Fifty-two years ago Monday, Dolly's third solo album, In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad), debuts on the country album charts; it would reach No. 15. Thirty-four years ago Tuesday, Trio hits the stores. Thirty years ago Tuesday, “Rockin' Years” with Ricky Van Shelton, Dolly's 24th No. 1 single, debuts on the country charts; it would be nominated for a Grammy and win the TNN/Music City News Award for Video of the Year. Forty-eight years ago Wednesday, “We Found It” with Porter debuts on the country singles charts; it peaks at No. 30. That same day, album of the same name debuts on the country charts; it reaches No. 20. Fifrteen years ago Thursday, “When I Get Where I'm Going,” a duet with Brad Paisley, becomes Dolly's 25th country No. 1; the song would later become her first tune to be certified as a gold and platinum single for paid digital downloads. Thirty-three years ago Friday, “I Know You By Heart,“ a duet with Smoky Robinson, debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it peaks at No. 22. Forty years ago Saturday, the album 9 to 5 And Odd Jobs is certified gold, Dolly's fifth, for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Fourteen years ago Saturday, Dolly's first major European tour in three decades kicks off in Denmark; she plays 21 sold out concerts (many of which sold out in minutes) at major venues in 17 cities across Scandinavia and the British Isles. Forty-three years ago Sunday, Dolly records “Heartbreaker” and “I Really Got The Feeling” for Heartbreaker; released as singles five and eight months later, respectively, the former stays at No. 1 on the country charts for three weeks (No. 37 pop, No. 12 adult contemporary) and the latter hits No. 1 country for a week. Forty years ago Sunday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its fourth of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's fourth time there and her longest stay atop the chart); it also reaches No. 11. That same day, the single “9 To 5” returns to the No.1 position on the pop chart for a second week and retains the No. 1 spot on the adult contemporary chart for a second week.
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Early March, PBS, (check local listings for dates and times), Dolly Parton & Friends: 50 Years At The Opry
March 4, midnight, Freeform, The Simpsons
March 4, 7:30 a.m., Hallmark, Reba
March 8, 11 a.m., TBS, Joyful Noise
March 8, 5 p.m., Reelz, Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again!
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Sept. 25-26, Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy, Oxford, Miss.
Dolly on Tuesday visited Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville and received her Covid vaccine on camera to encourage others to get theirs. The footage went viral immediately, given that she had a year ago donated $1 million to Vanderbilt, part of which funded initial research at the institution which eventually become the Moderna vaccine, which is the one she received. The vaccine was administered by Dr. Naji Abumrad, her longtime friend who is a physician and researcher at the hospital and whose son made the award-winning Dolly Parton's America podcast. In introducing the video, viewable here or in the media player above, Dolly offered: “I'm old enough to get it and I'm smart enough to get it.” Later, she joked: “I want to say to all of you cowards out there, don't be such a chicken squat, get out there and get your shot!” She also sang alternate lyrics to her classic “Jolene” as:
Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine.
I'm begging of you please don't hesitate.
Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine.
Cause once you're dead then that's a bit too late. The Covid virus has killed more than 2.5 million people worldwide in just over one year, nearly 530,000 in 11 months in the U.S., the No. 3 cause of death and more than any other cause other than heart disease and cancer in the past year.
U.S. Chart Updates The March 6 Billboard: charts released Tuesday see Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration, drop nine places to No. 50 album sales, 12 to No. 34 current albums, and off the Americana/folk albums, down from No. 21. Ultimate Dolly Parton holds steady at No. 47 country albums, while Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" gains 10 to No. 20 Christian streaming songs and six to No. 6 Christian digital song sales thanks to the release of the new piano remix of the song.
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March 1: Dolly 'Little Golden Book' Coming In September Legendary children's book publisher Little Golden has announced a tome coming out Sept. 21 dedicated to Dolly herself. My Little Golden Book About Dolly Parton joins a series of biographies about famous individuals including Kamala Harris, Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington and Ruth Bader Ginsberg aimed at children ages 2-5. The 24-page children's book traces Dolly's life from her upbringing to her career as a country and pop star as well as businesswoman with her own theme park. It was written by Deborah Hopkinson with large illustrations by Monique Dong covering most of each page. (Disclosure: Your webmaster helped edit and fact check the book and is credited as such on the title page.) There is no word whether the book will be considered for Dolly's Imagination Library early literacy program, now that Little Golden publisher Random House recently merged with Penguin Publishing, which produces all of the program's books. Reserve your copy here!
PBS Offers Special DVD Of Dolly 'Opry' Special PBS has announced an exclusive U.S. version of the DVD for Dolly Parton & Friends: 50 Years At The Opry, her 2019 television special observing her anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. The concert is airing on many PBS stations this week as one of this year's lead pledge week programs, and a special DVD has been produced with unaired bonus footage and is available as a premium for PBS donors. Check your local PBS station for air dates and times, and check its donation section of its website for how to make a pledge and receive the DVD as a thank you gift. (Your webmaster's local PBS station was asking for a $98 donation to receive the DVD.) At present, the only DVD of the program is produced in Australia and does not play on most U.S. DVD players.
