Thirty-five years ago Monday, “Real Love” with Kenny Rogers debuts on the singles charts; three months later it would become Dolly's 19th country No. 1 and peak at No. 91 pop and No. 13 adult contemporary. Thirty-eight years ago Friday, “Heartbreak Express” debuts on the country singles chart; it peaks at No. 7. Fifty-four years ago Saturday, Dolly and Carl Dean are married in Ringgold, Ga.; they remain husband and wife to this day. Thirty-three years ago Saturday, “Telling Me Lies” from the Trio album debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 3. That same day, Trio marks its final of five weeks at No. 1 on the country albums chart (Dolly's fifth of her seven times there, Emmy's third and most recent time and Linda's fourth and most recent); it sells more than 1 million copies to be certified as Dolly's fourth of her six platinum albums (Emmy's sole and Linda's seventh) and reaches No. 6 on the pop albums chart, Dolly's highest career position there. Thirty-four years ago Sunday, Think About Love, a compilation album RCA released after Dolly left the label, debuts on the country albums chart; it peaks at No. 54.
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
May 29, 4 p.m., RFD TV, The Porter Wagoner Show (re-runs 10:30 a.m. May 31)
June 1, PBS, check local listings for times, Iconic Women of Country
June 3, 1:30 a.m., CMT, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous
June 5, 4 p.m., RFD-TV, The Porter Wagoner Show (re-runs 10:30 a.m. June 7)
June 9, 8 a.m., REELZ, Dolly Parton Revealed
June 12, 4 p.m., RFD-TV, The Porter Wagoner Show (re-runs 10:30 a.m. June 14)
'Good' Video Premieres In 'Time' Livestream Interview
Dolly talked hope in the times of COVID-19 in her Time 100 Talks interview Thursday, concluding it with the world premiere of the actual video for her new song, “When Life Is Good Again,” which closes with a title card that reads: “Be safe. Be respectful. Wear your mask. Lead with love. Dolly” Watch the interview here or in the media player below and the music video here or in the media player above. The song became available at midnight Thursday for purchase and download from Amazon here and other retailers.
'Smoky Mountain Opry' Closed For Remainder Of Year At least one of Dolly's properties won't be opening this year, it was revealed Thursday. WVLT reported here that her theatre company World Choice Investments decided that the design of the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater made it impossible to operate within current coronavirus safety guidelines, so it will remain shuttered for the remainder of 2020. Her Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Theatre re-opened last weekend and was preceded the weekend before by her Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Restaurant, two of the other properties along with Smoky Mountain Opry and Comedy Barn that her company purchased early last year from Fee Hendrick Entertainment in Pigeon Forge. There is still no word on when her Stampede or Pirates Voyage attractions (or Comedy Barn) will open nor Dollywood, Splash Country, or the DreamMore Resort.
'Goodnight With Dolly' Continues The Imagination Library "Goodnight With Dolly" series continued Thursday with Stand Tall Molly Lou Melonhere. The final episode is scheduled for next week with Pass It On.
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May 28: New Dolly Coronavirus Song Audio Released
Dolly on Wednesday released the audio to her new COVID-19-inspired single, "When Life Is Good Again." The single premiered with an audio-only YouTube video here and in the media player above first shared exclusively by Entertainment Weeklyhere. As was previously reported here, a full music video for the song is expected to drop Friday, when the song will presumably also be available for download and streaming from major music retailers.
PBS Celebrates Women Of Country Music It was revealed Wednesday that most PBS stations on Monday will air a new special, Iconic Women of Country, which features Dolly, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Minnie Pearl, Brenda Lee, Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Montana, Lynn Anderson, Jeannie C. Riley and four other female trailblazers from the genre and the impact they had on more recent artists including Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, Terri Clark and Pam Tillis. They will reflect on a signature song from each legend as well as performances of those songs that inspired and moved them.
U.K. '9 To 5: The Musical' Tour Postponed To 2021 Producers for the U.K. version of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical announced Wednesday that the planned British tour of the show for the fall will be postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus. The pandemic already cancelled the show's Australian premiere and cut short its extended West End run in London.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's duet with Zach Williams, "There Was Jesus", continues to climb the May 30 Billboard charts released Tuesday, as it gains a dozen digits to No. 20 Christian airplay but slips three to No. 8 Christian digital single sales.
Don't Forget Dolly's Thursday Appearances Don't forget to watch Dolly on Time magazine's TIME 100 Talks livestream at 1 p.m. Eastern Thursday on leadership in times of crisis, specifically focusing on hope during COVID-19, with additional guests Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Last Mile Health CEO Dr. Raj Panjabi. You must pre-register here to receive an email with a link to the livestream. Then the penultimate episode of her "Goodnight With Dolly" storybook series for Imagination Library premieres at 7 p.m. here.
