Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, Dolly's cover of “House of The Rising Sun” debuts on the pop charts, where it would peak at No. 77; it would also reach No. 14 country and No. 30 adult contemporary. Nine years ago Wednesday, after several nights of “previews,” Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical has its official opening night in Los Angeles during a test run prior to its Broadway opening. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, Dolly begins a four-night sold out engagement at Los Angeles' famed Universal Amphitheater. Thirty-five years ago Thursday, Dolly's Greatest Hits album is released; it would reach No. 7 country/No. 77 pop and remain on the charts for nearly 100 weeks as well as go platinum (more than 1 million copies sold). Eighteen years ago Thursday, Dolly is inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame, at that time the second youngest ever to be inducted (at 53; beaten only by Chet Atkins, who made it at 49 in 1974). Thirty-nine years ago Friday, Heartbreaker is on its third of nine weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts; it reaches No. 27 pop and goes gold (+500,000 copies sold).
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The Complete Trio Collection No. 6 country compilation (no change; 53rd week; peaked at No. 1 for 21 weeks)
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Dolly Loses Emmy Award Dolly on Sunday was bested at the Emmy Awards by Black Mirror: San Junipero, an episode of a British television series which qualified in the movie category by just one minute of screen time with a 61-minute run time, winning Best Television Movie over Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, for which she was nominated as executive producer. She still managed to steal the show of the evening, presenting Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie with 9 To 5 co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The trio received the ceremony's first standing ovation upon their entrance on stage more than an hour into the program, and while Dolly remained quiet while Jane and Lily criticized President Trump without saying his name, she managed to throw in a boob joke, Dabney Coleman reference and vibrator gag related to Jane and Lily's show. It was Dolly's second personal Emmy nomination, having been up for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety or Musical in 1978 for her appearance on Cher . . . Special, which she lost to Gilda Radner for Saturday Night Live. In addition, her ABC Dolly variety show was nominated for camerawork and won a sound-mixing "Technical Emmy" while Kenny, Dolly, & Willie: Something Inside So Strong was nominated in 1989 for lighting and won sound-mixing, and an episode of The Midnight Special hosted by Dolly was nominated in 1979 for camerawork. Leading up to Sunday's awards, Dolly was the belle of the ball at several industry Emmy parties, with reporters gushing over her gown and the crowds of stars who surrounded her at the events for photos. Coverage includes the Associated Press here, Page Six noted how Dolly hung out with Tina Fey at the NBC party here, Fonda talked about the reunion here, Varietyhere, The Los Angeles Timeshere and The Telegraphhere. Co-executive producer Sam Haskell spoke about the awards with The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journalhere.
ACM Honors Airs With Dolly Dolly's acceptance of the Academy of Country Music's Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award for humanitarian efforts aired on the ACM Honors telecast Friday night on CBS. As was previously reported, Brad Paisley presented her award and performed “My Tennessee Mountain Home” from the previously taped ceremony, but Dolly's acceptance speech was edited down significantly.
Pre-Order 'I Believe In You' As was previously reported here, Dolly's children's album, I Believe In You, all proceeds from which benefit her childhood literacy program, became available for pre-orders on Friday. You may reserve your copy of the Sept. 29 digital download from Amazon here or the Oct. 13 physical CD from Amazon here. Dolly's Imagination Library is also taking direct orders for the CD and for a combo of the CD and her children's book Coat Of Many Colors on a special order page here. Advance orders are also offered by iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Pledge Music, the latter of which is offering several special limited-edition packages here including signed CDs for $75, a personalized postcard from Dolly with the CD for $450, a signed lyric sheet with the CD for $300, a t-shirt with the CD for $38, a popsocket with the CD for $25, a signed laminate from a past tour with the CD for $350, a signed set list from a past tour with the CD for $175, a lifesize wall cling with the CD for $175 and a personalized MP3 file from Dolly for your voice mail with the CD for $1,250.
Dolly Surprises Kellie Pickler On New Show Dolly popped in unexpectedly at Friday's premiere taping of Kellie Pickler's new talk show, Pickler & Ben with Ben Aaron and executive produced by Faith Hill. The first episode airs in syndication on Monday with a Tuesday morning repeat on CMT. Check out a preview video from Entertainment Tonighthere.
