Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, “But You Know I Love You” becomes Dolly's 15th of her 25 No. 1 country hits; it also peaks at No. 41 pop and No. 14 adult contemporary. Thirty years ago Tuesday, “Telling Me Lies” with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it peaks at No. 35 but also reaches No. 3 country. Ten years ago Tuesday, the Academy of Country Music presents its Living Legend Award to Dolly. Fifty-two years ago Wednesday, Bill Phillips records Dolly's original “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” for Decca Records with Dolly singing uncredited harmony; released as a single the next year, it reaches No. 6 on the country charts and the following year wins Dolly and her Uncle Bill Owens a BMI Award, her first industry honor, for writing one of the most-played country songs of the year. Forty-eight years ago Wednesday, “Always, Always” with Porter debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 16. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, “Making Plans,” the first single off Porter & Dolly's lawsuit settlement album, debuts on the country singles charts; it would spend two weeks at No. 2. Fourteen years ago Wednesday, Ultimate Dolly Parton debuts on the albums charts; it peaks at No. 20 country, No. 130 pop in the U.S. and No. 1 country, No. 17 pop in the U.K. Forty-four years ago Friday, “If Teardrops Were Pennies” with Porter debuts on the country singles charts; it would peak at No. 3 and earn the duo their fourth and final Grammy nomination together. Thirty-eight years ago Friday, Great Balls of Fire debuts on the album charts; spawning one country No. 1 and another Top 10, it would reach country No. 4 and pop No. 40 as well as sell more than 500,000 copies to become Dolly's third gold album. Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, White Limozeen debuts on the country album charts; spawning two No. 1 hits, the CD would peak at No. 3, sell more than 500,000 copies to become the ninth of her 14 gold albums and remain on Billboard's Top 75 country album chart for 100 weeks, the longest of any Dolly album.
U.K., June 18 edition:
The Complete Trio Collection No. 6 country compilation (down from No. 5; 40th week; peaked at No. 1 for 21 weeks)
Australia, June 19 edition:
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection No longer top 40 country albums (down from No. 38; 39 weeks; peaked at No. 1 for three weeks)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
June 22, 4:03 p.m., Starz Encore Classic, The Beverly Hillbillies (re-runs 7:19 a.m. June 23, 4:17 a.m. June 29)
June 24, 4:30 a.m., MTV Live, Dolly Parton: Live at the Glastonbury Festival 2014
June 25, 10 a.m., AXS, The Big Interview
June 26, 7:43 a.m., Starz Encore Family, The Beverly Hillbillies (re-runs 2:51 a.m. June 27)
June 26, 5:13 p.m., Starz Encore, Steel Magnolias
June 29, 6 p.m., GAC, Backstory: Dolly Parton (re-runs 2 p.m. July 1)
July 2, 11:10 a.m., Starz Kids and Family, The Beverly Hillbillies (re-runs 9:58 p.m. July 2)
North Carolina Getting Statewide Dolly Library Thanks to $10.5 million appropriated over two years by the North Carolina General Assembly, the state is taking Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program statewide to all 100 counties, it was announced Tuesday. In a statement, Dolly said: “I'm so excited to join Smart Start to expand my Imagination Library across the state. Welcome aboard North Carolina – let's give these dreams some wings!” The funding, $3.5 million the first year and $7 million the second, will go to Smart Start, a network of 75 nonprofit partnerships aimed at helping children and families in the state. Dolly's program, which early next year will surpass 100 million books distributed to children worldwide, provides one expert-selected, age-appropriate book per month from birth to age 5 mailed directly to every enrolled child's home at no cost to the parents regardless of the family's income. Currently, more than 1 million children are enrolled in over 1,600 participating communities.
Dolly Named No. 8 Greatest Country Artist Rolling Stone recently released its list of the 100 greatest country artists of all time, placing Dolly at No. 8. (The Carter Family and Loretta Lynn were the only women ranking higher than her, while Merle Haggard took the No. 1 spot.) About Dolly, the magazine opined: “A global pop icon whose career as musician and actress transcends country, Parton is one of its greatest singer-songwriters, and her signatures – 'Jolene,' 'Coat of Many Colors' and the irrepressible 'I Will Always Love You' – are among the genre's defining classics. Her birdlike soprano has been the gold standard for countless singers, and her winking persona ('It costs a lot to look this cheap!') has made her a heroine of camp. But even with an empire that includes the Dollywood theme park, she's kept it real, with a string of fine 2000s bluegrass LPs joining a catalog of over 20 Number One hits.” Read more here.
