Thirty-eight years ago Monday, Dolly wins two Grammy Awards for “9 to 5” -- Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song; the hit was also up for overall Song Of The Year and Best Album From A Motion Picture. Forty-nine years ago Thursday, “Better Move It On Home” with Porter debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 7. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, “Single Women” debuts on the country singles charts; it would peak at No. 8. Twenty-one years ago Thursday, Trio II with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt debuts on the album charts; it peaks at No. 4 country, No. 62 pop and No. 3 U.K. country, earns one Grammy Award and reaches gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold. Eighteen years ago Thursday, Dolly wins her seventh Grammy Award, this time for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Shine.” Forty-four years ago Friday, “Hey, Lucky Lady” debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 19. Thirty-nine years ago Friday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its third of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's fourth and longest time there); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). That same day, the single “9 To 5” marks its first of two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart. Thirty-four years ago Friday, Dolly serves as the opening act for close friend Barbara Mandrell's first concert appearance after Mandrell suffered a near-fatal automobile accident several months earlier. Fifty-one years ago Sunday, Dolly's third solo album, In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad), debuts on the country album charts; it would reach No. 15.
U.K., Feb. 24 edition:
The Complete Trio Collection No longer in top 20 country compilation (down from No. 13; 179th week; peaked at No. 1)
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
March 13, Dollywood Season Opening, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
March 14, PaleyFest, Los Angeles
April 2, The Library That Dolly Built premiere; New York City
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Feb. 29, 6 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Tom T. Hall
March 8, 6 p.m., TBS, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous
March 29, 9 p.m., REELZ, Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again ABC News Special
Dolly To Pop In At Dollywood March 13 Although Dolly is expected to miss the first public opening day of Dollywood's 35th operating season due to her Paley Media Center appearance scheduled in Los Angeles that day, she will be on park the day before during Season Passholder Preview Day March 13 to announce her company's "largest investment plan" in its history, it was revealed in a media alert released Wednesday. The alert did not note whether or not the public will be able to attend the appearance.
'Heartstrings' Wins Movieguide Award The “These Old Bones” episode of Dolly Netflix series Heartstrings won the Movieguide Award's Faith and Freedom Award for TV, it was announced this week. The awards were actually handed out a month ago but the winners not revealed publicly until after they aired on Hallmark Drama this week. The program had also been up for the Epiphany Prize for TV, which both of her NBC movies Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors had won, and its star Kathleen Turner for the Grace Prize for TV, which Coat star Alyvia Alyn Lind had won, but lost each of those honors. More information is available from Christian Posthere.
New Magazine Interview Down Under Dolly recently sat down with Australian Women's Weekly magazine to talk about her life and career as her stage musical premieres Down Under. Check out the interview here.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz gains three to No. 12 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the Feb. 29 charts released Tuesday showed. The band's album with the track, Church, slips nine to No. 13 in its second week on the top dance albums chart. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, remains steady at No. 42 hot Christian songs.
Harry Potter Thinks Dolly Should Play God Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is a huge Dolly fan, he told Smooth Radiohere and says he wishes he had suggested she be cast as God in his current show Miracle Workers.
FOX Show Taking Dolly Drag To ER Fans will want to catch FOX's The Resident on March 10 when the plot centers around a Dolly drag queen being admitted to the ER after collapsing on stage. The episode title is “Doll E. Wood.”
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Feb. 24: New 'Jesus' Music Video Coming Soon Steve Summers, Dolly's creative director, on Thursday shared to Instagram a photo of the pair with singer Zach Williams and news that they had just finished filming a music video for their collaboration "There Was Jesus". No word on when the video will be released.