Dollywood Competitor Disney Announces Orlando Opening Although Dollywood still has yet to give any indications of when the park may open for the season and under what new rules, industry leader Disney on Wednesday announced its Orlando Walt Disney World parks will start opening July 11 with reduced capacity requiring reservations for admission (DVC members will get first reservations, followed by season passholders, then the general public), masks for all guests age 3 and older, but no character meet-and-greets, playgrounds, makeovers, parades, or fireworks shows. Other parks in the industry are expected to open with similar restrictions, so some if not all of these changes could be on tap for Dolly's park as well.
May 27: Thursday Features Dolly On 'Time' Panel, In Storytelling Series
Time magazine announced Tuesday night Dolly will be part of a panel for a live TIME 100 Talks livestream Thursday afternoon on leadership in times of crisis, specifically focusing on COVID-19, with fellow guests Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Last Mile Health CEO Dr. Raj Panjabi. Her focus is expected to be hope. Dolly is included for her recent $1 million gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center which is helping fund one of the most promising research projects into a COVID-19 treatment program and her weekly online readings of books from her international early childhood literacy program, Imagination Library (which features the ninth installment of the 10-week "Goodnight With Dolly" series, with Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, Thursday at 7 p.m. here or in the media player above). You must pre-register here to receive an email with a link to the 1 p.m. Eastern livestream, and the registration also allows you to submit a question for the panelists.
Library Tests Summer Expansion For K-3 Kids In Tennessee Dolly's Imagination Library is piloting a summer expansion to serve older students, it was announced this week. Currently, the program begins as early as birth and ends the month the child turns five years old, since he or she will be entering kindergarten that fall. The experiment in partnership with the Tennessee Governor's Early Literacy Foundation will send six books over the summer to 30,000 kindergarten to third grade students in Tennessee to help stop the "summer slide" of lost literacy skills while kids are out of class for the break. Learn more from television station WSMV here.
May 23: 'Songteller' Book Will Focus On Dolly's Songs The indie publisher for Dolly's upcoming book and audiobook release, Songteller, has released its catalog for the fall season with Dolly's tome as its primary release. The catalog reveals that the book is not a classical autobiography but rather will profile 175 of her songs over the course of her career and she wrote it in partnership with noted country music historian (and major Dolly fan) Robert K. Oermann. The materials promise the stories behind the songs, Dolly's personal insights and memories, as well as never-before-released photos from her career, images of memorabilia related to the songs, pictures of handwritten lyrics and shots of costumes used with the songs. The suggested retail price for the physical book will be $50, and Dolly is expected to promote it with national television appearances, satellite remote interviews with local media, advertising and social media campaigns, a pre-order campaign, and tie-ins with her Netflix film Christmas On The Square and her upcoming holiday album. The book will be 400 pages and released in November. Thanks, Tony!
Steve Summers: New Video Coming Friday Dolly's creative director Steve Summers revealed Thursday on Instagram that he has directed his first music video, for a new Dolly single called "When Live Is Good Again," which will be released next Friday.
'Dolly Parton's America' Wins Two Webby Awards Dolly Parton's America this week won the Webby Awards from both the judges and the public ("peoples' choice") for the year's best podcast miniseries, it was announced. Winners were given the opportunity to record five-word acceptance speeches. Narrator/interviewer Jad Abumrad started with "Wildflowers will always survive," followed by producer Shima Oliaee adding "Hallelujah!" Watch their acceptance speech here.
New Dolly Interview, Photo Shoot In 'Guideposts' Dolly is the June/July cover girl again for Guideposts magazine with a new interview available online here about dreaming big and praying big. Check out a behind-the-scenes video for the article photo shoot which the magazine released here as well.
Dolly Launches E-Birthday Cards, Wal-Mart Cards Coming Dolly this week released a series of free personalized electronic birthday greetings to the tune of "9 To 5" featuring several dozen pre-recorded names as the first project of her partnership with American Greetings. See an ad for the app on Facebook here and access it here. The company also announced its next project with her will be a series of physical greeting cards which will be sold soon at Wal-Mart.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's duet with Zach Williams, "There Was Jesus", continues to climb the May 23 Billboard charts released Tuesday, as it gains one to No. 5 Christian digital single sales chart and remains steady at No. 32 Christian airplay. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe returns to the top spot, up three for the week, it was revealed Friday, while Essential Dolly Parton loses two to No. 20 on the same chart, Gold: The Hits Collection – Dolly Parton holds steady at No. 19 while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises six to No. 11 and 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 one to No. 6.
Oklahoma Takes Imagination Library Statewide Oklahoma is poised to become the sixth state to take Dolly's Imagination Library statewide, with the governor signing a bill this week that was approved by the state legislature appropriating funds for the early childhood literacy program. Statewide initiatives already exist in Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina, Arkansas and Delaware. Learn more from Sandite Pridehere.
