This week in
Dolly history
Thirty years ago Monday, Dolly's cover of Petula Clark's “Downtown” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it reaches No. 36 country, No. 80 pop and No. 20 adult contemporary. Ten years ago Monday, Dolly receives the Living Legend Award from the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Thirty-nine years ago Tuesday, Porter and Dolly record “Is Forever Longer Than Always;” their only unreleased material issued to the public between their 1976 break-up and their 1980 lawsuit-settlement album, it makes it to No. 8 as a single 13 months later. Thirty-three years ago Friday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its final of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's fourth and longest stay atop the chart); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). That same day, “But You Know That I Love You” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart, where it would peak at No. 14; the song also becomes Dolly's 15th country No. 1 and reaches No. 41 pop. Twenty-two years ago Friday, the Straight Talk soundtrack debuts on the album charts; it reaches No. 22 country, No. 138 pop. Twenty-one years ago Saturday, Slow Dancing With The Moon is certified gold (the 11th of her 14 gold albums) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies; it passes the million mark for platinum certification (Dolly's sixth and most recent) six months later. Fifty-five years ago Sunday, Dolly's first single, “Puppy Love,” recorded two years earlier on the independent Goldband label in Louisiana, is released; it doesn't chart. Eighteen years ago Sunday, I Will Always Love You And Other Greatest Hits, her Columbia best-of package and the sixth of her career, debuts on the country album charts; it peaks at No. 47.


In-person Dolly
(scheduled live appearances, some are tentative)

  • May 2-3, Dollywood Homecoming, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • May 13, Today summer concert series, New York City

    Blue Smoke World Tour

  • May 22, Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa, Okla.
  • May 23, Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa, Okla.
  • May 25, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Cherokee, N.C.
  • May 27, St. Mark Catholic Church/EKU Arts Center, Richmond, Ky.
  • May 28, Thompson-Boling Arena, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • May 30, WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Okla.
  • May 31, WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Okla.
  • June 8, Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
  • June 10, Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • June 11, O2 Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  • June 12, Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland
  • June 14, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
  • June 15, GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • June 17, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • June 18, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • June 20, First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
  • June 21, Phones 4U Arena, Manchester, England
  • June 22, LG Arena, Birmingham, England
  • June 24, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
  • June 25, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
  • June 27, O2 Arena, London, England
  • June 28, O2 Arena, London, England
  • June 29, Glastonbury Music Festival, Worthy Farm, England
  • July 2, Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England
  • July 5, Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
  • July 6, O2 World, Berlin, Germany
  • July 8, Forum, Copenhagen, Demark
  • July 9, Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
  • July 11, The Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
  • July 14, Moon and Stars Festival, Locarno, Switzerland


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • April 18, 8 p.m., TV Guide Network, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 3 p.m. April 19)
  • April 19, 8 a.m., Oxygen, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 12:30 p.m. April 19)
  • April 19, 11:45 a.m., HBO Comedy, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (re-runs 6 a.m. April 23, 8 p.m. April 25, 5:10 a.m. April 26)
  • April 21, 12:20 a.m., HBO Family, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • April 21, 5:30 p.m., HBO2, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (re-runs 12:15 p.m. April 24)
  • April 23, 6:25 a.m., 5StarMax, The Beverly Hillbillies
  • April 23, 1:30 p.m., ABC Family, Reba
  • April 27, 7 p.m., QVC, Dolly Parton: Q Sessions Live From Nashville
  • May 12, 8 p.m., AXS, The Big Interview (repeat)


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, June 10

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    'Home' Music Video Coming Soon From Dolly
    Dolly on Thursday filmed a music video in Nashville for her next Blue Smoke single, “Home.” The download single is released on Tuesday, but the release date for the video has not been announced. The Tennessean posted exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot here. In related news, Taste Of Country and The Boot have started a contest to win a signed copy of the seven-inch blue vinyl single of “Home” and “Blue Smoke” (a Record Store Day exclusive release coming out Saturday) by re-tweeting their contest tweet. Learn more here.



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    Past news

    April 17:
    Dolly Chats About Album With Yahoo
    Yahoo is releasing weekly videos of Dolly talking about each track on her upcoming Blue Smoke CD. The first four came out here on Wednesday. The site promises more each week until the album's May 13 release. In related news, The Huffington Post had a brief interview with Dolly here on the project.

