Forty-one years ago Monday, “I Really Got The Feeling” becomes her 10th No. 1 country hit, while its flip-side, “Baby I'm Burning” becomes a disco dance club hit and makes it to No. 25 on the pop charts. Fifty-three years ago Tuesday, Dolly debuts on the country singles charts for the first time with “Dumb Blonde,” which peaks at No. 24. Forty-two years ago Tuesday, Here You Come Again marks its fifth of nine weeks atop the country album charts (Dolly's second); it also reaches No. 20 pop and becomes her first platinum album for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Nineteen years ago Thursday, Little Sparrow is released. Thirty-nine years ago Friday, “9 to 5" hits the No. 1 spot on the country singles charts, Dolly's 14th; the single, which is nominated for an Academy Award and wins two Grammy Awards, also becomes her first pop No. 1 and second gold single for sales in excess of 1 million copies, plus tops the adult contemporary chart as well. Forty-nine years ago Saturday, Dolly records “My Blue Tears” for Coat of Many Colors; it peaks at No. 17. That same day, she records “Comin' For To Carry Me Home,“ her arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot;” apparently the song was meant to be included on her Golden Streets Of Glory gospel album the next month, but although released as a single, hitting No. 23 country, it is left off the full-length album when it comes out. Forty-five years ago Saturday, “The Bargain Store” debuts on the country singles charts; two months later it would become her sixth No. 1 country hit and the fifth consecutive Dolly single to go to No. 1 in a 13-month period. Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, “Country Road” debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 46. Forty-nine years ago Sunday, Dolly records “Daddy's Moonshine Still” for Joshua. Forty-six years ago Sunday, “Jolene,” already a country No. 1 and on its way and to No. 44 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, debuts on the U.S. pop charts; it peaks at No. 60 to become Dolly's first cut to break the “Hot 100;” the song would later make the top 10 pop chart in Britain. Thirty-five years ago Sunday, “Don't Call It Love” debuts on the country singles charts; it peaks at No. 3 to become Dolly's 45th country Top 10 hit.
U.K., Jan. 20 edition:
The Complete Trio Collection No. 7 country compilation (up from No. 8; 175th week; peaked at No. 1)
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Jan. 30, Gift of Music Benefit Concert, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
March 14, PaleyFest, Los Angeles
April 2, The Library That Dolly Built premiere; New York City
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.
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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.
Jan. 2: 'Faith' Gets New Remix, Chart Changes
Already a dance No. 1 hit, "Faith," Dolly's collaboration with Swedish EDM duo Galantis featuring Danish rapper Mr. Probz snagged another remix as a Christmas release last week, this time featuring most of Dolly's vocals. The Galantis & Bali Bandits VIP Mix, available here, was released Friday. Check it out on YouTube here or in the media player above. Meanwhile, the original version of "Faith" this week fell one on the Dance Airplay Chart to No. 3, the Jan. 4 numbers Billboard released Tuesday showed. The former Dance Digital Sales chart No. 1 dipped five to No. 19 on that tally, held steady at No. 16 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and inched up two to No. 29 dance club play. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, dropped six to No. 41 hot Christian songs. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers lost four to No. 29 country albums, two to No. 6 country catalog albums, and seven to No. 22 holiday album sales, falling off the holiday albums chart (which includes streaming), down from No. 47. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" fell nine to No. 44 holiday digital song sales.
Did 'Heartstrings' Bring In 27 Million Viewers? Netflix is notoriously secretive about how many people watch most of its programming, only releasing viewership numbers on a handful of shows and movies over the years, but Dolly's management may have let the ratings slip on her Heartstrings series this week. They posted to her social media accounts a celebratory meme for 2019 recognizing "over 75 million audience impressions," or ratings viewers, and then listing the programs that presumably comprised that number. They gave totals of 20 million viewers for her February performance in a tribute segment at the Grammy Awards, 12 million viewers for her November co-hosting and performer duties at the CMA Awards, 7 million viewers for her NBC special in November celebrating her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member, and 4 million viewers for ABC's hour-long documentary Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again. They then listed her eight Netflix Heartstrings movies without ratings and her Hallmark Channel Christmas At Dollywood movie without ratings. It was previously reported here that the Hallmark project saw 5.6 million viewers, which when combined with the other shows listed and subtracted from 75 million would leave approximately 27 million viewers remaining for her Netflix series, or an average of 3.3 million for each of her eight Heartstrings episodes.