Second Dolly Property Re-Opens Another one of Dolly's Pigeon Forge attractions, Hatfield & McCoy dinner theatre, is opening this weekend, their Facebook page announced. Her Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café re-opened last weekend. Still no word on when Stampede or Pirates Voyage as well as Dollywood itself may open.
'Goodnight With Dolly' Series Continues Dolly read her own children's book I Am A Rainbow in her weekly "Goodnight With Dolly" series online Thursday night, viewable on YouTube here or in the media player below. The series has two weeks remaining with Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon next week and Pass It On.
May 18: Covenant House Fundraising Concert Monday Night
Don't forget to watch Dolly in the livestreaming fundraising concert "A Night Of Covenant House Stars" at 8 p.m. Monday. The show will stream live on YouTube here or in the media player above as well as on the streaming channel Broadway on Demand, iHeartRadio Broadway, Facebook, Twitch, YouTube and Stars In The House.
Dollywood Gets Greenlight To Open For Season Dollywood could announce any day now when it will open for the 2020 season. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Friday announced large attractions, including theme parks, could begin opening in the state starting May 22. The park's spokesperson told WBIR here they are working on plans and will make the announcement "soon." The park was open March 13 for season passholder preview day, but Dolly's scheduled appearances were cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. The park decided that afternoon to cancel its planned public opening for March 14 due to the pandemic, and that closure – which soon extended to her dinner theater attractions as well – has remained in force since then. The park has extended all existing 2020 season passes to June 1, 2021, and will discount next year's renewal fee for 2020 passholders to add the post-June 1 dates to their passes. They have previously stated they will announce the opening date first to passholders and then to the public.
Dolly Contributes To New Cookbook Dolly is among the artists who have contributed recipes to a new cookbook coming out to benefit the Music Health Alliance's COVID-19 and Nashville Tornado Relief Fund. All The Thyme in the World: A Collection of Recipes from the Grounded Music Industry features Dolly's chili and spaghetti from her mother-in-law, Emmylou Harris' gingerbread and Rosanne Cash's potato salad, among other dishes. Get your copy for $25 here.
DKG International To Honor Dolly Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators is recognizing Dolly's Imagination Library efforts by making her their newest international honorary member, it has been announced. The honor was to be formalized at their international conference in Philadelphia, Pa., July 7-11 but whether the conference will take place is still up in the air due to coronavirus, according to The Franklin County Timeshere.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates After several weeks back on top of the British top 20 country compilations albums chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe drops three down to No. 4 this week, it was revealed Friday, while Essential Dolly Parton loses four to No. 18 on the same chart, Gold: The Hits Collection – Dolly Parton holds steady at No. 19 while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls nine to No. 17 and 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) dips two to No. 7. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) inches up one to No. 4 its 452nd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Dolly Recognizes Guard, Reads 'Violet The Pilot' Dolly has been busy again this week taping messages. She thanked the Tennessee National Guard and Tennessee Air National Guard for their work in post-tornado Nashville's recovery and the COVID-19 pandemic in a video shared to Facebook on Sunday here. And, of course, her "Goodnight With Dolly" segment Thursday night was Violet The Pilot, watchable on YouTube here or in the media player below.
May 12: Dolly's Little Chicken House Re-Opens Friday With the re-opening of several restaurants in Tennessee and this week's re-opening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visitors, The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café announced on Facebook Monday it will be the first of Dolly's properties to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant, which her World Choice Investments (parent company of Dolly's Stampede and Pirates Voyage dinner theatres) purchased along with Hatfield & McCoy's and the Smoky Mountain Opry from Fee Hedrick Entertainment at the beginning of 2019, becomes the first of her attractions to re-open to the public. It will serve breakfast and lunch starting Friday, according to the announcement. Her other attractions, including Dollywood, remain closed indefinitely but industry observers expect that the other dinner theatres will open soon. Similarly, Disney announced its Orlando retail and restaurant complex Disney Springs will be the first of its properties to re-open on May 20.
May 11: Dolly Celebrates ETSU Graduation, Mother's Day
Dolly over the weekend released two celebratory videos. The first was to East Tennessee State University's graduating class for their virtual commencement ceremony, which is viewable from Facebook here and in the media player below. The second video on Sunday was in honor of Mother's Day and featured a performance of her 2016 recording "Mama," which appeared as a bonus track on the Wal-Mart version on her album Pure & Simple. The video is viewable here or in the media player above.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe sits atop the British top 20 country compilation albums tally, retaining its No. 1 position this week, it was revealed Friday, while Essential Dolly Parton falls eight to No. 14 on the same chart, Gold: The Hits Collection – Dolly Parton and re-enters the top 20 at No. 19 while Dolly's Greatest Hits falls off the top 20, down from No. 20, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips three to No. 8 and 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 three to No. 5. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 5 its 451st chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
May 7: 'Dolly Parton's America' Nominated For Peabody The podcast Dolly Parton's America was nominated Wednesday for the prestigious Peabody Award for "the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019." Half of the nominees will be named recipients of the award at a yet-to-be-determined date, since coronavirus has cancelled the traditional awards ceremony. The nominees for Podcast/Radio are "70 Million" (Lantigua Williams & Co.), "Dolly Parton's America" (WNYC), "Finding Fred" (iHeart Media), "Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal" (C130 Originals), "Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul" (WXPN), "Have You Heard George's Podcast?" (BBC Sounds), "Headlong: Running From 'Cops'" (Stitcher), "In The Dark: The Path Home" (APM Reports), "Silencing Science" (Public radio, Reveal), "Stonewall OutLoud" (NPR), "The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow" (Pineapple Street Studios), and "The Refuge" (Montana Public Radio).