    Rather Interview Released On iTunes For Sale
    Dolly's interview with Dan Rather on AXS's The Big Interview is available for download for $3 from iTunes here.

    Teen Newcomer Says How She Got Dolly On CD
    How did newcomer Mary Sarah get Dolly on her album? It was produced by Dolly's producer Kent Wells, who is also the teen singer's manager, so he got her to be the first to participate in her duets project with country legends, she told Billboard magazine in an interview here. Her CD Bridges hits U.S. stores on May 13.


    April 16:
    Get Autographed 'Blue Smoke' From Wal-Mart.com
    Dolly has announced that fans who pre-order the Wal-Mart version of her upcoming CD, Blue Smoke, not only receive the store's four exclusive bonus tracks but also a signed CD booklet. The album is available here. In related news, The Boot is taking a poll for next month's most anticipated album and as of press time, Dolly was in third place behind Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes but ahead of Rascal Flatts, Radney Foster and Chatham County Line. Vote here. Dolly had a conference call with some reporters and Something Else Reviews noted that she expounded on how she came to her gospel reworking of the Bon Jovi hit "Lay Your Hands On Me." They explained here that she called Jon Bon Jovi and asked permission, then co-writer Richie Sambora, and then the three got together and planned the version she recorded. Finally, don't forget that she performs at her sister's Red Tent Conference in Nashville Friday night and a limited edition blue vinyl single for "Blue Smoke" and "Home" comes out for Record Store Day Saturday, followed by the digital single release of "Home" on Tuesday of next week.

    A.V. Club To Spotlight Dolly In New Series
    A.V. Club and Honda have teamed up to form a new weekly web show called Pioneering that will focus on groundbreaking American musicians, including Dolly. The eight-part series features singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay driving cross-country in a Civic Coupe exploring the launching points for music's most iconic artists while current-day artists perform their own versions of the pioneering artists' songs. The show will profile Bruce Springsteen in Ashbury Park, The Ramones and A Tribe Called Quest in New York City, Dolly in Nashville, The Stooges in Detroit, Nirvana in Seattle, Gram Parsons in Los Angeles and The Grateful Dead in San Francisco. A new episode runs each Monday through May 26 here.


    April 14:
    'Blue Smoke' Remains In Top 10 Down Under
    Dolly's Blue Smoke remains in the top 10 country albums Down Under in its 10th week since release, it was revealed over the weekend. The album loses two to No. 9 on the Australian country albums chart, while The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 dips three to No. 11 country in its 325th week in the Australian country top 40 and falls off the top 50 catalog albums chart, down from No. 44 in its 41st week, and The Essential Dolly Parton gains eight to No. 24 for a 71st week on the top 40 country tally. In Ireland, the Dolly compilation A Life In Music: Ultimate Collection and The Real Dolly Parton both fall off the top 100 Irish pop albums chart, down from No. 82 and No. 87 respectively. In the U.K., Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, falls two to No. 7 on the British country compilations chart in its 30th week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony, her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) advances four to No. 2 in its 31st week on the same chart and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises two to No. 16.

    Ronstadt Induction Means Trio Mentions
    Linda Ronstadt was inducted last week into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, prompting a few Dolly mentions. Fellow Trio member Emmylou Harris told The Village Voice here prior to the ceremony that her friendship with Ronstadt was based off of their mutual love for Dolly, and in his speech officially inducting her into the Hall of Fame, Eagles member Glenn Frey (the band had been put together by Ronstadt as her touring band and studio backing band prior to their becoming rock legends on their own) dedicated one paragraph of his 12-paragraph speech to the Trio: "For the longest time, she wanted to sing and record with two dear friends, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. They called their partnership 'Trio,' and they made two gorgeous records together. When the first Trio album was released, it was certified platinum, it won a Grammy and a CMA." His full speech text is available from Ultimate Classic Rock here.