Tennessean: ACMs Snubbed Dolly For Entertainer Of The Year Academy of Country Music (ACM) nominations came out last week, and The Tennessean considered Dolly's absence from the Entertainer of the Year category to be the year's biggest snub, given her No. 1 country chart album with her holiday collection, a Christmas movie on Netflix, a prime-time network music special, and numerous online streaming appearances during a time when the pandemic shut down promotional activities and appearances for almost all other performers in the genre, plus her humanitarian efforts including helping fund a Covid vaccine. Read more from Yahoo here.
Dolly Recording Up For Tenn. State Song Even though Dolly has asked the Tennessee Legislature to cease consideration of erecting a statue of her on the state Capitol grounds, there is still a bill regarding her making its way through the legislative process: a proposal to add her recording of "Amazing Grace" from her 1999 Dollywood-exclusive CD Precious Memories as one of the official state songs, according to The Tennessee Ledgerhere.
Former Dolly Home On Market In California One of Dolly's former West Hollywood homes has hit the market. The Realtor listing the dwelling posted a video of it to Facebook here and photos here. The asking price is $3.795 million. The Realtor said on Facebook that Dolly lived in the home for a couple of months out of the year for three years but wouldn't disclose whether she currently owns the property. Property records show it appears to have been sold most recently for just over $1 million in 2012 The listing states it was completely rebuilt in 2014.
Dolly Has New AirBnB Commercial AirBnB last week released a new commercial about pet-friendly accommodations featuring Dolly's 1974 original recording of "I Will Always Love You." Watch here.
'9 To 5' Announces U.K. Tour Back On Producers for Dolly's West End version of 9 To 5: The Musical announced over the weekend that their national UK tour is back on and will kick off this summer after being cancelled last year due to Covid. Learn more here.
New Dolly Mural In Orange County Gay bar Strut Bar and Club in Orange County, Calif., has painted a huge Dolly mural outside in appreciation for her Covid-19 vaccine donation and in honor of all frontline workers during the pandemic. Check out a story about it from Q Voice Newshere.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Gets Amazon Discounts Now that the holidays have come and gone, Dolly's most recent CD, A Holly Dolly Christmas, has headed to discount, especially for its less-popular special formats released last year. So if you wanted to pick one up, now is the time to do it. The $17 CD is down to $8 on Amazon here, while the $27 Amazon-exclusive cassette with a bonus track is down to $16 here and the $55 Amazon-exclusive 8-track with a different bonus track is only $25 here.
Dollywood Preps For Opening In Two Weeks Dollywood is readying for its opening with season passholder preview day March 12 and its general public gate opening March 13. The Lightning Rod roller coaster is expected to re-open featuring a hybrid track structure that includes both a wood stack "Topper Track" and a steel "Ibox" track installed by the ride's manufacturer. This year will not feature a Festival of Nations, presumably due to the coronavirus crippling international travel for performers, so the first full festival of the park's 36th season will be the Flower and Food Festival April 23 to June 7, which features a Melodies of Spring concert series of contemporary Christian and Southern Gospel artists such as Matthew West, Big Daddy Weave, I AM THEY, Rebecca St. Jaimes and more. The new Dolly kinfolk show Harmonies of the Heart premieres in March, as does A Brighter Day, an inspirational show at the Back Porch Theater. Popular street singers the Gem Tones will become The Tones and perform in The Village. The Summer Celebration will then take place June 25 to July 31, Harvest Festival Sept. 24 to Oct. 30 featuring the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and Smoky Mountain Christmas returns Nov. 6 to Jan. 2. No official announcements have been made regarding Dolly's appearances at the park this year, if any (she did not make any of her usual appearances last year due to the pandemic), but I would doubt she plans any in-person appearances until after the pandemic restrictions have been lessened, which likely won't be until fall.
Chart Updates Former No. 1 Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), which features his Dolly duet on "Words," plummets 57 places to No. 88 British pop albums in its seventh week, it was revealed Friday, even though it only slips one to No. 8 overall sales and remains steady at No. 7 physical sales, given the tremendous influence online streaming, where the album is weak, has on chart position today. The collection also holds steady at No. 2 U.K. Americana albums and loses 33 to No. 97 downloads. Down Under, the collection drops seven spots to No. 16 on the Australian pop albums chart. Back in the U.K., Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 3 British country compilation albums, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe also remains steady at No. 10, 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 three to No. 11, The Essential Dolly Parton inches down one to No. 14, and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 17. In the U.S., the Feb. 27 Billboard: charts last week saw Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) fall back out of the top 200 pop albums chart, down from No. 195, while it lost 31 to No. 41 album sales, 13 to No. 22 current albums, 16 to No. 21 Americana/folk albums and off the 50-position country albums chart, down from No. 21. Ultimate Dolly Parton held steady at No. 47 country albums, and Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" held steady at No. 20 Christian streaming songs and dipped three to No. 12 Christian digital song sales.
Feb. 23: Taylor Swift Ties 'I Will Always Love You' Record Billboard announced here Monday that when the Feb. 27 charts are released on Tuesday, Taylor Swift's re-recorded "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" will debut at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, making her just the second artist after Dolly to top the chart with a cover of their own previous No. 1 hit. The original of Swift's song topped the chart in 2008 but she is re-recording and re-releasing her first several albums after the owner of the masters refused to sell them to her. Dolly first achieved this feat when her adieu to Porter Wagoner, "I Will Always Love You," topped the country chart in 1974 and a new version recorded for the soundtrack of the film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas hit No. 1 in 1982. (She made it to No. 15 with a third recording as a duet with Vince Gill in 1995.)
