Twenty years ago Monday, Dolly is inducted into the national Songwriters Hall of Fame. Forty-four years ago Tuesday, Dolly records another milestone song, “Here You Come Again;” six months later, it would become her seventh country No. 1 hit, a spot it holds on to for five weeks; it also makes it to No. 3 on the pop charts, becomes her first gold single (more than 1 million copies of the song sold), wins her first Grammy and propels the album of the same name to her first to attain platinum status (more than 1 million copies of the LP sold). Fifteen years ago Tuesday, “When I Get Where I'm Going” by Dolly and Brad Paisley is certified as her first-ever digital gold single for sales in excess of 100,000 copies; the song is originally credited as a solo track for Paisley, but an inquiry to the RIAA by Dollymania.net turns up a clerical error that accidentally left Dolly's name off of the award, resulting in it being re-credited as a duet for both performers. Thirteen years ago Wednesday, Backwoods Barbie debuts on the British albums chart, coming in at No. 2 country, No. 35 pop. Forty-one years ago Wednesday, Dolly records a cover of Kenny Rogers' “But You Know I Love You” for her 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs album. Thirty-eight years ago Friday, Burlap and Satin debuts on the album charts; it reaches No. 5 country, No. 127 pop. Thirty-seven years ago Friday, Rhinestone enters cinemas nationwide. Forty years ago Sunday, “But You Know I Love You” becomes Dolly's 15th of her 25 No. 1 country hits; it also peaks at No. 41 pop and No. 14 adult contemporary. Thirty-four years ago Sunday, “Telling Me Lies” with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it peaks at No. 35 but also reaches No. 3 country. Fourteen years ago Sunday, the Academy of Country Music presents its Living Legend Award to Dolly.
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
June 24, 1:10 p.m., FX Movies, 9 To 5 (re-runs 9:35 a.m. June 25)
June 24, 3:34 p.m., Starz, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 4:05 p.m. July 4)
June 26, 9:05 a.m., Freeform, Gnomeo & Juliet
July 28, HSN, Dolly Scent from Above fragrance release
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Sept. 25-26, Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy, Oxford, Miss.
The Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday announced former Dollywood performer Carly Pearce had been invited to be its newest member and shared a video filmed last week where Dolly herself surprised her during an interview to extend the official invitation. Watch it here or in the media player above.
Two Dolly Songs Up For Emmy Consideration Variety reports here that Dolly has submitted two songs for consideration for this year's Emmy nominations for best song written for television: “When An Angel Knows Your Dream” from the finale of her Netflix film Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square and "I Still Believe," from her CBS holiday special A Holly Dolly Christmas. Her Netflix film is also a critic favorite to snag a nomination for Best Television Movie, for which she had previously been nominated twice. Nominations will be announced July 13.
Watch Tina Fey And Karen From Accounting Do Dolly Pedestrian pitted SNL alum Tina Fey from her new streaming series Girls5Eva and drag queen Karen from Finance from RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under for which provided the better Dolly impersonation. Check out clips they compared here.
Library Movie Heading To Stream July 9 Dolly's Imagination Library has announced that their recent documentary The Library That Dolly Built will be released for rental July 9 through major streaming services including Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Google Play. In related news, Australia has gotten its first statewide chapter, with the government of New South Wales investing $8 million in partnership with the local United Way to offer it to all children in the state there, 10 First News reported here.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" holds steady this week at No. 20 Christian streaming songs on the June 26 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday and loses seven to No. 22 Christian digital song sales.
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June 19: Dolly's 'Greatest Hits' Gets U.K. Silver Certification Dolly earned yet another sales award from BPI, which issues British silver, gold, and platinum album plaques, with her 1982 RCA Greatest Hits collection passing the silver award mark on June 11 for selling 60,000 copies since its 1992 re-release in the U.K. (A different compilation CD released by Sony's Camden label in 2002 under the same name Greatest Hits was certified silver in 2013.)
'People': Dolly One Of Reasons To Love America People magazine this week issued its list of "100 Reasons To Love America in 2021," and Dolly came in at No. 3, thanks to her involvement in creating the No. 2 item on the list, the COVID-19 vaccine. Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson was No. 1. Check out the entire list here.
Charlie Daniels CD Has Old Dolly Duet Wal-Mart this week announced an exclusive posthumous Charlie Daniels duets album, Duets, coming to the store July 16 featuring several artists including Dolly. Although all media reports I've seen have stated it is a new album consisting of previously-unreleased recordings, that is not true. It is a re-issue of his 2007 duets album Deuces, which featured the Dolly collaboration, plus six bonus tracks that appear to have been previously unreleased (but don't include Dolly).