Overseas Chart Updates Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," falls nine spots in its fifth week on the Australian albums chart to No. 34, it was announced Sunday. Elsewhere overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 6 in 53rd chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 20.
British 'Vogue' Loves Dolly's Look British Vogue chatted recently with Cher about some of her more risqué outfits and took the opportunity to list some of its favorite “showgirls” and their style including Dolly. Check out the piece here.
Cochran Discusses Dolly Duet Artist Debbie Cochran told The Log Cabin Democrathere how she came to record a duet with Dolly on the title track to her album Born Again Wildflower that came out in June.
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Sept. 14: Dolly To Present At Sunday's Emmy Awards The Emmy Awards on Wednesday announced Dolly as a presenter at Sunday's ceremony. Also announced were her 9 To 5 co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Although Dolly has said in interviews she was working to try and get the three of them to present together as a reunion on the show, no formal announcement has been made that they will actually present together. All three are nominees this year, Dolly as executive producer of Best Television Movie nominee Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love.
Paper Gives Guide For One Day At Dollywood The Knoxville News-Sentinel on Wednesday offered tourists a guide on what to see in Dollywood if you just have one day. Check it out here.
Scammers Cheat Dolly's Charity Five people have been indicted for scamming Dolly's My People wildfire relief fund of money by posing as people who lost their homes in last year's fire. Read more from The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
Sept. 13: Dolly Celebrates Golden Ticket Awards Dolly on Monday reacted to Dollywood winning four first place Golden Ticket Awards this year, as was reported here Sunday night. In a statement, she said: "Families can feel the love our folks have for them by the effort and attention they put in to every single detail of the park. They want to make sure every guest leaves with a smile on their face. Dollywood will continue to grow, but I'm thankful my team will never forget what got us to where we are: going above and beyond to give our guests experiences they'll always remember." Read more here.
Children's CD Available For Pre-Orders At End Of Week The Dollywood Foundation has announced that Dolly's upcoming children's CD I Believe In You, a fundraiser for her Imagination Library literacy program coming out on Dolly Records and Sony Music for downloads Sept. 29, will be available for pre-orders at the end of this week.
Wailin' Jennys Cover Dolly On Upcoming Album Folk trio The Wailin' Jennys has announced a covers album Oct. 27, Fifteen, which will feature their a capella version of Dolly's "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning," which they had previously recorded for the now out-of-print soundtrack for the 2011 film The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom. The album also includes a cover of Emmylou Harris' "Boulder To Birmingham," which Dolly has also recorded. Reserve your copy here.
New Dolly Biography Arrives Jan. 6 Another academic examination of Dolly and her impact will come out Jan. 6 with the release of Dolly Parton, Gender and Country Music by Leigh H. Edwards, an Associate Professor of English at Florida State University, from Indiana University Press. Reserve your copy here!
Kesha CD With Dolly Still Selling Well The Sept. 23 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," gains two to No. 14 on the Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, nine to No. 4 digital albums and seven to No. 6 current albums and album sales, losing two to No. 11 Canadian pop albums lists and six to No. 19 internet albums.
Sept. 11: Dollywood Takes Four Golden Ticket Awards Amusement Today over the weekend announced this year's winners of the Golden Tickrt Awards and Dollywood earned four first place awards and eight top five finishes. First place awards were received for Friendliest Park (its sixth consecutive first place win in that category), Best Shows (its ninth consecutive first place win in this category), Best Christmas Event (its 10th consecutive first place win in this category) and Best Food (for which it ranked No. 2 last year – its fourth nonconsecutive first place win in this category). Other finishes were third place for Best Park, the same ranking it had last year, behind No. 1 Europa-Park in Germany and No. 2 Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; No. 2 Cleanest Park, No. 4 Best Landscaping, No. 5 Best Wooden Roller Coaster for Lightning Rod (up from No. 11) and No. 8 Best Wooden Roller Coaster for Thunderhead (down from No. 7). Dollywood's Splash Country took No. 4 Best Water Park, down from No. 3 last year.