Ole Miss Charity Event Pushed To September Dolly's acceptance of the Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy has been rescheduled for a second time due to Covid not yet being under enough control, it has been announced. She was first scheduled to accept the honor in April 2020, which was then delayed to April 2021, and now has been delayed to September. She will participate in a free but ticketed storytime event at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 25 and then the Legacy Award dinner on Sept. 26.
PBS 'Opry' Anniversary Show Reminder Don't forget that many PBS stations will launch their spring pledge week this weekend and broadcast a special repeat of Dolly Parton & Friends: 50 Years At The Opry as part of the biannual event. Catch their promo for the show in the media player below or by visiting YouTube here and check local listings for broadcast times. For example, Mountain Lake PBS (which posted the preview clip) will air it at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans will show it at 7 p.m. next Monday, Cincinnati at 8 p.m. Saturday (with a repeat at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3) and Dayton at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, on its Think 14 channel and 9 p.m. Friday, March 5, on Think 16.
Feb. 20: New Piano Version Of 'There Was Jesus' Released
Dolly and Zach Williams on Friday released a new remix of their contemporary Christian chart-topper "There Was Jesus" backed only by a piano instead of the original instrumentation, which allows the vocals to be emphasized much more than before. Take a listen from YouTube here or in the media player above, and download the new version from Amazon here.
Dolly Declines Statue But Legislator Hasn't Given Up Dolly this week asked the Tennessee Legislature to not proceed with passing a bill to erect a statue in her honor on the State Capitol grounds, but the legislator who proposed it told The Tennesseanhere that he will not withdraw the bill and will instead encourage Dolly's fans to change her mind on allowing the honor. Dolly's complete statement, available on Facebook here and her other social media accounts, is: "I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds. I am honored and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration. Given all that is going on in the world, I don't think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time. I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I'm gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I'm certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean. In the meantime, I'll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud." Rep. John Windle replied: "I believe it's totally appropriate. I certainly respect her wishes but I'm gonna give her fans a chance to change her mind. Because she's wrong. She does deserve this."
Irish 'Late Late Show' Appearance Recap Dolly and Barry Gibb appeared via video on Friday's The Late Late Show in Ireland on RTE One to discuss their recent collaboration and other topics. Check out a recap from The Sunhere.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Former No. 1 Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), which features his Dolly duet on "Words," dips two places to No. 31 British pop albums in its sixth week, it was revealed Friday, although it gains two to No. 7 sales and No. 7 physical sales, increases one to No. 2 Americana and falls 39 to No. 64 downloads. Down Under, the collection remains at No. 9 on the Australian pop albums chart. Back in the U.K., Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 falls off the pop albums list, down from No. 82, overall sales list, down from No. 96, and physical sales chart, down from No. 98. On the British country compilation chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 3, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe dips one to No. 10, 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 four to No. 14, The Essential Dolly Parton dips two to No. 13, and Ultimate Dolly Parton falls back off the top 20, down from No. 16. In the U.S., the Feb. 20 Billboard: charts released Tuesday saw Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) re-enter the top 200 pop albums chart at No. 195, gain six to No. 10 album sales, rise one to No. 9 current albums, No. 5 Americana/folk albums and up five to No. 21 country albums. Ultimate Dolly Parton dips one to No. 47 country albums, and . Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" falls seven to No. 20 Christian streaming songs and two to No. 9 Christian digital song sales.
Feb. 13: No, Dolly Didn't Confirm 'Grace And Frankie' Appearance
Dolly and Barry Gibb appeared via Zoom on ITV's Lorraine morning program in Britain Thursday to promote their recent duet, and the topic of conversation shifted to Netflix's Grace and Frankie. Dolly said she's been trying to make an appearance on the Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin comedy for years and now that it is about to shoot its final season she will try to film a guest spot when it is safe to film shows again. Several media outlets took this quote and misreported it as her confirmation she will definitely appear on the program, but in reality both her comment and Tomlin's recent one that they hope to get her on this season and have written a part for her that could even be shot remotely if necessary are discussing her "possible" appearance, not a confirmed appearance. The show is expected to start shooting in June, according to reports. Watch Dolly's full interview here or in the media player above.
Dolly Valentine's Cards Released Dolly this week released a Valentine's Day-themed video on her official website here as American Greetings announced special printable cards and virtual postcards for the holiday in their partnership with Dolly here.
LGBTQ Entertainment Group Nominates Dolly Dolly has been nominated for an honor by the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics (GALECA), it was announced this week via The Hollywood Reporterhere. She is up against Chadwick Boseman, Chloe Zhao, Elliot Page and Regina King for the Wilde Artist Award, named in honor of Oscar Wilde and given to "a truly groundbreaking force in entertainment." Winners will be revealed in a special to air on the queer platform Revry April 18.
'Tonight Show' To Re-Run Recent Dolly Interview NBC has announced next week's The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon will be on vacation and airing repeats, including re-running Dolly's appearance from last week on Tuesday night.
Feb. 11: Dolly And Barry Appear On 'Lorraine' Thursday Barry Gibb and Dolly will appear on Thursday morning's British talk show Lorraine on the ITV network at 9 a.m. U.K. time to talk about their collaboration on the song "Words" from his current album Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1). Meanwhile, on the Feb. 13 Billboard U.S. charts released Tuesday, the album falls off the streaming-heavy top 200 albums chart after just three weeks, down from No. 157, even though it stands at No. 10 current album sales in its fourth week, down five, and No. 16 overall album sales, down 11. It also drops off the Americana/folk albums tally, down from No. 4, but slips 12 on the country list to No. 26, where Ultimate Dolly Parton gains two to No. 46. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses seven to No. 13 Christian streaming songs and holds steady at No. 7 Christian digital sales singles.
