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This week in Dolly history
Forty-five years ago Tuesday, Dolly records “The Last One To Touch Me” for Joshua. Forty-two years ago Tuesday, “Jolene” debuts on adult contemporary chart; it would peak at No. 44 but also go No. 1 country, No. 7 U.K. pop and No. 60 U.S. pop. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, Here You Come Again marks its eighth 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. Forty-three years ago Friday, Porter & Dolly record “How Can I Help You Forgive Me,“ although it isn't included on an album until two years later when it appears on Say Forever You'll Be Mine. Thirty-nine years ago Friday, Great Moments at the Grand Ole Opry debuts on the country album charts; featuring an interview with Dolly and her classic “Coat of Many Colors,” it peaks at No. 35. Thirty-three years ago Friday, “Everything's Beautiful (In Its Own Way)” with Willie Nelson debuts on the pop singles chart; it peaks at No. 102 pop, No. 19 adult contemporary and No. 7 country. Five years ago Friday, Dolly receives her eighth Grammy, the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Forty-three years ago Saturday, Porter & Dolly record “If Teardrops Were Pennies” for Love and Music; released as a single four months later, it reaches No. 3 and garners their fourth and final Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo. Twenty-three years ago Saturday, “Romeo“ debuts on the singles chart; it reaches No. 27 country and No. 50 pop. Forty-six years ago Sunday, Porter & Dolly's “Tomorrow is Forever” debuts on the country singles charts; it would peak at No. 9. Thirty-five years ago Sunday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its first of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's longest stay atop the chart and fourth time there); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth).
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
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Feb. 12, 12:30 a.m., CMT, Reba
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Order 'Coat Of Many Colors' DVD Today Amazon on Thursday began taking orders for the May 3 DVD release of Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors. Reserve your copy here! (And if you can't wait, the digital download of the movie has been available here since a few days after its broadcast.) And don't forget that on Friday of this week two Dolly products hit shelves: a CD version of her previously-released 1977 concert at New York's Bottom Line Club under the title Country Girl In The Big Apple and a vinyl re-issue of her 1971 classic Coat Of Many Colors.
Dolly Instead Of Left Shark? Katy Perry says she tried to get Dolly as part of her Super Bowl halftime show last year, according to an interview with The New York Timeshere. No word on why Dolly wasn't able to take part but Perry explained the show is “more of a communal process with the NFL and all the different artists.”
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Feb. 10: 'Coat Of Many Colors' Gets May 3 DVD Release Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors will get a DVD release from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment on May 3, three days before Dolly's annual Homecoming Parade in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and less than a week before Mother's Day, her publicist announced Tuesday. The set, with a suggested price of $20, will include three bonus features: an alternate version of the movie, deleted scenes plus the featurette Coat Of Many Colors: Bringing the Song to the Screen, which explores Dolly's early life, how she wrote the song and the path the song took to become a made-for-TV movie. As was previously reported here, the film's Dec. 10 debut attracted 13 million viewers, the biggest audience for a broadcast movie on television in nearly five years, increasing to 15.6 million when three-day DVR audiences were added, the largest audience for a broadcast movie on television in more than six years. A rebroadcast on Christmas Day saw an audience of 4 million. Both versions of the film run for 90 minutes each, and the deleted scenes and featurette total 20 minutes together. Subtitles will be provided in both English and Spanish.
Library Book Wins Big Award Dolly's Imagination Library this year selected a new title for this year's program, after which the book won three of the top honors for children's books in the U.S: the Caldecott Award, Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson will be mailed to children born in 2011, and Dolly's official website this week posted an interview about the book with its author. Read it here.
Henley Still On U.S. Country Chart Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," holds steady at No. 13 on the country albums chart in its 27th chart week but falls back off on the current albums tally, down from No. 86 for a 15th chart week, the Feb. 20 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed.
Feb. 8: 'Coat Of Many Colors' Named 'Most Inspiring TV' Of 2015 Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors was the big winner Friday at the 2016 Movieguide Awards, taking the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring Television Program of the year and with its star winning the Grace Award for the Most Inspiring Performance for Television. Dolly's NBC project beat out A.D.: The Bible Continues, Ancient Roads from Christ to Constatine, Blue Bloods: Hold Outs, Saints & Strangers and Chicago Fire: Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional for the award. Star Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played "Little Dolly" in the film, won the Grace Award over co-stars Gerald McRaney for Grandpa Rev. Jake Owens and Jennifer Nettles for Mother Avie Lee Parton in addition to Gordon Clapp as Chaplain Orlovsky in Chicago Fire: Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional, Vincent Kartheiser as Mayflower leader William Bradford in Saints & Strangers and Emmett J. Scanlan as Saul, Joe Dixon as Phillip and Juan Pablo Di Pace as Jesus for A.D.: The Bible Continues. In a press release issued Sunday, Dolly said: "I really wanted to celebrate the people, my whole family, who made me who and what I am today. I'm so blessed and thankful for a great cast, producers, director, and for everyone who watched and I'm extremely thankful to the Movieguide® Awards for this honor." British newspaper The Daily Mail offered a story (with photos and video) from her red carpet entrance here and The Hollywood Reporter covered the awards here. The award presentations were taped and will be televised on the REELZ Network on Feb. 22. Photos of Dolly with the Epiphany Prize award and with presenter Lily Tomlin are courtesy Webster Public Relations. Photos of Dolly being interviewed on the red carpet by Hollywood To Dollywood stars Gary and Larry Lane for Pop Wrapped are courtesy the Lane Twins.