Dolly Shot Included In Hollywood Warhol Exhibit A new photo exhibit of Andy Warhol images opened last week at the Neuehouse in Hollywood, Calif., and continues through July 9 featuring at least one image of Dolly with artist Keith Haring standing poolside in 1985.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" inches up one this week to No. 20 Christian streaming songs on the June 19 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday and five to No. 15 Christian digital song sales. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses two spots to No. 8 on the British country compilations albums chart, it was announced Friday. Elsewhere on the compilations tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 gains one to No. 10 (while it falls eight to No. 97 streaming albums), 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 four to No. 12, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops three to No. 18 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 18. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) loses five to No. 20 Americana chart.
June 9: 'There Was Jesus' Earns K-Love Song Of The Year Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" over the weekend was named Song of the Year at the K-Love fan-voted Christian music awards. In addition, the track gains two to No. 20 on the June 12 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday and one to No. 20 Christian digital song sales.
'Variety,' 'Reporter' Think Dolly Will Get Emmy Nom Two Emmy watchers have both predicted Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square will nab Dolly's third Emmy nomination for Best Made for Television Movie. The critics picking The Hollywood Reporter's choices here and Variety's choices here have both chosen the Netflix musical and Amazon's Sylvie's Love and Uncle Frank, HBO's Oslo and Lifetime's Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia as the five films most likely to get nods. Nomination voting runs June 17-28 with nominations announced July 13.
U.K. Chart Updates Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe dips three places to No. 6 on the British country compilations albums chart, it was announced Friday. Elsewhere on the compilations tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 loses two to No. 11 (while it rises 10 to No. 89 streaming albums), 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 two to No. 8, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips one to No. 15 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inches up one to No. 18. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) remains at No. 15 Americana chart.
June 4: Dolly Announces New Dollywood HeartSong Lodge & Resort
Dollywood on Thursday revealed plans for a second resort hotel, dubbed the HeartSong Lodge & Resort, which will be built adjacent to the park's DreamMore Resort & Spa and kick off a 10-year, half-a-billion-dollar investment in expanding Dolly's theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The new resort, which will boast 302 rooms and be themed after the surrounding beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, is expected to open in two years and is named after the song she wrote for her 1994 live album recorded at the park and a corresponding video presentation of the same name the park has shown over the years since then.
The park released a video announcement (available here or in the media player below) of Dolly and Dollywood President Eugene Naughton revealing plans for the expansion that they filmed when she was last on the park grounds about three weeks prior. Dolly also took the opportunity to briefly discuss her involvement in developing the Moderna vaccine, Covid-prevention changes to the park's operations, her upcoming branding products (which she said in addition to her perfume coming next month will also soon include wigs and cosmetics), and recording a "country bluegrass album" that may be released later this year or early next year. She also conducted a Q&A with the park's Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Pete Owens, which is viewable here or in the media player above. In addition to the park's video announcement, interviews she had conducted were released Thursday by Knoxville News Sentinelhere and Travel and Leisurehere.
In a statement, Dolly explained: "I'm always dreaming and coming up with new ideas and things I want our guests to experience. We wanted to talk about this last year, but with everything going on, we knew we needed to pause because it just wasn't the right time to do it. Things are looking brighter and with the popularity of the Smokies soaring, there are more people than ever wanting to visit our area. I'm so proud of this place that we've been able to build here in the Smokies. I always dreamed of accomplishing two things with Dollywood. I wanted to give jobs to the folks who live here and I wanted to give visitors another reason to come and experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We celebrated our 35th season last year, so I think it is fair to say we've been able to do that. I'm so happy with what we are doing to make sure our guests have a great season this year, and being able to announce the new HeartSong Lodge & Resort is just one more way we're going to be able to help families reconnect, explore and discover together. I truly believe the natural beauty of the Smokies and the warmth of this special place will inspire every guest to nurture the 'heartsong' within them."
The new resort will bill itself as a "reimagined lodge" with high ceilings, exposed beams and natural layered textures. The five-story building will feature themed suites and loft rooms tucked into the dormers, a four-story window in the atrium, two-story eternal flame fireplace, acoustics music room inspired by Dolly, indoor and outdoor pools, and an outdoor cove with family gathering space, firepit, and screened in porch. A two-story events center will have 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space for gatherings of up to several hundred guests with a 7,500-square-foot ballroom and 2,500-square-foot junior ballroom. The building will also feature a 195-seat signature restaurant, 40-seat private dining room, lobby lounge, Wildflower Market Grab and Go Eatery, and Honeysuckle & Pine Storied Goods Mercantile shop.
