Thirteen years ago Monday, “When I Get Where I'm Going” with Brad Paisley debuts on the pop “Bubbling Under” singles chart for those songs just shy of the top 100 chart; a few weeks later it would enter the pop 100, where it would eventually peak at No. 39 (while reaching No. 1 country). Forty-seven years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly's “Burning the Midnight Oil” debuts on the country single charts; it would reach No. 11. Thirty-nine years ago Tuesday, Great Balls of Fire becomes Dolly's fourth gold album with sales of more than 500,000 copies. Nineteen years ago Tuesday, Dolly's first bluegrass album, the Grammy-winning The Grass is Blue, debuts on the album charts; it would peak at No. 24 country, No. 198 pop and No. 8 U.K. country. Seventeen years ago Thursday, Trio II with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris becomes Dolly's 14th gold album. Sixteen years ago Thursday, Dolly kicks off her first European tour in two decades with a show in Manchester, England; she would continue with two dates in London, two in Glasgow, one in Belfast and one in Dublin, all of which sell out. Fifty years ago Friday, “In the Good Old Days” debuts on the country singles charts; it would peak at No. 25. Forty-six years ago Sunday, Sings My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner debuts on the country album charts; it would reach No. 7. Thirty-eight years ago Sunday, Dolly is the first guest on the network series premiere of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.
U.K., Nov. 12 edition:
The Complete Trio Collection No. 7 country compilation (up from No. 8; 113th week; peaked at No. 1 for 28 weeks)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Lifetime, A Country Christmas Story (re-runs 4 p.m. Nov. 19)
Crowds began lining up before 1 p.m. Saturday at the first day of Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas festival to catch a glimpse of Dolly at dusk for the park's first lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree at its new Glacier Ridge expansion for the holidays. Donning a white shimmering outfit with icicles, feathery “snow” and embedded lights, she flipped a giant switch to turn on the tree after welcoming guests and media to the park and offered color commentary during the tree's first synchronized light show. Watch your webmaster's Facebook Live feed from the event in the media player above or here and Dollywood's official Facebook Live feed here and WBIR's coverage here. On Sunday, Dolly answered submitted fan questions. Watch that Q&A here or in the media player below. Look for more coverage here on Dollymania.net, including photo galleries, in coming days.
Dolly To Attend 'Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol' Premiere Although officials at St. Paul, Minn.'s, Ordway Center first said Dolly would not be in attendance at the premiere of her Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol musical, she announced that she does plan to be there this weekend and will likely welcome the crowd at the show. She also revealed that her plans are to hopefully take the show on national tour if audiences like it. The show runs for three staged performances Nov. 17 and 18. Interviews with Dolly about the program made Twin Cities.comhere and Minnesotta Public Radio here.
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British Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week gains one to No. 7 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 113th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) loses five to No. 17, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises five to No. 13.
Nov. 9: See Dolly At Dollywood This Weekend Dollywood on Thursday announced three Dolly appearances over the weekend to celebrate the opening of the park's Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, all of which will be carried live on the park's Facebook feed:
2:30 p.m. Friday media event (while the park is closed to the public)
6 p.m. Saturday kick-off of the festival (while the park is open to the public)
10 a.m. Sunday live Q&A
Although the Q&A had been previously announced, its location is unknown and as was previously reported here questions must be submitted in advance via Twitter (tweet #AskDolly to @Dollywood), so presumably it will not take place in front of an audience. Not announced publicly although noted on the social media feeds of several park hosts is a Friday morning appearance at the closed park to host a Town Hall meeting with employees. Your webmaster plans to be in attendance at both the Friday media event and Saturday festival opening ceremony, so look for additional coverage here in coming days! (And likely a live feed on my personal Facebook page as well.)
Autographed 'Dumplin'' CDs Apparently Sold Out Thanks to Matt for alerting me that Sony Nashville on Thursday removed the "autographed CD" offerings from its online store page pre-selling Dumplin' packages here, so presumably the number of copies Dolly agreed to autograph has sold out.