Dolly's Words Spoken At Shabalala Funeral Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala was laid to rest on Saturday in his native South Africa following his death Feb. 11 at age 78. South African station Channel 24 listed a letter from Dolly, read at the service by South African Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, as the No. 1 of five standout moments from the funeral here. In a separate story here, the channel noted Dolly said: "My heart, love, and prayers are with Joseph Shabalala's family and friends today. I, like all of you, know what a great, warm, and talented man he was. One of the greatest joys of my life and career was working with Joseph and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on my record pf Peace Train. Well, Joseph is riding that peace train now. And my wish for you, Joseph, is to rest in peace as you ride today." Dolly had recruited the band for her cover of Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" for her 1996 album Treasures and returned the favor for their 1997 album Heavenly with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" featuring Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates The track "Faith" by Dolly and Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, regained three spots this week to No. 12 on the hot dance/electronic songs chart, the Feb. 22 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, regained two to No. 40 hot Christian songs. Across the pond, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises eight to No. 10 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls seven to No. 14, Essential Dolly Parton slips two to No. 18, and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt falls off the top 20, down from No. 13, after 179 weeks on the chart. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) increases four to No. 4 in its 440th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
ABC Special Headed To REELZ REELZ cable network over the weekend announced it had acquired the ABC News special Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again! which aired in November and will broadcast it at 9 p.m. Eastern Sunday, March 29.
Movieguide Awards Air Monday Hallmark Drama has announced that the Movieguide Awards, where Dolly's Heartstrings series on Netflix is up for three awards for its "These Old Bones" episode, will air at 11 p.m. Eastern Monday on the network and be available on the Hallmark Everywhere app on Tuesday.
Feb. 17: Library Film Opening Nationwide April 2, Ohio Program Lauded
You should soon be able to find out when and where to see a local premiere of the upcoming Imagination Library documentary The Library That Dolly Built, on or about April 2. Dollymania.net has learned the documentary, made by University of Tennessee students and faculty, is expected to open at about 250 cinemas across the country for special showings. A search confirmed several locations for showings (all are April 2 except for Anchorage, Alaska, which is April 6). Known screenings at this time are:
Bear Tooth Theatre, Anchorage, Alaska
Plaza Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
Music Box Theatre, Chicago, Ill.
Rhea County, Tenn. (location unknown)
Greene County, Tenn. (location unknown)
Mary Pickford Theater, Cathedral City, Calif.
Bloomington Cinema, Bloomington Ill
Brannon Crossing Cinema, Nicholasville, Ky.
Denton Cinema, Denton, Texas
Hulen Cinema, Hulen, Texas
Movie Tavern Brookville Square, Brookville, Wisc.
O'Fallon Cinema, O'Fallon, Ill.
Ronnie's Cinema, St. Louis, Mo.
Roswell Cinema, Roswell, Ga.
Southbridge Crossing Cinema, Shakopee, Minn.
St. Charles Cinema, St. Charles, Mo.
Syracuse Cinema, Camillus, N.Y.
Trexlertown Cinema, Allentown, Penn.
Williamsburg Cinema, Williamsburg, Va.
Regal Wilsonville Town Center 9, Wilsonville, Ore.
Regal Downtown West Cinema, Knoxville, Tenn.
Regal Pinnacle, Knoxville, Tenn.
In related news, the program celebrated its recent efforts to expand statewide in Ohio thanks to a $5 million legislative appropriation and promotion by the state's first lady with a video from Dolly posted over the weekend here or in the media player above.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates The track "Faith" by Dolly and Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, could be ending its Billboard run, the Feb. 15 charts released Tuesday indicated. The track fell off the dance/electronic digital sales chart, down from No. 15, dance airplay chart, down from No. 23, and dance club play chart, down from No. 48. It slipped three to No. 15 on the hot dance/electronic songs. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, inched down one to No. 42 hot Christian songs. Across the pond, 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) drops eight to No. 18 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips three to No. 7, Essential Dolly Parton gains two to No. 16, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 13, and Ultimate Dolly Parton falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 20. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) falls two to No. 8 in its 439th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
'Little Sparrow' Video Premieres Taste Of Country on Friday premiered the music video for Candi Carpenter's cover of Dolly's "Little Sparrow," which she performed on her Opry anniversary special. Check it out here.
'9 To 5' Documentary Wraps Filming, Again The filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary Still Working 9 To 5 reported over the weekend that they had previously announced the ending of filming prematurely, as they added another interview, this one with original film co-star Dabney Coleman. Now the project goes to editing.