U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Blue Smoke slips one to No. 3 in the album's 87th week on the British country compilations albums chart, Friday's charts showed. 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. 19, and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) loses five to No. 20, while Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises three to No. 17.
D.C. Library Announcement Gets Noticed Announcement of Dolly's Imagination Library launch in D.C., which was reported here last week, was covered over the weekend by WJLA here.
Feb. 3: Nation's Capital Gets Dolly's Library
Dolly on Tuesday released a video celebrating the expansion of her Imagination Library literacy project to the nation's capital. Check out the clip on the Washington, D.C., Public Library's YouTube channel here or in the media player above.
Tomlin To Present Award At Movieguide Ceremony Perhaps in a sign of things to come, the Movieguide Faith & Values Awards has announced that Dolly's pal Lily Tomlin will present the Epiphany Prize for Television, for which Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors is nominated against A.D.: The Bible Continues, Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine, Blue Bloods: Hold Outs, Saints & Strangers and Chicago Fire: Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional. Winners will be announced Friday and broadcast on REELZ Feb. 22 and 24.
Underwood Does Dolly Song At Concert Carrie Underwood has kicked off her new tour, including a tribute to Dolly with a performance of "I Will Always Love You." Check out a video here.
Sevierville Kids Celebrate Dolly The Mountain Press on Tuesday posted three pictures from the recent Dolly tribute show at the Sevierville Intermediate School. Take a look at them here.
U.S. Chart Update Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," regains five to No. 13 on the country albums chart in its 26th chart week and rises 11 on the current albums tally to No. 86 for a 15th chart week, the Feb. 13 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed.
Girl Gets Christmas Card From Dolly A New York girl who is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in a fire and asked for people to send her Christmas cards ended up receiving more than 1 million cards, so many that she is still going through them. In addition to cards they found weeks ago from President Obama and Beyonce, in recent weeks they've found she received cards from other luminaries including the Kardashians and Dolly. Read more from The New York Daily Newshere.
Feb. 1: Lightning Rod Cars Unveiled At Dollywood Some guests got a look at the construction status over the weekend of Dollywood's Lightning Rod coaster, to become the world's fastest wooden rollercoaster when it opens in March, including the unveiling of the ride's cars. Check out coverage from the American Coaster Enthusiasts Southeast on their Facebook page here including a video of the unveiling here.
Dolly's Hometown Kids Pay Tribute To Her Students at the Sevierville Intermediate School near where Dolly grew up in Sevier County, Tenn., will pay tribute to their hometown girl with a show "A Life Of Many Colors" at the school at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday as well as 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school.
Jan. 30: U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Blue Smoke holds steady at No. 2 in the album's 86th week on the British country compilations albums chart, Friday's charts revealed. On the same tally, Dolly's The Tour Collection falls off the top 20, down from No. 15, as 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) holds steady at No. 19 and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 15, while Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips four to No. 20. In the U.S., Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," loses four to No. 18 on the country albums chart in its 25th chart week and re-enters the current albums tally at No. 97 for a 14th chart week, the Feb. 6 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed.
Publication: Dolly A Feminist Fashion Icon MIC's style section this week praised Dolly as "a feminist fashion icon," noting her "happy, no-fucks-given disregard for trends and public approval – combined with an undying commitment to clothing of costume proportions" inspired today's fashion icons including Beyonce, Lady Gage, Miley Cyrus, Kathy Perry and Nicki Minaj. Read the profile here.
Fallon Celebrates Dolly's Birthday A few days ago, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon did his "thank you notes" segment and thanked Dolly for turning 70 this month, joking she doesn't look a day over 38-26-36. Watch the clip here.
Sandy Talks About 'Here You Come Again' Sandy Gallin recently appeared on Andy Cohen's satellite radio program and told a story about how Dolly almost didn't record her first pop crossover hit, "Here You Come Again," and how he convinced her to do it. Read more here.
