Forty-seven years ago Monday, “Holdin' On To Nothin',” Dolly's second duet single with Porter, debuts on the country singles chart; it peaks at No. 7. Thirty-one years ago Tuesday, Dolly's cover of Petula Clark's “Downtown” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it reaches No. 36 country, No. 80 pop and No. 20 adult contemporary. Eleven years ago Tuesday, Dolly receives the Living Legend Award from the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Forty years ago Wednesday, Porter and Dolly record “Is Forever Longer Than Always;” their only unreleased material issued to the public between their 1976 break-up and their 1980 lawsuit-settlement album, it makes it to No. 8 as a single 13 months later. Thirty-four years ago Saturday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its final of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (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 adult contemporary singles chart, where it would peak at No. 14; the song also becomes Dolly's 15th country No. 1 and reaches No. 41 pop. Twenty-three years ago Saturday, the Straight Talk soundtrack debuts on the album charts; it reaches No. 22 country, No. 138 pop. Twenty-two years ago Sunday, Slow Dancing With The Moon is certified gold (the 11th of her 14 gold albums) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies; it passes the million mark for platinum certification (Dolly's sixth and most recent) six months later.
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
May 1, 2015, 30th annual Dolly Parade, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
May 1-2, 2015, Dollywood Homecoming
Aug. 8-9, 2015, Dollywood Concerts
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
April 18, 3 p.m., Palladia HD, Glastonbury Festival 2014 Hour 3
April 18, 8 p.m., CMT, Steel Magnolias (re-runs noon April 19)
April 19, 1:15 p.m., Showtime Family, Straight Talk (re-runs 1:30 a.m. April 25 3:50 a.m. April 29)
April 19, 7 p.m., LOGO, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 10 p.m. April 19, 6 p.m. April 23, 9 p.m. April 23)
April 19, 7:30 p.m., Palladia HD, Dolly Parton: Live at the Glastonbury Festival
April 20, 6 a.m., Showtime 2, Straight Talk
April 24, 8:45 a.m., Starz, Nine To Five
April 24, 5:30 p.m., CMT, Reba
April 25, 7 p.m., Oxygen, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 9:10 p.m. April 25)
April 26, 7:10 a.m., MMax, The Beverly Hillbillies
April 27, 11 p.m., Palladia HD, Glastonbury 2014 Highlight Show (re-runs 1 p.m. April 28)
DreamMore Reservations Now Available Starting July 27 Dollywood'sDreamMore Resort on Friday announced that the property is now accepting reservations as early as July 27. Originally scheduled to open in May, construction delays pushed that back. The final opening date has not been announced, although the property has been accepting reservations starting Aug. 18 since mid-March.
Dolly Guests On Don Henley Country Album Don Henley has announced that he will release a country album this fall titled Cass Country. The former Eagles front man duets with several stars, including Dolly, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. It is the singer's first album in 15 years. Read more from WS Radio here.
'The Grass Is Blue' Vinyl Comes Out Saturday Don't forget that the first-ever vinyl release of Dolly's 1999 opus The Grass Is Blue hits shelves on Saturday as a Record Store Day exclusive release from Sugar Hill Records. Get more information here.
'Steel Magnolia' Heads To Logo Network LGBT cable network Logo has announced a new series, Cocktails & Classics, which pairs “gay-fave classic films with a slew of personalities dishing behind-the-scenes dirt.” The eight-episode series premieres this weekend with the Dolly classic Steel Magnolias at 7 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. Co-star Olympia Dukakis joins the TV personalities to chat about the picture, with Logo's New Now Next website noting she brought up, as Shirley McLaine has in several interviews, that the director was very tough on Dolly, explaining: “I remember that our director, Herbert Ross, wasn't very nice to her. She took it in stride, but I could see she was affected. But she wouldn't talk about it; wouldn't acknowledge it. Dolly's an extraordinary woman.” Read her full interview here.
Remembering Dolly's 'SNL' Hosting Gig Both Taste Of Country and AOL's The Boot on Wednesday celebrated the 26th anniversary that day of Dolly's hosting and musical guest appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live. See Taste Of Country's coverage here and The Boothere.