Chart Updates Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses eight places in its fourth week on the Australian albums chart to No. 23, it was announced Sunday, while in the U.K. it drops off the top 100 pop albums tally, down from No. 66 in its third week. Elsewhere overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches down one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 6 in 52nd chart week, celebrating a full year on the chart, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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 off the top 20, down from No. 17. In the U.S., the Sept. 16 Billboard charts released Wednesday showed Kesha's album loses 11 to No. 16 on the Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, eight to No. 13 digital albums, four to No. 9 Canadian pop albums lists, seven to No. 13 internet albums, and nine to No. 13 current albums and album sales, falling off the Tastemakers tally, down from No. 24. PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," falls back off the top 100 current albums chart, down from No. 88.
Dolly Reissues Selling The vinyl reissue of Just Because I'm A Woman came out last week and almost immediately sold out on Amazon.com. Reserve a copy here for when they get more in stock. Also don't forget that the 40th anniversary edition of Linda Ronstadt's Simple Dreams comes out Friday remastered and featuring her Grammy-nominated duet with Dolly on "I Never Will Marry." Get it here!
Miley Chats Up Dolly Collab Miley Cyrus recently told Ellen about her collaboration with Dolly on the song they co-wrote together for her upcoming album Younger Now. Check out the footage from Entertainment Tonight Canadahere.
Heidi Has CD Coming Dolly's niece Heidi Parton, a featured performer in Dollywood's "My People" show, will release her first album, This Kind Of Love, later this year and was recently in the Carolinas to shoot the album cover, WSPA reported here.
Dolly UT Course Revisited Knoxville's Local 8 Now last week took another look at the University of Tennessee's Dolly honors class. Check out the story here.
Sept. 4: Kesha Album With Dolly Still Selling Overseas Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses eight places in its third week on the Australian albums chart to No. 15, it was announced Sunday, while in the U.K. it drops 33 spots in its third week on to No. 66 pop albums. Elsewhere overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches down one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 5 in 51st chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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 three to No. 17.
'Real Live Dolly' Sells Out On Amazon The first-ever mainstream CD release of the 1970 RCA album A Real Live Dolly came out Friday and immediately became out-of-stock on Amazon.com. The album, released by the High Cotton imprint music label, was recorded live from Dolly's alma mater Sevier County High School and previously only released on CD as a bonus item for those who ordered the 2009 Dolly boxed set directly from the record label, although Sony released it digitally for download in 2010 here.
Another 'Jolene' Cover Comes Out Newcomer Maris recently covered Dolly's "Jolene" with the group Postmodern Jukebox, which give modern songs arrangements from the big band and jazz eras. Check out her version here and an article from The Young Folkshere where she talks about the recording.
Carson DVD Set Coming Time/Life has announced a new Tonight Show boxed set, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends, comes out Sept. 19. The 10-box set contains 28 complete episodes including a December 14, 1990, Dolly Christmas episode on the "Three Decades Of Christmas" DVD where she was promoting her TV special and CD Home
For Christmas. Dolly also appears on the "Best of the 1960s and 1970s" DVD in the set. Amazon is selling the $100 set for $80 here.
New Dolly Mini-Bio Video Posted The List over the weekend released a little biography of Dolly. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player below.
Aug. 30: Kesha Stays In Top Five For Second Week The Sept. 9 Billboard charts released Tuesday show Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," remained popular in its second week of release. Last week's No. 1 album in the U.S. loses four to No. 5 on the Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, digital albums and Canadian pop albums lists, five to No. 6 internet albums, three to No. 4 current albums and album sales and 21 places to No. 24 Tastemakers. PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," re-enters the top 100 current albums chart at No. 88.
Indie To Celebrate Dolly The 16th Annual Tonic Ball to benefit Second Helpings hunger-relief charity in Indianapolis has announced it will celebrate the music of Dolly at the Nov. 17 event. Five Fountain Square venues will host bands performing the songs of specific legends: James Brown at the Hi-Fi, Simon & Garfunkel at Fountain Square Theatre, The Cure at the White Rabbit Cabaret, Wilco at Radio Radio and Dolly at The Pioneer. Tickets, $50 each, are on sale at Tonicindy.com. Read more from The Indianapolis Starhere.