Feb. 10: '9 To 5: The Musical' London Cast Album Released Ambassador Theatre Group on Friday released a live West End Cast Recording of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical featuring the original London cast. You may purchase it here. It differs from the original Broadway cast album in that Dolly appears on three tracks ("9 To 5," the entr'acte, and the finale reprise of "9 To 5," where she sings and provides voice-over narration via videotape appearance during the revised production), has added the entr'acte and cast bows that were not included in the original album, and has replaced the fantasy scenes' songs ("Dance Of Death," "Cowgirl's Revenge," "Potion Notion," and "Joy To The Girls") with one new number, "Hey, Boss." Also on Friday, Galantis released their full-length album Church, featuring the original version of their collaboration with Dolly and Mr. Probz, "Faith." And Amazon UK updated the information on the upcoming four-albums-on-two-CDs release of Just Between You And Me/Always, Always/Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca/Love And Music that it has been delayed until Feb. 14.
U.S., Aussie, U.K. Chart Updates The track "Faith" by Dolly and Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, fell back out of the top 10 on the hot dance/electronic songs last week, the Feb. 8 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The song lost two to No. 12 on that overall tally, also slipping three to No. 15 dance/electronic digital sales, 17 spots to No. 23 dance airplay and six to No. 48 club play. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, loses two to No. 41 hot Christian songs. Across the pond, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses three to No. 10 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains three to No. 4, Essential Dolly Parton falls four to No. 18, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt inches up one to No. 13, and Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 20. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 6 in its 438th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, and Dolly's single "9 To 5" debuts on the Australian top 100 pop singles chart at No. 53 due to the musical theatre adaptation launching in the country.
Dolly Fan Mark Burgess Memorial Site Seeks Pics The sister of Mark Burgess, former webmaster of the Dolly fan site Dolly.net who died several years ago, has created a memorial page for him and is asking his Dolly friends to submit any photos of him through the years that they have. The page is located here.
Feb. 4: Dolly Reveals Husband Was Hospitalized Last Week
Dolly's husband, Carl Dean, was in the hospital in Nashville last week, she disclosed at an event. It is not known at this time whether he is still being treated at the facility. Video surfaced over the weekend on Facebook here (and in the media player above) at an event from Wednesday night to honor producer Brian Ahern on his birthday. Taking the stage with Trio member Emmylou Harris (for whom Ahern produced 11 albums from 1975 through 2008 and to whom he was married from 1979 to 1984) to sing with her Emmy's hit "To Daddy," which Dolly wrote, she revealed to the crowd: "My husband's over at Vanderbilt tonight. He's not doing good. He's been over there a couple of days." Dolly is very private about Carl so she almost never publicly discusses his health. That was six days ago and most hospital stays for the elderly are only a few days so it would not be surprising if he has since been sent home, but I wouldn't expect her to be likely to address the matter publicly anytime soon. She then headlined the Gift of Music benefit in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium Thursday night, performing several songs. Check out footage of her singing "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" a capella here or in the media player below.
PaleyFest Tickets Still Available Thanks to Greg for alerting me that plenty of tickets remain available for Dolly's next scheduled public appearance, her panel discussion at The Paley Center for Media March 14. Tickets, available at Ticketmaster, quickly sold out in the orchestra and first mezzanine sections, and all but a couple of tickets are gone in the second mezzanine. Although most presentations in the venue do not open the third mezzanine for sale, that section was opened soon after tickets first became available, and most of those seats remain available at this time. Dolly is expected to miss the opening weekend at Dollywood due to this special appearance.
U.S., Overseas Charts The track "Faith" by Dolly and Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, remained steady last week at No. 10 hot dance/electronic songs, the Feb. 1 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The song lost two to No. 12 dance/electronic digital sales, three spots to No. 6 dance airplay and four to No. 42 club play. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, inches up one to No. 39 hot Christian songs. Across the pond, 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 Ronstadt) shoots up seven to No. 7 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses five to No. 7, Essential Dolly Parton dips one to No. 14, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt falls six 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) falls back off the top 20, down from No. 17. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 6 in its 437th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Jan. 27: 'God Only Knows' Wins Grammy, 'Girl In The Movies' Loses Dolly on Sunday won her ninth regular Grammy Award, thanks to her collaboration with For King & Country on "God Only Knows." The Australian duo's remix featuring her duet vocals was the version of their tune nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, which is awarded to the performers (For King & Country and Dolly) and writers (Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Tedd Tiornhorn and the brothers who comprise For King & Country, Joel and Luke Smallbone).