    April 11:
    Dolly Doing QVC Concert, Including Live Companion CD
    Dolly will appear on QVC for an hour-long live concert April 27 and include an exclusive five-track live bonus CD with the shopping channel's version of her upcoming album Blue Smoke, she announced Thursday. Dolly Parton: Q Sessions Live From Nashville will air at 7 p.m. Eastern that Sunday evening with songs from the album plus several of her greatest hits live before a studio audience in Music City, the network revealed. No further details were given regarding the QVC-exclusive companion CD Dolly Live, so it is unknown whether its five tunes are newly recorded live songs, tracks from her unreleased Better Day World Tour concert album recorded in Australia in 2011, previously released recordings from her 2008 tour that were packaged into the 2009 CD/DVD Live From London and 2012 Cracker Barrel re-issue under the title An Evening With . . . Dolly or previously released live recordings that were included 2007 newspaper insert promotional CD Singer, Songwriter and Legendary Performer Dolly Parton that was distributed in England. The QVC bundle will be available for pre-order starting April 24 online or by phone for approximately $20.25.

    Dolly Turns Down Second 'Playboy' Cover
    Dolly has a Q&A interview in Adweek magazine here in which she notes that Playboy magazine recently invited her to appear on their cover again (something she did in 1978) but she declined because she did not feel it would be appropriate given her philanthropic focus on children's issues.

    Concert: Dolly Playing Glastonbury Thanks To Rolling Stones
    It took The Rolling Stones to get Dolly to play England's Glastonbury Festival, its organizer says. She was impressed by the band's selection last year as the "legend" slot headliner for the music fest and finally gave in to the festival's annual request that she appear in that slot herself. "We have been trying her people for years," Michael Eavis told This Is The West Country here. "She said - they said, on her behalf - that she didn't like playing to big crowds. But she was persuaded in the end after seeing the Rolling Stones play; and with the status of U2, Coldplay."

    Dolly Remembers Bobby Denton At Tribute
    Dolly called in this week to a radio tribute in memory of longtime Knoxville broadcaster Bobby Denton, according to WATE telling listeners: "He was always great to help new artists and help people. He was very very helpful to me in my early years. People felt very warm and connected to him, because he was just a personable human being." Read more here.


    April 10:
    'Home' Comes April 22, Bonus Tracks For Wal-Mart Only
    "Home" is slated to be released April 22 as the second single from Dolly's upcoming Blue Smoke album, it has been revealed. The single will be available from all music download retailers, including Amazon.com here. In related news, cover art for the album posted at walmart.com, visible at left, contains a sticker indicating that the four bonus tracks previously announced here will be a Wal-Mart exclusive not available in other stores. As was previously reported here, the bonus tracks for the May 13 U.S. release are "Get Up, Get On, Get Out," "Olive Branch," "Angels In The Midst" and her previously-announced re-recording of "Early Morning Breeze."


    Dolly Radio Special Coming From BBC
    A two-hour Dolly special hosted by journalist Paul Sexton and taped with Dolly in Nashville will air on BBC Radio 2 at 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, it has been announced. The show, Dolly's Jukebox, sees Dolly play and discuss her favorite songs in various genres as she is interviewed.

    Meet Freida, Win Dolly-Signed Stuff At Fan Dinner
    Dolly's sister, Freida, who is now running Parton Family Wedding Chapel and Antiques, announced Wednesday that she will be the special guest for the 4th annual Dolly Fan Dinner in Sevierville after Dolly's May 2 parade. She will also be selecting at the dinner three winners for autographed items Dolly sent for the dinner: one of her personal purses, her 1994 autobiography and an 8x10 photograph. Winners need not be present to win. To enter for "Freida's Fabulous Freebies," send an e-mail to freidasfreebies@gmail.com with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address through noon Eastern May 1. Limit one entry per person. Forms may also be completed at the May 2 dinner at Bistro109, although the restaurant will not admit anyone under 18 so underaged entrants must enter via e-mail in advance. Reservations for the dinner may be made at 865-453-8899.

    Billboard Upset Dolly Not In Rock Hall
    Billboard.com on Wednesday used Dolly's photo as one of three images to illustrate the 10 biggest controversies of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. She was included in their No. 10, "The Ongoing Snubs," because she is among the major artists who have never been nominated for induction along with The Smiths, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Barry White, Meatloaf, Patsy Cline, INXS, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, The Eurythmics, Rick James and Peter, Paul and Mary, among others. Read the full list here.