Podcast Ends Nine-Episode Run The podcast Dolly Parton's America on Tuesday released its ninth and final installment, focusing largely on Dolly's personal faith (including the news that she has sold her long-anticipated project to star as a televangelist/gospel singer-type character to Lifetime under the title Sister Shine), repeating the truth about her tattoos, and addressing what will happen to her career after she passes away – explaining she has enough recorded material in the vault to continue releasing new projects for many decades posthumously, including even recording a lot of her unreleased songs with a "click track" vocal so that any future producer could pair that with any arrangement and instrumentation he or she chooses to use in releasing it. In related news, the series has made several critics' best of the year lists and was chosen this week by Forbes magazine as the No. 1 best podcast of 2019. Read that here, and check out tattoo aficionado publication Inked magazine's take on her tattoo discussion here.
A Gaggle Of Dollys To Set World Record Organizers of Australia's largest queer country pride festival, ChillOut, have announced plans to break two world records at this March's event in Daylesford, Victoria, LGBTQ Nation reports here. First, they hope to get 30,366 people to make the world's largest human rainbow and second, they hope to attract more than 145 Dolly impersonators to break the record for the longest line of dancing drag queens, in tribute to the "LGBTI and global icon."
Dec. 30: 'Colors' Repeats See Sizeable Audiences As was previously noted, NBC opened their holiday programming with Dolly's 50th Opry Anniversary special and closed it with repeats of her 2015 and 2016 autobiographical movies Thursday and Friday night to great success. Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors came in second for the night in total audience Thursday with 3.53 million and tied for first place in the 18-49 ratings with a 0.5 share. Then Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love also came in second for the night in total audience with 3.44 million viewers and tied for second place in the 18-49 ratings with a 0.4 share. The first movie's original broadcast was seen by 15.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched movie broadcast on the big four networks in nearly six years, and the second movie's original broadcast had an audience of 13.3 million.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates After one week at No. 1, Dolly's collaboration "Faith" with Swedish duo Galantis and Danish rapper Mr. Probz fell one to No. 2 on Billboard's Dec. 28 Dance Airplay Chart last week. The track lost three places to No. 14 dance digital sales, rose three to No. 31 dance club play songs and gained two to No. 16 on the overall hot dance/electronic songs chart. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, drops three to No. 35 hot Christian songs. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers inched up one to No. 25 country albums and down one to No. 4 country catalog albums, gaining one to No. 47 holiday albums and two to No. 15 holiday album sales. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" dipped two to No. 35 holiday digital song sales. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) regains three to No. 7 in its 432nd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release. Across the pond, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt once again loses the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart, sliding one to No. 2 in its 172nd chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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) falls three to No. 14, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 13, Essential Dolly Parton shoots up six to at No. 12 and Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 19.
Dollywood Responds To Charlie Brown Lawsuit Dollywood earlier this month responded to A Charlie Brown Christmas producers Lee Mendelson Productions' lawsuit alleging misuse of the show's "Christmastime Is Here" song in the park's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. As you may recall was reported here, the producers alleged the appearance in the musical revue show constituted a theatrical use, which requires a special license directly from the rights holder rather than the blanket usage/performance license from the rights management companies like BMI and ASCAP. As was expected, the park's response argues that the usage was not theatrical in nature and therefore they had the appropriate license to use the song. Read more from WBIR here. In related news, Mendelson himself passed away on Christmas Day.
Dolly Dive Bar Opens In New York A self-proclaimed "dive bar" in Brooklyn opened for Christmas featuring a Dolly bathroom covered in her albums. It calls itself, appropriately enough, Dolly's Swing & Dive. Read more from Time Out New Yorkhere.
Dec. 24: 'Faith' Hits No. 1 On Dance Airplay Chart Dolly notched another No. 1 on her belt of hits last week when the Dec. 21 Billboard charts were released and saw her collaboration "Faith" with Swedish duo Galantis and Danish rapper Mr. Probz advance two spots to No. 1 on the Dance Airplay Chart. The magazine noted the achievement here. The track lost two places to No. 11 dance digital sales, where it had previously hit No. 1, gained five to No. 34 dance club play songs and fell three to No. 18 overall hot dance/electronic songs. "There Was Jesus", her duet with Zach Williams, slipped one to No. 32 hot Christian songs. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers held steady at No. 26 country albums and No. 3 country catalog albums, losing six to No. 48 holiday albums and three to No. 17 holiday album sales. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" re-entered the holiday digital song sales chart at No. 33. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) drops five to No. 10 in its 431st chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday. Across the pond, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt gains one to regain the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart in its 171st chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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) rises two to No. 11, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips one to No. 13 and Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 18.
