This week in
Dolly history
Forty-six years ago Monday, Porter & Dolly's “The Right Combination” debuts on the pop charts (their only pop chart single); it peaks at No. 106 but makes it to No. 14 country. Forty-five years ago Monday, Porter & Dolly record “Say Forever You'll Be Mine,” which three years later becomes the title cut from their final duet album of the 1970s; released as a single, it peaks at No. 5. Forty-two years ago Wednesday, “The Seeker” debuts on the pop charts; Dolly's sixth time on the pop side of Billboard, she lasts only one week at No. 105, but the song goes to No. 2 on the country singles chart. Twenty years ago Wednesday, Dolly's techno remix of “Peace Train” debuts on the dance club play chart, peaking at No. 23. Thirty-two years ago Thursday, 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. Forty-one years ago Friday, Variety reports the duo team of Porter & Dolly has dissolved. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, 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-eight years ago Saturday, “Yellow Roses” debuts on the country chart; three months later it would become Dolly's 23rd country No. 1. One year ago Saturday, Pure & Simple debuts at No. 1 country, No. 2 pop on the British charts. Thirty-four years ago Sunday, “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.

Charts

  • U.K., Aug. 20 edition:
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 4 country compilation (down from No. 3; 49th week; peaked at No. 1 for 21 weeks)


    In-person Dolly
    (scheduled live appearances, some are tentative)

  • Aug. 23, ACM Honors, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
  • Oct. 25, Kenny Rogers farewell, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Aug. 23, 12:57 a.m., Starz Encore Family, The Beverly Hillbillies (re-runs 9:46 a.m. Aug. 23, 6:06 a.m. Aug. 27, 3:10 p.m. Aug. 27)
  • Aug. 23, 10 a.m., Pop, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23)
  • Aug. 24, 11:55 p.m., Starz Encore, Steel Magnolias
  • Aug. 25, 12:30 p.m., Freeform, Reba
  • Sept. 15, 9 p.m., CBS, ACM Honors


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • I Believe In You kids' CD on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, Sept. 29 digital, Oct. 13 CD

  • Younger Now, Sept. 29, Miley Cyrus CD with Dolly duet

  • Simple Dreams, 1977 Linda Ronstadt album on CD with Dolly duet, Sept. 15

  • Just Because I'm A Woman 1968 vinyl re-issue, Sept. 8

  • A Real Live Dolly, 1970 album on CD, Sept. 1

  • Rainbow, Kesha CD with Dolly duet, Aug. 11

  • Born Again Wildflower, by Debbie Cochran (with Dolly duet on "Born Again Wildflower"), June 16

  • Hee Haw: Pfft! You Were Gone! DVD with Dolly performance of "Coat of Many Colors" and "The Right Combination," Time-Life, June 13

  • Dolly On Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton May 1 book

  • Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , features Dolly's performance of "The Story," May 5 (also available on vinyl here)

  • Just Between You And Me, 1968 album with Porter Wagoner download, March 3

  • Songs Of Cinema, Michael Bolton (duet with Dolly), Feb. 10

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love DVD and Blu-Ray Dec. 20

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl, 1984 album, Dec. 2

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Blu-Ray release, Nov. 29

  • Coat Of Many Colors Oct. 18, children's book

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Oct. 11 "Pop Art Cover" DVD re-issue

  • "Jolene" with Pentatonix, Sept. 16

  • Hits Made Famous by Country Queens, Sept. 14, reissue

  • The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe Sept. 9, three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along)

  • On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, CD with Dolly track, Aug. 19

  • Pure & Simple, solo CD, Aug. 19 (U.K. import with live CD from 2014 Glastonbury set available as import here)

  • Golden Streets of Glory 1971 album digital download

    My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973 album digital download

  • Country Girl In The Big Apple. vinyl, 1977 concert, June 24

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

  • Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country April 5 digital release of hourlong documentary