    Sevierville Song Contest Deadline Extended
    Organizers of the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition in Sevierville, Tenn., have extended the entry deadline for the world's only annual singing contest dedicated to songs written by Dolly, The Mountain Press reported here. Contestants should verify Dolly's authorship of the song on the list from Dollymania.net here. The new deadline for the May 17 contest is April 16. Click here for more information.

    Knoxville Institution Bobby Denton Passes Away
    Longtime University of Tennessee football announcer Bobby Denton, former general manager of Knoxville radio station WIVK, has passed away. When Dolly was in high school, the two dated, and after she moved to Nashville he used his radio position to help her career. Read more from The Tennessean here.


    April 8:
    Concert, Lecture Tickets Available For Next Week
    Stella Parton's Red Tent Women's Conference on Monday announced that next week's event is now selling $75 Friday-only tickets for Dolly's keynote address and the concert featuring Dolly, Stella and special guests for those not wishing to purchase $400 tickets for the full weekend conference. Single night tickets for the April 18 event are available here. In addition, the 15 eBay auctions for the night's concert and lecture plus meet-and-greet photos with Stella and Dolly end at 6 p.m. Eastern Tuesday here.

    Create Spotify Playlist For Prize Entry
    Entries began on Monday for a Spotify contest to create a playlist of your 10 favorite Dolly songs, including her current single "Blue Smoke," and get a chance at a weekly Blue Smoke prize package plus having your list featured on Dolly's Facebook page. Enter here.


    April 7:
    DVD Of Classic Dolly Appearances Released
    Classic Country DVD, a video release company that uses old television footage for DVDs of country music, has just put out a Dolly collection. The $10 DVD features 26 solo Dolly performances from 1967 to 1977, nearly all from The Porter Wagoner Show, as well as 15 Porter duets from his program. Classic Country DVD also has released several volumes of complete episodes of The Porter Wagoner Show and this DVD features most, but not all, of the Dolly performances that those previously-released DVDs contained plus no duplicate performances of songs she sang multiple times on those earlier DVDs except for two "Coat of Many Colors" performances. The solo songs featured are: "Dumb Blonde," "Fuel To The Flame," "I'll Oilwells Love You," "Your Old Handy Man," "Mama, Say A Special Prayer For Me," "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind," "The Bridge," "Daddy," "He's A Go-Getter," "Joshua," "Just Because I'm A Woman," "Coat Of Many Colors" (two performances), "Tennessee Mountain Home," "Traveling Man," "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Bubbling Over," "Love With Me," "Gypsy, Joe and Me," "I Will Always Love You," "Jolene," "Love Is Like A Butterfly," "Early Morning Breeze," "Higher And Higher," "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right," "Applejack." The duets are: "Holding On To Nothing," "Jeanie's Afraid Of The Dark," "Milwaukee, Here We Come," "Malena," "The Right Combination," "Ten Four, Over And Out," "The Last Thing On My Mind," "Just Someone I Used To Know," "Run That By Me One More Time," "We Found It," "Lost Forever In Your Kiss," "Her And The Car And The Mobile Home," "The Pain Of Loving You," "Love Means The Most," "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man." Order your copy of Dolly: A Collection of Hits And Duets here.

    Overseas Chart Updates Detailed
    Dolly's Blue Smoke slips back a little this week on the Australian country albums chart, dipping three to No. 7 in its ninth week, while The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 holds steady at No. 8 country in its 324th week in the Australian top 40 and falls six to No. 44 in its 41st week on the catalog albums chart there, and The Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 40 country albums tally down under at No. 32 for a 70th chart week. In Ireland, the Dolly compilation A Life In Music: Ultimate Collection advances one on the top 100 Irish pop albums chart to No. 82 and The Real Dolly Parton re-enters at No. 87. In the U.K., Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, holds steady at No. 5 on the British country compilations chart in its 29th week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony, her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds at No. 6 in its 30th week on the same chart and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises two to No. 18.

    Order 'Blue Smoke' MP3 Album From Amazon
    Amazon.com is now taking advanced orders for the MP3 version of Dolly's Blue Smoke CD on May 13. Reserve your copy as an MP3 download here and remember it is also available on CD here and vinyl here.

