Twenty-nine years ago Monday, “Eagle When She Flies” debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 33. Fifty years ago Wednesday, Dolly records her first No. 1 country single, “Joshua;” it also peaks at No. 108 pop. Forty-two years ago Wednesday, Heartbreaker enters its seventh of nine weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts; it reaches No. 27 pop. Forty-three years ago Thursday, “Here You Come Again” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it would reach No. 1 country (a position it holds for five consecutive weeks, Dolly's longest stay atop the singles chart), No. 3 pop and No. 2 adult contemporary and become her first gold single for selling more than 1 million copies. Thirty-seven years ago Thursday, “Islands In The Stream” enters its second of four weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart. Fifty-one years ago Sunday, Porter & Dolly's “Just Someone I Used to Know” debuts on the singles charts; it would reach No. 5 and earn them their first of four Grammy nominations for Best Country Performance by a Duo. Thirty-two years ago Sunday, Dolly is inducted into the East Tennessee Hall of Fame for the Performing Arts. Thirty-one years ago Sunday, Kenny & Dolly's Once Upon a Christmas is certified double platinum (more than 2 million copies sold) five years after its initial release. Twenty years ago Sunday, Dolly and Vince Gill host a taping of a television special celebrating the Grand Ole Opry's 75th anniversary.
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Nov. 1, 10 a.m., Lifetime, A Country Christmas Story
Nov. 22, Netflix, Christmas On The Square
U.K., Oct. 19 edition:
Holly Dolly Christmas No longer in top 100 pop (down from No. 32; one week), No. 64 downloads (down from No. 11; second week), No. 37 physical sales (down from No. 18; second week), No. 36 overall sales (down from No. 14; second week)
U.S., Oct. 24 edition:
Holly Dolly Christmas No. 10 country (down from No. 1; second week), No. 2 Christmas (down from No. 1; second week), No. 95 pop (down from No. 16; second week), No. 5 current album sales (down from No. 4; second week), No. 6 all album sales (down from No. 4; second week), No. 14 independent albums (down from No. 2; second week)
Once Upon A Christmas No. 17 Christmas albums (down from No. 15)
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Dec. 9, virtual premiere, Facebook, The Library That Dolly Built
April 11, Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy, Oxford, Miss.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Sells Well But Dips On Charts As was predicted by the sales projections, the Oct. 24 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed A Holly Dolly Christmas had very strong sales its second week but lack of online streams caused it to tumble down the charts. Even though it only lost one place to No. 5 current album sales and two spots to No. 6 overall album sales, it plummeted 80 places to No. 95 on the all-genre Top 200 albums chart. Last week's No. 1 country and No. 1 holiday album, the title was the week's second-best-selling album in both genres and while it slid only one to No. 2 holiday albums (which is a sales-based chart) it lost nine to No. 10 country albums (which is a combined sales and streaming chart). It slipped a dozen digits to No. 14 independent albums and out of the top 100 Canadian albums chart, down from No. 57, while Dolly lost 13 to No. 34 on the Artist 100 tally. Ultimate Dolly Parton re-entered the top 50 country albums chart at No. 49, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers dipped two to No. 17 Christmas albums. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remained steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart and lost one to No. 4 Christian airplay. The track snagged a seventh week at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and a 14th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It held steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs.
Rita Wilson Project Announcement Coming Wednesday Dolly is up to something being announced Wednesday on Good Morning America and Today with Hoda and Jenna. Actress/songwriter Rita Wilson teased here on Facebook that she will be announcing a project with Dolly, Monica, Jordin Sparks, Sara Evans and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Then songwriter Victoria Shaw shared on Facebook she is involved, and her publicist noted it would be revealed Wednesday morning on the two morning programs. Stay tuned!