They beat Casting Crowns' "Only Jesus," Danny Gokey's "Haven't Seen it Yet," Tauren Wells' "God's Not Done With You" and Zach Williams' "Rescue Story." (Her collaboration with Williams, "There Was Jesus", came out four days after the cut-off for consideration for this year's awards and may be considered for next year in this category.)
In accepting the award, Joel Smallbone noted it was Australia Day and encouraged Americans to visit their home continent because tourism is suffering greatly from the wildfires. He also thanked Dolly "who is an incredible human being" in making "one of the great moments of our career," explaining she told them she loved the song "because it is reaching to the marginalized, the depressed, to the suicidal, which is all of us at some point." Coverage of the win included The Australianhere. For King & Country also won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Album for the record that contained the original version of the song without Dolly.
Unfortunately, Dolly lost Best Song Written For Visual Media, for which she had been nominated with co-writer Linda Perry for "Girl In The Movies" from the Netflix film Dumplin'. That award was won for the second year in a row by Lady Gaga and crew for a track from A Star Is Born, this time "I'll Never Love Again." ("Shallow" had been released as a single prior to the Grammy deadline two years ago and won at last year's awards, while the remainder of the soundtrack came out after that deadline and qualified for this year's awards.)
The win brings Dolly's regular Grammy count to nine awards, plus a 10th special Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, which usually isn't counted officially. (She was also part of a Louvin Brothers tribute album that won Best Country Album several years ago but since it was credited as Various Artists instead of each performer's individual name, the Academy doesn't count it toward her official total.) In addition, she won the Grammys' MusiCares Person of the Year last year and has had four songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her career total of 49 nominations is second only to Beyonce (with 70) for the record of the most-nominated woman in the awards' history, and her total of 32 Grammy ceremonies at which she has received at least one nomination out of the total 62 Grammy years that have taken place is the record for the most by any woman, the most by any country artist, and the most for any vocalist (she moved one ahead of Sir Paul McCartney with this year's nominations). Including non-vocalists, she is tied for No. 2 with pianist/composer Chick Corea behind No. 1 composer John Williams with nominations at 39 ceremonies.
'Live From Here' Sings Dolly Songs Chris Thiele's Live From Here public radio show (formerly known as Prairie Home Companion) paid tribute to Dolly last week for her birthday with some cover tunes of her songs. Check them out here.
Jan. 21: Galantis Releases More Remixes After releasing the original version and three remixes, Galantis on Friday put out a six-song EP album of their "Faith" collaboration with Dolly and Mr. Probz featuring four all-new remixes. The collection, titled Remixes, includes the previously-issued Galantis & Bali Bandits VIP Mix and Jewel & Sparks Remix, adding the MOTi & Terry McLove Remix, JORD Remix, John Dahlback Remix, and Elliot Fitch Remix. The song's Acoustic mix is not included on the EP. Download your copy of the new remix EP here!
'Faith' Still Strong On U.S. Charts, Trio On U.K. The song also remains hot on the charts, the Jan. 25 Billboard tallies released Tuesday showed. The track "Faith" by Dolly and Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, moves back into the top 10 on the hot dance/electronic songs and dance/electronic digital sales charts, sitting at No. 10 on both, up two and six places, respectively, although it slips one to No. 3 dance airplay and five to No. 38 club play. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, drops two to No. 40 hot Christian songs. Across the pond, after two weeks at No. 1, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips one to No. 2 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, it was revealed Friday, as Essential Dolly Parton loses nine to No. 15, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt inches down one to No. 8, 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 Ronstadt) gains five to No. 8 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 17.
Thursday's Benefit Sells Out In Two Minutes As Dollymania was the first non-Facebook media outlet to report earlier this week, Dolly will headline next week's Dustin J. Wells Foundation Gift of Music fundraising concert for the third time. A total of 100 presale tickets were sold mid-week to patients of the dentist who founded the foundation in memory of his son, and the remaining 2,200 seats at the Ryman Auditorium went on sale to the general public on Friday morning and reportedly sold out within two minutes.