'NME' Names Dolly Track A Top Love Song Music magazine NME this week had its critics name the 20 best love songs of all time and included Dolly's original 1974 recording of "I Will Always Love You" alongside fellow classics like The Beatles' "Yesterday" and Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and several newer songs like Adele's "Someone Like You." They noted that while Whitney Houston's cover is equally as iconic, Dolly's original has "a certain melancholy resignation." Read more here.
Dolly Statue Clears First Legislative Hurdle The legislative committee considering adding a statue of Dolly to the State Capitol grounds in Nashville unanimously approved the bill, WBIR reported here, moving the bill to the full legislature for an eventual vote before it can become law and fundraising for it may begin.
Feb. 9: Super Bowl Airs, Is Commended, Criticized Dolly's "5 To 9" Super Bowl spot aired Sunday and was talked about a lot. Some commentators included it in their lists of the night's best ads, while many included it in their lists of the night's worst ads, namely criticizing that she had taken one of music's greatest protest anthems of the working class and turned it into ad agency propaganda with spin about following one's dreams when in reality nearly all Americans who pursue "side hussles" only do so because income hasn't kept pace with inflation and consequently, workers are not paid enough in full-time jobs to get by and have to moonlight to survive. Her manager noted this criticism in an interview Monday in Billboard's "Bulletin" here saying: "It's not so much that we're encouraging working from 5 to 9, it's just there are a lot of people doing that, and we want to support them," He added that her perfume briefly plugged in the ad – but promoted heavily in each of the media stories about the ad in advance of the Super Bowl – sold 10,000 sample bottles in its first hour of availability. In related news, fans who use the Shazam app on IOS devices to identify the song (you may play the YouTube version since the game is over) may sign up for Apple Music and get five months free. The deal is available through March 31.
Dolly Does Fallon Game Dolly talked about the ad, the perfume, her collaboration with Barry Gibb and more Friday on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. She even had fun with the show's "True Confessions" game against actor Noah Centineo, which you may watch here.
tonight show game
'Odd Jobs' Celebrated For 40th Anniversary To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs, Dolly sat down with Sonos' Songteller Radio to give her recollections about various tracks on the CD. Take a listen here.
'Opry' Anniversary Adds Dolly Dolly has been added to the performer list for NBC's Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music special airing Feb. 14, the network announced last week.
Feb. 3: Super Bowl Commerical Premieres, Single Released, Perfume Teased
Dolly on Tuesday premiered her first Super Bowl commercial, for website developer Squarespace, which rewrote the lyrics to her song "9 To 5" to highlight the after-hours gig economy under the title "5 To 9." Dolly recorded the new version of the track and appears in the office-based dancing scene virtually by way of a winking head on a magazine cover. The end of the ad promotes her own new Squarespace website, dollyfragrance.com/, to promote her upcoming perfume, Dolly: Scent from Above.
The cologne, which she has said is supposed to smell like her, won't be released in full-sized bottles until July but $10 sample sizes were announced as being available for order starting Sunday night after the commercial airs, but her partners at Scent Beauty began taking orders online here on Tuesday.
The perfume is described as having top notes of mandarin, blackcurrent, crisp pear, and fresh peony blossom; heart of jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and vanilla orchid; and base of sandalwood, fir, musk, tonka bean, amber, and patchouli.
Dolly is actually quite well-known for her unique scent, which she said is a mixture of bath oils and various other perfumes, and Megan Hilty once described as "a mixture of like, baby powder, and love, and pixie dust." The sweet yet spicy scent is known to enter a room a couple of seconds before Dolly herself, and you can even smell it if you're close enough to the front of the stage at a concert.
As for the commercial, Dolly also released the re-recording as a single, available for download from Amazon here or from your favorite retailer and for streaming from YouTube here or in the media player below or from your favorite streaming service. The extended one-minute version of the commercial is available in the media player above or on YouTube here, while the 30-second version that will air on the Super Bowl is available on You Tube here.
Squarespace has dedicated a page of its main website to the promotion here with the video, links to download or stream the song, a Q&A with Dolly, and a link to her perfume website, which currently allows you to sign up for email updates.
She debuted the commercial and talked about the perfume, Presidential Medial of Freedom, her brother's passing, and more Tuesday morning on NBC's Today With Hoda and Jenna, with her appearance available for viewing here. Also, CNN re-posted its story that had mistakenly spilled the beans on the projects early a few days ago and quickly scrubbed from the Internet, now available here and leading with her decision to wait a little while to get the Covid vaccine so it didn't look like she was jumping ahead in line because she donated $1 million to help create it. (In a separate Associated Press interview here, she noted she plans to get the shot and will likely get it on camera to encourage others to do so.)