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Oct. 20: Vote For Dolly For CMT Quarantine Video Award The 2020 CMT Music Awards last week announced a new special fan-voted category which includes Dolly. An award for Quarantine Video Of The Year will be announced Wednesday. To vote, you must visit CMT's INSTAGRAM Story here on Tuesday and watch the nominees, swiping up on the one you want to win. The nominees are Dolly's "When Life Is Good Again," Big & Rich's "Stay Home," Brad Paisley's "No I In Beer," Carly Pearce's "It Won't Always Be Like This," Charlie Worsham and Friends' "With A Little Help From My Friends," Dave Haywood and Kelli Haywood's "Just Another Day In Quarantine," Granger Smith's "Don't Cough On Me!," Luke Combs' "Six Feet Apart," Tenille Townes and Friends' "Lean On Me," and Thomas Rhett and Friends' "Be A Light."
Catch Dolly On 'Colbert' Tuesday Night CBS has announced that Dolly will be the main guest Tuesday night for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which will also feature a performance by Ty Dolla $ign.
Dolly To Talk 'Songteller' Friday Online Dolly announced on Monday she will offer a preview of her upcoming lyrics autobiography Songteller Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern on the retail site talkshoplive here. She added that due to the lack of book signings at present that an unannounced number of books sold through talkshoplive will be randomly selected to be autographed copies.
Oct. 19: 'Chrstmas' Sales Still Strong In Second Week Showing just how important streaming services are now to charts, it appears according to projected sales positions from Alpha Data that the second week of release for A Holly Dolly Christmas in the U.S. was likely the fourth-highest-selling physical CD and 41st highest-selling digital download album of the week, combining for the fifth-highest-selling overall position of the week, yet it is not expected to break the top 50 overall albums chart for the week, down from its No. 16 Hot 100, No. 1 country debut the previous week. (The expected No. 1 album for the week overall only sold about 600 actual copies but had almost 100 million on-demand song streams for the week, which equaled 65,000 "album sales equivalents" for chart purposes.) The projection puts Dolly's CD at No. 15 country albums for the week even though it was the second or third best-selling country album for the week as well. Its sales chart position suggests it likely sold about 10,000 copies in its second week for a two-week total of around 36,000 units.
U.K. Chart Updates A Holly Dolly Christmas on Friday tumbled off the top 100 U.K. pop albums chart, down from one week at No. 32. It lost 22 places to No. 36 overall album sales, 19 spots to No. 37 physical CD sales, and 53 digits to No. 64 download album sales. On the British country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 regained the No. 1 spot in its 145th week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inched up one to No. 3, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gained four to No. 14, 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) fell off the top 20, down from No. 19.
Oct. 14: Dolly's Fashions Land 'Vogue' Video
Vogue magazine this week took Dolly though a jog down memory lane of some of her most iconic looks as she recalled the designers and others who helped her with her own unique fashion style. Watch in the media player above or by visiting here.
More Chart Data On 'Holly Dolly Christmas' As was confirmed by Billboard on Monday, the Oct. 17 charts released Tuesday had A Holly Dolly Christmas at No. 1 country, No. 1 Christmas, and No. 16 all-genre Hot 200 pop albums. In addition, the set was No. 4 for current album sales, No. 4 all album sales, No. 2 independent label albums and No. 57 Canadian albums. Sales data for Friday through Sunday from Alpha Data shows the title could plummet all the way down to No. 41 country next week. Elsewhere on the charts, Once Upon A Christmas, re-issued this chart week on vinyl, increased 33 places to No. 15 Christmas albums. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart and falls two to No. 3 Christian airplay after five weeks at No. 1. The track snags a sixth week at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and a 13th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It holds steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs.
'Jolene' Getting Another CD Re-Issue Netherlands vault label Music On CD is reissuing the 2007 edition of Jolene with its four bonus tracks ("Cracker Jack," "Another Woman's Man," "Last Night's Lovin'" and "Barbara On Your Mind") on Nov. 13. Get your copy here.
Win Dolly's Sparkling Guitar My friend artist Paul Richmond has put together a virtual benefit this Saturday honoring his late childhood art teacher Linda Regula, co-founder with him of the anti-bullying project You Will Rise, to start a scholarship fund in her memory. Dolly has donated a signed guitar from her collection, pictured below, for which bidding is now open here. The event takes place 1-5 p.m. Saturday on Facebook and YouTube.
