able to get mended pretty soon, get your lights back on. But just wanted you to know you're being thought of and we love you and we're sorry that it all happened to all of us. But hopefully we're okay and to those who really lost family members, I'm sorry about that and our prayers are with you. And so I just wanted to shout out and say we're with you."

    Library Doc To Be Noted On 'Today' Wednesday
    The Imagination Library website has added the list of venues that will be playing the documentary The Library That Dolly Built in its limited release on April 2, many of which are selling tickets now. The film's trailer is expected to be broadcast on NBC's The Today Show Wednesday morning to formally announce the nationwide screenings. Check out the list of cinemas here.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz loses three to No. 15 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the March 7 charts released Tuesday showed. The band's album with the track, Church, falls eight to No. 21 in its third week on the top dance albums chart. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, regains two to No. 40 hot Christian songs.

    Dolly Look-A-Like Contest Profiled
    Interview magazine profiled the Dolly look-a-like contest Valley of the Dolly Partons in Brooklyn's Mable's Smokehouse. Check out the piece here.


    March 2:
    'The Winning Hand' Gets Digital Release
    Sony Music Entertainment on Friday released Dolly's 1982 Monument Records album with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Brenda Lee, The Winning Hand, for digital download. The album famously was produced as a last-ditch attempt to save the struggling label where Dolly got her start from 1965 through 1968. It featured new duet recordings by the other three artists and a few duets of Dolly with them using their new vocals and her 1960s vocals, although she performed the tracks live for a syndicated special promoting the project.

    More Details Emerge On 'Christmas On The Square'
    Actress Mary Jane Haskell, who played Miss Moody in Dolly's "Coat Of Many Colors" films, spoke recently with the My Year With Dolly Parton podcast about Dolly's Netflix Christmas film Christmas On The Square, which was postponed from last year's holiday season to this year's. She gives a little more detail on the plotline. Read a recap from Country Living here.

    'Dolly' Show Continues On GET TV
    Get TV has announced its 6 a.m. Saturday showings of the 1976-77 variety series Dolly will continue through March with Freddy Fender March 7, Mel Tillis March 14, Chuck Woolery March 21 and Ronnie Milsap March 28.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    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) inches up one to No. 9 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up one to No. 13, while Essential Dolly Parton falls out of the top 20, down from No. 18. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 4 in its 441st chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.


    Feb. 28:
    Season Passholders Will See Dolly At Park
    Dollywood on Thursday confirmed to Dollymania.net that season passholders attending the Season Passholder Preview Day on March 13 at the park will be provided access to Dolly's 10:30 a.m. media appearance on a "first-come, first-served basis." For the past couple of years, that has meant lining up at the main gate before opening to get a wristband for admittance.

    Hospital Celebrates Decade Of Service
    Sevier County's LeConte Medical Center on Thursday celebrated its 10th anniversary, complete with a video greeting from Dolly herself. She recalled riding a bulldozer at the facility's groundbreaking. Dolly donated $1 million to the hospital when it relocated to a new campus and in appreciation both the birthing center and women's health center are named in her honor. Learn more about the anniversary from WVLT here.


    Feb. 27:
    Dolly To Pop In At Dollywood March 13
    Although Dolly is expected to miss the first public opening day of Dollywood's 35th operating season due to her Paley Media Center appearance scheduled in Los Angeles that day, she will be on park the day before during Season Passholder Preview Day March 13 to announce her company's "largest investment plan" in its history, it was revealed in a media alert released Wednesday. The alert did not note whether or not the public will be able to attend the appearance.

    'Heartstrings' Wins Movieguide Award
    The "These Old Bones" episode of Dolly Netflix series Heartstrings won the Movieguide Award's Faith and Freedom Award for TV, it was announced this week. The awards were actually handed out a month ago but the winners not revealed publicly until after they aired on Hallmark Drama this week. The program had also been up for the Epiphany Prize for TV, which both of her NBC movies Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors had won, and its star Kathleen Turner for the Grace Prize for TV, which Coat star Alyvia Alyn Lind had won, but lost each of those honors. More information is available from Christian Post here.

    New Magazine Interview Down Under
    Dolly recently sat down with Australian Women's Weekly magazine to talk about her life and career as her stage musical premieres Down Under. Check out the interview here.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz gains three to No. 12 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the Feb. 29 charts released Tuesday showed. The band's album with the track, Church, slips nine to No. 13 in its second week on the top dance albums chart. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, remains steady at No. 42 hot Christian songs.

    Harry Potter Thinks Dolly Should Play God
    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is a huge Dolly fan, he told Smooth Radio here and says he wishes he had suggested she be cast as God in his current show Miracle Workers.

    FOX Show Taking Dolly Drag To ER
    Fans will want to catch FOX's The Resident on March 10 when the plot centers around a Dolly drag queen being admitted to the ER after collapsing on stage. The episode title is "Doll E. Wood."