    Meet-And-Greet Auction Ends Tuesday
    Don't forget that the auctions to attend Stella Parton's April 18 Red Tent Conference for women, enjoy Dolly's keynote address, take in a concert featuring the two sisters with special guests and get a meet-and-greet photo with Dolly and Stella conclude on Tuesday. As of press time Sunday night, bids on the 15 individual tickets ranged from one at $400 to several $500s and a couple as high as $710 (the $400 bid was not at the minimum yet). Place your bids here!

    Reporter Tells What It's Like Interviewing Dolly
    A cute behind-the-scenes story of a brief group interview with Dolly from her recent press appearances made The Mountain Press over the weekend. Read it here.

    Dolly Pic Illustrates Letterman Retirement
    David Letterman announced last week he was stepping down from his late night hosting duties sometime next year, and The Boston Herald used a photo with one of his favorite repeating guests, Dolly, to illustrate his career. Check it out here.

    Parton Family Wedding Chapel And Antiques Profiled
    Dolly's sister Freida Parton recently opened an antique store and wedding chapel in their home county. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported on the store here, but it is available to subscribers only. Check out the Parton Family Wedding Chapel and Antiques' Facebook page here.

    Cincinnati Gay Men's Chorus Celebrates Dolly
    The Cincinnati Men's Chorus on Saturday and Sunday night played to sold out crowds with their Hello Dolly show consisting of all-new settings of classic Dolly songs and tunes written by Hello Dolly composer Jerry Herman styled by several gay men's chorus arrangers from both the Cincinnati area and the East Coast. Highlights of the nearly two-hour presentation featured stunning reimaginations of "Jolene" and a completely a capella "Travelin' Thru" complete with vocal sound effects to replicate the African-inspired accompaniment of Dolly's Oscar-nominated original song as well as an especially moving "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning," performed days after a prominent pro-marriage equality ruling from U.S. federal court just a few blocks from the stage. A moment of humor came in the form of several masculine drag Dollys when the chorus performed a number from Herman's drag musical La Cage Aux Folles. Other Dolly songs from the show, some of which were performed on their own and some of which were mashed up with Herman songs from his various musicals, included "Coat Of Many Colors," "Love Is Like A Butterfly," "Tennessee Mountain Home," "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That?," "9 To 5," "Let Love Grow," "Backwoods Barbie," "I Will Always Love You" and "Better Get To Living."


    April 4:
    'Trio' Vinyl Release Pushed Back One Month
    Warner Brothers Records has announced the release date for the 180-gram vinyl edition of 1987's Trio album by Dolly, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris has been delayed to June 10. It had originally been planned for a May 13 release, the same day as her Blue Smoke CD in the U.S. (also available that day in vinyl here), the Porter & Dolly boxed set Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 and the U.S. release for Mary Sarah's Bridges with Dolly on "Jolene." Pre-order the Trio album on vinyl here . In other release news, I'm told that those who advanced ordered the children's book Who Is Dolly Parton? from Amazon began receiving their copies on Wednesday, its release date.

    Radio Program Celebrates 'Jolene' Covers
    Folkadelphia, a folk music radio program on Philadelphia's XPN, chose Dolly's "Jolene" as this week's focus folk song, with the host noting he never thought they'd get to a song as recent as 1973 so soon but that the tune has almost become a traditional song because of its universality. The program played covers by Olivia Newton-John, Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, Matraca Berg and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. The first three versions are played starting about 20 minutes into the hour-long program, while the fourth is the last song played. Listen here.

    Louis Owens Services Scheduled
    Arrangements have been made for Dolly's Uncle Louis Owens, who as it was reported here Wednesday night, passed away that morning. The Knoxville News Sentinel covered the death on Thursday here, including a statement from Dolly: "What a sad day to lose my uncle Louis Owens. He was an inspiration to me my whole life. He gave me my first guitar - a baby Martin - when I was seven years old. He ran my publishing company and played in my band for many years. He also played with the Kinfolks at Dollywood but retired a few years ago. I love him and will miss him greatly." An obituary is available from Atchley Funeral Home here. Services will be held Sunday.


    April 3:
    Dan Rather Interviews Dolly For AXS


    A Dolly interview with Dan Rather described in a press release as "candid" and "honest and open" will run at 8 p.m. Eastern Monday, April 14, on cable network AXS TV's The Big Interview program with a repeat scheduled for May 12. The hour-long interview, filmed recently in her Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood, covers her life, her businesses, her charity work, film and television career and music. A preview clip is available on YouTube here or in the media player above.