Oct. 13: Billboard Confirms No. 1 Country, Holiday Albums For 'Christmas' As was first reported on Dollymania.net Friday night based on sales tracker projections, Billboard on Monday confirmed that this week's charts will see A Holly Dolly Christmas debut at No. 1 country and No. 1 holiday albums as well as No. 16 pop with 26,000 units sold and 1,000 album equivalents in streams/individual single downloads, compared to the sales tracker projections of No. 15 pop with just over 25,300 units sold and about 500 album equivalent streams/single sales. Full charts will come out on Tuesday. Dolly told the publication: "I am so proud and humbled to have my album reach No. 1 on the Billboard country and holiday charts. Boy, what a great early Christmas present for me! Thanks to Billboard and the fans." The magazine noted here its Dolly's first No. 1 on the holiday albums tally and her eighth on the Top Country Albums list since that one debuted in 1964, the first time in the chart's history where a Christmas collection replaced another holiday album at No. 1. It also marked Dolly's achievement as the first female artist to have charted a top 10 album in each of the chart's seven decades, a feat Willie Nelson had achieved in July. The magazine noted it is her 46th career Top Country Albums Top 10 – a record for a female artist and second only to Nelson's 54. (The publication also has increased each of those artists' career totals by one since they last reported it, as they changed the credit on their 1984 collaborative album The Winning Hand from "Various Artists" to Dolly, Willie, Kris Kristofferson and Brenda Lee individually.) Dolly scored four top 10 albums in the 1960s, 18 in the 1970s, 11 in the 1980s, five in the 1990s, three in the 2000s, four in the 2010s and this is her first in the 2020s. Meanwhile, sales for Friday and Saturday showed it dropping to possibly as low as No. 27 on the country charts next week. And some reviews have started coming in. The Torch, the student newspaper at Valparaiso University, absolutely loved the CD here but Britain's The Daily Mail hated it here, giving it one star and calling it all "schmaltz" and "no personality." That reviewer, however, may not be the most reliable as he thought "A Holly Jolly Christmas," which opens the album, was a new Dolly original song and was unaware it is one of the holiday's most popular classic tunes or was written by Johnny Marks in 1962 and made most famous with the 1964 recording by Burl Ives.
Another Homegoods Company Reveals Dolly Line Home goods company Tabletops Unlimited (TTU) on Monday announced it has entered into a deal with Dolly to release a new lifestyle collection of dinnerware, serveware, glassware, cookware, bakewear and hydration products. While no details were given of how or where the items will go on sale – through partner retailers or through TTU's online store – it was noted each item is inspired by her country roots and personal style, and many contain her witty quotes and/or images that represent her legacy. "Dolly wanted to create and introduce a new home collection for her brand," said TTU Vice President of Sales and Product Development Bonnie Farias in a press release. "We were approached by her team and presented with the opportunity to collaborate on this collection. We jumped on the opportunity as we all know Dolly as an icon and living legend. Not only is she beloved around the world, her country roots and style fit well into the farmhouse trend that is popular across the country." The "vast collection" will feature a wide variety of products from assorted platters and bowls with floral and plaid designs to wood serving boards and chip/dip sets shaped like guitars or butterflies as well as cereal bowls featuring Dolly sayings, wicker basket white bakers, water bottles and a tea kettle. The price range is expected to be within the "good" and "better" assortment ranges and each item's packaging will prominently feature Dolly. "Dolly is very involved in this collection, as she reviews and approves every single item in the line. So, that ensures the collection is directly representative of Dolly's style," Farias added.
'Dolly Parton's America' Wins Murrow Award The public radio podcast Dolly Parton's America over the weekend won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for contributions to the field of American journalism as the year's Best Podcast, WVLT reported here. Judges said the podcast was unlike anything they had ever heard before and was "blazing with an energy and enthusiasm."