    Feb. 24:
    New 'Jesus' Music Video Coming Soon
    Steve Summers, Dolly's creative director, on Thursday shared to Instagram a photo of the pair with singer Zach Williams and news that they had just finished filming a music video for their collaboration "There Was Jesus". No word on when the video will be released.

    Dolly's Words Spoken At Shabalala Funeral
    Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala was laid to rest on Saturday in his native South Africa following his death Feb. 11 at age 78. South African station Channel 24 listed a letter from Dolly, read at the service by South African Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, as the No. 1 of five standout moments from the funeral here. In a separate story here, the channel noted Dolly said: "My heart, love, and prayers are with Joseph Shabalala's family and friends today. I, like all of you, know what a great, warm, and talented man he was. One of the greatest joys of my life and career was working with Joseph and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on my record pf Peace Train. Well, Joseph is riding that peace train now. And my wish for you, Joseph, is to rest in peace as you ride today." Dolly had recruited the band for her cover of Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" for her 1996 album Treasures and returned the favor for their 1997 album Heavenly with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" featuring Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar.

    U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    The track "Faith" by Dolly and Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, regained three spots this week to No. 12 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the Feb. 22 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, regained two to No. 40 hot Christian songs. Across the pond, 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 eight to No. 10 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls seven to No. 14, Essential Dolly Parton slips two to No. 18, and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt falls off the top 20, down from No. 13, after 179 weeks on the chart. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) increases four to No. 4 in its 440th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.

    ABC Special Headed To REELZ
    REELZ cable network over the weekend announced it had acquired the ABC News special Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again! which aired in November and will broadcast it at 9 p.m. Eastern Sunday, March 29.

    Movieguide Awards Air Monday
    Hallmark Drama has announced that the Movieguide Awards, where Dolly's Heartstrings series on Netflix is up for three awards for its "These Old Bones" episode, will air at 11 p.m. Eastern Monday on the network and be available on the Hallmark Everywhere app on Tuesday.


    Feb. 17:
    Library Film Opening Nationwide April 2, Ohio Program Lauded


    You should soon be able to find out when and where to see a local premiere of the upcoming Imagination Library documentary The Library That Dolly Built, on or about April 2. Dollymania.net has learned the documentary, made by University of Tennessee students and faculty, is expected to open at about 250 cinemas across the country for special showings. A search confirmed several locations for showings (all are April 2 except for Anchorage, Alaska, which is April 6). Known screenings at this time are:
  • Bear Tooth Theatre, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Plaza Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Music Box Theatre, Chicago, Ill.
  • Rhea County, Tenn. (location unknown)
  • Greene County, Tenn. (location unknown)
  • Mary Pickford Theater, Cathedral City, Calif.
  • Bloomington Cinema, Bloomington Ill
  • Brannon Crossing Cinema, Nicholasville, Ky.
  • Denton Cinema, Denton, Texas
  • Hulen Cinema, Hulen, Texas
  • Movie Tavern Brookville Square, Brookville, Wisc.
  • O'Fallon Cinema, O'Fallon, Ill.
  • Ronnie's Cinema, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Roswell Cinema, Roswell, Ga.
  • Southbridge Crossing Cinema, Shakopee, Minn.
  • St. Charles Cinema, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Syracuse Cinema, Camillus, N.Y.
  • Trexlertown Cinema, Allentown, Penn.
  • Williamsburg Cinema, Williamsburg, Va.
  • Regal Wilsonville Town Center 9, Wilsonville, Ore.
  • Regal Downtown West Cinema, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Regal Pinnacle, Knoxville, Tenn.

    In related news, the program celebrated its recent efforts to expand statewide in Ohio thanks to a $5 million legislative appropriation and promotion by the state's first lady with a video from Dolly posted over the weekend here or in the media player above.

    U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    The track "Faith" by Dolly and Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, could be ending its Billboard run, the Feb. 15 charts released Tuesday indicated. The track fell off the dance/electronic digital sales chart, down from No. 15, dance airplay chart, down from No. 23, and dance club play chart, down from No. 48. It slipped three to No. 15 on the hot dance/electronic songs. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, inched down one to No. 42 hot Christian songs. Across the pond, 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 eight to No. 18 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips three to No. 7, Essential Dolly Parton gains two to No. 16, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 13, and Ultimate Dolly Parton falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 20. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) falls two to No. 8 in its 439th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.

    'Little Sparrow' Video Premieres
    Taste Of Country on Friday premiered the music video for Candi Carpenter's cover of Dolly's "Little Sparrow," which she performed on her Opry anniversary special. Check it out here.

    '9 To 5' Documentary Wraps Filming, Again
    The filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary Still Working 9 To 5 reported over the weekend that they had previously announced the ending of filming prematurely, as they added another interview, this one with original film co-star Dabney Coleman. Now the project goes to editing.

    Four-On-Two Porter & Dolly Set Released
    As promised, the four-on-two CD of Porter & Dolly's Just Between You & Me / Always, Always / Porter Wayne & Dolly Rebecca /Love & Music came out Friday and is available as an import.


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