Nov. 8: 'These Old Bones' Cast Revealed By Netflix Netflix on Wednesday announced the primary cast for another installment of Dolly's Heartstrings movie series for next year: These Old Bones. As Dolly had revealed during a radio interview a few weeks ago, Kathleen Turner plays the old lady. Newly announced are Once Upon A Time star Ginnifer Goodwin as the D.C. lawyer who returns to her hometown in the 1940s and gets involved in the mountain woman's fight with a lumber company. Kyle Bornheimer was also announced as the male lead, with Jim Strain writing the screenplay and Joe Lazarov directing. As with the other episodes, Patrick Sean Smith is executive producer and showrunner, with Dolly and Sam Haskell also executive producing for his Magnolia Hill Productions and her Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Brothers Television. The cast of Jolene was the first to be announced. Other songs in the series are expected to be "Two Doors Down," "Cracker Jack," "Sugar Hill," "J.J. Sneed," "If I Had Wings" and "Down From Dover." Read more from Varietyhere.
'Dumplin'' Score Composer Interviewed Jake Monaco, who scored the background music for Dumplin', was interviewed by Country Fancast this week about the project. Read more here.
Dolly's 'Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol' Profiled Minnesota Monthly this week profiled the upcoming staged reading world premiere of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol in St. Paul. The show runs Nov. 17 and 18. Read the story here.
Nov. 7: Order Autographed 'Dumplin'' CD, Swag From Sony Dolly on Tuesday announced via social media that several pre-order special packages are available from Sony Music Nashville for her upcoming album, Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, coming out Nov. 30. The CD alone is available for $11, while an autographed CD and mug or tierra are available for $28, autographed CD and t-shirt for $40, or autographed CD with t-shirt and a mug or tierra for $55. Place your order here.
Nov. 6: Submit Questions For Dolly To Answer In Facebook Q&A
Dollywood announced Monday that it will host a special live Dolly Q&A on Facebook Sunday. To submit questions, tweet them to @dollywood with the hashtag #AskDolly.
Dollywood Readies For Smoky Mountain Christmas In related news, the park is closed this week to transform it into a winter wonderland for the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, which kicks off Saturday and runs through the end of the 2018 season on Jan. 5. The all-new Glacier Ridge opens this year, pushing the total lights in the park this holiday to more than 5 million. Running through Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and Craftsmen's Valley, Glacier Ridge features a 50-foot-tall animated tree that puts on a programmed LED light show every half-hour from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Also, a new light installation mimics the northern lights. In a statement, Dolly said: "Christmas is so important to me for so many reasons. I'm so thankful that it's a time when our family comes together to share stories, remember old times, and make new memories we'll take with us through the next year and beyond. There's a lot of laughin' and a whole lot of love when we all get together. I want those folks who come to experience Christmas with us at Dollywood to feel like they're part of the family, making those memories and sharing those special times. I know the fun they'll find in Glacier Ridge will help them create brand new memories and traditions." Returning to the festival, which has won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Christmas Event for 11 consecutive years, are Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, photos with Santa, It's A Wonderful Life, Christmas In The Smokies, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and each night's 8:15 p.m. Parade Of Many Colors.
Nov. 5: More 'Dumplin'' Interviews Released Hits Daily Double interviewed Dolly about the Dumplin' soundtrack and the song "Girl In The Movies" in its "Grammy Talk" column. Read it here. In related news, the film's star, Danielle MacDonald, talked with Entertainment Tonight about what it was like to record a song for the soundtrack with Dolly and Jennifer Anniston. Watch that interview here.
Wal-Mart Releases Special 'Christmas Of Many Colors' Fans may want to run to their local Wal-Mart to see if the store has put out its holiday movie display rack yet on the end of a DVD aisle, as social media reports from fans indicate an exclusive in-store limited-edition re-issue of Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love with a pop-up card attached featuring Dolly in a snow globe while supplies last.
Irish Dolly Interview Posted The Irish Sun offered a brief interview with Dolly over the weekend available here.
Nov. 3: Second 'Dumplin'' Single, New Music Video, Released
At midnight Friday morning, Dolly released the second single from her upcoming Netflix movie project, Dumplin': "Girl In The Movies," which she had been promoting to awards voters in Los Angeles recently campaigning for nominations. Take a listen to the studio version of the song via YouTube here or in the media player above. The song is available for download here. The Nov. 30 soundtrack album also became available for pre-order Friday (reserve the CD version here or the digital version here, which gives you immediate access to download the two singles released thus far). Also, on Friday, she revealed a music video for the project's first single, ""Here I Am," with Sia, which the duo released a month and a half ago. The new video features people helping others who need a hand but does not feature either Dolly or Sia themselves. Watch that video here or in the media player below.