Dolly. Barry Talk 'Words,' Move On U.S. Charts City News up in Canada on Tuesday posted a great remote interview with Dolly and Barry Gibb about their collaboration on "Words," from Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), and their excitement at the album hitting No. 1 in many countries. He also reveals he has a song in mind for Dolly to sing with him on Volume 2 of the project. Watch the interview here. Meanwhile, on the U.S. charts, the album tumbles 60 more spots in its third week on the U.S. top 200 albums tally to No. 157 on the Feb. 6 Billboard charts. Again showing the importance of streaming and how older acts don't typically get many streams, the album actually gained two to No. 5 overall U.S. album sales and current album sales, holding steady at No. 4 Americana/folk albums. On the country albums chart, where streaming is also a huge factor, it slips four to No. 14, and Ultimate Dolly Parton slips three to No. 48. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" drops off Hot Christian Songs, down from No. 7, while holding steady at No. 6 Christian streaming songs and sliding one to No. 7 Christian digital sales singles.
PBS Gets Dolly's Opry 50th Anniversary Special Dolly's 50th anniversary NBC special at The Grand Ole Opry from 2019 will be broadcast again in the U.S. PBS has picked up the special here and will air it on many of its stations at the end of February and start of March. Check local listings for dates and times if it is airing in your market.
Pirates Voyage Pigeon Forge Nears Third Season Dolly's Pigeon Forge location of her Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show announced Tuesday that its third season will kick off Feb. 12. Show times and reservations are available by calling (865) 505-2469 or visiting www.piratesvoyage.com.
Feb. 2: Dolly Tells 'Today' She Turned Down Freedom Medal Today on Monday previewed Dolly's Tuesday interview with Hoda and Jenna here where she reveals in response to the semi-joke that Obama said his worst failure as president was not giving the Medal of Freedom to Dolly because he thought she had already received it and that he'd suggest President Joe Biden give it to her that she was twice offered the honor by Donald Trump but turned it down (giving the excuse the first time that her husband was too ill for her to leave him and the second time that she didn't want to travel due to coronavirus) so now if she accepts it from Biden it may appear too political.
The screen teaser also discloses a Super Bowl ad. (A now-deleted CNN story from a few days ago revealed she had re-written and re-recorded "9 To 5" for website builder Squarespace as "5 to 9," about how so many people have side gigs outside of their normal workdays. Squarespace will also host the site for her new perfume line, and what appears to be a perfume bottle also appears in the shot.)
Dolly is notorious for keeping out of partisan politics and has worked with both Democratic and Republican leaders. She received several honors from the administration of George W. Bush, a Republican and Jenna Bush's father, including the National Medal of Arts in 2005, although she was touring at the time of the award ceremony so she was unable to attend, although she accepted the Kennedy Center Honor from Bush at the White House in 2006. During his tenure she also received the U.S. First and Wildlife Service's Partnership Award, U.S. Library of Congress Living Legend Award and Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. She was friendly with Bush and President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and close friends with Texas Gov. Ann Richards, and Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredensen, both Democrats.
Opry Announces Dolly Guitar Auction The Grand Ole Opry on Monday night announced Dolly has designed and donated a guitar to raise money for the Opry Trust Fund. The auction, open here through Feb. 19, features the guitar with a butterfly on the head and a rainbow ribbon across the body with the logo from her 9 To 5 musical saying "9 To 5 Honors Opry 95th Celebration." It is also adorned with sparkling crystal rhinestones and Dolly's autograph. With a stated value of $2,500, bids as of press time were at $825.
Feb. 1: Dolly Plans TV Appearances This Week I suspect we'll soon learn what Dolly's surprise project for February is that she had teased in some interviews around the holiday season but said she couldn't announce yet, as she is scheduled for some media appearances this week. She's booked for Tuesday's Today show on NBC for both the first program which starts at 7 a.m. Eastern and its fourth hour Today With Hoda and Jenna that begins at 10 a.m. She'll also appear on the network's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Friday night at 11:35 p.m.
Team Dolly Warns Of Fake Dolly Accounts Dolly's team last week had to take to social media to warn fans of scammers pretending to be her on fake "Dolly Parton" accounts who contact fans through direct messaging or commenting on their social media posts and eventually ask them for private information that could be used in identify theft or demand money. Noting Dolly's official account has Facebook's verified blue check mark next to her name and the fake accounts don't, they posted to Facebook here: "It has come to our attention that there are numerous fake accounts pretending to be Dolly on social media. This is her only official Facebook page, which you can differentiate with the blue checkmark. Dolly Parton does not have any other pages and any messages or comments from those pages are fraudulent. She will never ask for personal information or money on any social media platform. Please report any accounts claiming to be Dolly so we can get them taken down to keep this platform safe and fun for all. – Team Dolly"
Mardi Gras Float House Focuses On Dolly With Mardi Gras parades cancelled due to coronavirus, New Orleans has seen the popping up of "Float Houses," homes and businesses decked out in themes in place of the usual parade floats. One business set up a Dolly theme, complete with a mural out front, and the family member of an employee turned out to work for Dolly's team and had them sent more than 70 pounds of Dolly memorabilia to decorate and give out to customers. Learn more from NOLA.comhere.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), featuring his duet with Dolly on "Words," remains in the top three British pop chart this week but falls off Down Under, dropping one to No. 3 in the U.K. in its third week and falling off the top 50 Australian pop albums tally, down from No. 8 in its second week. Elsewhere on the British tallies, the CD was No. 3 sales, No. 3 physical sales, No. 9 downloads and No. 1 Americana. On other British charts, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slips 38 places to No. 92 on the pop albums chart, dips 27 to No. 90 streaming, and falls off the top 100 downloads, overall sales, and physical sales, down from No. 21, No. 49, and No. 77, respectively. On the country albums chart, The Grass Is Blue gains one to No. 7, but it falls off the top 100 downloads down from No. 37, while Dolly's Original Album Classics 2 gains six to No. 13. On the British country compilation chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 gains one to No. 8, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses three to No. 8, 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) falls eight to No. 19, The Essential Dolly Parton rises two to No. 5, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inches down one to No. 17, while Ultimate Dolly Parton holds steady at No. 11.