PaleyFest LA To Recognize Dolly In March The Paley Center for Media this month announced its first program selections for 2020 will include what is being billed as the first tribute to Dolly's work in television, which will feature a panel discussion at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood featuring Dolly and her creative team behind her Netflix series Heartstrings. "A Special Evening with Dolly Parton & Dolly Parton's Heartstrings" takes place March 14. In a press release, Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center's President and CEO, said in a statement. "And we're so honored to have the distinct privilege to host the very first ever tribute to Dolly Parton's television work at PaleyFest LA." Dolly responded in the release: "What a wonderful honor to be recognized by the Paley Center for my Heartstrings series on Netflix. I am very proud of the series and proud of my partner, Sam Haskell, the wonderful creative team, and all of the talented actors that participated in the series."
Dolly Stops By 'Today' Show Dolly made an appearance Monday on the final hour of NBC's Today show to promote her Netflix series with Hoda and Jenna. Watch it here.
Christmas, New Year's Television Features Lots Of Dolly Dolly will be all over the television this holiday season. Across the pond, BBC Two has dedicated Christmas Day to Dolly, airing a brand new documentary on her life and career, Dolly Parton: Here I Am, at 8:30 p.m., followed by a repeat of her 2014 set at The Glastonbury Music Festival at 10 p.m. In the U.S., as was previously reported, NBC ends its Christmas programming with Dolly, Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors repeats at 9 p.m. Dec. 26 (a change from the earlier-scheduled 8 p.m. broadcast), followed by her most recent The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon appearance repeating at 11:35 p.m. that night, and Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love repeats at 8 p.m. Dec. 27. CNN airs the documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice, which features a Dolly interview, at 9 p.m. New Year's Day. American cable network AXS will dedicate New Year's Day to Dolly, repeating her episode of Brian Johnson's A Life On The Road at 6 p.m., Dan Rather's The Big Interview with her at 7 p.m., and her co-hosting gig for this year's CMA Awards at 8 p.m.
Big Ratings, A Little Controversy, At Hallmark Channel Of course, The Hallmark Channel's Christmas At Dollywood repeats throughout the week: 5 p.m. Christmas Day, 4 p.m. Dec. 29, 4 p.m. Jan. 1, 6 a.m. Jan. 4, and 5 a.m. Jan. 5. The network recently experienced some controversy, dropping a lesbian-themed commercial when it received a petition of a few thousand signatures from the one-person operation One Million Moms, a women's auxiliary for hate group the American Family Association. A public outcry ensued, with several petitions opposing the decision submitted with many times the signatures that the original petition had drawn, and the network reversed its position. Since Dolly's film was the centerpiece of this year's Christmas offerings, and given her public position as a major LGBTQ advocate, she and her project were often mentioned in the news stories about the controversy, such as this piece from Varietyhere and additional coverage from USA Todayhere. In related news, the film was the highest-rated of the season for the network, bringing in 5.6 total unduplicated viewers, compared to 4.1 million for Kristen Chenoweth's holiday film and 4 million for Candace Cameron Bure's.
One Podcast Ends, Another Is Coming A new Dolly podcast will be coming next year: My Year With Dolly will be released next month, produced by Esquire writer Justin Kirkland, WVLT reported here. They're encouraging anyone with a Dolly story to e-mail them at MyYearWithDolly@gmail.com. Meanwhile, the podcast Dolly Parton's America is being heralded on many lists of the best podcasts of 2019 and will drop its ninth and final episode, focusing on Dolly's faith, next Tuesday, New Year's Eve. Podcast producer Shima Oliaee was interviewed about the program by Indie Wirehere, and The Dallas Morning News used the podcast and its examination of her unifying factor as the jumping off point for an editorial singing her praises here.