Dolly's Meme Goes Viral Dolly's social media staff this week sent out a meme of her in different poses alleging they represent different attitudes taken on various media outlets (professional network LinkedIn, social network Facebook, photo sharing service Instagram, and dating service Tinder). She didn't originate the meme, as I found someone who had posted a version back in August, but she was responsible for it going viral, with dozens of celebrities and thousands of normal folks posting their versions hours later. Check out a story about what is being called the #DollyPartonChallenge from Good Morning Americahere.
Denver Dolly Day Coming Sunday Folks in Colorado this weekend will want to head out to Denver for the Dolly Day Denver, an event at The Oriental Theatre Sunday that will benefit the city's affiliate of Dolly's Imagination Library. The 3-6 p.m. family-friendly portion of the day features line-dancing lessons, a drag queen story hour, vendors, food and an attempt to set the world record for the biggest gathering of Dolly look-a-likes. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for kids 5 and under. The evening brings a 7 p.m. adults-only variety show, for which tickets are $20 (or $30 for the entire day).
Jan. 21: Dolly Headlines Gift Of Music For Third Time Dolly was announced Sunday as the headliner for the Jan. 30 7 p.m. Gift of Music fundraiser concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to benefit the Dustin J. Wells Foundation. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday, six days before the show. Tickets are $100 for unobstructed views and $85 for obstructed views plus a limited number of VIP tickets for $1,200 each featuring seating at the foot of the stage, heavy hors d'oeuvres throughout the show, and an open bar throughout the show. (VIP seats are only availably by calling organizers at 615-371-8878.) This marks Dolly's third time helping the Foundation at the show. She provided a solo concert in 2015 and performed as one of many supporters at its 2009 benefit. This show, like 2009's, will have several other entertainers over the course of the evening: Lee Greenwood, Lonestar, Collin Raye, T.G. Sheppard, Drew Baldridge, Abby Anderson, Artimus Pyle Band, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Red Mountain Bluegrass Band, Brad and Maisy Stella, Taylor Hope, and Scott Bass in addition to Dolly. The Foundation primarily funds the W.O. Smith School of Music in Nashville.
Dolly Inks Deal With American Greetings Dolly announced last week a multi-year partnership with American Greetings to create digital and physical greeting card products that integrate her music and "Dollyisms." They will initially be available online followed by physical cards in coming months. In a release, Dolly said: "I am so thrilled to begin this relationship with the folks at American Greetings. When presented with this opportunity I knew it was perfect for me. I love connecting with people in unique ways and being able to integrate products that take inspiration from my music, and the life lessons I have learned through the years makes this extra special. I know first-hand how a few words in a card can change someone's day for the better. I am looking forward to working with the creative group at American Greetings to develop cards that do just that!"
'Unlikely Angel' Gets DVD Re-Issue Dolly's 1996 holiday film Unlikely Angel will be re-issued on DVD (with digital movie included) on April 7, Mill Creek Entertainment has announced. Reserve your copy here!
Birthday Recap: Collection Story And Quiz Dolly's 74th birthday was celebrated all over the world with various parties and events, and East Tennessee's WVLT even took the opportunity to recognize Pigeon Forge couple Patric Parkey and Harrell Gabehart and their massive collection of Dolly costumes and memorabilia with a story here. Dolly's official website released a quiz in honor of her birthday. Take it here.
Variety: Grammy Producer Fought For Dolly Tribute Last Year With Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich stepping down after 40 years at the ceremony's helm, Variety sat down with him last week to reflect on his time at the awards, and he said the segment he was most proud of in last year's telecast and "really one of my favorite things I've done ever on the show" was the Dolly tribute as MusiCares Person of the Year. He said she wanted to do a new song but he resisted and finally let her include "Red Shoes" in the hits medley but paired her on it with Little Big Town, about whom she didn't know much and worried they wouldn't be able to keep up with her. After her first rehearsal with them and seeing how good they were, she thanked him for adding them to her tribute. He added that the 12 minute length of the tribute was controversial with the Recording Academy, leaders of which had complained that it wouldn't keep an audience, but it turned out to be the highest-rated 12 minutes of the entire broadcast last year, he noted. Read his full interview here.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gets a second week at No. 1 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart this week, it was revealed Friday, as Essential Dolly Parton loses one to No. 6, Dolly falls off the top 20, down from No. 7, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt inches up one to No. 7, 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 Ronstadt) gains two to No. 13 and Dolly's Gold re-enters the top 20 at No. 17. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) remains steady at No. 4 in its 435th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Jan. 16: Library Documentary Premieres April 2 The premiere for the Imagination Library documentary The Library That Dolly Built will take place April 2 in New York City with Dolly in attendance, it has been announced. If you want VIP access to the premiere, a meet-and-greet with Dolly, two nights at the Marriott Marquis, and airfare from Knoxville to New York, that prize package will be auctioned off to benefit the Friends of the Smokies at its Evergreen Ball Jan. 25. Although the event is sold out, people interested in bidding on the auction may contact organizers at email@example.com or (800) 845-5665.
