Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, Dolly's cover of “House of The Rising Sun” debuts on the pop charts, where it would peak at No. 77; it would also reach No. 14 country and No. 30 adult contemporary. Ten years ago Thursday, after several nights of “previews,” Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical has its official opening night in Los Angeles during a test run prior to its Broadway opening. Thirty-nine years ago Friday, Dolly begins a four-night sold out engagement at Los Angeles' famed Universal Amphitheater. Thirty-six years ago Friday, Dolly's Greatest Hits album is released; it would reach No. 7 country/No. 77 pop and remain on the charts for nearly 100 weeks as well as go platinum (more than 1 million copies sold). Nineteen years ago Friday, Dolly is inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame, at that time the second youngest ever to be inducted (at 53; beaten only by Chet Atkins, who made it at 49 in 1974). Forty years ago Saturday, Heartbreaker is on its third of nine weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts; it reaches No. 27 pop and goes gold (+500,000 copies sold).
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The Complete Trio Collection No. 4 country compilation (no change; 105th week; peaked at No. 1 for 28 weeks)
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27: The Most Perfect Album from WNYC Studios' More Perfect political podcast was released on Tuesday celebrating the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As was announced a month ago and previously reported here at that time, the project features Dolly's composition and performance of “A Woman's Right,” celebrating the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. Learn more about Dolly's contribution to the album from The Washington Posthere and listen to Dolly's track on WNYC here or YouTube here or in the media player above. The song is available for download from Amazon here (and the entire album is downloadable from Amazon here).
Learn More Of UT Imagination Library Documentary The University of Tennessee Knoxville's Torchbearer profiled the class working on a documentary on Dolly's Imagination Library book program with a story on Tuesday here.
Dolly Says London '9 To 5' Will Feature New Music Dolly appeared on UK network ITV's This Morning program on Tuesday to promote next year's London West End run of her 9 To 5: The Musical and announced that the version on Britain's Broadway will contain at least one new song never before released in the U.S. Check out the interview here or in the media player below (Thanks, Tracey!), and check out some of the other media coverage of the interview from Contact Musichere and Metrohere.
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Dolly To Be On ITV Morning Show Tuesday Thanks to Tracey for alerting me Dolly is scheduled as a guest on ITV's This Morning on Tuesday in the U.K.
Publication Looks At 'Tennessee Mountain Home' The Paris Review last week offered a thoughtful and in-depth review of Dolly's 1973 album My Tennessee Mountain Home. Read it here.
Sept. 15: 'Here I Am' Tops iTunes Country Chart, Breaks Pop Top 5 Dolly's duet with Sia on "Here I Am" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack proved very popular on Friday with its midnight release. The song garnered much attention in the entertainment media and quickly climbed the iTunes charts, by the end of the day taking the No. 1 country spot and No. 5 pop spot. Over on Amazon, it was lower, coming in at No. 23 country downloads and No. 108 pop as well as No. 33 overall albums (likely because the way they listed the song for purchase: once as a song and once as a one-song EP album, thus splitting the sales totals between the two instead of just listing one to show its actual sales position.)
GetTV Schedules Dolly Marathon This Weekend Get TV will celebrate Dolly Sunday night/Monday morning with six and a half hours of programming featuring her at her 1970s best. The night starts at 11 p.m. with a repeat of the special Mac Davis: Sounds Like Home featuring Dolly, Tom Jones and Donna Summer and then moves into 11 episodes of her 1976-77 variety series Dolly: Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris at midnight and 5:30 a.m., The Parton Family at 12:30 a.m., Kenny Rogers at 1 a.m., Tennessee Ernie Ford at 1:30 a.m., Lynn Anderson at 2 a.m., Anne Murray at 2:30 a.m., Chuck Woolery at 3 a.m., Ronnie Millsap at 3:30 a.m., Mel Tillis at 4 a.m., Tom T. Hall at 4:30 a.m. and Freddy Fender at 5 a.m. The broadcast network often airs these episodes once or twice a year, sometimes on a one-show-a-week basis and sometimes in a marathon of four or five episodes. This marks the first time they've run this many in one night.
U.K. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week holds steady at No. 4 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 105th 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) dips eight to No. 19, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises seven to No. 10.