When DreamMore was first announced, Dolly explained that she had always wanted the park to feature resort hotels and kept pushing her partners, Herschend Family Entertainment, to add them. They finally agreed and DreamMore was originally to be announced in 2008 but the Great Recession halted those plans, pushing the announcement to 2013 after the economic recovery and the opening to 2015. At the time, she added it was intended to be the first phase of several resort hotels to eventually be built on the property if the first turned out to be successful. Since then, it has remained almost always fully booked, and Dolly let the cat out of the bag in several interviews in late 2019 that the second resort would be announced in 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic delayed that announcement for more than a year until this week.
The park's Flower & Food Festival closes Monday and is followed by the Summer Celebration June 25-July 31, Harvest Festival Sept. 24-Oct. 30 and Smoky Mountain Christmas Nov. 6-Jan. 2. Renderings and videos courtesy Dollywood. Photos by Curtis Hilbun. Courtesy Dollywood.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" gains one to No. 22 on the June 5 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Wednesday, while losing three to No. 21 Christian digital song sales.
Dolly Opening iHeartMedia's Pride Special iHeartMedia on Thursday announced Dolly will open their Can't Cancel Pride special by welcoming viewers to the 9 p.m. Friday program on iHeartRadio stations, Roku Channel, iHeartRadio's TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook, PrideRadio.com, and iHeartRadio app. The hour-long show will remain on demand on YouTube, Facebook, Roku Channel, Revry, and iHeartRadio through month-end. Others appearing on the show include Brandy Carlisle, Kylie Minogue, Leslie Odom Jr., Years & Years Olly Alexander, Bebe Lexia, Brothers Osborne, P!NK, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Elton John and more. CMT Radio with Cody Alan premiered what appears to be part of Dolly's appearance on Facebook here Thursday and in the media player below.
June 2: Full-Sized Dolly Perfume Coming July 28 Dolly's full-sized Scent from Above fragrance will debut on HSN July 28, beauty industry publication WWD reported here this week. In addition to the previously announced eau de parfum, the article noted her Scent Beauty line will feature another eau de parfum (for a total of two), a body cream, an eau de toilette, and a body mist and that they will be available in Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Scent Beauty's website and an Instagram store. Prices will range from $40 to $65. The line will expand to international sales and may also expand to include other products such as hair mists and home fragrances. A male scent is also expected to be developed. Dolly also wrote a song for the launch, "Scent from Above," so I expect we'll hear her perform it as she promotes the products. She added that she's also working on new music and other projects to come out at the end of the year.
Dolly Talks Make-Up, Clothes With WSJ Wall Street Journal Magazine interviewed Dolly this week about her style and make-up habits. Read it here.
Early Songs Compilation Heading To Vinyl Goldenlane Records has announced a colored vinyl release of Dolly's 1959 Goldband single and 1962 Somerset recordings titled Early Dolly which Amazon shows coming out July 23. Pre-order here.
Study: Imagination Library More Powerful With Another Program The American Academy of Pediatrics this week published a new study from Cincinnati Children's Hospital researchers showing the impact of the very successful Dolly Imagination Library literacy program and the very successful doctor-office-based literacy program Reach Out And Read were both increased when offered together in a combined effort. The study is available here.
UK Chart Updates Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses the top spot on the British country compilations chart, it was announced Friday, sliding two to No. 3. Elsewhere on the compilations tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 dips one to No. 9 (while it holds steady at No. 99 streaming albums), 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) slips four to No. 6, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls nine to No. 14 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops three to No. 19. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) remains at No. 15 Americana chart.
'9 To 5' Tour Snags West End Lead The British touring company of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical have made their first casting announcement, with West End's Violet joining the company for all but the first two and last two shows currently scheduled in the tour that starts in August across the pond. Broadway World reports here that Dolly said in a statement: "I am so proud that 9 to 5 will be coming back soon to theatres all across the UK. Louise has been wonderful since she led the show in the West End and we're all so excited to give audiences the best night out after we have all waited so long!". The article added that Dolly Records and Sony Music are planning to re-release the 2008 9 To 5: The Musical Original Broadway Cast Album to coincide with the tour.
May 26: Dolly Celebrates Tennessee's 225th Birthday
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday released a new video promoting the state for its bicenvicenquinquennial, or 225th anniversary, featuring Dolly singing a new recording of her classic "My Tennessee Mountain Home." Watch it here or in the media player above.
