Thirty years ago Monday, Kenny & Dolly's “Real Love” hits the No. 1 spot on the country chart, No. 91 pop, to become Dolly's 19th of her record 25 country No. 1 hits. Thirty-nine years ago Tuesday, Variety reports the duo team of Porter & Dolly has dissolved. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, the single “Heartbreaker” debuts on the pop and adult contemporary charts, where it would peak at No. 37 and No. 12, respectively, while spending three weeks at No. 1 on the country charts. Twenty-six years ago Wednesday, “Yellow Roses” debuts on the country chart; three months later it would become Dolly's 23rd country No. 1. Thirty-two years ago Thursday, “Islands In The Stream” with Kenny Rogers debuts on the adult contemporary chart; it would spend four weeks at No. 1 there, two weeks at No. 1 on both the country and pop charts and nine weeks at No. 1 on the Canadian pop charts, reach No. 7 on the British pop charts and sell more than 2 million copies to become the biggest-selling song in America for the year and remains one of the best-selling singles of all time. Thirty-three years ago Friday, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas soundtrack debuts on the album charts, peaking at No. 5 country, No. 63 pop. Thirty-four years ago Saturday, Dolly's cover of the classic “The House of The Rising Sun” debuts on the country charts; it would reach No. 14, and two weeks later debut on the adult contemporary charts, where it would peak at No. 30, and a week after that debut on the pop charts, where it would reach No. 77.
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Original American Idol and Reba daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson on Thursday night took an audience member's request to cover Dolly's hit “Jolene” to fierce results. Check out the performance on YouTube here or in the media player above. Speaking of “Jolene,” an EDM cover of it has been making the rounds of music circles, and Your EDM uncovered who mixed it and posted it for all to hear. Take a listen here.
Dolly Talking To The Media About A Lot Dolly had an interesting interview about her faith in Newsweek on Friday available here in addition to a piece in the magazine about Dollywoodhere. In related news, People magazine on Friday talked about what she is thankful for here.
Tomlin Repeats No Dolly On Her Show This Year Lily Tomlin is on the press circuit promoting her new movie, Grandma, which usually includes some questions about her Netflix show Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda, which often brings back up the question asked so much last year when she show started: Where's Dolly? In two interviews this week, she repeated that they'd like Dolly to be on the show but it likely won't be in season two. She told Windy City Mediahere: “Well, we don't have any specific plans for Dolly, Jane and I. She's still an old pal and the only thing we're trying to guard against for this next season is to keep a Grace and Frankie identity and not bring in Dolly in to make it look like 9 to 5 but we'd like to work something out if we could in the future. I think that would be great fun.” And she told The Advocatehere: “We adore Dolly and we'd love to have her on the show. Everyone's of the mind that we've got to establish Grace and Frankie before we bring anyone in like Dolly, because then it's so emphatically about 9 to 5. So we don't have anything planned right now.”
Paper Likes 'Don't Drop Out' For School Start Vegas Seven this week chose seven best back to school songs from music history to celebrate the start of school for the year, including Dolly's 1966 single “Don't Drop Out.” Check out what they had to say here.
British Chart Updates Available Dolly's Blue Smoke retains the No. 1 position on the U.K. country compilations albums chart for a 64th consecutive week, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the list, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) gains two to No. 11, Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 10, and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 16.
More Talk About 'Coat Of Many Colors' Movie Parade magazine had a chat this week with Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder about their work on Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors NBC movie. Read more here.
New York Times Looks At Miley's Closet The New York Times took a look this week at Miley Cyrus' style, noting her “exuberance of sexuality” is somewhat influenced by godmother Dolly, saying: “And hardly any performer has manipulated her public more shrewdly than the pneumatic songbird from Locust Ridge, Tenn. When asked by US Weekly last year whether she was shocked by Ms. Cyrus's rapid shift from what the magazine termed a 'wholesome teenager' to a 'raunchy performer,' Ms. Parton said, 'Well, yeah, but in a good way.'” Read more here.
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Aug. 24: 'Here You Come Again' Will Be Fourth NBC Project Dolly's series of NBC movies will total four, confirming "The Seeker" as No. 3 and for the first time revealing "Here You Come Again" as No. 4, Sam Haskell, Dolly's producing partner for the project, revealed in a new interview with The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. He added that the plan is to film all four pictures over a two-year period – the first, Coat Of Many Colors, just started shooting in Georgia – and broadcast them one-per-year over four years, beginning with this first one on Dec. 10. The filming date for the second project, "Jolene," has not been announced. Haskell also shared that Dolly's sister Stella is playing a store owner in the Coat movie and his daughter Mary Lane Haskell will play a teacher. He also said that the movies will be sold for broadcast worldwide, given Dolly's wide appeal and popularity outside of the U.S., especially in Australia and Europe. Read more here.