    In Memoriam: Dolly's Uncle Louis Owens
    Thoughts and prayers go out to Dolly's family on the loss of her uncle, Louis Owens. Family members said her mother's brother died Tuesday at the age of 80. His passing leaves just uncles Bill Owens and Alden Owens, the youngest of her mother's seven siblings, living. A performer himself, Louis co-wrote with Dolly her songs "When Possession Gets Too Strong" from 1970's Fairest Of Them All and "Curse Of The Wild Weed Flower" from her 1971 Two Of A Kind duet album with Porter Wagoner. He also wrote their duet "Before Our Weakness Gets Too Strong" from 1970's Once More. When a teen-age Dolly made her first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry, it was uncles Bill and Louis, along with Louis's wife, Colleen, who drove her to Nashville. He also appeared in her 1984 film Rhinestone as a member of the Wild Possums Band. He was the father to Richie Owens – a musician in his own right who produced Dolly's 1998 CD Hungry Again – and Jeff Owens. Funeral arrangements were not known as of press time Wednesday night.


    April 2:
    Stella, Dolly Meet-And-Greet Auctions Offered
    Stella Parton's Red Tent Women's Conference in Nashville has released 15 tickets to the event for auction on eBay including center seats in the first three rows for the April 18 keynote address by Dolly, concert featuring Dolly and sister Stella and a meet-and-greet photo with the two siblings that evening. Each auction is for one ticket, and the reserve price for each one is somewhere between $300 and $500. The auctions end the afternoon of Tuesday, April 8. Representatives say that although the weekend is a women's conference, men are welcome for the festivities. Place bids here.

    Ronstadt Skipping Hall Of Fame Ceremony
    Dolly pal Linda Ronstadt will not be attending next week's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, she tells Billboard here, explaining her health is the main reason keeping her away although she doesn't seek out recognition and awards. In addition, she noted that although she can no longer sing due to Parkinson's disease, she hopes to continue curating archival releases, specifically mentioning wanting to put together something such as an album of songs she's recorded with other female artists such as Dolly and Emmylou Harris. In related news, The Cleveland Plain Dealer profiled fellow inductee Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam, one of Dolly's favorite singers, noting that he plans to attend if he can get a visa to enter the U.S. and explaining he was in transit to meet Dolly in 2004 when he was barred from entering the country due to being placed on a terrorist watch list. Read his interview here.


    April 1:
    Dollywood Opening Weekend Video Available


    The Dollymania News Video of Dolly's appearances at Dollywood's opening weekend has been posted to YouTube and is viewable here or in the media player above. In related news, her annual Make A Wish breakfasts each year are usually not publicized much, but the story of a little girl who met her over the weekend made The Lexington Dispatch here this week.

    Dolly's Library Adds N.C., Fla. Communities
    Dolly's Imagination Library continues to expand, with affiliates launching in Polk County, N.C., The Tryon Daily Bulletin reported here, and Daytona Beach, Fla., The News-Journal reported here.


    March 31:
    Four 'Blue Smoke' Bonus Tracks Announced, Order Vinyl Version
    You may recall it being reported here several weeks ago that Dolly producer Kent Wells had revealed on Facebook that he was mixing bonus tracks for the U.S. release of her Blue Smoke CD, coming out May 13. Now the tracks that are being added to the album are known: "Get Up, Get On, Get Out," "Olive Branch," "Angels In The Midst" and her previously-announced re-recording of "Early Morning Breeze," which she had originally recorded on 1971's Coat Of Many Colors and 1974's Jolene. Thanks, Solomon! There's no word yet whether the bonus tracks will appear on all releases of the CD or just those in certain stores. In related news, it was also first reported here on Friday night that the album was also being released that day in 180-gram collectors' vinyl, and Amazon over the weekend added a pre-order page for the vinyl edition. Reserve your copy here for $36.51!

    Porter & Dolly Boxed Set Price Reduced
    Also coming out on May 13 is the 160-song Porter & Dolly boxed set Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76, which Amazon has just reduced in price to $177. Get yours here!