Dollywood Up For Six 'USA Today' Awards Dollywood has been nominated for six USA Today "10 Best" Awards this year. Finalists were selected by a panel of experts and the newspaper's editors. You may vote once per day per device here through June 21. The park is up for Best Amusement Park, its Lighting Rod for Best Amusement Park Roller Coaster, the show Dreamland Drive-In for Best Amusement Park Entertainment, its DreamMore Resort and Spa and Dollywood Cabins are both up for Best Amusement Park Hotel, Aunt Granny's for Best Amusement Park Restaurant, and Splash Country for Best Outdoor Water Park.
'There Was Jesus' Loses Billboard, Gets K-LOVE Nom Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" this week lost the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song to Elevation Worship and Brandon Lake with "Graves Into Gardens." However, it was announced that the track is up for Song of the Year at the Christian music K-LOVE Fan Awards, to be awarded Sunday at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and broadcast on TBN June 4. The song is nominated against "Graves Into Gardens" again as well as for KING & COUNTRY, Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin for "Together," Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes for "The Blessing," and TobyMac for "Help Is On The Way (Maybe Midnight)."
New Porter & Dolly Tribute Released The children of music legends last week released a tribute EP to Porter & Dolly. Teddy Thompson (the son of Richard and Linda Thompson), who previously covered Dolly's "My Blue Tears" produced by Rufus Wainwright on his 2007 album Up Front and Down Low, and Jenni Muldaur (the daughter of Geoff and Maria Muldaur, who covered Dolly's "My Tennessee Mountain Home" on her 1973 debut album Maria Muldaur) on Friday released Teddy & Jenni do Porter & Dolly: A Tribute to the Duets of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. The four-track collection features their takes on "Just Someone I Used To Know," "Once More," "Just Between You And Me," and "Put It Off Until Tomorrow."
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses one to No. 23 on the May 29 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday, while rising three to No. 18 Christian digital song sales. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds on at the No. 1 spot on the British country compilations chart, it was announced Friday. Elsewhere on the compilations tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slips two to No. 8 (while it dips one to No. 99 streaming albums), 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 one to No. 2, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 5 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses two to No. 16. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) loses four to No. 15 Americana chart.
May 19: Dolly Sings For Covenant House, UCLA Mental Health
Dolly made a couple of virtual charity appearances in recent days. First, on Thursday she appeared at UCLA's WOW conference for mental health and sang an acoustic version of "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning," then on Monday she recited a verse of the song and sang the chorus a capella after her words of encouragement for homeless youth in the Stars of Covenant House telethon. Watch that appearance courtesy Entertainment Tonighthere or in the media player above.
Dollywood Lifts Most Mask Restrictions A month after making most outdoor mask requirements optional for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests, Dollywood on Saturday began a new mask policy to allign with new CDC and state guidelines, allowing vaccinated guests to stop wearing masks or social distancing both indoors and outdoors throughout the park. Also, children under age 12 are not required to wear masks. Only unvaccinated teens and adults will be required to continue wearing masks for the time being, and then only indoors or in outdoor places where social distancing is not possible.
U.K. Chart Updates Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe regains nine places to retake the No. 1 spot on the British country compilations chart, it was announced Friday. Elsewhere on the tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slips one to No. 6 (while it dips four places to No. 98 streaming albums), 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) increases 11 to No. 3, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains eight to No. 5 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 14. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) drops four to No. 11 Americana chart.
Naval Academy Sings 'Light Of A Clear Blue Morning' Dolly's "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning" also appeared online this week in a new video performance by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club available here or in the media player below.
May 13: Dolly Sings On Mental Health Program Thursday Night Dolly will make a special appearance Thursday night in a virtual gathering focused on ending the stigma around depression, anxiety and other neurological issues as part of Mental Health Month. WOW2021: Whole Health Includes Mental Health is presented by UCLA and is hosted by Lisa Kudrow. The hour-long program via Zoom will feature Dolly performing a song and discussing the importance of ending stigma around mental health. Other participants include director Ava DuVernay talking about adolescent depression with Dr. Kelsey Martin, the first woman dean of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; actress Mindy Kalin talking about pandemic parenting with Dr. Robin Berman, UCLA professor of psychiatry; People editor in chief Dan Wakeford about how the media can help spread acceptance; and soccer player Landon Donovan with Dr. Michelle Craske about how athletes deal with mental challenges. Donations of any amount to support UCLA's mental health research, education, and care programs given here will result in a ticket to attend the Zoom presentation at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern Thursday. Learn more here.