Stampede Revamps Branson Show Dolly's Branson, Mo., Dixie Stampede dinner theatre is undergoing a massive renovation, the chain announced this week. Although details are sketchy at this time about show changes, the renovations include a new LED wall backdrop like the one installed recently at the flagship theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. In a press release, Dolly said: "First, I want to thank the Branson community for the support you've given my Dixie Stampede for the past 21 seasons. You all have made the show such a success, and now I'm excited to announce we're making some changes that will take the show to whole new level! My team is hard at work creating a new set, powerful new music, lots of amazing special effects and a few other surprises. This amazing technology has allowed us to really take our guests on a 'new adventure.' I just know families are truly going to love it!"
Library Down Under Gets Noticed Australian publication Starts At Sixty took a look at Dolly's expansion of her Imagination Library literacy charity Down Under with a piece here Friday.
Jan. 25: Dolly To Present At Movieguide Awards Next Month The Movieguide Faith & Values Awards on Friday revealed Dolly will not only be in attendance but also serve as a presenter at their Feb. 5 awards program. Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors is nominated for the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program and its cast members Alyvia Alyn Lind, Gerald McRaney and Jennifer Nettles are nominated for Most Inspiring Performance for Television. The presentation will be broadcast on the REELZ Channel Feb. 22. Other presenters announced in the press release included Coat co-stars Ricky Schroder and Alyvia Alyn Lind as well as Jane Seymour, Ernie Hudson, John Schneider, Kevin Sorbo and Pat Boone, among others.
U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Blue Smoke holds steady at No. 2 in the album's 85th week on the British country compilations albums chart, Friday's charts revealed. On the same tally, Dolly's The Tour Collection gains five to No. 15 while 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) loses five to No. 19 and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) falls off the top 20, down from No. 17, while Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips one to No. 16.
Dolly Birthday Party Covered The University of Tennessee's Daily Beacon offered a recap of the recent birthday celebration for Dolly's 70th in Knoxville here.
Jan. 22: New Details On Dolly's Lumberjack Restaurant Dolly on Thursday announced the first details on changes to her newest attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Lumberjack Feud dinner theatre, which she purchased a few months ago. When the venue reopens in May it will be known as Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show with a brand new show, storyline, menu and cast. "I'm truly excited to be working on a new show for families to enjoy while they are in town," Dolly said in a press release. "We did a lot of work to come up with the name of the new show and I think we found the perfect fit. My creative team has been working to produce an exciting show which will showcase the amazing competitive skills of our cast. We have a few surprises that will certainly make this an 'adventure' for every member of the family." Renovations are underway at the building and the adjacent Regency Inn will be demolished for additional parking and visibility. Progress of the renovations will be shared on their website at www.lumberjackadventure.com.
Magician Heading To Dollywood This Summer Magician Brad Ross this week released a video to Vimeo announcing he will headline Dollywood's summer festival this year with a residency in DP's Celebrity Theatre with his magic show, Unbelievable. Check out the video here.
Jan. 21: Huffington Post UK Lands Dolly Guest Column The Huffington Post UK on Wednesday posted a guest column blog entry from Dolly celebrating her Imagination Library, its history, its success and its recent expansion to London. Take a read here.
Henley's CD Sticks Around On Country Charts Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," holds steady at No. 14 on the country albums chart in its 25th chart week, the Jan. 30 Billboard charts released Wednesday showed.
Siren Covers Dolly's 'Jolene' New York trio Siren this month celebrated Dolly with a cover of her classic "Jolene." Check it out on YouTube here or in the media player below.