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April 15: August Concert Tickets On Sale Now For Passholders Tickets went on sale Tuesday for season passholders to Dolly's August fundraising concerts at Dollywood which are being called "Dolly Pure and Simple." DP's Celebrity Theater's first three rows are reserved for a limited number of sponsorship packages that begin at $5,000 each which include a reception and meet-and-greet with Dolly. To purchase a sponsorship, e-mail email@example.com.The other seats in the first 10 rows are $100 each plus tax, while the remainder of the venue (the back 14 rows) are $50 each plus tax. Passholders may order tickets here. The date for public sales, if the venue does not sell out first, has not been announced. Tuesday's sales weren't without controversy, however. While it was known that tickets would be available to season passholders sometime this week, the exact day was not revealed in advance, so some fans were caught when tickets went on sale without their season passes, which were required to place the order. Facebook postings revealed that many individuals received the e-mail from the park with the order instructions several hours after tickets actually went on sale, while other passholders never received the announcement e-mail at all (your webmaster can attest to that, as our household has one regular season pass and one platinum season pass but did not receive the presale e-mail that had been promised). Also, by mid-afternoon tickets appeared to be nearly sold out, with only tickets remaining in the back five rows at that time, meaning fans who received the e-mail late or were sent the order page link by friends late were stuck with these back-of-house seats. However, a check around 10 p.m. Tuesday showed many seats available in all areas of the venue, including the $100 front-of-house section, which were shown as unavailable earlier in the day.
Listen To Dolly 1978 'Playboy' Chat PBS Digital Studios' Blank On Blank series, which takes old audio and hand-drawn animation to create new videos, recently took on never-before-released audio from Dolly's 1978 Playboy magazine cover interview. Check it out from Rolling Stonehere.
April 13: Dollywood: Dolly Concert Tickets For Passholders This Week Tickets for Dolly's Aug. 8 and 9 concerts at Dollywood to kick off the return of the park's Showcase of the Stars will go on sale sometime this week to season passholders, the park revealed in an e-mail to its subscribers on Friday. While ticket prices have not been revealed, the e-mail noted they would start at $50 each. Passholders are expected to receive an e-mail with ordering instructions.
Dolly Projects Move On Overseas Charts Dolly's Blue Smoke this week remains at No. 1 for a 44th consecutive week on the British country compilation albums chart, Sunday's numbers showed. The Real Dolly Parton falls off the British top 100 pop albums tally, down from No. 90 in its 14th week. Elsewhere on the U.K. country compilations list, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) slips one to No. 8 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains two to No. 10 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses three to No. 12. Down Under, The Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the Australian top 40 country albums chart at No. 31 for a 79th chart week since release.
Dolly Congratulates United Way Of Central Minnesota Dolly sent a video last week to the United Way of Central Minnesota to congratulate them on passing 1 million books through her Imagination Library early childhood literacy project. Check it out here.
Dolly Seen At LA Thrift Shop A Los Angeles man last week was lucky enough to run into Dolly at a thrift store in the city, snapping a picture with her that made the rounds on the internet. Check it out here.
Mary Sarah Recounts Dolly Meeting Newcomer Mary Sarah, whose debut album Bridges features a Dolly duet, chatted with CBS about her experience recording with several big name artists for the project, but saying Dolly was the one who left her star struck: "She was the first one on the project. I was 15 walking into the room to meet Dolly Parton. I never in a million years would have thought I'd be singing a Dolly Parton song with her in the studio. She's so sweet — I mean it was just exactly how you would imagine her to be — so precious and sweet and you want to hug her. I was wearing boots and she was wearing heels and I was still her height — she's so tiny." Read more here.
Dunn Celebrates Dolly's 'Saturday Night Live' Appearance Saturday Night Live alum Nora Dunn included Dolly among the three guests on the show she was most excited to meet, with the other two being Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Mitchum. She said about Dolly: "She was amazing and accessible and fun and funny." Read the full interview from Salon.comhere.
Broadway At Birdland Gets Dolly Tribute Show The Broadway at Birdland concert series at the New York club has announced a monthly performance by Natalie Douglas called "Hello Dolly . . . The Music of Dolly Parton," which kicks off on Monday, April 20, with additional performances May 18, July 6 and Aug. 10 to feature some of her greatest compositions, selections from her Tony-nominated score from 9 To 5: The Musical and creative cover songs she has done during her career. Read more from Broadway Worldhere.
April 6: Overseas Pop, Country Charts Updated Dolly's Blue Smoke this week remains at No. 1 for a 43rd consecutive week on the British country compilation albums chart, Sunday's numbers revealed. The Real Dolly Parton loses eight places to No. 90 in its 14th week in the pop top 100. Elsewhere on the U.K. country compilations list, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) gains two to No. 7 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches down one to No. 12 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises six to No. 9.