Dollywood Ride Announcement Photos Added Thanks to Dollymania.net correspondent Jason Worley for covering Dollywood's 2016 ride announcement. See the first of his galleries, which have been added to the section of the website focusing on Dolly's recent concerts at the park here. More to come!
Aug. 22: Latest Concert Photos Added To Site Even more photos from Dolly's recent Dollywood concerts have been added to that section of the site here, and we're still not done yet!
Tomlin: Probably No Dolly On Netflix Show This Season Although Dolly has recently expressed her desire to guest star on pals Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda's Netflix series Grace And Frankie, currently filming its second season, Tomlin says it likely won't happen this season. In a story posted on ABC News here, she repeated that the show needs to run a little longer – so maybe season three? She said: "Dolly's a wonderful person and we've been friends with her ever since '9 to 5,' all three of us. We just want to get 'Grace and Frankie' more established before we venture into something like that. ... We don't have any definite plans right now, but it's always in the backs of our minds." She also gave an interview to Yahoo in which she recalled bonding with Fonda and Dolly on the set of their 1980 film. Read that piece (or watch the video) here.
'Blue Smoke' Snags Another Week At No. 1 Overseas Dolly's Blue Smoke keeps its hold on the U.K. country compilations albums chart, reigning at No. 1 for a 63rd consecutive week, it was announced Friday. Elsewhere on the tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) inches up one to No. 13, 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. 10, and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 20.
Publication Calls Dolly A 'Life Idol' Bustle included Dolly among its seven famous Southern ladies (both real and fictional) "who are basically your life idols" in a story here.
The Band Perry Tickets On Sale Now Dollywood on Friday began offering season passholders tickets to the Sept. 19 concert of The Band Perry as part of the park's Showcase of the Stars series to raise money for Imagination Library. Get them here.
Aug. 21: Dolly Nominated For Dove Award Dolly this week earned her third nomination for the Dove Awards recognizing excellence in Christian music, getting a nod with her late aunt Dorothy Jo Owens as songwriters in the Bluegrass Recorded Song Of The Year category for a cover of her 1971 Porter Wagoner duet "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" recorded by Volume Five featuring Rhonda Vincent. Other nominees in the category are Vincent and Lizzy Long for "God Is There" written by Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey, Balsam Range for "Stacking Up Rocks" written by Buddy Melton, The Chigger Hill Boys and Terry for "Mighty To Save" written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for "He Made The Tree" written by Tom Botkin and Donnie Skaggs. Dolly was previously nominated twice for Country Recorded Song of the Year as a performer on "Stand By The River" with Dottie Rambo in 2004 and "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley in 2006. She performed on the awards show in 1990 and 2000. Winners will be revealed in Nashville on Oct. 13.
The Band Perry Heads To Dollywood Dollywood on Thursday revealed the third act to play the park's revived Showcase of Stars: sibling trio The Band Perry on Sept. 19. Those on the park's season pass e-mail list should receive e-mails announcing the availability of ticket purchases by season passholders (although many passholders reported not receiving the e-mails that announced tickets for Dolly's recent four August shows or Kenny Rogers' Sept. 27 concert). Proceeds from the concert series benefit Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program. Check out coverage of the announcement from The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere and WBIR here. In related news, check out the next galleries of pictures from Dolly's concerts in that section of the site here!
Why Dolly's Movie Will Film In Georgia Knoxville television station WBIR this week took a look at the tax incentives that drew NBC to Georgia to film Dolly's Coat Of Many Colors television movie instead of her native Tennessee. Read more here.
Dolly Tribute Show Heads To Melbourne, Australia Broadway World reports that a Dolly tribute show, "The Dolly Parton Cabaret," is heading to Melbourne, Australia, for the Melbourne Fringe Festival with a Sept. 30-Oct. 4 engagement at The Butterfly Club. Learn about it here.