Gospel Hall Of Fame Leaving Dollywood The Southern Gospel Music Association announced Monday on Facebook that its SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum at Dollywood will be closing after 21 years at that location due to the park choosing not to renew the lease on its building. The park has not indicated what may be going into the building in its place, but SGMA President Arthur Rice thanked Dolly, Dollywood and her partners, the Herschends, "for giving us a home for 21 years. We could not have done it without you." In related news, the park revealed on Facebook Monday that for the third time in six days they reached capacity as other area schools took fall break and had to turn away guests at the entry gates who did not have pre-purchased, dated tickets or reservations for admission with their season passes. The park continues to operate under reduced capacity limits as part of the Tennessee Pledge to responsibly operate attractions and reduce guest exposure to coronavirus.
Oct. 10: 'Christmas' Gets Top 40 UK Debut, Eyes Top 25 US A Holly Dolly Christmas on Friday made a top 40 debut across the pond in the U.K. and looks poised for a top 25 U.S. debut on Tuesday, projections show for first week sales stateside. On the U.K. albums charts, the title debuts at No. 32 pop for combined sales and streaming, No. 11 download sales, No. 18 physical copy sales and No. 14 combined overall sales. The British charts did not classify it as a country album, so it is not on their country charts. In the U.S., Alpha Data projects the album will debut around No. 25 pop for combined sales and streaming, No. 2 country, No. 1 Christmas, No. 2 physical sales, No. 6 digital sales, and No. 4 overall combined sales but too low to score in the top 50 of individual song downloads or top 50 streaming albums for the week. The combined sales and streaming album chart from Hits Daily Double, has it at No. 15 pop and No. 1 country with 25,314 CDs and downloads sold, 190 album equivalent individual song downloads, and 381 album equivalent streams. Also overseas, on the British country compilation albums chart saw Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 hold steady at No. 2 in the album's 144th week, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gain five to No. 4, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drop three to No. 18, 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) fall seven to No. 19. In related news, she did an interview about the holiday album with Fox Newshere.
Dolly Honors Biscuit At Banjo Hall Of Fame The American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame has announced that Dolly will appear in its virtual ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Central Time, to honor one of this year's inductees, Gary "Biscuit" Davis, who has played in her band off and on for years and is resident banjo picker in the house band at her Pigeon Forge flagship location of Dolly's Stampede dinner theatres. The ceremony will be streamed on their website.
Get Two New Dolly Books Next Week As has been previously reported here, next week brings the release of two new books on Dolly and her music: the scholarly retrospective Unlikely Angel: The Songs Of Dolly Parton arrives Monday from University of Illinois Press (look for a review here soon) with hardcover priced at $125 and paperback at $20. That will be followed by the Scribner release She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs on Tuesday. That second book had previously been published as a four-part series in The Journal of Roots Music, No Depression.
Imagination Library Documentary Premiere Officially Announced Although it has already been reported here because word got out after they notified local affiliates of the upcoming event, the Dollywood Foundation on Thursday officially announced the virtual premiere information for the Imagination Library documentary The Library That Dolly Built, which has been postponed since April due to coronavirus. They made the reveal by posting the project's trailer to YouTube here or in the media player below with the notation that its world premiere will take place on Facebook at 7 p.m. Eastern Dec. 9, followed by a European premiere at 7 p.m. GMT Dec. 10 and Australian premiere at 7 p.m. AET Dec. 11.
Oct. 8: Amazon Adds Unlimited Exclusive Christmas Tracks Amazon on Tuesday released an exclusive streaming-only version of A Holly Dolly Christmas for subscribers to its Amazon Music Unlimited service that includes the ability to play – but not download – the cassette and 8-track bonus tracks: "Three Candles" and "The Wish Book," respectively. If you are a subscriber, you may listen to the tracks here. In addition, it was announced she will appear Thursday morning at 8:40 a.m. on iHeart Radio's Bobby Bones Show to promote the album. In addition, updated sales estimates from Alpha Data that include sales from Friday through Monday saw the new album drop to No. 30 overall and No. 3 country from No. 18 overall and No. 1 country. Next week's full charts will be based on sales through Thursday.