'Coat' Debuts At Dollywood Check out a profile here from The Maryville Daily Times about the local girl playing little Dolly in Dollywood's summer production of Dolly's Coat Of Many Colors.
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June 19: Overseas Chart Updates Across the pond, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week dips one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 6 in its 40th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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 one to No. 15 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slides two to No. 13. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt falls out of the top 40 Australian country albums chart, down from No. 38 in its 39th week, it was revealed Sunday.
'Here You Come Again' History Mix Online's "Classic Track" this week is Dolly's crossover hit "Here You Come Again," which the recording engineer discusses in detail here.
Miley Sings Subway 'Jolene' Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon last week taped a segment for his show of the two busking in the subway performing Dolly's "Jolene" (and once they confirmed their identities for the crowd they also did Cyrus' "Party In The USA"). Watch here.
June 15: Classic Dolly 'Hee Haw' Released On DVD Time Life this week released a new collection of four Hee Haw episodes on DVD from 1969 to 1973 including one of Dolly's two appearances on the show: Episode 70, which features "Coat Of Many Colors" and the Porter Wagoner duet "The Right Combination." Get yours here!
June 14: Dolly Named 2017's No. 1 Paid Female Country Artist Thanks to a change in the methodology that, imagine that, just counts estimated pre-tax income for entertainers, Dolly makes the Forbes magazine list of the world's 100 highest-paid entertainers for the first time in her career, it was announced Tuesday. She ties Salman Khan, Neymar, Bill O'Reilly and Ed Sheeran at No. 71 with income of $37 million from June 1, 2016, through June 1, 2017. The publication noted most of her income came from last year's tour and Dollywood. The previous methodology used a complex formula that included social media rankings and magazine covers, both of which favored younger stars. The new cash-only list also saw first-time listings by fellow older artists Guns 'N' Roses and Billy Joel. Dolly ranked No. 13 of the just 16 women on the top 100 and No. 5 of the eight country performers on the tally after Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Kenney Chesney and Luke Bryan, making her country's top earning female entertainer (Forbes classifies Taylor Swift as a pop performer instead of country). Although she didn't make 2016's top 100 worldwide list, the methodology change allowed her to debut last year at No. 13 top country music earners with an estimated $19 million income primarily from her business interests, mainly Dollywood, since her tour didn't start until after that year's cut-off date for the list, although it would have also included income from album sales and songwriting royalties. The 2017 number, by comparison, is almost twice that because it would include her income as performer, songwriter, publisher, producer, and record company owner for around 170,000 copies of the album Pure & Simple sold worldwide, her most successful North American tour of her career (the Pure & Simple Tour saw 387,000 fans and grossed $31.0 million to be country music's 10th biggest tour of the calendar year, and the entire thing happened within the 12 months used for this list, although artist income is usually only about half of the gross, which would be about $15.5 million in this case, so Forbes would have applied about $15 million or $16 million toward her $37 million total), plus a similar income as last year from Dollywood and her other business interests in the $20 million range. See the full list here.
Summer At Dollywood Debuts This Weekend Summer at Dollywood kicks off Saturday and continues through Aug. 6 with the debut of the kids' coaster Whistle Punk Chaser, the return of the "Gazillion Bubbles Show," two new shows at The Little Engine Playhouse (Dolly's Coat Of Many Colors and Pretend) and another year of the fireworks spectacular Dolly's Nights Of Many Colors at 9:30 p.m. each evening. Park hours are extended 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with further extensions to midnight the nights of July 1 and 8. "Summer in the Great Smoky Mountains truly is something special," said Dolly in a press release. "When I was growing up, our entertainment was catching lightnin' bugs and looking up at the stars. We could only dream about what it would be like to take a family vacation together. We had heard about big rides and shows and festivals at places like the World's Fair, but we never dreamed that it could all be right here in the Smokies! Places like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Dollywood are now everything we could imagine for a family vacation together."
Terminal Boy Sings With Skyped Dolly A Welsh little boy facing a fatal genetic disorder was treated with a Caribbean cruise thanks to a Make A Wish-type charity, complete with a Skype session with his idol, Dolly, that included a duet of "Jolene." Learn more here.
Our Lady J Talks Dolly Trans entertainer Our Lady J spoke with Deadline about working with TransParent and her relationship with Dolly here.