Jan. 27: Lily Says Dolly Likely To Be On 'Grace And Frankie' Lily Tomlin said on Today this week that Dolly is closer than ever to appearing on her and Jane Fonda's Netflix series Grace and Frankie, possibly remotely. She said in previous seasons the problem has been Dolly's busy schedule but now that the show is approaching taping its final season, they are hopeful she will be able to clear the time to appear. Tomlin called it "a great role for her this time," adding "I think she will, too." She explained they think Dolly will be able to film her scenes remotely.
New Dolly Graphic Novel Coming March 31 Dolly will be featured in a new graphic novel biography from TidalWave Comics, the publisher has announced. The 26-page book in their "Female Force" series comes out March 31 in kindle edition for $4, hardcover for $20, and paperback for $7.
Apple Watch Adds Dolly Walking Stories Apple has added storytellers to its Time to Walk audio program for the Apple Watch, including Dolly, CNN reported here. She tells personal stories from her upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains.
U.S. Chart Updates Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), featuring his collaboration with Dolly on the Bee Gees' classic "Words," falls 82 places to No. 97 in its second week on the Jan. 30 U.S. Top 200 albums chart released Tuesday. The album slips five to No. 7 album sales and current album sales while dipping seven to No. 10 country and three to No. 4 Americana/folk. Elsewhere on the charts, A Holly Dolly Christmas drops off the 100-position current album sales chart, down from No. 82. Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 50 country albums at No. 45. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses one to No. 7 Hot Christian Songs and No. 6 Christian digital sales singles, holding steady at No. 6 Christian streaming songs.
State To Use Dollywood As Mass Vaccination Site Dollywood is expected to serve as a mass vaccination site for the state of Tennessee in the fight against COVID-19, but the federal government hasn't provided enough vaccines to open mass sites yet, state officials complained to FOX 17 here. The park is closed to the public until March 13.
'Eagle When She Flies' Added To Amazon Eagle When She Flies, which until now was the only remaining Dolly studio album from her career not available for download from Amazon, was added to the music service this week and is available here.
'Dolly Parton's America' Wins iHeartRadio Award The iHeartRadio Podcast Awards were held virtually last week and Dolly Parton's America was named the Best Music Podcast of the year, Billboard reported here.
Dolly Poetry Special Available For Re-Watch The Dolly episode of Wild & Precious Life of poetry and performance to celebrate her 75th birthday last week was recorded and has been added to their website here, producers tell me.
Jan. 22: In Memoriam: Randy Parton, 67 The Parton family is in mourning this week following the death of Dolly's brother, Randy Parton, from cancer on Thursday. He was 67.
Dolly announced his passing in a statement on social media which read:
"My brother Randy has lost his battle with cancer. The family and I are grieving his loss but we know he is in a better place than we are at this time. We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he is joined by members of the family that have gone on before and have welcomed him with joy and open arms.
Randy was a great singer, writer, and entertainer. He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years. He headed his own show at Dollywood since it opened in 1986. He's had several chart records of his own, but his duet with me on "Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You" will always be a highlight in my own career.
"You Are My Christmas," our duet on my latest Christmas album, joined with his daughter Heidi, will always be a favorite. It was his last musical recording and he shined on it just like he's shining in heaven now.
He is survived by his wife Deb, his daughter Heidi, son Sabyn, grandsons Huston and Trent.
We will always love him and he will always be in our hearts,
Dolly Parton and Family"
Heidi Parton, who performed with her father in the My People show at Dollywood, released her own statement via social media:
"God is faithful and my dad is no longer in pain. I know he and my sister are having a great day and man that choir just got got a whole lot better. Life will never be the same tho and I'm dying inside. I love you dad and miss you already. ????, until I see you again. #restpinpeacedaddy #ipromiseillmakeyouproud"
In a press release later in the day, Paige Bales, Director of Dollywood Entertainment, said: "Randy was a creative force and a good friend. He has left a lasting legacy at Dollywood with his talent, his creativity and his leadership. We will all miss him but heaven has gained another star."
The passing marked the third of Dolly's 11 siblings for her to lose: baby Larry as an infant in 1955, youngest brother Floyd in December 2018 from cancer at age 61, and now Randy, who himself was preceded in death by his other daughter, Tever Parton, who died in 2017 at age 36.
The family has asked that memorials be made to Dolly's Imagination Library in tribute to both Randy and their father, Lee Parton.
Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), featuring his collaboration with Dolly on the Bee Gees' classic "Words," debuts at No. 15 on the U.S. Top 200 albums chart dated Jan. 25 and released a day late on Wednesday due to the holiday on Monday. The album was actually the week's No. 2 best-selling CD and download -- as evidenced by its No. 2 album sales and No. 2 current album sales positions -- while taking the No. 3 country albums position and No. 1 Americana/folk albums place. Gibb on Tuesday released studio footage here or in the media player above of the two recording their duet. Elsewhere on the charts, A Holly Dolly Christmas drops 38 spaces to No. 82 current album sales. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" gains one to No. 6 Hot Christian Songs and holds steady at No. 6 Christian streaming songs and No. 5 Christian digital sales singles.