Netflix Releases 'Square' Promo Photos Netflix on Wednesday released the first set of still photos from the upcoming holiday musical Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square, which premieres Nov. 22. See them in Vulturehere.
Dollywood Hits Capacity Wednesday For what I believe was the first time since opening for its 2020 season in June, Dollywood on Wednesday reached its Tennessee Pledge voluntarily limited capacity to help prevent COVID spread and had to turn away guests for a few hours until other guests left the park and opened up capacity, according to its Facebook post here. Since opening for the year after a three-month COVID-induced closure, crowds at the park have mostly been reported as rather sparse, but this week brings fall break for many schools in that area of the state, which is believed to have contributed largely to an influx of customers this week.
Oct. 7: 'Jesus' Stays At No. 1, No. 2, 'Christmas' Heading To Top 20 Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, the Oct. 10 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The track earns a fifth week at No. 1 each on the Christian Airplay chart and Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and a 12th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It holds steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs and falls off the overall top 50 digital single sales chart, down from No. 47. The annual holiday albums chart makes its first re-appearance of the season, with Kenny Rogers and Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas at No. 48. That title may be higher next week since RCA Legacy re-issued it on vinyl on Friday. Meanwhile, the Alpha Data preliminary sales charts updated through Sunday showed the new A Holly Dolly Christmas still at No. 18 in overall sales but up one thus far in the sales week to the No. 1 country sales album. Sales will continue through Thursday for next week's charts.
Oct. 6: 'Holly Dolly Christmas' Hits Stores A Holly Dolly Christmas hit stores on Friday, and preliminary sales data for Friday and Saturday from tracker Alpha Data on Monday had the album at No. 18 for all-genre sales and No. 2 country sales. Promotions included an "Internet's most asked questions" interview from Wiredhere, a radio interview where she noted she is still discussing a possible "tasteful" Playboy spread, a profile among the "100 women who have helped shaped America" from The Hillhere, formal announcement of her upcoming Netflix film Christmas On The Square (although it didn't include any new information that hadn't previously been reported here), and official announcement of her Williams Sonoma holiday collection here. Unfortunately, the vinyl issues planned for October have been delayed to mid-November. Spotify has an enhanced album here, and her official website posted some interviews about the project here and here.
In Memoriam: Mac Davis Dolly's dear friend Mac Davis passed away last week at age 78. Dolly released a statement: "Many hearts are broken today, including my own, with the death of one of my dearest friends, Mac Davis. We lost one of the world's greatest writers, singers, and entertainers. My love and sympathy goes out to Lisë, his precious wife, his children, and his grandchildren. Rest in peace, my friend. I will always love you, Dolly" When Dolly left Porter's management and branched into pop, she sought advice from Mac, who introduced her to his management team. Sandy Gallin from that team planned her crossover and made her a worldwide star. The two appeared together on a few television specials, and they also co-wrote several songs together throughout the 1990s. She most recently brought him out of retirement to appear in last year's Dolly Parton's Heartstrings on Netflix.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart last week, the album's 143rd overall, Friday's numbers showed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe dropped three to No. 9, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inched down four to No. 15, 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 down one to No. 12, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 falls 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) slips three to No. 18. In the U.S., Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, the Oct. 3 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The track earns a fourth week at No. 1 each on the Christian Airplay chart and Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and an 11th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It holds steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs and slips 10 to No. 47 overall digital single sales.
Sept. 28: Holiday Retro Tapes Set, Hallmark Goes To Amazon, Netflix Poster Dolly is truly going back to nostalgia with her upcoming holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas. It was announced over the weekend that in addition to the previously-known MP3, CD, and vinyl versions, special edition retro versions will come out Oct. 30 on cassette tape and 8-track tape. This will mark Dolly's first commercial 8-track since 1982 (although club-only versions continued to be released through 1985) and first cassette release since 2002. Although both formats practically ceased production years ago, cassettes, like vinyl, have been making a comeback of sorts the past couple of years with a couple hundred titles released last year (out of the tens of thousands of new albums and reissues released worldwide in other formats) and a much smaller group of 8-tracks, usually just a dozen or so titles, have been coming out in small batches each year. The cassette tape will feature the bonus track "Three Candles" and the 8-track will feature the bonus track "The Wish Book." In related holiday news, Amazon has announced the Hallmark film Christmas At Dollywood will be available for purchase from the streaming service starting Oct. 27, and Netflix released the artwork to promote Dolly's holiday film Christmas On The Square, pictured at left, which it was previously reported here stars Christine Baranski, Jennifer Lewis, and Dolly, was directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, uses new songs composed by Dolly, and premieres on the streaming service Nov. 22.