Dolly To Perform On May 18 Fundraiser Dolly was announced Wednesday as one of the lead performers for a streaming live fundraising concert to benefit Covenant House a week from Monday. "A Night Of Covenant House Stars" streams for free on Broadway on Demand at 8 p.m. May 18. Tony winner Audra McDonald and 60 Minutes correspondent John Dickerson will host. Headlining performers and speakers include Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Jon Bon Jovi, Dolly, Dionne Warwick, Stephen Colbert, Stephanie J. Block and Tony Shalhoub. The show will be produced by Jeff Calhoun, who started as a singing football player in Dolly's film adaptation of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and took over as director for Dolly's national U.S. and U.K. tours and West End production of 9 To 5: The Musical. It will also stream on iHeartRadio Broadway, Facebook, Twitch, YouTube and Stars In The House. Additional performances and appearances are expected from Rachel Brosnahan, Martin Short, Charlie Day, Chris O'Dowd, Zachary Levi, Zachary Quinto, Robin Thicke, Deborah Cox, Quentin Earl Darrington, Ariana DeBose, Darius de Haas, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Eden Espinosa, Jordan Fisher, Stephanie Hsu, Randy Jackson, Capathia Jenkins, Jeremy Jordan, Ramona Keller, Alex Newell, Karen Olivo, Dawn O'Porter, Laura Osnes, Benj Pasek, Jodi Picoult, Shereen Pimentel, Andrew Rannells, Keala Settle, Jake David Smith, Will Swenson, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ana Villafane, Frank Wildhorn, and the Broadway Inspirational Voices choir. Proceeds will benefit Covenant House's work across 31 cities in six countries to provide housing, food, and healthcare to children and youth facing homelessness.
'There Was Jesus' Back On Charts Increased attention last week from release of its music video two weeks ago is reflected in the May 9 Billboard charts released Tuesday, as Dolly's duet with Zach Williams, "There Was Jesus", re-enters the Christian digital single sales chart at No. 5 and debuts on the Christian airplay chart at No. 33. Ultimate Dolly Parton falls off the 50-position country albums chart, down from No. 48, and her collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz falls off the hot dance/electronic songs chart, down from No. 20.
Watch Dolly Read On Thursday Night Dolly's sixth installment of her "Goodnight With Dolly" series premieres Thursday night with The Last Stop On Market Street at 7 p.m. Eastern. Watch here or in the media player below.
RuPaul's Drag Race on Friday night shared to social media the footage from their celebrity show which featured Dolly. On Twitter here or in the media player above, you may watch Dolly's message to the contestants. Then on Facebook here or in the media player below, you may watch their Twerkin' 5 To 9 "Rusical" where Vanessa Williams imitated Dolly while lip-synching about "9 To 5," "Burning The Midnight Oil," and lines like "I grew up poor as dirt, now I'm running Dollywood. I love all God's children, except that red headed hussy Jolene. I taught Miley how to twerk, now all the gays love me."
May 2: Dolly Shows Up On 'Rupaul's Drag Race' Dolly made an appearance Friday night on RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race, showing up via video to wish contestants good luck and to give a play on Ru's famous catch-phrase by saying "Don't muck it up!" Then contestant Vanessa Williams, who won the episode, played Dolly in a "Rusical" parody of 9 To 5 called Twerkin' 5 to 9 with each contestant playing the actresses who appeared in the movie and singing lines about their respective careers.
Tenn. Sports Hall Of Fame Honors Dolly The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame this week revealed Dolly has been named its 2020 Tennessean of the Year for her significant contributions to society, strong character and high-profile leadership. Previous recipients include Vice President Al Gore, Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist, the 101st Airborne Division and Opry owners Gaylord Entertainment. In a press release, Dolly said: "This will come as a shock to most of you, but I'm not very athletic. Ha ha. I just couldn't find tennis shoes, cleats, or blades with five-inch heels, so I gave up and settled for music. Seriously, I have always been a proud Tennessee girl and have supported all our athletics through the years; so, of course, I'm thrilled to be honored by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame." The Hall of Fame said she was being honored for her historic mark on the music industry and her philanthropic work in Tennessee and worldwide. The award will be presented at a gala in Nashville Aug. 1. The release did not state whether Dolly is expected to be in attendance. Tickets, $250 each, are available at 615-418-9595.