'Jolene' Netflix Details Announced Netflix on Thursday announced the primary cast and general plot for the "Jolene" episode of Dolly's 2019 Heartstrings movie series. Julianne Hough of Dancing With The Stars fame will star as Jolene, a waitress in a honky tonk known for its scantily-clad staff and run by Dolly's character, Babe, who serves as a mother figure for her employees. Dallas Roberts of The Good Wife is the husband who finds himself in a mid-life crisis, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley of According To Jim completes the love triangle as his wife, who has just become president of the local Women's League. The release noted the project is produced by Sam Haskell's Magnolia Hill Productions and Dolly's Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Brothers Television, revealing she has resurrected her production company she once owned with her longtime manager, the late Sandy Gallin. (Her NBC Coat Of Many Colors movies were produced under her new Dixie Pixie Productions company instead). It also stated that Dolly, Haskell and showrunner Patrick Sean Smith are executive producing. The new plot deviates from the plan when the song was to be used for NBC, where it was to center on a Southern governor with Jolene as his mistress. As was previously reported here, that project fell through and Netflix snatched up not only that song but several others for a series, all of which will become available sometime next year at the same time on the streaming service. Although the release said the names and casts for the other songs in the series will be announced at a later date, Dolly has said in interviews that the songs being filmed are: "Jolene," "Two Doors Down," "Cracker Jack," "Sugar Hill," "J.J. Sneed," "If I Had Wings," "Down From Dover" and "These Old Bones." The new announcement generated significant entertainment media coverage including stories from The Hollywood Reporterhere, Entertainment Weeklyhere and Varietyhere.
Trick Or Treat With Dolly Look-A-Likes For Halloween, Dolly's social media accounts shared some of her favorite imitators dressed in her costume: drag queen Trixie Mattel, Amy Adams, Ellile Goulding and Adele. Check out a story about the post from Gay Star Newshere. And, as was previously reported here, The Talk saw its hosts don costumes and lip-synch famous songs for Halloween, with Sharon Osborne doing Dolly and "9 To 5." The segment ended with Dolly giving her reaction via FaceTime. Check out video from Entertainment Tonight Canadahere.
Apparently No Mr. Hart In '9 To 5' Sequel Although Dolly, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have all signed on to appear in a sequel to their classic 9 To 5 which is currently being written, the original film's villain, Dabney Coleman, told Page Six that he has not been contacted about the project. (His absence would make sense, though, since at the end of the original it was noted he had been kidnapped by natives in South America and was never heard from again.) Read the story here.
British Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week holds steady at No. 8 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 112th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) also holds steady at No. 12, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 18.
Lifetime Schedules 'A Country Christmas Story' Repeat Lifetime has announced that it will air a repeat of A Country Christmas Story, a 2013 holiday movie for which Dolly wrote a couple of songs and in which she appears to host a country music talent competition at Dollywood, on Nov. 14. The film airs at 2 p.m. Eastern.
'The Dolly Collection' Fans On Aussie TV Dolly superfans Patric Parkey and Harrell Gabehart were interviewed for Australia's The Morning Show earlier this week about their massive collection of Dolly memorabilia. Watch it on Facebook here.
'9 To 5' To Be On 'Dancing With The Stars' Dancing With The Stars contestant Bobby Bones said his group will bring some Dolly to the show next week when "country night" comes around, as they will use Dolly's "9 to 5" for their group dance, Pop Culture reports here.
Katy Perry this week shared a birthday greeting video from Dolly, commenting it was the best present she has ever received. Check it out in the media player above or on Facebook here.
Willam Parodies Dolly's 'Jolene' On New Album Drag artist Willam has released a new comedy album, Now That's What I Call Drag Music, Vol. 1, which features a parody of Dolly's "Jolene" called "Aileen," which sets the story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos to the melody of Dolly's song. Read more from Billboardhere or download the album here.
Sharon Osborne Does Dolly For Halloween Every year, some celebrity dresses as Dolly for Halloween, it seems, and this year it's The Talk's Sharon Osborne, who is slated to lip-synch to "9 To 5" on the program, People magazine reports here.
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week slips two to No. 8 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 111th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) rises four to No. 12.