Dollywood Shuts Down Lightning Rod For 2020 Dollywood last week put up a sign at its Lightning Rod wooden roller coaster entrance letting attendees know the ride is closed for the remainder of the year. The sign reads: "Lightning Rod is closed for balance of 2020 as it receives an upgrade from its manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction." It then mysteriously adds: "In 2021, lightning strikes twice." No details have been announced as to what upgrades the ride will offer next year. Likewise, no announcement of any new attractions for 2021 has been made either – Dolly was supposed to unveil a second resort earlier in the year, but that announcement was scrapped due to COVID-19, and with the park's lower attendance this year due to the pandemic it is unknown whether that project will proceed as planned or not. The previous recession postponed her DreamMore Resort for several years.
R&B Singer Gets Dolly Song To Record Celebrity Insider reports here that Dolly has written a new song for R&B singer K. Michelle to use on a new country-inspired album.
Time-Life Half-Hour Infomercial Airs For 'Dolly' Time-Life over the weekend began airing the late-night half-hour infomercial for their upcoming DVD series Dolly: The Ultimate Collection. Although it aired several times over the weekend on various cable channels, the only broadcast I see remaining unaired as of press time Sunday night is 1 a.m. Friday morning on FOX Business Channel, but other airings are likely on other channels over coming weeks. If you missed it, a fan recorded it and posted it to YouTube on Sunday here or in the media player below. Also, Dolly shared to social media a different cut of the three-minute commercial for the product, which you may see here.
Time-Life on Thursday began offering a lower-cost version of their new DVD boxed set Dolly: The Ultimate Collection and also released a commercial for the project, viewable in the media player above or on YouTube here. The abbreviated version of the set features 23 hours of footage on 11 DVDs and costs $100 (as opposed to the longer 35-hour set on 19 DVDs for $200). Missing are eight of the episodes of her 1987-88 variety series, the Live & Well concert, three episodes of The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, a Lily Tomlin interview, the individual interviews from the Song By Song series, and the previously-released Grand Ole Opry duets DVD and CMA Live DVD. Meanwhile, I understand the original collection is on backorder but is expected to ship the second week of October for those ordering now. I don't know if the original ship estimate of the first week of October will be kept for those who ordered when it was first announced.
Williams-Sonoma Adds Dolly Collection To Site Williams-Sonoma on Thursday morning added Dolly's new home collection items to their website and revealed their prices. Her cookie cutter set is $30, the cookie dough $17, log cabin gingerbread house $130, adult apron $40, and child's apron $25 plus they also unveiled a pot holder and oven mitt set that matches the aprons for $40 and a decorated guitar cookie for $11. Ordered items are expected to be delivered the first week of October.
'Coat' Named To 'Rolling Stone' List Of All-Time Greatest Albums Rolling Stone this week released its updated list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and Dolly ranks at No. 257 with Coat Of Many Colors, calling it her "starkest, most affecting album." She also shows up as a songwriter on No. 284 Merle Haggard's Down Every Road, 1962-1994 boxed set which features his covers of "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)" and "Kentucky Gambler," as well as the song he wrote in Dolly's honor, "Always Wanting You."
Margaret Atwood Loves Dolly Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood chatted with Rolling Stone this week and included her love of country music, especially Dolly. Read the interview here.