U.K. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe sits atop the British top 20 country compilation albums tally, retaining its No. 1 position this week, it was revealed Friday, while Essential Dolly Parton dips two to No. 6 on the same chart, Gold: The Hits Collection – Dolly Parton and Ultimate Dolly Parton both fall off the top 20, down from No 6 and No. 9, respectively, while Dolly's Greatest Hits debuts at No. 20, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony gains two to No. 5 and 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) rises one to No. 2.
'Very Best' Coming Out On Vinyl In June Sony's Legacy imprint has announced they will on June 26 issue in the U.S. a two-disc vinyl version of the 2007 British compilation (also later released in Australia) Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1, which became her first platinum album in the U.K. and a few years later her first platinum album in Australia. The 20-song track list will be the same as the CD, which focuses mostly on her RCA years but also includes two tracks from Monument Records, one from Warner Brothers, and three from her time at Columbia/CBS. Reserve your copy here.
Linda Perry Interview Available Again Online Linda Perry's We Are Hear video podcast show has finally posted her livestreaming interviews with Steve Summers and Dolly from earlier in the week for watching at any time. Check the footage out here or in the media player below.
April 30: Dollywood Extends Passes To June 1, 2021 Dollywood on Wednesday followed sister park Silver Dollar City's lead from Tuesday and announced that 2020 season passes will automatically be extended to June 1, 2021, and renewing passholders will be able to purchase discounted passes next year to extend their use through the end of the 2021 season. An anticipated opening date, however, has yet to be set, the announcement noted.
Dolly's Coronavirus Donation Noted The official tracker of potential Coronavirus vaccines has added Dolly's name thanks to her funding of research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The list here includes a preclinical project from AstraZeneca and Vanderbilt which is described as: "Global drug maker AstraZeneca signed a deal with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to develop antibodies identified at the school's lab. Vanderbilt has been screening the blood of Covid-19 survivors, isolating antibody-producing white blood cells, and using them to clone potential treatments. Under the agreement, Vanderbilt is providing those antibodies to AstraZeneca, which will choose the best candidates for clinical development. Vanderbilt's work has been funded by the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and Dolly Parton."
Circle To Stream Dolly Opry Backstage The new country music broadcast television network Circle will provide a special livestreamed night of programming online here Saturday night that opens with Scotty McCreery on Circle Sessions at 7:30 p.m., followed by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood on The Grand Ole Opry at 8 p.m. and Dolly on Backstage at the Opry: Dolly Week at 9 p.m.
Tillis Album Contains Tribute To Dolly Pam Tillis last week released her new CD, Looking For A Feeling, which features the Dolly tribute song "Dolly 1969." Get your copy here!
Watch 'Goodnight With Dolly' Thursday Evening Don't forget tune in at 7 p.m. Eastern Thursday to see Dolly read There's A Hole In The Log In The Bottom Of The Lake by Loren Long for her "Goodnight With Dolly" series on YouTube here or in the media player below.
April 29: Christmas Album Coming, Perry Interviews Dolly
Dolly's much-anticipated Christmas album, delayed since the 2017 holiday season, will be released this year, her Creative Director Steve Summers disclosed in an interview Tuesday with Linda Perry. He noted his team was working on preparations for album cover shoots for the project and that it would be coming out in 2020. The album had originally been planned, with a corresponding holiday tour, for 2017 release but was pushed back for the release of I Believe In You as an Imagination Library fundraiser and again in 2018 for the release of the Perry-produced Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Nothing was mentioned about any possible tour this time, as all current music tours have been cancelled and many industry observers have expressed concerns that live concerts may not be able to return until 2021. Summers' interview, which focused largely on how he designs Dolly's wardrobe throughout the year, preceded Perry's interview with Dolly herself, where they talked about her spirituality, her songs (including the backstory for "Gypsy, Joe, And Me"), when Paul McCartney became starstruck around her, and when she discovered herself. The video podcast, which streamed as a fundraiser for the Grammy's MusiCares charity to assist with COVID-19 relief, was not available for viewing afterward as of press time, but Perry's We Are Hear channel on YouTube did have a separate 10-minute discussion that had been previously filmed at Sheryl Crow's house that featured her, Dolly, and Grimes being interviewed by Perry, which premiered after Dolly's Tuesday interview and is viewable here or in the media player above.
'Goodnight With Dolly' Reminder Don't forget to watch Dolly read There's A Hole In The Log In The Bottom Of The Lake by Loren Long Thursday night in her "Goodnight With Dolly" series on YouTube here.
'Dolly Parton's America' Wins Award, Is Nominated For Another The excellent podcast Dolly Parton's America on Tuesday won a gold medal from the New York Festivals Radio Awards and was nominated the same day by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences for a Webby Award for Best Mini-Series (Podcast), winners of which will be announced May 19.