Sept. 14: '9 To 5: The Musical' Heading To London's West End
A decade after its Broadway debut, Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical is getting an eight-month run in London's professional theatre district, the West End (known as Britain's equivalent of Broadway). The show will debut in January at the Savoy Theatre and run through August. It had previously toured the U.K. in 2012 and Dolly had said at that time that a West End engagement was likely to follow in 2013, but there's no word on why it was delayed this long. The show is directed by Jeff Calhoun, who also directed the U.S. tour of the show after it closed on Broadway. It features Louise Redknapp, most recently starring in the U.K. tour of Cabaret, as Violet, Natalie McQueen, currently starring in the West End production of Kinky Boots, as Doralee, Brian Conley as Mr. Hart and Amber Davies, who won the British dating show Love Island, as Judy. The original U.S. version was nominated for a record 15 Drama Desk Awards and four Tonys, including a nod for Dolly's score, as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Cast Album. Dolly announced the London engagement through a video released Thursday morning. Check it out here or in the media player above.
First 'Dumplin'' Single Released As was announced on Wednesday, Dolly's duet with Sia on "Here I Am" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released at midnight Eastern Thursday night and is available for purchase and download from Amazon here and streaming from YouTube here or in the media player below. The full Dolly soundtrack hits stores Nov. 30 and the movie airs at a yet-to-be-announced date later this year on Netflix.
Sept. 13: 'Dumplin'' CD Coming Nov. 30, Single Friday, Movie To Netflix Dolly's much-anticipated Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released Nov. 30 on Dolly Records and RCA Nashville, it was announced Wednesday, while the project's first single, a duet of her 1971 song "Here I Am" performed with pop star Sia, will be released at midnight Eastern Thursday night/Friday morning. The news came along with the announcement that streaming service Netflix had purchased the film for broadcast later this year, although a limited theatrical run is planned (likely to make the project Oscar-eligible). As was previously reported, the soundtrack – consisting of six new recordings of classic Dolly tracks and six new compositions co-written by soundtrack executive producer Dolly and soundtrack producer Linda Perry – features collaborations with multiple female artists. The announcement repeated several previously-announced participants for the soundtrack in its "partial list" of guest vocalists including Sia, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Stamples, Rhonda Vincent and the film's stars, Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston (who must have decided to go through with recording her vocals she had indicated she may or may not do) and newly identified Elle King and Alison Krauss as singing on it as well. (Macy Gray and Miley Cyrus, who had previously been announced as participants, were not included on the partial list, but that doesn't mean they won't appear on the final project.) Read the full announcement from Dolly's official website here.
'These Old Bones' Begins Filming Without Dolly Dolly's "These Old Bones" movie, the first in her Dolly Parton Theater film series for Netflix, began principal filming in Cartersville, Ga., this week, but contrary to social media rumors in advance of the shooting, Dolly was not present, The Daily Tribune reported here.
Stella Chats With British Press Dolly's sister Stella continues to get coverage overseas from her appearance on the BBC's Celebrity Master Chef. Her new interview appeared this week in The Evening Expresshere.
'i Will Always Love You' Makes Another Talent Show America's Got Talent contestant Noah Guthrie chose Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" as his semi-finalist performance this week. Check it out here.
Sept. 11: Dolly Reacts To Golden Ticket Award Wins Dolly reacted Monday to Dollywood's three first-place wins at Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards over the weekend. She said in a press release: "I've said it before, but back when I started Dollywood, I remember just prayin' that people were going to come visit us that very first year. Here we are in our 33rd season, still earning some of the biggest awards and honors you can get, and I can't tell you how proud I am of what we're accomplishing. I started Dollywood because I'm proud of the Smoky Mountains and wanted more people to come experience the beauty God has put right here in our back yard. We're adding Wildwood Grove next year, and I know it's going to give families more room to explore, imagine, play and spend time together here in the Smokies. The other reason I started Dollywood was because I wanted to hire the good people of Sevier County to work in the park. I knew when folks came and met the people who live and work here, they'd want to come back year after year because they would feel like part of the family. It must be working; we just won Friendliest Park for the seventh year! I'm so proud of the job our people do treating our guests well and going above and beyond to give them a truly memorable experience." As was reported here Sunday night, the park took first place honors for Friendliest Park (seventh consecutive year), Best Shows (10th consecutive year) and Best Christmas Event (11th consecutive year). In addition, six more top 10 finalist positions were earned: second place for Best Food (an award it won first place for last year), third place for Cleanest Park (down from No. 2 last year), fourth place for Best Water Park at Dollywood's Splash Country (same ranking as last year), fifth place for overall Best Park in the world (down from No. 3 last year), sixth place for Best Wooden Roller Coaster with Lightning Rod (down from No. 5 last year) and 10th place for Best Wooden Roller Coaster with Thunderhead (down from No. 8 last year).