Boston Celebrates Dolly, Her New 'Christmas Carol' Dolly had a lot of press in Boston this month for the premiere of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, popping in for the show's opening night and making an unannounced visit to the city's Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The show closes Sunday. Check out an interview from public television station WGBH here. Coverage from her appearances are available from CBS Boston here, WHDH here, The Boston Globehere and WCVB here.
Grammy Noms Get Notice, Dolly Sets Record The Hollywood Reporter recently chatted with Linda Perry about how she and Dolly created their Grammy-nominated song "Girl In The Movies." Read the piece here. Billboard noted that Dolly's two nominations this year increases the number of years in which she has been nominated to 32. She is tied with pianist/composer Chick Corea for No. 2 overall (after No. 1 position held by composer John Williams with nominations in 39 years) but her number of years is the No. 1 record for a vocalist, No. 1 record for a woman, and No. 1 record for a country artist. Previously, she had been tied at No. 1 for vocalists with Sir Paul McCartney, who has nominations in 31 years. Read more here.
Lawmaker: Honor Dolly In State Capitol Instead Of KKK Leader One Tennessee lawmaker suggested earlier this month replacing Ku Klux Klan founder and Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's bust in the state Capitol rotunda with one of Dolly, and the story quickly went viral. Read the details from USA Todayhere.
'God Only Knows' Gets Remix Another remix of Dolly's collaboration with For King & Country, "God Only Knows," was released earlier this month. Check out the Team Timbo Remix here.
Carpenter Records 'Little Sparrow' Cover Hot off her smashing performance of the song on Dolly's Grand Ole Opry 50th anniversary special, Candi Carpenter went into the studio with her producer, Brandi Carlisle, and recorded "Little Sparrow," which is available for download here.
Carlisle Praises Dolly's Acceptance Meanwhile, Brandi Carlisle herself spoke with Billboard magazine as part of its women in music conference on her greatest inspirations and on Dolly she spoke of how she was the first LGBTQ advocate in country music and how much that impacted her life as a young queer person growing up. Read more here.
Billboard: '9 To 5' Is More Popular Than In Years Billboard also noted that Dolly's "9 To 5" had a great resurgence in popularity and streaming this year, detailing some of the numbers here.
In Memoriam Dolly lost two former co-stars earlier this month. Ron Leibman, who played her boss in Rhinestone, passed on Dec. 6 at age 82. He was best known for Norma Rae and playing Rachel's father on Friends. Then René Auberjonois, who played her manager in A Smoky Mountain Christmas, passed Dec. 8 at age 79. He was best known for his longtime roles on Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in addition to the film version of M.A.S.H.. In addition, sculptor Jim Gray, who designed and created her famous statue on the Sevier County Courthouse Square, also died at age 87. Read more about him from WBIR here.
Dec. 19: Season's Greetings From The Past!
To celebrate the holidays again this year, your webmaster is pleased to share An Old Time Country Christmas, a 1969 special starring the casts of The Porter Wagoner Show featuring Dolly and The Wilburn Brothers Show featuring Loretta Lynn with guests Jim Ed Brown, Del Reeves, and more, which I obtained and loaded to YouTube last year. Watch it in the media player above or by clicking here.
Webmaster: 'I'm Not Dead Yet!' A couple dozen readers have contacted me the past couple of days to make sure I was okay and that I hadn't retired from the site. Thank you all for your concern. Everything is fine. It just happened that when I returned from Thanksgiving vacation (during which I was able to update the site), I was faced with a huge workload on the job, including several evening meetings and events, plus several family commitments at home that simply kept me too busy to find time to update the site for the past three weeks. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things this week and catch up on the news we missed sharing over the past three weeks. Sorry for the absence!
Nov. 28: 'Opry' Special Draws 7 Million Viewers
NBC's Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry special Tuesday night brought the network its best 9 p.m.-11 p.m. ratings of the 2019-2020 television season with 7 million viewers, preliminary ratings on Wednesday revealed. The numbers bested the average 6 million viewers the regular Tuesday programs on the network in that time slot see and came in second to CBS' FBI with 8.8 million (followed by NCIS: New Orleans and 6.8 million) but ahead of ABC's Mixed-ish (2.7 million), Emergence (2.3 million) and Black-ish (2.6 million). Dolly only lost a few hundred thousand viewers from lead-in The Voice at 8 p.m. Read more about the ratings from The Hollywood Reporterhere. Watch a clip of "Jolene" from the show here or in the media player above, or "Coat Of Many Colors" here or in the media player below. The entire show is available for streaming now on NBC.com.