June 12: 'Closer' Releases Dolly Tribute Magazine Dolly fans will want to rush to newsstands to get a special collectors' edition magazine published last week by Closer Weekly in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dolly's first solo album and first country chart single. The 98-page magazine features interviews, more than 200 photos, career data, lists, quotes and more. Although there are a few mistakes (such as, for example, her list of No. 1 singles is missing her 1974 chart-topper with Porter Wagoner, "Please Don't Stop Loving Me," and her list of studio motion pictures omits 2002's Frank McKlusky, C.I., which had limited theatrical release in Florida for test audiences before being switched to direct-to-DVD), for the most part the publication seems to be accurate.
U.S., Overseas Chart Updates Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt slips eight to No. 38 on the Australian country albums chart in its 39th week, it was revealed Sunday. Across the pond, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week dips one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 5 in its 39th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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 one to No. 14 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slides one to No. 11. In the States, the June 17 Billboard tallies released Tuesday showed PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," decreases 18 in its eighth week to No. 98 album sales and 10 to No. 73 current albums in its eighth week. Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , the benefit album for War Child UK featuring Dolly's cover of "The Story" as its lead single, re-enters the Americana/folk album sales chart at No. 16 and top rock albums chart at No. 47 for a third week on each, rising four to No. 15 compilation albums in its fourth chart week there.
Wildfires Update Story The AP took a look at the Great Smoky Mountains, and Dolly's influence, six months after the deadly wildfires ln a piece here.
Fans Petition Dollywood: Bring Dolly Back Some Dolly fans have started an online petition demanding Dollywood increase its use of Dolly's image throughout the park. They complain most Dolly merchandise and use of her music have been significantly reduced at the park in recent years, several attractions named after her history have closed, that her picture no longer appears in the park brochure, and that even Dolly Dollars were discontinued after 25 years (interestingly, Disney's theme parks also discontinued Disney Dollars last year after 30 years, so that could just be an industry trend). Check it out here.
Cracker Barrel Coverage The Brand Channel spoke with Cracker Barrel last week about its focus on music, including the recent Grammy-winning Dolly collaboration with Pentatonix. Read more here.
Norwegians Dance To 'Jolene' Last Tuesday's episode of The World Of Dance with Jennifer Lopez featured a trio of dancers from Norway who chose to perform to Dolly's original "Jolene." Watch it on YouTube here.
Dolly Calls Fans Back To Smokies Dolly also in recent days released a new Dollywood commercial encouraging visitors to return to the Smokies following last fall's wildfires because the area is still open for business. The park is promoting the spot with the hashtag #someplacespecial. Check it out here or in the media player below.
Graham Loves Dolly Talk show host Graham Norton was being interviewed in Ireland and was asked for his favorite all-time guest, The Huffington Post reports here. His answer: Dolly, who impressed him by hiding her microphone pack in her wig so that it doesn't add to her tiny waistline.
U.S., Overseas Chart Updates Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 30 on the Australian country albums chart in its 38th week, it was revealed Sunday. Across the pond, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart at No. 4 in its 38th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips one to No. 13 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains three to No. 10. In the States, Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton falls off the country catalog albums tally in the June 10 numbers Billboard announced Tuesday, falling from No. 22 in its third week on the chart. PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," topples 33 in its seventh week to No. 80 album sales, 22 to No. 63 current albums and off the Hot 200 pop albums chart, down from No. 149. Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , the benefit album for War Child UK featuring Dolly's cover of "The Story" as its lead single, falls off Americana/folk album sales, down from No. 13, and top rock albums, down from No. 33, slipping 15 to No. 19 compilation albums in its third chart week.
'9 To 5' Heading Back To London Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical is returning to London. The London Fringe will produce the show Aug. 30-Oct. 1 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse at Highgate Village, Broadway.com reports here.
May 31: Dolly Gets ACM Humanitarian Award Dolly will receive another special honor from the Academy of Country Music this year, it was announced Tuesday. She has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the ACM's Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award, which has been combined with the Humanitarian Award. The new honor is presented to someone who "is devoted to improving lives through the power of music, has a generosity of spirit and is committed to serving others." In a press release, the ACMs stated: "Dolly Parton has held many titles over her storied 50-year career – singer, songwriter, actress, legend---but philanthropist is one that is close to her heart. Since her earliest days of stardom, Dolly has used her celebrity to support the causes she loves most." Specifically, they note that her Imagination Library has distributed almost 100 million books for children and that she raied more than $10 million for the victims of last year's Smoky Mountain wildfires. Past honorees include Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Lonestar, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood. The award will be presented to her in the 11th Annual ACM Honors ceremony Aug. 23 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and the event will be broadcast for the second consecutive year on CBS at a yet-to-be-announced date. Other awards to be presented that evening include Cliffie Stone Icon Award winner George Strait, Gene Weed Milestone Award to Kelsea Ballerini, Mae Boren Axton Service Award to Bob Kingsley and Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard Spirit Award to Eric Church, Poet's Award for Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein, Tex Ritter Award for Nashville and Songwriter of the Year for Lori McKenna. This marks her 11th career ACM Award.