U.S. Chart Updates "Faith," Dolly's collaboration with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, increases eight places to No. 16 digital dance sales and four to No. 12 hot dance/electronic songs, slipping one to No. 33 dance club play, the Jan. 18 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. (The dance airplay chart, where it was No. 3 last week, was not updated this week.) "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, drops three to No. 38 hot Christian songs. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls off the country catalog albums chart, down from No. 25.
Whitney Makes Hall Of Fame The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced its new class of inductees which includes Whitney Houston, most famous for her cover of Dolly's signature song, "I Will Always Love You." Billboard noted here that the induction of such a pop star with no rock connections should open the door for future induction of other innovative superstars from other genres including Dolly. They also said here that she's one of 10 women who should already be in the Hall of Fame.
Jan. 11: 'Faith' Gets Acoustic Remix
It's common in dance music for multiple remixes to be released over time, and Dolly's collaboration with Swedish duo Galantis and Danish rapper Mr. Probz. "Faith (Acoustic)", the fourth version of the song to come out since October, was released Friday. It features an acoustic arrangement of the accompaniment and different vocal arrangement of Dolly and Mr. Probz. Listen to it here or in the media player above, or download it here.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates "Faith," Dolly's collaboration with Galantis featuring Mr. Probz, holds steady at No. 3 dance airplay on the Jan. 11 Billboard chart released Tuesday. The song slipped five to No. 24 digital dance sales and three to No. 32 dance club play, remaining steady at No. 16 hot dance/electronic songs. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, gains six to No. 35 hot Christian songs. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls off the top country albums, down from No. 29, losing 19 to No. 25 country catalog albums, gaining two to No. 20 holiday album sales, and re-entering the holiday albums chart at No. 49. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" jumps up 22 to No. 22 holiday digital song sales. Across the pond, following the Linda Ronstadt documentary on New Year's, her Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) shoots up a dozen digits to No. 1 on the British top 20 country compilation albums chart, as Essential Dolly Parton rises three to No. 5, Dolly increases two to No. 7, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt drops three to No. 8, and Ultimate Dolly Parton falls off the top 20, down from No. 16, while 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 Ronstadt) inches down one to No. 15.
'Heartstrings' Earns GLAAD Nomination Dolly was nominated this week for the GLAAD Media Awards. The "Two Doors Down" episode of her Netflix series Heartstrings is nominated for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character) against Drunk History's "Love," Law & Order: SVU's "Murdered at a Bad Address," Easy's "Spontaneous Combustion," and Watchmen's "This Extraordinary Being." Winners will be announced April 16 in Los Angeles.
Dolly Birthday Celebrations Planned Birthday celebrations for Dolly abound! Bay St. Louis, Miss., holds its fifth annual Dolly Should celebration this Saturday, WLOX reports here. As was previously reported, Indianapolis will celebrate the following Saturday, Jan. 18, The Indy Channel covered here. Then on her actual 74th birthday Sunday, Jan. 19, Chicago has a party at Cell Block here, New York's 54 Below presents two concerts in her honor headlined by Diana DeGarmo here, Portland, Ore., will host a drag brunch at Hey Love here and even Hayesville, N.C., will observe the event and the sixth anniversary of their local Imagination Library affiliate here.
PaleyFest Tickets On Sale Next Week PaleyFest as announced ticket information for its March 14 panel with Dolly on her television career. At noon Tuesday supporting, fellow, and patron circle members and Citi cardmembers will be able to purchase tickets, followed at 9 a.m. Thursday by individual members. They'll go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. Pacific Friday. Learn more here.
