Thirty years ago Tuesday, “The River Unbroken” debuts on the adult contemporary chart; a No. 63 country single, it would peak at No. 43 AC. Thirty-nine years ago Wednesday, Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt announce they will record an album together; although a handful of songs recorded for the project end up on albums by Emmylou and Linda, a full album is not recorded until eight years later, when Trio comes out in 1987. Seventy-two years ago Friday, Dolly Rebecca Parton is born in the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. Forty-one years ago Friday, Dolly spends her 31st birthday in Los Angeles making her first solo appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where she performs “Higher and Higher” and “Me and Little Andy” (she had been on once before with Porter). Thirty-seven years ago Friday, Dolly and her co-stars from 9 to 5 appear on the cover of People. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, “I Really Got The Feeling” becomes her 10th No. 1 country hit, while its flip-side, “Baby I'm Burning” becomes a disco dance club hit and makes it to No. 25 on the pop charts. Fifty-one years ago Sunday, Dolly debuts on the country singles charts for the first time with “Dumb Blonde,” which peaks at No. 24. Forty years ago Sunday, Here You Come Again marks its fifth of nine weeks atop the country album charts (Dolly's second); it also reaches No. 20 pop and becomes her first platinum album for sales in excess of 1 million copies.
U.K., Jan. 14 edition:
I Believe In You No. 15 country albums (no change; 13th week; peaked at No. 4)
The Complete Trio Collection No. 4 country compilation (up from No. 5; 70th week; peaked at No. 1 for 23 weeks)
Upcoming television appearances
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Jan. 21, 11:30 p.m., GET, Dolly: Tennssee Ernie Ford
As her 72nd birthday approaches on Friday, Dolly got an early gift with a visit from the Guinness World Records officials to inform her she appears twice in the 2018 edition of the awards: one for holding the record of the longest string of consecutive decades with top 20 country singles – six decades (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s) for her 74 top 20 hits – and one for the record of the most charted country singles by a female artist at 107. In a statement she said: “To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great. Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honoured this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it's going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed!" Dolly had previously appeared in past record books several times including for her record of the most female country No. 1 singles (which she still holds today) and for her time in the early 1980s when she was the highest-paid entertainer in Las Vegas based on her per-show contract rate. Read more on the newest honors here and watch an interview with on the official Guinness YouTube page here or in the media player above.
Grammy Hall Of Fame Chooses Dolly Song For Second Time The Grammy Hall of Fame announced Wednesday it is inducting Dolly's classic song “I Will Always Love You” a second time. This time it is Whitney Houston's smash 1992 cover of the song being added to the Hall. Dolly's original recording from 1974 was her first work to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 (followed by “Jolene” in 2014). The Hall of Fame selects “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance” that are at least 25 years old. Dolly's composition joins “Blowin' In The Wind,” “Cocktails For Two,” “Everyday I Have The Blues,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Hound Dog,” ”Lovesick Blues,” “Mack The Knife,” “Misty,” “Moanin',” “Mr. Tamborine Man,” “My Girl”/“My Guy,” “Proud Mary,” “Star Dust,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Unforgettable” and “What A Wonderful World” as the only songs with more than one version in the Hall of Fame.
ABC Shares Old Dolly Interviews ABC News this week posted several archival clips from a couple of 1980s Dolly interviews: three from one interview here, here and here and one from another here.
U.S. Chart Updates Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton earns a second consecutive week on the Jan. 20 Billboard country catalog albums chart remaining steady at No. 8, it was revealed Wednesday. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 36 to No. 97 Hot 200 pop albums in its 22nd chart week and 13 to No. 70 top 100 current albums, falling back out of the top 100 U.S. album sales list, down No. 72, and re-entering the Canadian top 100 at No. 99. Holiday albums were last updated last week so Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers has ended its run for this season.
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Jan. 15: Chart Updates Across The Pond The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe moves up one on the British country compilation albums chart in 70th chart week to No. 4, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, 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) gains two to No. 14 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 17. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, holds steady at No. 15 U.K. country albums.
Jan. 11: Stampede Name Change Angers Some As would be expected in today's highly polarized political climate, the dropping of the word "Dixie" from the name of Dolly's equestrian-themed dinner theatres, Dolly Parton's Stampede, has brought out the internet trolls once more to attack her personally and her company's business decision. Complaints were detailed by WATE here, WBIR here and Yahoo here. The subject even got its own Snopes page here.
'Believe' Sales Update, U.S. Chart Update Although it is no longer on the charts, SoundScan reports that Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, last week sold 300 copies to pass the 18,000-unit mark to 18,200 copies sold since its Sept. 29 release (no word on how many copies have been sold at retailers that don't report to SoundScan, if any). On the charts, Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton re-enters the Jan. 13 Billboard country catalog albums tally at No. 8. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers gains four to No. 43 holiday albums and two to No. 27 holiday album sales but fall off the Canadian pop albums, down from No. 68, and country catalog albums, down from No. 9. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," moves up 40 to No. 61 Hot 200 pop albums in its 21st chart week and 19 to No. 57 top 100 current albums, re-entering the top 100 album sales list at No. 72.