May 30: Order Cochran Album With Dolly Duet Amazon.com has added a preorder page for Debbie Cochran's album Born Again Wildflower, coming out June 16 and featuring a Dolly duet on the title track, "Born Again Wildflower." Reserve your download here!
HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News, recently returned to the Smokies to follow-up on the recovery after last year's deadly wildfire, including sitting down with Dolly to talk about her role in the effort. Check it out in two parts in the media players above and below or here and here. In related news, Garden & Gun magazine offered an update profile here this week as well.
In Memoriam: Colleen Owens Another longtime Dolly associate has passed away, family members announced on Friday. Colleen Owens, Dolly's aunt by marriage and her professional hairdresser for three decades including styling her wigs for The Porter Wagoner Show, her 1976-77 syndicated variety show and her 1987-88 ABC variety show in addition to numerous concert tours, television specials, movies, album covers and more, has died. Her son, former Dolly band member Richie Owens, who also produced her 1998 album Hungry
Again, revealed the passing on his Facebook page Friday morning, announcing: "My heart is broken. After months of failing health my mother is now at peace and with my father who she loved so much. As hard as her life was growing up she overcame so much and made a better life for herself and her family. I owe my creativity and style just as much to her as to my father. I've known this was coming for a while so I've been a little more prepared for it. but it still doesn't make it easy. My love is always with you and you'll always be with me." Later in the day, he shared a photo of his mother styling his cousin Dolly for an appearance on The Porter Wagoner Show. Colleen was married to Louis Owens, brother to Dolly's mother. Louis and Colleen accompanied Dolly and Uncle Bill Owens to Nashville when a teen-aged Dolly made her first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry. Louis, who passed away in 2014, was a performer at Dollywood. Colleen's passing comes within weeks the deaths of former longtime manager Sandy Gallin, former longtime road manager Don Warden and niece Tever Parton.
U.S., British Chart Updates Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton holds steady on the country catalog albums tally at No. 22 to mark a third week on the chart, the June 3 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," decreases five in its sixth week to No. 47 album sales, one to No. 41 current albums and 23 to No. 149 Hot 200. Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , the benefit album for War Child UK featuring Dolly's cover of "The Story" as its lead single, falls in its second chart week, losing 11 places to No. 13 Americana/folk album sales, 26 to No. 33 top rock albums and two to No. 4 compilation albums and falls off the following charts after one week each at No. 10 current albums, No. 10 Internet albums, No. 11 top album sales, No. 30 Hot 200 pop albums, No. 9 digital albums, No. 4 Americana/folk albums, No. 16 Tastemakers, No. 4 rock album sales and No. 9 vinyl albums. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart at No. 4 in its 37th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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) holds steady at No. 12 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises one to No. 13.
Dolly's New Restaurant Profiled Another media outlet has profiled Dolly's new Smoky Mountain Adventures dinner theatre. Check out the report from Indianapolis' FOX 59 here.
Miley Covers 'Jolene' On NBC Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus on Friday made her godmother proud and covered her classic "Jolene" in her concert appearance on NBC's Today show. Check out the performance here.
Stella Chats With Magazine Dolly's sister Stella Parton talks about her career and her famous sibling in an interview with Music Radarhere.
Dollywood Opens Barbeque & Bluegrass Fest Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass festival opened Friday. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver appear Sunday, Daily & Vincent on Monday, Steep Canyon Rangers Wednesday and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage June 4 to close out the fest.
May 22: 'Cover Stories' Debuts High On Charts Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , the benefit album for War Child UK featuring Dolly's cover of "The Story" as its lead single, had an impressive first week on the charts thanks to 19,000 sales in the U.S. Billboard reports the set debuts at No. 10 current albums, No. 10 Internet albums, No. 11 top album sales, No. 30 Hot 200 pop albums, No. 9 digital albums, No. 7 top rock albums, No. 4 Americana/folk albums, No. 16 Tastemakers, No. 2 Americana/folk album sales, No. 4 rock album sales, No. 9 vinyl albums and No. 2 compilation albums. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week loses two on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 4 in its 36th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' 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 four to No. 12 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains five to No. 14. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt inches down one to No. 17 on the Australian country albums chart in its 36th week, it was announced Sunday.
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