'9 To 5' Documentary Completes Filming The documentarians behind Hollywood To Dollywood announced this week that they interviewed Jane Fonda for their documentary about the various incarnations of 9 To 5 and their impacts on society. Now that all three of the original leads plus performers from the television show, Broadway musical and West End musical have all been interviewed, they go to editing and finishing up fundraising to complete the project for release. Learn more, including how to give, at www.stillworking9to5.com.
Dolly To Build Major Soundstage, Recording Studio Dolly and her manager Danny Nozell on Friday revealed plans for her to build a multi-million-dollar film and television soundstage complex in Nashville. In addition to a full-sized filming soundstage with complete film crew, the facility will house a full-sized scoring studio larger than any other in the city, capable of holding a full symphony orchestra. Dolly said in an interview with Brentwood High School's WBHS 9 here or in the media player below she plans to use the building not only for her film projects but to prepare her tours and to record her albums. Nozell said the construction time should be about eight or nine months, allowing the facility to open by October.
Jan. 7: 'Heartstrings' Snags Three Movieguide Nods Dolly's Netflix series Heartstrings' episode "These Old Bones" has been nominated for three Movieguide Awards, it was announced Monday. The episode is up for Epiphany Prize for Inspiring Television Program (which she won in 2016 for NBC's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors and again in 2017 for the network's sequel Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love) as well as the Faith & Freedom Award for Television and its star, Kathleen Turner, is nominated for the Grace Prize for Television, which Coat's star Alyvia Alyn Lind, won in 2016. For the Epiphany Prize, the show is up against the "I Am He" episode of The Chosen, "Joseph: The Nativity" episode of Jesus: His Life, "Moondust" episode of The Crown, "The Passion of Paul" episode of Last Man Standing, "Home For Christmas" episode of When Calls The Heart and the TV films A Christmas Love Story, Christmas Town and Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses. For the Faith & Freedom Award, it competes against the final episode of Ken Burns' Country Music documentary, the "Moondust" episode of The Crown, the "Dare To Dream" episode of Heartland, the "Home for Christmas" episode of When Calls The Heart and the TV film Togo. For the Grace Prize, Turner's competition is Jill Wagner from Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses, Candace Cameron-Bure from Christmas Town, Tobias Menzies from The Crown and Jonathan Roumie from The Chosen. Awards will be handed out Jan. 24 at the Avalon Theater in Los Angeles and be broadcast at a later date on the Hallmark Channel. No word on whether Dolly will attend. She participated in the 2016 ceremony but not the 2017 one.
Carl Dean Photos Published Paparazzi apparently snapped some shots of Dolly's reclusive husband, Carl Dean, as he took her car to the Brentwood Post Office recently. An American gossip tabloid published the photos in print as did the British tabloid The Daily Mail, which also made the images available online here.Dolly's released about a dozen or so photos with the publicity-shy Carl over the five and a half decades they've been together, but the most recent authorized images before this one to come to light from her were from about 30 years ago (although family members occasionally share photos and video on Facebook that include glimpses of him).
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Dolly's BBC Two documentary from Christmas helped spur sales of her albums overseas, the charts released by the U.K. Official Charts Company showed on Friday. The Grass Is Blue re-entered the top 20 country albums chart at No. 20, and while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt fell three to No. 5 on the British country compilation albums chart, Essential Dolly Parton gained four to No. 8, Dolly re-entered at No. 9 and Ultimate Dolly Parton rose three to No. 16 while 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 Ronstadt) inched down one to No. 14 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) held steady at No. 13. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) slipped one to No. 8 in its 433rd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Indianapolis Dolly Party Planned Thanks to organizers for alerting me that Indianapolis is having its annual Dolly birthday bash! The city's 9th annual event takes place Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at FortyFive Degrees. A $10 donation to Trinity Haven, a homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth, is requested at the door. Dolly and Burt Reynolds look-a-like contests will take place hosted by drag queen Dolly Woods as well as live performances including one by Justin Hiltner, the openly gay bluegrass artist featured in the "Jolene" episode of Dolly Parton's America, the cast of the Footlight Musicals' production of Fun Home and the Indy Bag Ladies. Check out their Facebook event page here.
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