U.S. Chart Updates "Islands In The Stream" by Dolly and Kenny Rogers falls back off the 25-position country digital song sales chart this week, down from No. 25, the May 2 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. But downloads of the track continue to keep Ultimate Dolly Parton on the 50-position country albums chart, where it loses seven spots to No. 48. Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz inches up one place to No. 20 this week on the hot dance/electronic songs chart.
Latest On Dollywood's COVID-19 Closure Dollywood is still in the dark as to when Dolly's theme park could re-open. The Tennessee Governor on Tuesday extended his closure order that includes amusement facilities such as theme parks, which was set to expire, through May 31, meaning the earliest the park could open is June 1, but closer to that date the governor is expected to re-examine the situation and decide whether or not to extend the closure again. And even once given clearance from the state to open for the season, the park is expected to consult with its health partners at Humana and review CDC recommendations before deciding when to open, so it could be later than the state ends up allowing. Although the park has yet to address season pass concessions due to the closure, sister park Silver Dollar City, which likewise has no information yet on an opening date for the current season, on Tuesday announced it will extend all 2020 season passes to June 1, 2021, following competitor Hershey Park's lead. (Other major competitors, Cedar Fair, which owns King's Island, Carowinds, and Cedar Point, among others, and Knotts are providing free 2021 passes for 2020 passholders.)
South African Choir Tackles 'Jolene' Check out this cover of "Jolene" by the Ndlovu Youth Choir from South Africa making its rounds on Facebook. Listen here or in the media player below.
April 27: Linda Perry To Interview Dolly Tuesday Dolly announced on Facebook over the weekend she'll be a guest Tuesday on pal Linda Perry's live online streaming show "What's Up With Linda Perry" presented by Perry's We Are Here project to raise money for the MusiCares Foundation for COVID-19 relief. The program airs at 12 noon Pacific time/3 p.m. Eastern. Watch here.
'Buffy' Production Story Makes Rounds Again The story that Dolly's production company was responsible for the cult series Buffy The Vampire Slayer which makes the rounds every few years is circulating once again, surprising people who were unaware of the connection. Check out a story about it from Todayhere.
April 25: New Dolly, Zach Williams Music Video Premieres
Dolly and Zach Williams on Friday released the music video for their recent single, "There Was Jesus". Watch it here or in the media player above.
Television Station: Stampede, Other Theaters Opening May 9 Although there has been no announcement of when Dollywood will open for the season, and Dolly's dinner theatres aren't taking reservations online right now until May 23, a report this week from WBIR stated that her dinner shows in Pigeon Forge will reopen for performances May 9. Read the article here.
Vandalized Knoxville Mural Repaired Dolly's Knoxville mural that had been vandalized has been repaired and changed, with the hair and makeup changed to reflect a mid-1970s Dolly instead of mid-1990s Dolly, and it has been coated with anti-graffiti paint. Learn more from The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
Fonda Does Dolly On TikTok Jane Fonda took to TikTok this week with her quarantine routine set to Dolly's "9 To 5." Watch it here.
Vinyl Compilation Coming To Wal-Mart Facebook fan site Rare Dolly reports that an exclusive violet vinyl LP of the 2011 Sony Legacy compilation CD 16 Biggest Hits will be available from Wal-Mart in July.
U.K. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe sits atop the British top 20 country compilation albums tally, retaining its No. 1 position this week, it was revealed Friday, while Essential Dolly Parton slips one to No. 4 on the same chart, Gold: The Hits Collection – Dolly Parton inches down one to No. 13, Ultimate Dolly Parton moves up four to No. 9, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony gains 12 to No. 7 and 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) moves up three to No. 3.
'Goodnight With Dolly' Series Continues Dolly on Thursday read the fourth installment in her "Goodnight With Dolly" webseries for her Imagination Library, reading Max And The Tag Along Moon. Watch it here or the media player below.
April 22: Dollywood May, Or May Not, Open June 1 When will Dollywood open to the public during the COVID-19 crisis? While Tennessee's governor has announced he will not be extending his "safer at home" order beyond April 30, allowing businesses to resume normal operations starting May 1, no announcement has been made yet of when the park plans to open to welcome visitors for its 2020 season. The Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced a possible date in the comments section of a live video about most dinner theatres and attractions in the city re-opening May 9, answering a viewer's question with: "We are awaiting official word from Dollywood and Splash Country but the tentative date that we have is June 1." That led WBIR to contact the park and be told that the park is talking about it and making plans but isn't ready yet to announce an opening date, which will be dependent on guidelines from the state on safely re-opening. They added that the park plans to reveal the opening date to season passholders first and then to the general public.
'Islands' Back On The Charts With another batch of sales increases following memorials to the death of Kenny Rogers, his massive duet with Dolly on "Islands In The Stream" re-enters the 25-position country digital song sales chart this week at No. 25, the April 25 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The sales also returned Ultimate Dolly Parton back onto the 50-position country albums chart at No. 41. Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz slips one place to No. 21 this week on the hot dance/electronic songs chart.