Report: Second Dollywood Resort Coming Soon Dolly has teased in several interviews over the past year that the next major expansion at Dollywood would be a second resort hotel to join 2015's DreamMore, and although no official announcement has yet been made, plans for the addition were approved last month by the Pigeon Forge Planning Commission, television station WBIR reported this week here. Plans show the resort will be built adjacent to the existing DreamMore facility and feature a 310-room hotel, 325-seat restaurant and conference space. Plans noted the hotel alone will employ 100 people. No date for construction or opening has been announced.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's collaboration with Zack Williams, "There Was Jesus" earns a second week on the all-genre pop digital song sales chart, slipping six to No. 50, the Nov. 30 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The song also remains steady at No. 2 Christian digital song sales and gains one to No. 21 Hot Christian Songs. Her collaboration with Galantis and Mr. Probz, "Faith," falls one to No. 3 dance and electronic digital single sales, gains one to No. 13 dance and electronic songs, and is No. 13 for dance show airplay. Elsewhere on the charts, Ultimate Dolly Parton holds steady on the top country albums chart at No. 36, while the country catalog albums list sees her and Kenny Rogers remain steady at No. 4 with Once Upon A Christmas, which also holds steady at No. 33 holiday albums and No. 12 holiday album sales while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" loses 10 to No. 38 holiday digital song sales.
New Dolly Store Opens Online Dolly's official website this week opened a new online store featuring her 2019 holiday collection of apparel and gifts. Check them out here. (This is in addition to her everyday items in her official Amazon store here.)
Dolly's 'Christmas Carol' Gets Noticed The Milford Daily News has a new profile of Dolly's A Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol opening soon in Boston. Read more here.
'Christmas At Dollywood' Trailer Released The Hallmark Channel on Tuesday released a preview clip of the Dec. 8 premiering film Christmas At Dollywood. Check it out on YouTube here or in the media player below.
Nov. 25: Netflix Brings 'Heartstrings' To Life Dolly's long-anticipated Nettflix anthology series Heartstrings dropped its first season Friday, and fans took notice. Your webmaster's review is that "Two Doors Down" is the best episode, silly and funny and fun. The rest, with the exception of "Jolene," are all tearjerkers. Next-best is the devastating "Sugar Hill." Although I deducted the plot twist halfway through, it still cut the heart in two when it happened. "If I Had Wings" was my third-favorite. Gerald McRainey and Delta Burke were splendid, and the climax was heart wrenching. Fourth-favorite was "These Old Bones." Kathleen Turner delivers a living character but her only shortfall was a failed accent that proved distracting (instead of sounding like a mountain woman, she blended a white Appalachian accent with an African American southern accent). "J.J. Sneed" was well-done and engaging, as was "Down From Dover," but both seemed to be rushed at the end. "Cracker Jack" was one of the least effective, but "Jolene" was the worst of the series. The script was dull, the acting stiff, and the changes in plot drained the life from the story. The only thing holding it together was the musical performances. Coverage of the series included a profile in USA Todayhere, an interview with Kathleen Turner here, a New York Times piece here, a WBIR interview with superfans Harrel Gabehart and Patric Parkey here, an interview with the star of "Two Doors Down" Andy Mientus from Queertyhere and with the episode's writer from Logohere, which noted some of the audience at the Dollywood premiere screening of the episode left when they learned it was LGBT-themed. A story from her appearance on ABC's The View is available here.
Podcast On Break This Week The podcast Dolly Parton's America is on break this week for the holiday, but the stunning series continues to gain attention. Stories popped up over the weekend from Michigan Dailyhere and Junkeehere.
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt gains one to recapture the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart in its 167th chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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) rises two to No. 12, while Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains one to No. 11, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips one to No. 9. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) falls seven to No. 19 in its 427th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday.
'9 To 5' Gets Another U.K. Tour Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical will take another UK tour next year, it was announced over the weekend, with several cities on tap from May through September. Check out the news here.
New 'Faith' Remix Released Jewelz & Sparks on Friday released a remix of Dolly's single "Faith" with EDM duo Galantis and Mr. Probz, although it removes most of Dolly's vocals from the mix in favor of an instrumental beat. Take a listen here or in the media player below, or download it here.
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