    Dollywood Audio Files Uploaded To Site
    Your official Dollymania.net coverage of Dollywood's opening weekend continues tonight with the uploading of all of the audio files of Dolly's appearances, including from the Boy Scout dinner honoring Ted Miller, the FireChaser Express ride opening and her "surprise appearances" at the park's shows. Access them in that section of the site here.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    Dolly's Blue Smoke improves this week on the Australian country albums chart, gaining three to No. 4 in its eighth week, while The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 rises five to No. 8 country in its 323rd week in the Australian top 40 and loses 13 to No. 38 in its 40th week on the catalog albums chart there. In the U.K., Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, inches up one to No. 5 on the British country compilations chart in its 28th week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony, her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains six to No. 6 in its 29th week on the same chart and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips nine to No. 20.


    March 29:
    Vinyl Releases Of 'Trio,' 'Blue Smoke' Coming
    May 13 is turning out to be a red letter day for Dolly releases, in addition to the previously-announced U.S. version of her Blue Smoke album and the German import of the massive 160-song, six-CD complete Porter & Dolly RCA recordings boxed set Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76, Dollymania.net has learned that it will also be the release date for three additional Dolly products: the U.S. release of the Mary Sarah duets collection Bridges, which as was previously reported here will feature a new collaboration with Dolly on "Jolene," as well as a 180 gram collector-grade vinyl edition of Blue Smoke from Sony Masterworks/Dolly Records and a re-issue of her 1987 Trio project with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris also on 180 gram collector-grade vinyl from Warner Brothers Records. While Amazon doesn't yet have a pre-order for Bridges, they do have a pre-order page for an overseas import version scheduled for release April 15 here, and while the vinyl Blue Smoke likewise is not yet available for pre-order from Amazon, but the vinyl re-issue of Trio is available here.

    Billboard: Melbourne Concerts Grossed $1.9 Million
    Another set of Dolly concerts made this week's Billboard Box Score top show grosses, with her two nights at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, coming in at No. 7 this week with combined ticket sales totaling $1.9 million. One of the two shows sold out and the other sold 91 percent of its tickets, giving the two nights a 96 percent sales rate for the 16,000 tickets that were made available. In other chart news, the Dolly compilation A Life In Music: Ultimate Collection re-enters the Irish top 100 pop albums chart this week at No. 83.

    More Dolly Photos, Stories From Last Week
    Another gallery of photos from Dolly's appearances last week has been uploaded to Dollymania.net here, this time focusing on the Boy Scouts dinner honoring Dolly Parton Productions President Ted Miller. Still to come are another video report as well as the audio files from the weekend! In addition, some other coverage from the weekend's interviews and appearances include stories from The Bristol Herald Courier on the new Dollywood ride addition here and an interview with Dolly (that starts off talking about a "Good Golly Miss Dolly" tour of her home area that is available for fans to take) here, a tease for an upcoming interview in Woman's Day here, talk with FOX News Radio regarding her upcoming album here and an overview of the new season kick-off from Behind The Thrills here.

    Dolly Talks About Living On A Bus
    Dolly's RV/tour bus lifestyle is profiled this week in American Adventure, an insert in this weekend's edition of USA Today sold in New York, South Florida, the Carolinas, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. A digital version of the article is available online here.


    March 27:
    New Dollywood Images Posted
    Your Dollymania.net coverage of Dolly's visit to Dollywood over the weekend continues with several new photo galleries of Dolly in her firefighter outfit from the opening of the park's new FireChaser Express roller coaster. Check them out here! And, yes, there's still more to come! The park on Wednesday issued a press release on this year's Festival of Nations, quoting Dolly as saying here: "I've been truly blessed to discover so many amazing and beautiful cultures during my travels. I'm glad I can share those experiences with the folks who visit Dollywood during my Festival of Nations. Families can enjoy the best the world has to offer right here in my Smoky Mountain home."