April 20: Dolly Reads Story, Furloughs Remaining Park Staff
Dolly on Thursday night released the third installment of her quarantine storybook series for Imagination Library: "Goodnight With Dolly." This episode featured the book Llama Llama Red Pajama. Watch it here or in the media player above. In related news, Dolly last week released a message of encouragement during the coronavirus crisis to Tennessee's health care workers here, and WVLT reported here that Dollywood on Monday will furlough all remaining employees for the indefinite closure of the park until it is safe to open due to COVID-19.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Across the pond, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe re-enters the British top 20 country compilation albums tally at No. 1, while Essential Dolly Parton rises 13 to No. 3 on the same U.K. top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, it was revealed Friday, as Gold: The Hits Collection – Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 12, Ultimate Dolly Parton gains seven to No. 13 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony re-enters the top 20 at No. 19 and 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) re-enters the top 20 at No. 6. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) inches down one to No. 5 its 448th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
April 15: Dollywood Goes Into 'Hibernation' Like a black bear in the Smokies, Dollywood is in "hibernation mode," the park told television station WATE here Tuesday. Uncertain as to when it will reopen due to the coronavirus pandemic, the parks and resort are retaining a skeleton staff at 50 percent salary and have furloughed all other employees until further notice with 100 percent premiums being paid on their health care insurance while out of work "for the next few months." In a statement the park noted: "We know this situation presents employees and their families with immense hardship. Every person that works at Dollywood's Parks or Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa is essential and this decision was not made lightly." The park will continue to monitor the situation and consult with medical experts and follow public health recommendations to open this season as soon as possible, the story added the release said. All competing parks are also closed indefinitely and some are starting to announce special compensation for season passholders. Hershey Park on Tuesday revealed it hopes to open in early June and will extend 2020 season passes to June 30, 2021 (that park is usually only open weekends in April and May and then daily from Memorial Day forward). Cedar Fair, which owns Cedar Point, Kings Island, Kings Dominion, and Carowinds, among other parks, revealed Tuesday it will provide free 2021 season passes to all 2020 season passholders in addition to honoring their passes for whatever time in 2020 their parks eventually get to open. Dollywood has been responding to passholders that they anticipate announcing special benefits soon and have hinted that they may open extra days during the 2020 season for passholders. It is worth noting that the formerly "closed" dates of Tuesdays and Thursdays in August and September and Mondays and Tuesdays in November and December are now listed on the park's schedule as "TBD," suggesting they may open at least some of those dates to make up for lost time this season.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz loses two spots to No. 20 this week on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the April 18 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers falls off the country digital song sales chart, down from No. 20, and Ultimate Dolly Parton falls off the country albums chart, down from No. 43.
Dolly Re-Premieres 'I'm Gone' Video Dolly promoted last week's digital re-issue of her Sugar Hill recordings with a brief interview Tuesday in Paper magazine and an online streaming premiere of her previously-broadcasted 2003 music video "I'm Gone." Check them out here.
April 13: Dolly Celebrates Easter From Home, Sings 'He's Alive'
Dolly gave fans an Easter egg on Sunday with a social media greeting accompanied by an acoustic take on "He's Alive." Watch it here or in the media player above.
A&E Special Repeats Monday If you missed Sunday's U.S. premiere of the BBC documentary Dolly: Here I Am, which aired on A&E under the title Biography: Dolly, you can catch it again at 7 p.m, Monday before the network airs Kenny Rogers' farewell concert (featuring Dolly) under the title Biography: Kenny Rogers at 9 p.m. Dolly's show then repeats at 3 a.m. Tuesday.
April 10: Sugar Hill Dolly Albums Released For Download Out of print and unavailable for digital purchase for almost 15 years, Dolly Records regained control of Dolly's Sugar Hill/Welk Music recordings and on Friday re-issued them for digital download. 2001's Little Sparrow, 2002's Halos & Horns, 2003's For God & Country, 2004's Live & Well and 2005's Those Were The Days are now available. (1999's The Grass Is Blue was recorded under a different rights contract and has remained available digitally from Sugar Hill since its original release.) In addition, Dolly Records on Friday also re-issued its own 2011 release Better Day, which had been removed from streaming services several months ago.
Dolly Jokes With COVID-19 Poem Dolly took humor to the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, sharing to social media a comedic poem about the quarantines. Watch it here.
More From London '9 To 5' Show Closing With the London closure of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical, London Theatre Direct on Thursday shared a story on the show's West End run. Check it out here.