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors May 3 DVD release

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (BluRay release), March 8

  • Coat Of Many Colors Feb. 12 vinyl re-issue

  • Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute Stella Parton tribute CD to Dolly, Jan. 19

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (2015 movie), Dec. 21 download

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

  • The Great Pretender (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Hello I'm Dolly (1967), Dec. 4 download

  • Here You Come Again (1977), Dec. 4 download

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

  • The Collection, Dec. 4 download of 10 Dolly albums

  • Christmas Time, Rhonda Vincent CD with Dolly guest appearance, Oct. 30

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

  • Cass County, Sept. 25 Don Henley CD with Dolly duet

  • Picking Up The Pieces, Sept. 11, Jewel CD with Dolly duet

  • Platinum Blonde Australian DVD, Sept. 11 (import)

  • The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series Aug. 21 CD with "Slow Ass Jolene" by Dolly

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD

  • Midnight Special DVD set with two Dolly songs, May 12

  • Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD with Dolly performing "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," May 12

  • Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7

  • Lifetime Holiday Triple Feature DVD with A Country Christmas Story featuring Dolly, Nov. 4

  • Touch Your Woman digital re-issue of 1972 album, Oct. 22

  • Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12

  • 2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7

  • Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    Kesha's 'Rainbow' Reigns On Albums Charts
    As was expected, Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet “Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You),” debuts this week at the top of several Billboard charts released Tuesday based on first-week sales of 117,000 album equivalent units (90,000 in traditional album sales and 27,000 track-equivalent sales and streaming-equivalent sales). The CD comes in at No. 1 on the Sept. 2 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums chart, digital albums, Canadian pop albums, internet albums, current albums and album sales; No. 3 Tastemakers and Australian pop albums; and No. 4 U.K. top albums.

    Dolly Talks More On Emmy Nomination
    Emmy promotions for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love continued over the weekend with an interview with Backstage here and an overview of the Best TV Movie category nominees from Deadline here.

    Dolly At Dollywood


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    Past news

    Aug. 19:
    Dolly Stops At Dollywood On Friday


    Dolly was back at Dollywood on Friday to promote the park's remainder of the year. After a performance by the Kingdom Heirs, Dolly spoke for about two minutes about the fall festival and introduced a video about the new Great Pumpkin LumiNights and then returned to welcome on stage the actress who played her in the park's Little Engine Playhouse version of "Coat Of Many Colors," singing the famous song with her. She introduced the Parade of Many Colors, which performed Christmas songs, and then returned for a few more words about her upcoming children's album and to take a couple of questions from Dollywood Insider correspondents. All total, she was on stage about 18 minutes of the 28-minute media event. She announced that the remainder of her day would be spent taking employee photos at the park and her dinner theatres. She is expected to make additional park appearances, including a parade weather-permitting, on Saturday. Coverage is available from WLOS here, The Knoxville News Sentinel here, WBIR here, WATE here and Local 8 Now here. "I love fall in the Great Smoky Mountains," Dolly said during the event. "It truly is one of my favorite times of the year to come home. God's coloring book is in full display with the Great Smoky Mountains painted in reds and golds. I'm also really excited to be here to let you know about our brand new nighttime event we are adding for families in October called Great Pumpkin LumiNights. You know, people from all around the world know us for the millions of twinklin' lights we put up at Christmas time. Well, when guests see thousands of these glowing pumpkins all lit up in Timber Canyon, they're going to have that same special feeling. We think Great Pumpkin LumiNights will become just as popular with families as our Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. I'm pretty sure there will be a lot of new family traditions made this October!" Dollywood's Harvest Festival runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 28 and features Southern gospel entertainment during the day and the new Great Pumpkin LumiNights after dark. This season marks the first time the Smoky Mountain theme park has opened every day—and stayed open after dark—during its family-favorite harvest event. A Smoky Mountain Christmas follows Nov. 4 to Jan. 1. "I just love Christmas at Dollywood, and I know you all do too," Dolly said. "The Parade of Many Colors is back this Christmas, along with seven holiday shows and four million beautiful lights. We even have Rudolph and his friends back for another year of creating family memories. It will be a November and December to remember!"