Aug. 19: 'Coat Of Many Colors' To Air Dec. 10 The air date for Dolly's NBC film Coat Of Many Colors was announced on Tuesday: 9 p.m. Eastern Thursday, Dec. 10. Production on the two-hour movie begins this week in Atlanta, the announcement noted. In related news, the project is still seeking extras: 1950s "southern farmer" church-goers "dressed in their Sunday best," specifically "thin southern ladies with short hair and slender country boys not afraid to get their only church clothes muddy." They are also seeking two "town gossips," Caucasian church ladies in their 40s-50s who are "the church's go-to ladies for the latest juicy gossip." Interested parties for the church ladies and boys should submit a few photos in character with age, height, weight and phone number under the subject "Country Strong" while those interested in the church ladies or gossip ladies should submit at least three photos in character with the subject "Ready for Church" or "Gossip Girl." E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Dolly Concert Shots Posted Another set of galleries from Dolly's Dollywood concerts have been posted to that section of the site here, and there are still even more to come!
A Look At '9 To 5: The Musical' A great interview with a local theatre official producing a staging of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical in Louisville, Ky., offers some great insights into the show and Dolly herself. Check it out from Louisville.comhere.
Aug. 17: Dolly High On 'Rolling Stone' List Of Top Songwriters Rolling Stone has released its list of the 100 greatest songwriters off all time in partnership with Apple Music as "the visionaries who defined music history." The list here has Dolly at No. 30, but it only contains about 15 female composers (mostly in pairs with male co-writers) and only 11 songwriters who would be generally considered country artists, making her the No. 4 top female songwriter of all time (ahead of Stevie Nicks and behind Ellie Greenwich, Joni Mitchell and Carole King) and No. 2 country songwriter of all time behind Hank Williams and ahead of No. 33 Merle Haggard and No. 43 Johnny Cash. The top 5 overall were Smokey Robinson, Chuck Berry, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and No. 1 Bob Dylan.
New Dolly Concert Galleries Posted To Site Yet more photos from Dolly's Dollywood concerts have been added to that section of the site here, and, yes, there are still more to come!
'Very Best' Off The Charts Down Under The Very Best Of Dolly Parton this week falls back off the Australian top 40 country albums chart, down from No. 17 in its 354th chart week, Saturday's chart Down Under revealed.
Aug. 15: Story: Third Movie Will Be 'The Seeker' Coverage of the Coat Of Many Colors panel at the Television Critics Association conference in Los Angeles this week continued on Friday with a few more tidbits getting teased out of those involved. Uproxx revealed here that the third NBC Dolly movie, following this Christmas season's Coat and the upcoming Jolene, will reportedly be The Seeker. Win Country reports here that Jennifer Nettles told ABC Radio that Dolly herself cast her in the project, explaining she watched audition tapes with producers and toward the end of Nettles' tape she became emotional and told them "Yes, that is my mom." It was noted in Rolling Stonehere and a couple other stories that while Dolly won't appear in the film she will bookend it with the prologue and epilogue, "in a nice Christmas outfit, probably," and record voice-overs that include narration, a song or two, and a duet with the young Dolly in honor of her brother, Larry, whose death is portrayed in the film. FOX News focused on the sibling's death with an interview here, and video clips from the red carpet were released by Android TV here and Access Hollywoodhere.
More Dolly Pics From Last Weekend Posted Additional photos from Dolly's weekend concerts have been added to that section of the site here, with more to come! And The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg, W.V., had a nice little review of the concerts here on Friday.
Jewel Single With Dolly Released For Downloading Singer-songwriter Jewel on Friday released her Dolly duet, "My Father's Daughter," for download as a single in advance of the Sept. 11 release of her new CD, Picking Up The Pieces. The song availability follows last Friday's release of "When I Stop Dreaming" with Don Henley as a single in advance of the Sept. 25 release of his upcoming album, Cass County. Get the Henley duet here and the Jewel duet here!
'Blue Smoke' Has 62nd Week At No. 1 Overseas Dolly's Blue Smoke is No. 1 on the U.K. country compilations CD chart for a 62nd consecutive week, Friday's numbers showed, while Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) dips three to No. 14 on the same tally, Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 17, and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses two to No. 20.
Aug. 14: 'Coat Of Many Colors' Details Discussed At LA Conference Dolly and several cast members of NBC's upcoming Coat Of Many Colors movie participated Thursday in a panel at the Television Critics Association conference in Los Angeles. Among the items that came from the presentation: Dolly wants to appear in Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's Netflix series Grace and Frankie, and the network's second Dolly movie to come is Jolene, which is to be written by former The West Wing writer-producer John Sacret Young. Coverage is available from the Associated Press here, Deadlinehere, The Los Angeles Timeshere, The Hollywood Reporterhere and here and Popsugarhere. Although it hasn't been reported anywhere else, Internet Movie Database lists four additional actors who've reportedly been cast in addition to the previously-reported young Dolly, her parents and Grandpa Jake: Jane McNeill from The Walking Dead as Aunt Estelle, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Hannah Nordberg as Judy Ogle and Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton.