Dollywood Helps Local Charities With Dollywood still closed due to coronavirus, the park donated more than $16,000 to the local Sevier County Food Ministries and commissioned its wardrobe team and costume shop team to produce masks for East Tennessee Children's Hospital, delivering over 850 masks over the course of two days and have asked the employees to continue making masks at home using supplies on hand at the park. They also provided 200 ponchos to the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency, Pigeon Forge Fire Department and the Sevier County Ambulance Service.
'Goodnight With Dolly' Airs, Contest Announced The second Goodnight With Dolly storytime aired on YouTube here or in the media player below Thursday night with her own Coat Of Many Colors. Her Imagination Library charity on Thursday also announced a contest where fans may post a photo of their family watching the storytime with the hashtag #goodnightwithdolly on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or Twitter to be entered for one free autographed copy of that week's book. The contest will repeat each week, so they also announced the order of the remaining books in the series: Llama Llama Red Pajama, Max and the Tag Along Moon, There's a Hole in the Log, Last Stop on Market Street, Violet the Pilot, I Am A Rainbow, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon and Pass It On.
April 9: Dolly Helps CMT Remember Kenny In Tribute
Dolly was among the stars paying tribute to the late Kenny Rogers on CMT Wednesday night from their own homes and studios. She accompanied herself on guitar to sing the 1977 Rogers-written hit "Sweet Music Man," which she had covered that year on her album Here You Come Again. Watch her performance here or in the media player above.
Coronavirus Updates For Statue, Musical, Storytime Someone has a sense of humor about the coronavirus pandemic and added a protection mask to Dolly's statue on the Sevier County Courthouse Square, WATE reported here. Unfortunately, the disease has ended the run for Dolly's West End production of her 9 To 5: The Musical in London, it was revealed this week as the order to close theatres there was extended to May 31. Shows had been closed through April 26, which would have allowed for a few more final performances before the extension of the show was scheduled to close. The show's official Facebook page on Wednesday thanked the city for supporting its 14-month run, noting it had been extended from an originally-planned six-month run, and that the cast hopes to soon launch another national tour once the theatre closures lift. In other news, Dolly's Imagination Library has announced that her "Goodnight With Dolly" story Thursday night will be her very own Coat Of Many Colors. A Facebook event page is available here.
More Rogers Sales Influences On U.S. Charts The post-death sales influx for Kenny Rogers benefitted his duet with Dolly on "Islands In The Stream" for a second week, the April 11 Billboard charts showed. The song falls 18 places to No. 20 country digital song sales but falls off the overall digital songs chart, down from No. 2, and Hot Country Songs chart, down from No. 20, where it marked Dolly's 74th top 20 single, 108th credited chart single on that tally and extended her record for the most decades with top 20 country singles, extending her record from six decades to seven. Their most recent duet, "You Can't Make Old Friends," falls off the overall digital song sales, down from No. 28, and country digital song sales, down from No. 12. On the Country Albums Chart, Ultimate Dolly Parton drops 29 places to No. 43 thanks to the downloads of "Islands In The Stream" counting toward album-sales-equivalents of the album (since the song does not appear on any of Kenny's current greatest hits collections due to rights issues, so it only appears on Dolly's compilations). Elsewhere on the charts, Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz loses five to No. 18 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart.
Dolly Has Message For Dollywood Customers Dolly took to Facebook on Wednesday to reach out to Dollywood's customers to encourage them to keep the faith. Check out her message here or in the video player below.
April 6: Watch Dolly All Over TV This Week
The coming several days are huge for Dolly fans to watch television while following stay-at-home advice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As was reported here last week, things start Monday with AXS's tribute to the late Kenny Rogers by airing the 1989 special Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong at 8 p.m. followed by the 1985 HBO special Kenny & Dolly: Real Love at 9 p.m. The two shows repeat throughout the week (check TV listings at the left hand column of this page for details). Wednesday night CMT gets in on the action with living room interviews and at-home performances from numerous stars, including Dolly, memorializing him in CMT Giants Kenny Rogers, which will also repeat a few times throughout the week. All three of those programs are being aired as benefits for the MusiCares COVID 19 Artist Relief Fund. On Thursday night, Dolly returns to YouTube for the second installment of her "Goodnight With Dolly" bedtime story series highlighting Imagination Library books, a project that was highlighted Sunday night on NBC Nightly News as the week's "There's Good News Tonight" segment, which you may watch here or in the media player above. Then, as was also previously revealed here, A&E brings its Dolly marathon to the television Sunday with Blue Valley Songbird at 1 p.m., Joyful Noise at 3 p.m., Dolly: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry at 6 p.m. and the premiere of Biography: Dolly at 8 p.m. (which repeats several times over coming days and is the American showing of December's Dolly Parton: Here I Am BBC documentary), followed the next day by the premiere of Kenny's farewell concert from 2017 as part of the premiere of A&E's new Biography: Kenny Rogers, which had been scheduled prior to his passing. (And thanks to Tracey for alerting me that BBC2 viewers will be able to catch Dolly: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry at 9 p.m. Monday, April 13.)
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