'Fortune' Names Dolly Among Year's Top World Leaders Fortune magazine released its list Wednesday of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders" of the past year who dealt with unexpected crises and they named Dolly the No. 11 leader of 2020 thanks to her donation that funded the initial research into what became the Moderna vaccine and her efforts to promote the vaccination effort. Read more about why they chose her here.
Deluxe 'Songteller' Coming In October A deluxe edition of Dolly's Songteller song autobiography was supposed to come out in January in honor of her 75th birthday but was delayed. The publisher has let book dealers know that the limited edition run will instead come out Oct. 12. It will come in a denim-wrapped foil-stamped clamshell box and feature a pink vinyl 45 of two previously unreleased Dolly demo recordings, "I Don't Care" (which she and Uncle Bill Owens co-wrote together) and "The Fall." Your webmaster hasn't been able to locate an American listing for the book yet with the U.S. release price but a British retailer has it for 190 pounds (about $270 U.S.) and a Canadian retailer has it for $365 Canadian (about $300 U.S.).
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses three to No. 21 on the May 15 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday, while dipping three to No. 23 Christian digital song sales.
Dolly Wows 'Good Morning America' Crowd
Dolly dominated ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday morning, appearing multiple times throughout the program with Robin Roberts from Dollywood prior to the park's operating hours this morning, making her first visit to the park since the pandemic began. Her main interview is available here or the media player above with a story version here. They prepared food here or in the first media player below, with a story version here. She sang "Coat Of Many Colors" here or in the second media player below. And she later appeared on the afternoon program GMA 3here or in the third media player below. Later in the day, she popped in at the afternoon performance of the new kinfolks show, Harmonies Of The Heart, to watch her family perform.
May 11: Dolly Sings 'Jolene' On Latin Grammy Concert
Dolly on Sunday night introduced a Mexican music segment on The Latin Recording Academy's concert special honoring women in music, leading off the section by joining in remotely to sing a chorus of her own "Jolene" with Chiquis, who recently released a Spanish-language cover of the classic. Watch the collaboration on YouTube here or in the media player above.
Miley Covers Dolly On 'SNL' Cold Open
NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend featured musical guest Miley Cyrus in its cold open, where she belted a cover of Dolly's independence anthem "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" to celebrate the first Mother's Day since the pandemic began when most people were able to visit their mothers, thanks to vaccines. Between verses and choruses, cast members of the show appeared with their real-life mothers and read jokes, and they all joined on stage together at the end where Miley dedicated the song to Dolly as her godmother and to her own mother, who joined them on stage, for Mother's Day. Then they all shouted the traditional cold open closing line: "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" Watch the tribute here or in the media player above.
Dolly Books 'GMA' On Wednesday Morning ABC's Good Morning America announced Friday that Dolly would appear on the show's Wednesday episode from Dollywood as part of its "Rise and Shine Tour of America" segment. Sources say the top floor of the park's DreamMore Resort is locked down this week, presumably for Dolly to shoot the segment. She is also expected to perform during the program, according to television listings. No public appearances or other media appearances at the park have been announced while she is in town, however.
There Was A Dolly On 'Snatch Game' Down Under Someone finally did Dolly on "Snatch Game" for RuPaul's Drag Race last week, although it was the Australian version of the show, which also featured a Moira Rose impersonation and Queen Elizabeth II, among others. Check out the preview here.
Variety: Emmy Nod Possible For 'Christmas On The Square' Variety last week released its predictions for this year's Emmy nominees for Best TV Movie, while they did not include Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square in their final five nominees, they did list it sixth on their list, explaining it is a film that wouldn't surprise their critics if it replaced one of the top five, noting "You can also never count out Dolly Parton for anything, especially with Netflix backing." Check out their list here. The Emmy eligibility period closes at month's end and nominations will be announced July 13. Dolly has twice been nominated in the category as executive producer for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love in 2017 and "These Old Bones" from Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: Season 1 in 2020.
Tina Fey Plays Dolly On Streaming Series Tina Fey is getting a lot of attention this week for a cameo in the Peacock streaming service series Girls5Eva that she produces because they had a scene which called for one of the stars to hallucinate Dolly giving her advice and playing backyard hoops with her, but they couldn't get Dolly herself on the show so Fey read the part at the table read and was so funny they decided for her to dress up in full Dolly drag to play her in the show. Hear more about how it happened here.