Aug. 28: Battling Online Magazines Talk Dolly
Last week, the main story for one day on the front page of online magazine Slate criticized Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre for what she saw as its glorification of the Civil War, prompting numerous clickbait re-tellings from right-wing websites condemning the story. Over the weekend, the No. 2 story on the front page of competing online magazine Salon was a piece praising Dolly as the originator from whom sprang all of today's pop princesses such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kesha and more, as well as being one of the nation's most undercelebrated philanthropists. Read that article here. By the way, the only apparent response that Dolly or her dinner theatre has had to the controversy was the above Facebook posting here Saturday asking fans to share the photo if they like the show's patriotic finale.
Dolly Song Added To Bristol CD Dolly has submitted a song for the 1927 Jubilee record celebrating the country music discovery recording sessions from Bristol, Tenn., in that year, The Bristol Herald Courier reported here. Her cousin, Richie Owens, is one of the project leaders and convinced her to submit the song "Something More," which she has never recorded but used briefly in her Lumberjack Adventure dinner theatre prior to its transformation into her Smoky Mountain Adventure dinner theatre.
Australian Chart Update Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses four spots in its second week on the Australian albums chart to No. 7, it was announced Sunday.
Aug. 26: Dolly Basks In ACM Honors Award Dolly on Wednesday night was honored at the Academy of Country Music Honors ceremony from Nashville with the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award for her humanitarian work. Brad Paisley introduced her by performing an acoustic version of "My Tennessee Mountain Home." Dolly recognized her team with the Dollywood Foundation for their help with her Imagination Library literacy program and the My People's Fund for Smoky Mountains wildfire recovery. She encouraged the public to visit the mountains, proclaiming they're open for business. The ceremony is slated to air at 9 p.m. Eastern Sept. 15 on CBS, and although a Sept. 29 date had previously been given for release of her children's CD, Dolly said from the stage it was coming out on the broadcast day. Photos of the event, including the one at left courtesy Getty Images for ACM, are available in a gallery here. Coverage of the ceremony made The Los Angeles Timeshere, CMT here, the AP via The San Francisco Gatehere, The Tennesseanhere and the U.K.'s Daily Mailhere.
Dixie Stampede Drawn Into Argument Dolly on Thursday and Friday got dragged into the Confederacy debate with a writer from Slate writing the day's lead story about visiting her Dixie Stampede dinner theatre. The reporter severely criticized several aspects she saw as negatively romanticizing the Confederacy. The article set off a firestorm on both the political left and right. Even one alt-right news outlet used the piece as clickbait claiming the reporter is a Black Lives Matter protestor (although I found no evidence of that) and that Dolly had replied saying the Smokies were open for business and people should visit – although that statement was uttered by her several hours BEFORE the story was posted. The story argued there's much more Civil War-themed in the theatre than actually is. In fact, in recent years basically ALL Civil War references in the show have been eliminated except gray being the core color the staff on the south side wears and blue the core color for the north. (In recent years, the theatre took to no longer calling their teams "the Union Army" and "Confederate Army" and instead uses the terms "Northern competitors" and "Southern Competitors.") She also seems to completely miss the show's closing theme of unity and love. Read the story here.
Overwseas Chart Update Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," slips 29 places in its second week on the U.K. albums chart to No. 33. Elsewhere on the tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 4 in 50th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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) gains six to No. 14 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls off the top 20, down from No. 16.
Emmy Race Gets Dolly's New Challenges Dolly's Emmy campaign marched back to Variety again this week, with her appearing on a podcast for the magazine posted here Friday.
River Battle Says Bye Sept. 4 Dollywood this week announced the upcoming retirement of the River Battle water ride, which will be replaced with a yet-to-be-announced attraction in a future season expected to be announced later this year. The attraction first opened in 2008 and will close permanently Sept. 4. Read more from WCYB here.
Aug. 23: Kesha's 'Rainbow' Reigns On Albums Charts As was expected, Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," debuts this week at the top of several Billboard charts released Tuesday based on first-week sales of 117,000 album equivalent units (90,000 in traditional album sales and 27,000 track-equivalent sales and streaming-equivalent sales). The CD comes in at No. 1 on the Sept. 2 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums chart, digital albums, Canadian pop albums, internet albums, current albums and album sales; No. 3 Tastemakers and Australian pop albums; and No. 4 U.K. top albums.
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