Sept. 24: Holly Dolly Christmas Collection Coming To Williams-Sonoma
Although Dolly had referenced in a couple of recent interviews that her first project in her new line of branded products that will be coming out over the next few years is a home goods line at Williams-Sonoma, it wasn't until Wednesday that the retailer announced her first pieces: The Holly Dolly Christmas collection, which features a cookie cutter set and sugar cookie dough, an Apron of Many Colors, and a gingerbread log cabin based on her childhood home. The store released a video on the overall line here or in the media player above as well as videos of her holiday memories here, the apron here, cookies here and log cabin here. As of press time Wednesday night, none of the collection was available for sale yet on the store's website. (They do have a spatula and tea towel in stock that she designed for the store's anti-child-hunger campaign.)
Dolly Chats With 'People' Magazine Dolly has a featured interview in this week's People magazine on newsstands Friday, she announced Wednesday on Facebook here. Excerpts from the interview were shared by the publication here and here.
Sept. 23: Dolly Chats With Reba On New Podcast Reba's new Spotify podcast premiered Monday with two episodes, one of which was the one in which she interviewed Dolly about forging her own path. Take a listen to it here.
Netflix Adding 'Here I Am' Documentary Netflix US has announced that last year's BBC documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am will premiere stateside on the streaming service Oct. 6. The film has been airing overseas on Netflix for a few months, and a slightly different version aired in the U.S. on A&E in April under the title Biography: Dolly.
'Graham Norton' Appearance To Air On BBC America BBC America on Tuesday announced the returning Graham Norton Show will also be coming back to their channel in the States when it returns in-studio next month. Dolly is slated to be among his guests that first night, albeit remotely. The episode will premiere on BBC One at 10:45 p.m. Oct. 2 and repeat on BBC America a week later at 11 p.m. Oct. 9.
'Jesus' Remains At No. 2 Another Week That No. 1 Hot Christian Songs spot continues to elude Dolly and Zach Williams, as their collaboration "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the tally, the Sept. 26 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The track earns a third week at No. 1 each on the Christian Airplay chart and Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and a 10th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It holds steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs and slips four to No. 37 overall digital single sales.
Sept. 21: Dolly Pays Tribute To RBG Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died Friday at age 87. The jurist served on the court since 1993. In a tribute posted to her social media outlets such as Facebook, Dolly remembered: "She was small in stature but even the tallest looked up to her. Her voice was soft but her message rang loud and clear and will echo forever. Thank you, RBG. Rest In Peace. Respectfully, Dolly Parton." Response was mostly respectful on Dolly's official Facebook page, but on a FOX News report shared to Facebook, the second-most-used response was the insulting laughter icon and the vast majority of comments were anti-RBG and/or anti-Dolly. May her memory be for a blessing.
Dolly's 'Heartstrings: These Old Bones' Loses Emmy Bid The "These Old Bones" episode of Dolly's Netflix anthology Dolly Parton's Heartstrings lost the Emmy Award Saturday night for Best TV Movie, which went to HBO's Bad Education. Dolly was nominated as executive producer of the film. It marked her third Emmy nomination, the first being for best supporting actress in a variety program for 1978's Cher . . . Special and the second for Best TV Movie for 2016's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love. She has two regional Emmy Awards, one for lifetime achievement and one for best public benefit program for her wildfires telethon, both from the Midsouth chapter.
Dolly Contributes To Gay Rights Auction Dolly has donated a one-of-a-kind rainbow guitar for LGBTQ advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign's United For Equality fundraiser auction. The opening bid for the shiny instrument will be $2,000. Check out the auction here.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates After nine weeks back at the top of the charts due to its vinyl re-issue, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 loses one place to No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart this week, the album's 141st overall, Friday's numbers showed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains two to No. 5, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises two to No. 9, 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) moves up three to No. 13, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 re-enters the top 20 at No. 19 and Essential 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) increases six to No. 10 its 470th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Actress Impersonates Dolly, Others On 'WAP' Cover Actress and playwright Rachel Harper premiered some impersonations of various singers on Cardi B's "WAP," starting off with Dolly. Warning, language! Watch it here or in the media player below.
Sept. 17: '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.
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.
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