U.K. Chart Updates Overseas, Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) slips one to No. 7 Americana chart in Britain, it was announced Friday. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slides three on the U.K. streaming chart at No. 94 and holds steady at No. 5 on the British country compilations chart. Elsewhere on the country compilation tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls three 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) remains at No. 14, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches up five to No. 13.
May 5: Dolly Makes Top 10 U.K. Songs Of All Time British music service Smooth Radio this week released the results of its annual listener survey of the favorite songs of all time in the U.K., and Dolly this year is the only female artist in the top 10. Dolly has four tracks on the top 500 tally, three of which are in the top 100: "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers at No. 10 (up from No. 12 last year), "Jolene" at No. 44 (down from No. 28), and "I Will Always Love You" at No. 65 (up from No. 97). In addition, "9 To 5" stands at No. 130 (down from No. 99). She also wrote a song in the top 20, as Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" came in at No. 16, down from No. 10 last year. George Michael's "Careless Whisper" was No. 1, followed by Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror." See the full list here.
In Memoriam: Olympia Dukakis Dolly's Steel Magnolias co-star Olympia Dukakis, who earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Moonstruck, died Saturday at age 89. Dolly remembered her in a statement issued first on Saturday to Today and then shared Sunday on her social media: "I was so sorry to hear that Olympia Dukakis had passed away. She has been one of my favorite people that I have ever known or worked with. I really got very close to her and felt like we were good friends. Even though I didn't get to see her much, I thought of her often and knew that she was such a quality human being. She will be missed by her fans, her family, and those of us that were lucky enough to get to know her personally."
Dollywood Reaches 35 Years Dollywood on Monday reached the 35th anniversary of its opening day, and WATE covered the milestone here, noting a recent University of Tennessee study found the park generates an annual economic impact of more than $1.8 billion and created more than 23,000 jobs in the region.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" holds steady at No. 18 on the May 8 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday, while re-entering the Christian digital song sales list at No. 20. Leslie Jordan's Company's Comin', featuring a Dolly duet, falls back off the current albums chart and Christian albums chart, down from No. 74 and No. 37, respectively, in its second week on each.
May 1: Dolly Dress Goes For Nearly $20K Dolly's CMA red carpet dress, fitted mannequin, and accompanying shadowbox made up one of the hottest items at the Stage & Screen Auction on Wednesday that Christine Baranski organized to benefit The Actors Fund. The auction raised $138,625 total, of which $18,900, or nearly 15 percent was from Dolly's donation alone, the second-biggest-ticket item from that portion of the auction. Only an on-stage-used monkey prop from the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom Of The Opera fetched more, coming in at $31,500. The auction's third-highest price was a tie forboots, t-shirt, and jeans worn on stage by Bruce Springsteen and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine jacket, both packages of which sold for $15,120 each. Fifth place was Lin-Manuel Miranda's stage-worn boots from Broadway's Hamilton at $9,450. (The non-Actors Fund portion of the auction included other items of Hollywood memorabilia that didn't directly benefit the charity, but even that portion only had one item that out-priced Dolly's dress: Celeste Holm's 1947 Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award, which sold for $20,160.)
'There Was Jesus' Gets Billboard Nod Dolly this week earned her first-ever Billboard Music Awards nomination, up for Top Christian Song with Zach Williams for "There Was Jesus". It competes against Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake for "Graves Into Gardens," for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly for "TOGETHER," Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, & Elevation Worship for "The Blessing (Live)" and Tauren Wells ft. Jenn Johnson for "Famous For (I Believe)." Unlike other award shows where the winners are determined by voting, all but two categories of the Billboard awards are determined by total chart performance in the magazine, which includes sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social media engagement. Winners will be revealed on NBC at 8 p.m. May 23.
Dolly To Present At Fragrance Foundation Awards The Fragrance Foundation has revealed Dolly will be among the celebrity presenters at its 2021 virtual awards online June 10. Other guests include Alicia Keys, Kylie Minogue, Isabella Rossellini, Marc Jacobs and more. The full-size release of her new Scent from Above fragrance is expected to be released this summer.
U.K. Chart Updates Overseas, Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) falls out of the top 100 overall U.K. physical sales chart, down from No. 94 in its 15th week, gaining two to No. 6 Americana. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 re-enters the top 100 streaming chart at No. 91 and rises one to No. 5 on the British country compilations chart. Elsewhere on the country compilation tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips three to No. 7, 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 four to No. 14, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops six to No. 18, while The Essential Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) both fall back off the top 20, down from No. 19 and No. 16, respectively.