Report: Dolly Filming In Georgia It appears Dolly's first installment of Netflix's 2019 Dolly Parton Theatre movie series, presumably "These Old Bones," may have started filming. Bartow News and Emergencies reported on Facebook here that the back parking lot of Southern Mugs in downtown Cartersville, Ga., will be closed on Tuesday for Dolly to film. Thanks, Dennis!
Sept. 10: Dollywood Takes Home Three First Place Golden Ticket Awards The annual Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards ceremony was held over the weekend at Dollywood's sister park Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., over the weekend and Dolly's park took home three first place finishes this year: Best Christmas Event (its 11th consecutive first-place win in this category), Best Shows (its 10th consecutive first-place win in this category) and Friendliest Park (its seventh consecutive first-place win in this category). Last year, Lightning Rod brought the park a fourth first-place with Best Food, but the park did not win this year. The full list of additional top-five finishes for the park was not available yet from Amusement Today as of press time Sunday night. (Ed. Note: This item has been corrected to update the previous year comparisons to 2017 as they had originally been reported compared to the park's 2016 wins instead.)
Dolly Gets Fox News Coverage This is a week late, but Dolly was apparently last week's Fox News Sunday's "Power Player Of The Week" in recognition of her Imagination Library literacy program. MSN shared video of the report to its website here on Friday.
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week loses one to No. 4 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 104th 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. 11, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips six to No. 17. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) regains four spots this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 25 in its 364th chart week since its original 2007 release.
Another Stella Interview Overseas Dolly's sister Stella continues to get noticed in the British press this week thanks to her appearance on the BBC's Celebrity Master Chef. Check out an interview from The Expresshere.
Sept. 7: In Memoriam: Burt Reynolds Dolly on Thursday released a statement memorializing The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas co-star Burt Reynolds, who passed away earlier that day from a heart attack at age 82. She said: "Oh how sad I am today along with Burt's millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy and I will always love you, Dolly." The 1982 film, Dolly's second, grossed $70 million ($220 million adjusted to 2018 ticket prices), and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Charles Durning and Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress for Dolly. Both CNN here and USA Todayhere cited the film and Reynolds' portrayal of Sheriff Ed Earl as among the five essential roles of his career. The two remained close friends after filming, with Reynolds appearing on Dolly's variety series and once at a Dollywood event and Dolly appearing on Reynolds' "Conversations With" interview program. In a recent interview with Andy Cohen back in March, Reynolds called Dolly: "The kindest, the sweetest, just the most special lady I ever worked with."
Dolly Falls Off Social 50 Chart After debuting last week for the first time ever on Billboard's Social 50 chart of social media activity, Dolly falls out of the top 50 this week, down from No. 31, the magazine reported. Her entry had been due to a meme of hers applying "Jolene" to the distracted boyfriend photo going viral.
Sept. 5: Grammys Announces Dolly's MusiCares Honor The Recording Academy on Tuesday evening formally announced what was leaked to the New York Post's "Page Six" gossip column over the weekend and reported here Sunday night, that Dolly will receive the MusiCares Person Of The Year Award in February. Coverage of the announcement included Dolly's official website here, Varietyhere and My News LAhere. The full press release was as follows:
Dolly Parton, country music's most-honored female performer of all-time, is about to add a very prestigious achievement to her list: 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year.
Recording Academy and MusiCares President/CEO Neil Portnow announced today that Parton will be the honoree at 29th annual benefit gala. Proceeds from the event will provide essential support for MusiCares, a charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. The tribute will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 8, 2019, two nights prior to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards.
"Dolly Parton has always been and continues to be a courageous trailblazer and indomitable inspiration for creators and artists—so for us to have the opportunity to honor her at our annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala is to pay tribute to a true pillar of strength and someone who we all look up to and cherish," said Portnow. " Dolly also knows the power of philanthropy and she has used her stardom to contribute to a wide range of causes from natural disasters to education and literacy programs."
"I am so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year," said Parton. "It's even more special knowing the gala benefits music people in need. I can't wait to hear all of the great artists singing my music."
Parton was recognized by the Recording Academy in 2011 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With this latest honor, the country music icon earns the distinction of becoming the first artist from the Nashville music community to be honored at the annual GRAMMY Week gala benefiting music people in need.
"I couldn't think of anyone more deserving to be the first MusiCares Person of the Year representing the Nashville music community," says Parton's manager, Danny Nozell, CEO, CTK Management. "It's been a privilege to witness her generous heart firsthand for the last 14 years."
The MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week and includes a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive selection of one-of-a-kind items for bidding guests followed by a dinner and tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists paying tribute to Parton's music and legacy.