Dolly Calls For Love, Kindness On Birthday Dolly's 75th birthday rolled around on Tuesday, and many tributes poured out on social media. Dolly herself acknowledged the day with a special greeting to fans:
Well, another year has rolled around and what a year it has been. Like everyone else, it is now my turn for a COVID covered birthday. So what do you do? What do you want? Should you even celebrate?
I am choosing the quiet path so I can stay close to the ones I love to count my blessings and think hard about what this new year will bring.
However, I do have a birthday wish that I want to share with you. My wish is that everyone does something a little different today. Let's call it a call for kindness. If you want to donate to your favorite cause, then donate. If you want to give an old friend a call during these lonely times, give them a call. If you can safely volunteer, then raise your hand to do so. If you decide that today is the day you get a dog, then run down to the shelter and find your new buddy. The choices are limitless.
I always encourage people to dream big but I also take great care to follow that up with the message to work hard. We can't just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day. Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbors. So today, January 19th, let's get to unearthing love. Love is more contagious than a virus so let your best self shine in a glorious light and others will be inspired by you.
This is my birthday wish and may your birthday wishes also come true.
Jan. 18: Gibbs' 'Greenfields' Hits Pole Position Down Under Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), featuring his collaboration with Dolly on the Bee Gees' classic "Words," was announced Saturday as this week's No. 1 album in Australia. The album also made it to No. 1 in the U.K., it was revealed Friday, but in the U.S. Billboard over the weekend reported it won't break the top 10.
Jan. 16: Two New Gold Singles For Dolly Dolly ended last year and started this year by adding to her collection of gold and platinum honors, it has been revealed. The Recording Industry Association of America on Wednesday certified the digital single of her collaboration with Zach Williams on "There Was Jesus" as a gold record for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. The award followed a Christmas Day certification by the BPI of the digital single for "I Will Always Love You" having sold 200,000 units in the U.K. since its release for download in 2004, earning it the British silver record certification.
'People' Debuts Special Dolly Birthday Issue In honor of Dolly's 75th birthday on Tuesday, People magazine has this week issued a special stand-alone issue dedicated to her life and career featuring a new interview with her, an overview of her style with her personal designer, and coverage of her from the magazine's archives over the past several decades. It is available now wherever magazines are sold, and a preview was posted online Friday here.
Dolly Holiday Airings Brought Good Ratings Dolly's holiday wrap-up appearances on television still brought in the viewers, ratings afterwards showed. A repeat of her new CBS concert special A Holly Dolly Christmas to promote the album of the same name aired Dec. 23 and was the evening's No. 1 most-watched program, drawing 3.3 million viewers and a 0.4 share, compared to 6.2 million when it first aired Dec. 6. Then on Dec. 28, a repeat of the 2016 NBC movie Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love was the night's No. 5 program, with an audience of 2.6 million viewers and a 0.3 share, which compared to 3.1 million who watched its companion film, 2015's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, repeat on the network Dec. 17.
Dolly May Get Tennessee Capitol Statue A state legislator in Dolly's home state of Tennessee made national news this week for introducing legislation to add a statue in her honor on the Capitol grounds in Nashville. If approved, funds would be raised for the statue rather than use any public dollars, and it would face the Ryman Auditorium, former home of The Grand Ole Opry. Read more from WKRN here.
Dolly On U.K.'s No. 1 Album This Week Before the year ended, Dolly and Barry Gibb released a single version of their collaboration on the BeeGees' classic "Words" a week before Gibb's full-length country tribute album to the band's old songs came out, Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1). Well, the Official British Charts Company on Friday announced that the CD which features the Dolly duet is this week's No. 1 album across the pond. On the British country compilation chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe hold steady at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively, while 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 eight to No. 9, The Essential Dolly Parton rises one to No. 11 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains three to No. 16. In the U.S., the Jan. 16 charts released Tuesday confirmed A Holly Dolly Christmas tumbles 28 spots to No. 44 current album sales and has fallen off all other tallies with the passing of the holidays, while Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 50 country albums at No. 48. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" rises two to No. 7 Hot Christian Songs, five to No. 6 Christian streaming songs and three to No. 5 Christian digital sales singles. And since this site wasn't updated last week, the magazine's final holiday charts of the season, dated Jan. 9, had Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" lose five to No. 29 holiday digital single sales and A Holly Dolly Christmas drop seven to No. 27 Top Holiday Albums.
Dolly Remembers 2020 On Twitter Dolly said goodbye to 2020 with a brief year-in-review video she shared to social media here. Watch it below.