A little more information on Dolly's upcoming premiere of the new stage musical Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol came out Tuesday from Playbillhere. As was previously reported here, the new show will be given a staged reading (without costumes or sets) Nov. 17-18 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn. The story noted Dolly wrote the music and lyrics while David H. Bell wrote the book (or script) based on an adaptation by Bell, former Dollywood entertainment head Paul T. Couch and Curt Wollan, who also directs. It noted Tim Hayden serves as musical director and that the production features nine local actors and a band of six musicians from Nashville. As was previously reported, the Dickens classic is re-set in the Smoky Mountains, where Scrooge runs a mining company and, as all adaptations go, is changed by visits from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. As has also been previously reported, Dolly is not expected to attend the premiere. However, she did release a statement for the article: "Writing the songs for this musical was such a fascinating process for me. Of course, I'm familiar with A Christmas Carol, but creatively, I had such a good time relating to these characters and their stories in a way that let me reminisce about growing up in the Smoky Mountains where often times, love was the greatest and most precious gift we had." The theater on Wednesday also released a new teaser video of Dolly promoting the production, including an a capella excerpt from one of the show's songs. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above. Staged readings are often how new musicals and plays are first presented to an audience to see what works and what may need to be changed. Often this leads to a "workshop" of a more-staged version to test the changes before a "test run" of a full-fledged production in a city such as Los Angeles or Chicago, culminating in a Broadway or off-Broadway premiere.
Stampede Readies Holiday Show Dolly's Stampede dinner theatre in Pigeon Forge switches to its annual holiday show next Wednesday through the end of the season Jan. 5. With its live nativity, friendly competition between the North Pole and South Pole, aerial displays from The Nutcracker, and Santa himself arriving, the evening is sure to please (and fill the stomach with its tasty feast).
Sony Nashville on Monday released the cover art (at left) and track listing for the upcoiming Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, including the announcement that it will be available for pre-order Nov. 2, at which time advance ordering fans will have access to download the track "Girl In The Movies," which Dolly was out on Monday promoting to awards show voters and the press. The song has received a Hollywood Music in Media Awards nomination already and is politicking for Golden Globe and Oscar nods as well. (Dolly has previously been nominated for the Best Song Oscar twice, for "9 To 5" and "Travelin' Thru," but lost both times. "From Here To The Moon And Back" from Joyful Noise had awards buzz and came close to getting a nomination but was passed over.)
Dolly sang the song with producer and co-writer Linda Perry accompanying her on guitar for assembled media and industry folks in a one-song concert in Los Angeles which was posted to Facebook by an attendee here or viewable in the media player above and covered by Vanity Fairhere and Varietyhere. Entertainment writer Marc Malkin shared a shorter video from the performance on Twitter here or viewable in the media player below. Also, she appeared at a special screening of the film where she sang part of the song a capella as well for the audience, which a fan posted to Facebook here.
The press release officially announcing the track listing also revealed the release date for the film: Dec. 7. It will become available on Netflix that day and be released that day in select theatres for Oscar eligibility. It also noted that the film's stars, Jennifer Anniston and Danielle McDonald, make cameos on the album, and while it did not specify on which song, reports from some media outlets indicated it is the track "Push And Pull."
The release noted that while additional back catalog songs of Dolly and new remixes of some of her previously-recorded tracks used in the film will be included in the streaming version of the album, those tracks will not be included in the CD or download versions.
Although Dolly had previously said Miley Cyrus would participate in the project, she is not listed as an artist on the album. Also, the release appears to have mistakenly labeled "Why" as one of Dolly's solo compositions she had previously recorded being re-recorded for this project instead of one of her new collaborations with Perry, since she has never recorded a song called "Why" before (unless it is a re-titling of one of her previous songs, such as "Why, Why, Why" or "Most Of All, Why") and all previous interviews included the total of six classics being re-recorded and six new songs co-written with Perry, but the songwriting credits on the press release show only five new songs co-written with Perry.
The full track listing is as follows:
Here I Am (Dolly Parton & Sia)*
Holdin' On To You (Dolly Parton & Elle King)*
Girl in the Movies (Dolly Parton)**
Red Shoes (Dolly Parton)**
Why (Dolly Parton & Mavis Staples)*
Dumb Blonde (Dolly Parton & Miranda Lambert)+
Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton & Willa Amai)^
Who (Dolly Parton)**
Push & Pull (Dolly Parton)**
If We Don't (Dolly Parton & Rhonda Vincent with Alison Krauss)**
Two Doors Down (Dolly Parton & Macy Gray with DOROTHY)*
Jolene (Dolly Parton with string orchestra)*
Songwriters: *Dolly Parton, **Dolly Parton/Linda Perry, +Curly Putman, ^Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil
Oct. 22: 'Very Best' Still On Australian Chart Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) dips three spots this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 20 in its 370th chart week since its original 2007 release.
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