Knox Libraries Celebrate Dolly's Birthday Fans in the Knoxville area will be able to celebrate Dolly's 72nd birthday on Jan. 19 by heading to their local Knox County Public Library branch for an Imagination Library themed party. Storytime crafts and cupcakes will be offered at each branch at 10:30 a.m. and children will help make Dolly an 8-foot-long birthday card. The Knox County affiliate of Dolly's early childhood literacy program has since 2005 distributed 2.5 million of the program's 100 million books, WATE reported here.
Jan. 9: Dolly's Stampede Drops 'Dixie' From Name One of Dolly's dinner theatres is undergoing a name change, it was announced Monday, as it loses the geographic part of its title. Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Branson, Mo., wlll be rebranded Dolly Parton's Stampede this year. Her other two dinner theatres, Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventures in Pigeon Forge and Dolly Parton's Pirates' Voyage in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will not be changing their names. The reason given for the announcement was plans being finalized this year for future expansion of the chain outside of the South. Dolly said in a statement: "Our shows currently are identified by where they are located. Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede. We also recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities." Jim Rule, CEO of Dolly's company that operates the establishments, World Choice Investments, said: "There is interest in several parts of the United States and internationally to host one of our unique dinner attraction shows. We provide spectacular family entertainment at a great value. We continually listen to our guests and our desire to expand coupled with our desire to stay relevant in today's changing world led us to simplify our shows' names." Stampede originally opened in 1988 in Pigeon Forge as a Civil War re-enactment themed dinner show and in addition to the Branson location also formerly operated in Orlando, Fla., and Myrtle Beach. Today it boasts to be the world's most-attended dinner attraction. Over time however the Civil War imagery has been reduced every few years (mostly replaced with Western settlement imagery) until the only remnants remaining last season were the fact the competition exists between the north side of the arena and south side of the arena, that the north side's staff wears costumes of gold and blue while staff on the south's side wears red and gray, and the name including the word "Dixie." But that didn't stop a national publication last year from taking on the establishment and calling it racist, possibly prompting the line in Dolly's statement about "attitudes change" and that the name change "will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows."
Jan. 8: Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart in 69th chart week at No. 5, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses two to No. 12 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 20. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, moves up one to No. 15 U.K. country albums.
Dolly Named 1981 'It Girl' Cosmopolitan magazine on Friday offered a piece naming the past several decades' annual Hollywood "It Girl" for the Golden Globes and giving Dolly that honor for 1981 thanks to her breakout role in 9 To 5 which earned her three Globe nominations that year: Best Actress, Best Song and Best New Film Star. Read the full list here.
Jan. 5: Dolly Reads For British Kids
Dolly made her second storybook reading appearance on the BBC's children's network CBeebies for the nightly Bedtime Stories program on New Year's Eve, as she read Stuck in the Mud by Garry Parsons and Jane Clarke. Watch the clip on YouTube here or in the media player above.
Doll Parts Perform Saturday For Dolly's Birthday New York City area fans will want to head this weekend to Union Hall in Brooklyn for a Saturday concert by Dolly tribute band Doll Parts in honor of her upcoming 72nd birthday. Learn more from The Brooklyn Paper here.
'Believe' Falls From Chart Dolly's children's album I Believe In You appears to have completed its chart run on Billboard, with the Jan. 6 charts released Tuesday showing it off the top 50 country album sales chart, down from No. 50 in its 11th chart week. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers loses two to No. 47 holiday albums, off the top 50 country albums, down from No. 29, 28 to No. 68 Canadian pop albums and two to No. 9 country catalog, gaining three to No. 27 holiday album sales. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly rises six on the holiday digital songs chart and holiday digital songs sales chart to No. 40 on each. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," moves up 19 to No. 101 Hot 200 pop albums in its 20th chart week and 18 to No. 76 top 100 current albums.
Jan. 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Dolly Named Knoxville Person Of The Year The Knoxville News-Sentinel over the weekend announced it had named Dolly its 2017 "Person of the Year" in honor of her wildfire recovery My People Fund, continued expansion of her Imagination Library charity, release of a children' CD to benefit the literacy program, continued expansion of Dollywood, her $1 million donation to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and her support of hurricane relief efforts. Her reaction to the news was: "Well, I am quite honored by the honor! When your own people tell you that they are proud of you, that means the world to me. There are so many people in East Tennessee who are heroes. It always feels a little awkward to be singled out for anything I have done. So I accept this award on behalf of everyone who tries to make the world a little better each and every day." Read more here.
'Dolly' On Get TV Get TV has announced it will celebrate Dolly's turning 72 with a late-night marathon of programming on the Sunday night/Monday morning closest to her birthday. The fun starts Sunday, Jan. 14, at 11:30 p.m. with an airing of the 1976-77 Dolly show featuring Ronnie Millsap followed at midnight by the Parton family episode, 12:30 a.m. by the Tom T. Hall episode, 1 a.m. by the Freddy Fender episode, 1:30 a.m. by the Chuck Woolery episode, 2 a.m. by the Lynn Anderson episode, 2:30 a.m. by the Anne Murray episode, 3 a.m. by the Trio episode, and 3:30 a.m. by the Parton family show again. A repeat of the 1977 Mac Davis special Feels Like Home airs at 4 a.m. with Dolly, Tom Jones and Donna Summer, and a repeat of the Merv Griffin Show with Dolly and Gloria Swanson airs at 5 a.m. The network will also show the Mel Tillis episode of Dolly at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 7, Tennessee Ernie Ford episode at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and Kenny Rogers episode at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Her episode of Designing Women airs at 4 a.m. Jan. 8.