April 4: Will 2016 Dollywood Ride Be 'Shot Rod' Car Coaster? Pigeon Forge TN Guide has assembled all of the rumors and tidbits out there on Dollywood's 2016 addition, which has yet to be announced. If the information available is correct, it is looking like a new hot rod-themed coaster costing more than $20 million will be coming. Among the notes is that the park's partner, Herschend Family Entertainment, has filed a trademark application for "Shot Rod" as a roller coaster with a classic car theme. Read more here.
Photographer: What's Dolly Like On A Shoot? The photographer behind Dolly's recent shoot at Dollywood for People magazine during the park's opening weekend posted a piece to the magazine's website describing the experience of having a session with Dolly herself. Check it out here.
Branson Jokes About Moving To Branson One of the big April's Fools Day jokes this year was entrepreneur Richard Branson saying he was moving his Virgin headquarters to Branson, Mo., including the claim that Virgin Airlines had named its newest plane "Jolene" in Dolly's honor and would host "Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede theme flights" on its trips to Branson, which would also feature a Dolly channel on its in-flight entertainment system. A story in The Star Telegramhere covered the hoax.
White Stripes' 'Jolene' Coming Out Again Jack White is re-issuing The White Stripes' original studio cover of Dolly's "Jolene" on a special 45 as part of a package re-issue of the Loretta Lynn album he produced, Van Lear Rose. Learn more here.
March 31: More Details Emerge On Trio Project CMT.com on Monday gave a little more information from its Dolly interview where she mentioned new Trio recordings coming out. She explained she and Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris had planned to put out the unreleased recordings they had "in the can" plus repackaging the two existing albums, and that Harris had especially been working on it. The set had originally been scheduled for release in 2012 as a boxed set for the 25th anniversary of their first album, but that was shelved. Read more here.
Dolly Song Singing Contest Deadline Nears The deadline is approaching April 8 for entries in the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, Local 8 Now in Knoxville reports here.
Evans And McBride Do 'Jolene' Video from PBS's Front And Center April 18 episode featuring Sara Evans and Martina McBride, on which they sing Dolly's "Jolene," has been released. Check it out here or in the media player below.
March 30: Dolly: 'Trio 3' Coming Later This Year
During her CMT Hot 20 Countdown interview that premiered Saturday to promote the 30th anniversary opening of Dollywood, Dolly revealed for the first time that a third installment of her supergroup albums with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris as The Trio will soon be released. Although the final release date has yet to be set, she said it is expected to come out later this year. She noted that they thought the project was to have been released two or three years ago, but it was delayed, although she just very recently received word from Harris and Ronstadt that everyone had signed off on its release. It isn't known whether the album is "new" material recorded prior to Ronstadt's 2011 retirement (similar to how their second album was recorded about four years prior to its eventual release), if it is a gathering of the various unreleased tracks that they recorded over the years, or some combination of both. Although both Dolly and Harris remain active, Ronstadt's last studio album was released in 2006, followed only by two individual tracks on others' albums in 2007 and 2010 prior to her full retirement from music in 2011 and the 2013 revelation that she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's and the disease had progressed to the point where she could no longer sing. The Trio met in the mid-1970s when Dolly learned both other artists, who were relative newcomers, idolized her. They appeared on Dolly's syndicated television show together and recorded several tracks for an album which never came to be. After appearing on each other's albums in guest roles, the three managed to record and release a full album in 1987 which went to No. 1 country and No. 6 pop, garnering a Grammy Award and platinum status, while their follow-up came out in 1999 and went to No. 4 country and No. 62 pop, garnering a Grammy Award and gold status. In other Dollywood season opening news, check out your Dollymania.net video news report is available in the media player above or at YouTube here. (Please forgive the shaky camera work. This is a "raw" video, meaning unedited, and there are a couple of points where your webmaster was moving while filming.) The park also posted to YouTube its 30-year recap video that had previously been embedded here via Vimeo. Check it out here. Also, WDBJ has a news report here.
British Chart Updates Revealed Dolly's Blue Smoke this week remains at No. 1 for a 42nd consecutive week on the British country compilation albums chart, Sunday's tallies showed. The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 falls off the top 100 pop albums list, down from No. 67 in its 33rd chart week, while The Real Dolly Parton regains 18 spots to No. 82 in its 13th week in the pop top 100. Elsewhere on the U.K. country compilations list, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) rises five to No. 9 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops four to No. 11 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips seven to No. 15.
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