Dollywood Auction In Sevierville May 8 Anyone interested in picking up some surplus Dollywood items including vintage cars, planters, used but well-maintained decorations, and even some new-in-box items will want to head to an auction at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at 3173 Newport Highway in Sevierville, Tenn., where Bear Land Realty & Auction and Kennedy Real Estate & Auction will liquidate surplus items from the theme park's warehouses. A preview will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. May 7, of the three buildings full of items.
Dolly Fetes Kathie Lee's Star Dolly's pal Kathie Lee Gifford received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week remotely, including video greetings from Dolly around the 20-minute mark here or in the media player below.
April 28: Bid On Dolly's Dress, Mannequin In Wednesday Auction Don't forget if you have a few thousand dollars to spare you may bid Wednesday on Dolly's 2019 CMA Awards red carpet dress on one of her personal custom mannequins fitted to her measurements and a shadowbox featuring a signed card from Dolly selecting this dress for the awards show, photograph of her wearing it on the red carpet, printed color copy of designer Jackson Lowell's sketch for the dress and a cloth swatch of the fabric. The item, being sold to benefit The Actors' Fund in a celebrity auction organized by Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square star Christine Baranski, is expected to sell for $2,000-$3,000. Bidding starts at 10 a.m. Eastern for the items at Doyle Auctions. Check it out here and watch an interview with Baranski on Late Night with Seth Meyers discussing the auction and Dolly's contribution here.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" inches up one spot on the May 1 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday, rising to No. 18 Christian streaming songs, while falling off the Christian digital song sales list, down from No. 19. Leslie Jordan's Company's Comin', featuring a Dolly duet, absent for one week from the charts, re-enters the current albums chart at No. 74 and Christian albums chart at No. 37 for a second week on each.
April 24: Surprise Rory Feek Tribute Duet To Joey Released Friday
Just days after Janelle Arthur's Dolly duet "Hand Me Downs" dropped, artist Rory Feek on Friday released a surprise single as a duet with Dolly in tribute to his late wife and singing partner, Joey. "One Angel" was written by their family friend Sandy Emory Lawrence specifically about Joey's battle with cancer, which took her life in 2016. Dolly had been her childhood idol, as evidenced by a video Rory released about a year after her death of her reaction to a video message of encouragement and appreciation Dolly sent her before she passed (which is available here or in the media player below). Download the emotional memorial song here or stream via YouTube here or in the media player above.
Governor Honors Dolly's Literacy Work Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee this week signed a resolution from the state Assembly honoring Dolly for her contributions to early childhood literacy, thanking her for sending 152 million books to 1.8 million children via Imagination Library since 1995 (which is mixing numbers, since the 152 million books is the number sent to all children since inception and 1.8 million is how many children under age 5 are actively participating in the program today, not since inception, so books have probably been sent to at least 6 or 7 million children since inception if not more). See his Facebook post signing the resolution here.
Keke Palmer Says Dolly Advocated For Her Actress Keke Palmer recently told Entertainment Weekly about how Dolly protected her as a young actress and advocated on her behalf on the set of their film Joyful Noise. Watch it here.
Old City Knoxville To Celebrate Dolly In June Old City Knoxville will host a Dolly Fest June 4-6 with art, look-a-likes, music, food and more to benefit Imagination Library. Learn more from WBIR here.
U.K. Chart Updates Overseas, Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) falls out of the top 100 overall U.K. album sales chart, down from No. 87 in its 14th week, losing 13 places to No. 94 physical sales and holding steady at No. 8 Americana. On the U.K. top 100 pop albums tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 falls out of the top 100, down from No. 95, while also falling off the top 100 streaming albums chart, down from No. 92, but gaining four to No. 6 on the British country compilations chart. Elsewhere on the country compilation tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 4, 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 four to No. 10, The Essential Dolly Parton inches up one to No. 19, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops three to No. 16, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds on at No. 12.
April 21: Janelle Arthur Duet With Dolly Hits The Web
Former Dollywood performer Janelle Arthur's Dolly duet "Hand Me Downs" drops at midnight Wednesday morning, she reminded fans Tuesday on Facebook here or in the media player above that showed her as a young child watching Dolly on TV, then as a child portraying her in a show at the theme park, to appearing on American Idol, to singing a duet with her idol. Download the single from Amazon here or stream from YouTube here or in the media player below.