Parton joins a prestigious list of recent MusiCares Person Of The Year honorees including Carole King, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty. and last year's honorees, Fleetwood Mac.
Anniston Talks About Working With Dolly Ellen on Monday shared to YouTube a video from Jennifer Anniston's stop by to wish the host happy birthday back in February where she talked about Dolly working on the Dumplin' soundtrack and that she had jokingly suggested she join Dolly on one of the tracks, which Dolly took seriously. At the time of the interview, she said she had not decided whether or not to go ahead with the recording session. Watch the clip here.
Sept. 3: Report: Dolly To Receive Grammys' Philanthropic Honor The Page Six gossip column of The New York Post over the weekend broke the news that Dolly has reportedly been chosen as 2019's Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year, the annual honor that the Recording Academy's charity arm gives out to recognize significant creative accomplishments in a musician's career as well as their longtime support of a number of charitable causes. The honoree is recognized at a star-studded tribute concert gala held a week or two prior to the Grammy Awards, proceeds from which help fund MusiCares, which provides musicians with aid in time of financial, medical or personal need. The concert usually airs as a prime-time television special. If true, Dolly would become the first artist from the country music genre chosen for the award in its 29-year history as well as just its seventh female honoree (after Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, and Carole King; Fleetwood Mac, which has two female members, was honored last year as the first band to receive the award). A Recording Academy spokesperson told the newspaper they could not confirm the selection because 2019's award details have yet to be finalized. Dolly has previously won eight regular Grammy Awards plus its Lifetime Achievement Grammy and has three songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame (two as the song's singer and songwriter, one as songwriter only). Her career 47 Grammy nominations are second only to Beyonce for the most nods by a woman in Grammy history. In philanthropy, she is most well-known for her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program, which earlier this year celebrated distributing its 100 millionth free book to a child, but she also has been a seven-figure donor in recent years to her local Sevier County hospital as well as Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, raised $13 million for Smoky Mountain wildfire relief in 2016, provides annual college scholarships for graduates from each high school in her native Sevier County, and has supported numerous other charitable causes throughout her career. Read more from FOX News here.
Stella Talks About Growing Up Parton Dolly's sister Stella spoke with London's Telegraph over the weekend about growing up in the Parton family. Read the article, part of the publicity surrounding her appearance as a contestant on the BBC's Celebrity Master Chef, here.
Sept. 1: Dolly Debuts On Billboard Social 50 Chart Thanks to her distracted boyfriend meme going viral, Dolly debuted for the first time on Billboard's Social 50 chart tracking new followers of artists' social media accounts, page views, and engagement such as likes and shares. For the tracking week ending Aug. 23, a total of 123,000 Twitter reactions to Dolly's "Jolene"-themed meme put her on the chart at No. 31. Read more here.
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week dips two to No. 3 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 103rd 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) dips two to No. 8, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains four to No. 11.
Miller Tribute With Dolly Released Don't forget that King Of The Road, the Roger Miller tribute featuring Dolly's version of "The Last Word In Lonesome is Me" with Alison Krauss and her on a various artist version of the title track, hit stores on Friday. Get your copy here!
Feinstein Announces Duets Album Name Thanks to Todd for alerting me to an interview he conducted with Michael Feinstein at Cabaret Sceneshere in which he said he intends to call his album of Gershwin covers as duets with country artists Gershwin Country. He had said in a previous interview that a collaboration with Dolly was the first track recorded for the project.
Aug. 29: 'King of The Road' Track With Dolly, Willie, More Released
King Of The Road, the multi-artist tribute album to the legendary country music singer and humorist Roger Miller coming out on Friday, on Tuesday teased its release with a Facebook posting here of a new all-star music video of its title track. The song starts with Willie Nelson, followed by Merle Haggard (in one of his final recordings), Kris Kristofferson and Dolly wrapping up the first verse. Others on the track include Eric Church, Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakum, Bill Anderson, Radney Foster, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn and more. All voices join for the final chorus before two final encores of the "king of the road" song title, the first sung by Nelson and the final one by Dolly. Dolly's contribution to the project, a cover of "The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me" with Krauss, was released as a single a month ago. No word on which artists from the project appear on its other various artist collaboration, "You Can't Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd."
Bristol-Inspired Album With Dolly Is Out That's not the only new Dolly song out now, as 1927 Jubilee: The New Bristol Sessions , a various-artist album celebrating what is considered the birth of recorded country music, has been released, including Dolly's contribution of "Something More," which formerly had been used in her Smoky Mountain Adventure Dinner Theatre show. Download Dolly's track here.
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