    Dolly Among Those Suing Small Town Bar
    Dolly has gotten into the controversy of suing bars for not paying songwriter royalties on music they play. Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), one of the companies that licenses performance rights for songs on behalf of songwriters, has in recent years sued several establishments that play music without buying an annual license from them for the right to do so. A BMI representative recently visited Stix & Stones Bar and Grill in Sugar Creek, Mo., which did not have such a license, and documented a guest DJ playing four BMI songs: "We Will Rock You," "Teach Me How To Dougie," "Callin' Baton Rouge" and "I Will Always Love You," which brought Dolly's Velvet Apple Music publishing company into the situation as one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit when BMI decided to sue on behalf of its clients. Read more from The Kansas City Business Journal here.


    March 26:
    Latest Dollywood Galleries Posted
    Dollymania.net's coverage of the season opening of Dollywood with Dolly last weekend continues tonight with additional photo galleries. Check them out here! Still more to come! The park on Tuesday issued a press release on this year's new ride addition, quoting Dolly saying here: "My new FireChaser Express has folks goin' in all different directions, and that's going to be a lot of fun but it teaches an important lesson, too. FireChaser Express celebrates our heroes—firefighters—and it reminds the rest of us that we can all be heroes if we'll just step up and help others, whether it's in a small way or a big way." And an interview with WOWK in Charleston, W.V., was posted here.


    March 25:
    More Coverage Of Dollywood Opening
    Your official Dollymania.net coverage of Dolly's weekend appearances at Dollywood to open for the 2014 season continues tonight with several photo galleries. Check them out here! Much more to come! Other coverage is available from The Tennessean here and Henderson, Ky., TV station WEHT here.

    Dolly Announcement For Red Tent Conference Covered
    The Tennessean noted the addition of Dolly to sister Stella Parton's Red Tent Conference in Music City next month with a brief here.

    Dolly's Library Eyeing Ebooks
    Dolly's Imagination Library may soon include ebooks, following a study that found both print books and ebooks benefitted children. Read more from The Silver City Sun News in New Mexico here.

    British Chart Updates
    Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, dips four to No. 6 on the British country compilations chart in its 27th week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony, her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses seven to No. 12 in its 28th week on the same chart and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises three to No. 11.


    March 23:
    'Blue Smoke'/'Home' Vinyl Single Coming In April
    Sony Masterworks and Dolly Records will on April 19 issue a limited edition blue vinyl 7-inch single for "Blue Smoke" and "Home" using the cover art at left (click on it for a larger view) to commemorate 2014's National Record Store Day, which celebrates locally-owned music stores around the country. The release will be a RSD exclusive. Check out their website here to use a search function to find record stores in your area that are participating. However, participation does not mean the store plans to stock all exclusive releases available that day, so you will need to contact individual stores directly to ask whether they will be stocking the Dolly single for the April 19 event. Thanks, Bryan!

    Dolly Opens Dollywood To The Public
    Dolly returned to her Dollywood theme park on Saturday for its first official day open to the general public for the 2014 season. She popped in for a performance of the Festival of Nations headliners "Mother Africa" and then for the Columbian music and dance show "La Danza de Columbia," capping off the day with her traditional park tour. She is next expected to visit the park when she is town for her annual Homecoming Dolly Parade through Pigeon Forge the weekend of May 2. Additional coverage is available from WAVE in Louisville here, The Mountain Press here, Theme Park Insider here and The Kingsport Times News here. Your official Dollymania.net coverage will continue over the next several days with a video report, audio files, photo galleries and more (although there is unlikely to be a Sunday night/Monday morning update due to your webmaster being in transit). Image is copyright ©  2014 T. Duane Gordon/www.dollymania.net. Click on it for a larger version.

    Australian Chart Updates
    Dolly's Blue Smoke continues to slide down the Australian country albums chart, slipping another four to No. 7 in its seventh week and off the top 50 pop albums list, down from No. 41 in its sixth week. The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 drops five to No. 13 country in its 322nd week in the Australian top 40 and loses 11 to No. 25 catalog albums in its 39th week. Finally, The Essential Dolly Parton falls out of the top 40 country albums Down Under, down from No. 33 in its 69th week.

    Pre-Order New Boxed Set
    Amazon.com on Saturday added a pre-order page to reserve your copy of the May 13 Bear Family Records release for the massive six-CD, 160-song boxed set Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 featuring all of Porter Wagoner and Dolly's duet recordings for RCA Records. The price is $211, which isn't bad because that comes to an average of $1.32 per song, which is about what a standard new release CD costs consumers. Get it here!


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