Dolly To Honor Gifford's Hollywood Star Dedication Dolly will appear virtually to dedicate a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for her friend Kathie Lee Gifford, it was announced on Tuesday. The star will be installed at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard near the El Capitan Theatre, five stars down from her former longtime co-host Regis Philbin's, but the ceremony will be held remotely on the Walk of Fame's social media and its website at 11:30 a.m. next Wednesday, April 28. Dolly, Today co-host Hoda Kotb and late night host Craig Ferguson will fete Gifford. Dolly and Gifford have recorded together before and Dolly wrote the forward to Gifford's latest book, It's Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life, which was released in December. Gifford has also said Dolly often critiques her songwriting for her. Ed. Note: A previous version of this summary stated the ceremony would be in person with Dolly in attendance in Los Angeles, as incorrectly described by the publication Patch in covering the announcement. After the original post, the Walk of Fame's press release was discovered which expressely stated that the event was remote and virtual instead. Thanks, Greg! We apologize for passing along to you erroneous information from the other media outlet.
Dolly Wins Wilde Award From LGBTQ Critics Association The national association of gay and lesbian entertainment critics held its annual awards ceremony, the Dorians (named after the Oscar Wilde classic The Picture Of Dorian Gray), and Dolly was honored as the recipient of the Wilde Artist Award, which recognizes "a truly groundbreaking force in entertainment." While recognizing her impact on film, music and entertainment in general, it was her humanitarian efforts that stood out over other nominees, especially her funding of early research into what became the Moderna vaccine for Covid-19. In a statement, she responded: "Thank you to all the members of the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics for this lovely Wilde Artist award. I'm not sure I'm as edgy as past winners (in the Wilde Artist category) like Todd Haynes, Kate McKinnon, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jordan Peele—but I am honored and humbled. I appreciate all of you entertainment journalists who are so passionate and are working so hard. Keep up the good work!" Other nominees were Chadwick Boseman, Chloe Zhao, Elliot Page and Regina King. Read more about the awards from The Los Angeles Bladehere.
Pride Edition Of Comic Book Coming In June Tidalwave Productions, the publisher behind the recently-released Dolly comic book in the Female Force series, has announced a "Bonus Pride Edition" with Dolly's dress on the cover recolored into a rainbow will be released June 2 for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Reserve your copy here.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses three spots on the April 24 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday, dipping to No. 19 Christian streaming songs, also inching down one to No. 19 Christian digital song sales. Ultimate Dolly Parton falls out of the top 50 country albums, down from No. 47, and Leslie Jordan's Company's Comin', featuring a Dolly duet, falls off the charts after one week at No. 35 current albums, No. 68 overall sales, and No. 13 Christian albums.
Dollywood Flower & Food Fest Starts Friday Dollywood's first festival of the year opens Friday with the Flower & Food Festival kicking off with half a million blooming flowers, a dining pass, and special musical offerings through its conclusion June 7. The park's landscaping has been transformed with flower displays such as butterflies and other animals and even a depiction of Dolly's mother quilting her Coat of Many Colors. In a press release, Dolly said: "When I was a little girl, I loved springtime because everything seemed so bright with color. It started to get warm outside and you just felt like you could finally get out of the house after being cooped up in there for so long, which is something I know we're all feeling right now. But the thing I remember most about those spring days were the flowers that would start blooming all over the hills. So, the Smokies really were the inspiration for this festival. And I just love we made that big, beautiful display of my mama with all those wonderful flowers. It's special to me, and I know she would have been so proud of it. But something else I'm happy about this year is that not only do we have all the flowers, we're also bringing in a lot of great music to the festival. I just know it is really going to make the whole park feel so joyful. It's a special time of year, and I really think Dollywood is a great place to get outdoors and enjoy it all!" Culinary offerings will debut including Cuban sandwiches, fish and chips, mountain paella, summer succotash, lobster roll, beef bulgogi nachos, special deserts and more, with a $30 dining pass entitling you to five meals. The Melodies of Spring concert series will feature contemporary Christian, Southern gospel and inspirational music acts every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. Also, the Umbrella Sky returns from last spring above Showstreet. Next will be the Summer Celebration June 25-July 31, Harvest Festival Sept. 24-Oct. 30 and Smoky Mountain Christmas Nov. 6-Jan. 2.
Dolly Helps ACM Awards Remotely A pre-recorded Dolly appeared remotely on Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, introducing performer Carrie Underwood and presenter Leslie Jordan. She also appeared during a commercial break with an ACM public service announcement created by abbreviating her video of getting her first Covid vaccination back in March, which is available on YouTube here or in the media player below.
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