Through all of the darkness, I've tried my best to spread some light in 2020. Thank you for coming along for the ride ?? See you all in 2021! pic.twitter.com/3c3R57J88X
We're BAAAAACK! On a personal note, thanks to our readers for understanding your webmaster's absence for the past few weeks. My entire family contracted COVID-19 and while the children had extremely mild cases and recovered in a day or so, and my husband had a moderate case, mine was a little more severe. While I never got so bad as to require hospitalization, I came quite close and was completely bedridden for over a week. It has taken a couple of weeks since then to recover to the point where I could resume updating the website and return to my day job running our regional social justice charity federation. My son brought the coronavirus home from school (as did two of his classmates and his teacher as well, infecting their families). It was the school's first instance of in-classroom spread since they returned to in-person classes in August and they can't explain how it spread with all of the precautions they took, but it did. Thankfully, everyone I had potentially exposed to it for the couple of days before we knew about it had taken precautions (worn masks, stayed socially-distant, etc.) when I was in their presence, and they all tested negative, so at least I knew I wasn't responsible for spreading it to anyone after I became infected. My doctor explained to me the virus attacks every person differently – some with severe health problems can end up with nothing more than a runny nose while others in completely fit health can end up dying from its complications, and vice-versa – so please take this pandemic seriously. Wash your hands, socially distance, avoid crowds, and wear your mask. Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible. This was the absolute worst health experience of my life and I would wish it on no one. I literally came to accept at a couple of times during the worst of it that I might die from it. Thankfully, I didn't. The virus is real. It is not politics. It is dangerous. It is deadly.
Dec. 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Here's Dollymania.net's annual Merry Christmas wish: a 1969 holiday special featuring Dolly, Porter Wagoner, The Wilburn Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Jim Ed Brown, Del Reeves and more. Enjoy here or in the media player above. (Also, please keep your webmaster and my family in your prayers this holiday as we are currently ill with COVID-19 and under quarantine until New Year's.)
Dolly Extends More Grammy Records This Year All four artists with the greatest number of years they have received Grammy nominations added to their records this year, including Dolly. Composer John Williams increased his number of nominated years to 40 to hold onto his No. 1 spot, pianist/composer Chick Corea and Dolly each scored noms to increase their No. 2 tie from 32 to 33 years, and former Beetle Paul McCartney's nod brought his up from 31 to 32 years. Dolly holds the record for the vocalist with the most years to be nominated, the woman with the most years, and the country artist with the most years.
Dec. 23: Dolly In AC Top 10 For First Time In 16 Years The Dec. 26 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed Dolly is back in the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary singles chart for the first time since "Baby It's Cold Outside" went to No. 2 with Rod Stewart in 2004 as "Cuddle Up and Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble gains two in its fifth week to No. 10 Adult Contemporary Songs. It marks just her fifth top 10 on the chart, following "Outside" and No. 2 "Here You Come Again" in 1977 and No. 1s "9 To 5" and "Islands In The Stream" in 1981 and 1983, respectively. The track shoots up 13 places to No. 6 Canadian Adult Contemporary Songs. Meanwhile, "I Still Believe," her new single added to a bonus digital version of the album, drops off after one week on the country digital single sales list at No. 22 and No. 32 holiday digital single sales, while "Mary, Did You Know?" from the album drops off the Hot Christian Songs tally after one week at No. 49 and off the digital Christian single sales chart after two weeks, down from No. 18. The full album remains steady at No. 4 independent label albums and No. 3 country albums while losing two to No. 5 current album sales and No. 5 overall album sales, dropping six to No. 26 on the all-genre top 200 albums chart, falling two to No. 10 Christmas albums and 16 to No. 30 Canadian albums. And Dolly descends 16 to No. 42 on the Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls 33 to No. 95 album sales, two places to No. 28 country albums, and two places to No. 47 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" re-enters the Christmas digital song sales chart at No. 41. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" falls off the Hot Christian Songs chart, down from No. 9, while losing three to No. 18 Christian streaming songs and two to No. 16 Christian digital song sales chart.
Dolly Releases Another Animated Video In these times where coronavirus restrictions make filming music videos difficult, Dolly on Tuesday released her third animated video from A Holly Dolly Christmas, this one for her duet with Willie Nelson on his classic composition "Pretty Paper." Watch it here for U.S. Facebook audiences, before it is released worldwide on all platforms Wednesday.
Dec. 22: 'Trio' Makes Grammy Hall Of Fame 2021 The original 1987 Trio album by Dolly, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris is among next year's inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday. Also being inducted will be Ronstadt's Canciones de Mi Padre, giving her three titles in the Hall of Fame (as Heart Like A Wheel made it in 2018). It marks Emmylou Harris' first Grammy Hall of Fame entry and Dolly's fifth, as she was honored with her 1974 original of "I Will Always Love You" being inducted in 2008, her 1974 original of "Jolene" in 2014, "I Will Always Love You" as the songwriter of Whitney Houston's 1992 cover in 2018, and "Coat Of Many Colors" in 2019, but is her first full-length album to be honored in this way.
'Songteller' Remains On Best Seller Lists Songteller continues to impress, gaining two last week to No. 6 in its fourth week on the New York Times Best Seller List. It holds steady at No. 9 nonfiction on the Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List. And The Independent Booksellers of America have it at No. 13 nonfiction.
Aussie Chart Updates, Christmas Interview, Review A Holly Dolly Christmas gets a second week on the Australian top 40 all-genre album chart this week, inching down one to No. 38 Down Under. In other holiday news, The Sunday Post interviewed her about the season here, and Netflix's web series Trixie and Katya Like To Watch watched Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Squarehere over the weekend.
Stella Slams Politicians, Televangelists Over COVID Dolly's sister Stella is not one to shy away from controversy and she went viral in recent days for criticizing politicians and televangelists for not personally contributing like Dolly did to help fund the vaccine. See what she had to say here.
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