Dolly Concert Photos Posted Your official Dollymania.net photos from Dolly's weekend concerts have begun to be posted to that section of the site here with the first three galleries. More to come!
Rotherham Library Announces Official End The government in Rotherham, England, this week confirmed no further children are being enrolled in Dolly's Imagination Library as it begins shutting down in what in 2007 became the first city in the U.K. to adopt the early childhood literacy program. Currently-registered children will receive books until February 2016. Nearly 1 million books have been sent over the past eight years to 85 percent of children in the community under age 5 but the current cost is about £400,000 per year ($625,000 U.S.). Local leaders announced plans earlier this year to end the program as part of cuts to trim £23 million per year from the local government budget. After taking public comments for several weeks, the final decision to cut the program was made. Read coverage from The Yorkshire Posthere.
Aug. 12: Dolly's TV Mom, Dad, Grandfather Revealed For 'Coat' Movie In advance of a panel discussion on the project at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles on Thursday, additional cast members for Dolly's NBC movie on Coat Of Many Colors were announced on Tuesday: Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles, who recently starred in Chicago on Broadway, as Dolly's mother, Avie Lee Parton; Silver Spoons and NYPD Blue star Ricky Schroder as Dolly's father, Robert Lee Parton; and Major Dad and House of Cards actor Gerald McRaney (also Delta Burke's husband) as her maternal grandfather, Rev. Jake Owens. Dolly is expected to be among the panelists at Thursday's media event taking questions from the press about the project. Check out coverage from Broadway Worldhere, The Hollywood Reporterhere, The Tennesseanhere and Rolling Stonehere.
Dollywood Weekend Coverage Continues Coverage of Dolly's weekend appearances continued Tuesday in the media with an interview with Mashablehere (including a video here), a story from Country Weeklyhere and a review of the DreamMore Resort from Yahoo here. Look for more photos from the weekend in your Dollymania.net coverage throughout the week. (Sorry your webmaster didn't have time to post any more tonight!)
Dolly on Friday announced Dollywood's largest-ever investment, the $22 million Lightening Rod roller coaster set to open in March. The hot rod-themed ride will earn the titles of the world's first launched wooden roller coaster and the world's fastest roller coaster with its top speed of 73 miles per hour. The 3,800-foot track launches from zero to 45 mph to climb a 20-story hill to a 165-foot drop and over the course of the ride it features a total of 20 seconds of airtime. The Rocky Mountain Construction coaster will have twin summit airtime hills, a 90+ degree banked wave turn, a 90+ degree outside banked turn and non-inverting half-loop. In a press release, Dolly noted: "Lightning Rod reminds me so much of those colorful cars cruisin' up and down Main Street in downtown Sevierville back when I was in high school. I remember all those souped up cars; but what I remember most were those good lookin' boys behind the wheel with those flat top and ducktail haircuts. I'm truly excited about this ride because it will let our guests experience something just as fast as those hot rods I remember. Even better, it's the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, so I think we're going to see a lot of people coming from all over to peel out on the Lightning Rod." At the announcement, Dolly revealed the ride's name with Dollywood President Craig Ross before Director of Public Relations Pete Owens explained the technical aspects of the ride. Then Dolly returned to perform some classic rock-n-roll tunes with the cast of Dreamland Drive-In. A teaser video of the ride is available on YouTube here or in the media player above. Coverage includes Mashablehere, Yahoo here, The Sevier News Messengerhere, WBIR here, Local 8 News here, WCYB here, The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere, Country Weeklyhere and the Associated Press here. Watch the announcement here. Click on the picture at right for a larger view. Image at right taken by Jason Worley as a correspondent for Dollymania.net and is used with permission. All rights reserved.
Henley's Dolly Duet Audio Released Don Henley on Friday released his Dolly duet of "When I Stop Dreaming" through USA Today and as an instantly-available download for those who pre-order the Sept. 25 CD Cass County from iTunes. Listen here or in the media player below.
Overseas Charts Updated Dolly's Blue Smoke this week gets its 61st consecutive week at No. 1 on the U.K. country compilation albums chart released Friday, while Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) inches up one to No. 11, Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slips three to No. 17, and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 18. Down Under, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton re-enters the Australian top 40 country albums chart this week, Saturday's chart showed, coming in at No. 17 in its 354th chart week.
New York Supper Club Hosts Dolly Tribute Show 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents The O'Neill Junior Fellows in Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Music of Dolly Parton in New York Sept. 4. . There is a $35 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available here. Read more from Broadway Worldhere.
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