Dec. 30: 'Christmas Of Many Colors' Wins Wednesday Ratings NBC's repeat Wednesday night of last year's Emmy-nominated Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love helped the peacock network win the evening's ratings. The film saw 4.33 million viewers and a 0.7 share in the 18-49 year old demographic. This compared to an audience of 3.99 million for its first repeat last December and 13.3 million viewers for its premiere in November 2016.
Indianapolis Dolly Party Planned Fans in Indianapolis have announced the seventh annual Dolly birthday bash in their community. To be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at FortyFive Degrees with a $10 suggested donation to low-cost animal clinic FACE at the door, the event will feature a Dolly look-a-like contest, Dolly-themed cocktails and performances by drag queen Dolly Woods, the Light Ministries gospel quartet and Dolly's niece, Heidi Parton. Visit their Facebook event page here.
Overseas U.S., Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart in 68th chart week at No. 5, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, 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) gains two to No. 10 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses two to No. 20. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, slips one to No. 16 U.K. country albums. In the U.S., I Believe In You loses theee to No. 50 country album sales in its 11th chart week. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls off the top 200, down from No. 189, and loses five to No. 45 holiday albums, four to No. 30 holiday album sales, three to No. 29 top country albums, holding steady at No. 40 Canadian pop albums and falling off the top 100 album sales, down from No. 73, while dipping two to No. 7 country catalog. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly gains two spots on the holiday digital songs chart and holiday digital songs sales chart to No. 46 on each. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 14 to No. 120 Hot 200 pop albums in its 19th chart week and e-enters the top 100 current albums at No. 94.
Dec. 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips one spot on the British country compilation albums chart in 67th chart week to No. 5, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses one to No. 12 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 18. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, inches up one to No. 15 U.K. country albums.
Dolly's Producing Partner Loses Job Just months after an employment sexual harassment and sex-for-backstage-passes scandal took down Dolly's publicist, a scandal of e-mails over the weekend caused Dolly's current film partner and former agent to lose his longtime job as head of Miss America. The Huffington Post on Thursday broke the story that Miss America CEO Sam Haskell had allegedly referred to former Miss Americas in vulgar terms in e-mails and conspired to ruin the private consulting firm of another former Miss America, among other supposed misdeeds. The Miss America Organization suspended Haskell on Friday pending an investigation and he resigned on Saturday, as did the company's COO and the board's chairperson as well. While Dolly herself was not implicated in this scandal (as opposed to her publicist allegedly accepting sexual favors from her fans in exchange for meet-and-greets with her, which indirectly drew her into the middle of that scandal), Dolly's relationship with Haskell goes back decades. He was her film and television agent at William Morris Entertainment for many years and she supported his Stars Over Mississippi fundraising concert back in 2000. After she wrote the Imagination Library theme song "Try," Haskell's wife, Mary, was the first artist to record it. The two rekindled their relationship a few years ago to work on film projects together, and Haskell negotiated her four-picture deal with NBC which culminated in record-breaking ratings of Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors two years ago and Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love last year, and the yet-to-be-filmed projects on her songs "Jolene" and "The Seeker." He also supposedly negotiated other yet-to-be-announced deals for she and he to co-produce specials, movies and/or series on other networks as well. He and Dolly served as co-executive producers on the two NBC films and shared an Emmy nomination for Best Made For TV Movie this year. No word on whether the scandal will impact any of the upcoming television projects with Dolly. Check out coverage from The Hollywood Reporterhere.
Dec. 22: Dolly Year's No. 9 Children's Music Artist Although Dolly's children's album I Believe In You didn't make any of the year-end Billboard charts recently released, the album sold enough copies and the top 25 kids' albums of the year included enough repeat artists (mainly KidsBop and Disney) for her to rank No. 9 on the list of kids' music artists for 2017. On the regular Dec. 30 charts released Tuesday, the CD slips four to No. 47 country album sales in its 10th chart week. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls 19 to No. 189 top 200, five to No. 40 holiday albums, two to No. 26 holiday album sales, three to No. 29 top country albums, six to to No. 40 Canadian pop albums and eight to No. 73 top 100 album sales, while gaining one to No. 5 country catalog but falling back off the top 50 pop catalog albums down from No. 50. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly loses eight spots on the holiday digital songs chart and holiday digital songs sales chart to No. 48 on each. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," inches down one to No. 106 Hot 200 pop albums in its 18th chart week and falls off the top 100 current albums down from No. 99.
Dec. 18: Overseas Chart Updates Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart in 66th chart week at No. 4, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, 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) holds steady at No. 11 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) stays at No. 18. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, holds steady at No. 16 U.K. country albums.
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