Jan. 20: Dolly's Birthday Coverage Dominates Web
Dolly's 70th birthday was cause to celebrate all over the Internet on Tuesday. Dolly herself thanked her fans for well-wishes (and recalled her personal favorite birthday) in a video on her official Vimeo channel here and in the media player above, and she apparently spent the day with Sam Haskell, her co-producer for her series of movies for NBC that started with last month's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, and several of their friends including singer Jimmy Buffett, who posted a picture to his social media accounts here of him sitting with Dolly and her birthday cake. Dolly's publicist officially announced Stella's tribute album, Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute, full details of which had been previously reported here a week ago. In the press release, Stella said: "I have been asked many times throughout my career to record an entire album of her music, but in my heart and mind, I never felt I could ever do her music or performances justice. So in the end, while making the decision to record this tribute album of eleven of my favorites, I decided to sing the story songs because they resonated with me the most. I wanted this to come out on her special day. Dolly has always been my favorite songwriter, although I grew up in a family chocked full of them. It was indeed a daunting task to choose eleven of my favorite songs from a catalog so vast. I have chosen to sing them as sincerely and respectfully as possible and I hope you can hear that in my humble and honest approach to my sister's beautiful songs. I am pleased and honored to share my sister tribute." And Dolly was quoted in the press release responding: "Stella is a great singer, entertainer and songwriter. All the more reason I am so proud she decided to do a tribute CD of my songs. She was there from the beginning of my career and always complimented and encouraged me in my writing. I admire and respect the way that she chose to do my songs. She stayed true to the original spirit in which I wrote them and yet found a way to make them her own. I really love how they turned out and I think you will, too. It's been a personal source of joy to be able to hear this loving tribute from one sister to another and just to be able to work that closely with her. I am especially proud of the song we wrote together 'More Power To Ya.' I hope you will enjoy this CD as much as we've enjoyed working on it for you." Get the album here! Other coverage of her special day included:
Metro offered a fill-in-the-blank game for the lyrics to "9 To 5" here
Canada's Hello magazine offered her best quotes here
Time took a look back at a profile on her 1977 tour here (with the full archival article here)
The Huffington Post posted six things you may not know about her here
The International Business Times looked at her career "by the numbers" here (although they miscounted her Grammy Awards, saying the total of seven included her lifetime achievement award when that one brings the actual total to eight) and provided a career timeline here
Entertainment Weekly counted down her No. 1 singles in order from worst to best here (although they only used "I Will Always Love You" once and left out the 1974 No. 1 Porter Wagoner duet "Please Don't Stop Loving Me," so they only showed 23 No. 1 songs instead of 25)
Glamour magazine looked back at an old interview here
Express looked at the top fun facts about her here
Female First listed her five most incredible songs here
NPR's Morning Edition chose her "My Tennessee Mountain Home" as Tuesday's song of the day in her honor and highlighted her charitable work here
The Country Music Hall of Fame remembered her 1999 induction into the institution (at the time she was the second-youngest person ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame) here
The Grand Ole Opry mashed together three performances of her iconic "I Will Always Love You" from the Opry stage (1974, 1995 with Vince Gill and 2007 with Porter Wagoner) into one video in honor of her birthday here
The Advocate brought out 10 "incredible forgotten Dolly Parton moments" here
FOX News Magazine posted her funniest quotes about her own appearance here
And New York Magazine reviewed her style over the decades here
Jan. 19: HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY, DOLLY!
Happy 70th Birthday, Dolly! Sister Stella Parton on Monday premiered her full tribute song Mountain Songbird from her tribute album of the same name consisting mostly of covers of Dolly's greatest compositions. Watch the video here. Knoxville TV station WBIR offered a timeline of her major accomplishments here. Parade compiled 10 "of her quotes to live by" here. Knoxville's Local 8 TV noted that Sevierville's Courthouse Donuts is asking customers to sign a large birthday card in the restaurant, while Sevierville Intermediate School's drama club plans to record a video of 85 kids singing her "Happy Birthday" and "I Will Always Love You." Read more here. And in honor of her special day, CMT's Katie Cook posted to Facebook a compilation of her favorite interview moments with Dolly, almost all of which are just a little naughty! Watch them here!
Jan. 18: 'Coat Of Many Colors' Vinyl Coming Next Month Music on Vinyl, a specialty record label that back in August re-issued Dolly's 1974 classic Jolene on collectors' grade 180 gram audiophile vinyl, over the weekend announced the same treatment next month for her 1971 album Coat Of Many Colors, which will also be released on 180 gram vinyl. The official release date is Feb. 1, although Amazon.com is showing an anticipated in-stock date of Feb. 12 here.
'Coat' Actress Loses Critics Choice Award Little Dolly from NBC's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, Alyvia Alyn Lind, lost out to Fargo's Kirsten Dunst on Sunday for the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series. The other nominees were Kathy Bates for American Horror Story: Hotel, Sarah Hay for Flesh and Bone, Rachel McAdams for True Detective and Shanice Williams for The Wiz Live!.
'Grace & Frankie' Producer: No Dolly This Season Although Lily Tomlin broke the news several days ago in a couple of interviews, Grace & Frankie executive producer Marta Kauffman on Sunday confirmed there will be no Dolly on the second season of the Netflix series starring 9 To 5 co-stars Tomlin and Jane Fonda. She reiterated the answer given since the show started, which Entertainment Weekly quoted here as: "We're still creating a world and that world is Grace and Frankie. These are characters you want to know and invest in. The minute we bring in Dolly Parton, who I love, it's 9 To 5, no matter what you do." She added, however, she will never say never to the idea of Dolly appearing on the show after the second season. Tomlin had said both she and Fonda have pitched ideas to Kauffman of how to bring Dolly in for a cameo in the show's third season.
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