    Miley Announces Dolly Duet On New Album
    Fans have clamored for it for a while, and Miley Cyrus announced Thursday night she's giving it to them: a duet with godmother Dolly will appear on her upcoming CD, Younger Now. The Sept. 29 release will feature Dolly on the track "Rainbowland," according to the track listing Cyrus released this week. Get your copy here!

    Kesha CD With Dolly Expected To Debut At No. 1
    Although sales numbers won't be final for a few days, Kesha's Rainbow, which features a Dolly duet on "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," is expected to debut at No. 1 on the pop albums chart next week with between 100,000 and 120,000 units in its first week of sales, Billboard reported here.

    Dolly Continues To Court Emmy Voters For 'Colors'
    In advance of the Sept. 17 Emmy Awards, Dolly's promotions for her nomination as Best TV Movie for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Lovecontinued this week with a podcast appearance at Gold Derby here and an interview with The New York Times here. In both pieces, she said she hopes to present an award with fellow nominees Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who have acting nods for their Netflix series.

    Overseas Chart Update
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week loses one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 4 in its 49th 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 three to No. 20 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 16.


    Aug. 16:
    Dolly Kids' Album Coming For Sept. Download, Oct. CD


    Dolly on Tuesday revealed the release dates, cover art and track listing for her long-anticipated children's album, I Believe In You. As was previously reported here, the project will benefit her Imagination Library early childhood literacy project and feature songs from her Imagination Playhouse musicals at Dollywood which had previously been released under the same title in limited edition to attendees at the Imagination Library conference two years ago but will be available for sale to the general public for the first time plus three new songs.

    New information revealed Tuesday included a fourth new song, the removal of three songs from the previously-released version ("Friends," which had been written by Dolly, and "Always Choose To Be Nice" and "We Will Always Be Friends," both of which had been written by Brian Hall and Tom McBryde -- all songs on the new version were written by Dolly) and that the audio book bonus track included has changed from her I Am A Rainbow book to her Coat Of Many Colors children's book. The "new" songs are "Makin' Fun Ain't Funny," which she had made available for free download to those who had purchased the children's book, "Chemo Hero" and re-recordings of "Coat Of Many Colors" and "Brave Little Soldier." The project will be released on Dolly Records and RCA Nashville with a digital release Sept. 29 and physical CD release Oct. 13.

    In a press release, Dolly said: "My first album was released 50 years ago and it's been an amazing 50 years since then. I am very excited that now I'm coming out with my first children's album in all of those 50 years. I'm proudest of all that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library. It's been 20 years since the Imagination Library was launched. We've seen 100million books get into the hands of children and hopefully there will be many more." Watch the announcement from News Channel 5 in the media player above or by visiting here. Additional footage is included in The Tennessean's story here and WKRN here. The full track listing is:

  • I Believe in You
  • Coat of Many Colors (new recording)
  • Together Forever
  • I Am a Rainbow
  • I'm Here
  • A Friend Like You
  • Imagination
  • You Can Do It
  • Responsibility
  • You Gotta Be
  • Makin' Fun Ain't Funny
  • Chemo Hero
  • Brave Little Soldier
  • Bonus track spoken audio: Coat of Many Colors (book read by Dolly Parton)

    Dolly Promotes Emmy Nomination
    The campaign for Emmy voters to support Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love for Best TV Movie landed Dolly interviews in two stories published Tuesday. Parade offered a Q&A with Dolly about the film here and Variety posted a piece on the number of biopics nominated this year which featured comments from both Dolly and Jennifer Nettles, who played her mother in the project. Read that story here.

    Dollywood Visit Details
    Dolly will be at Dollywood making appearances both Friday and Saturday, according to the park's website. Her previously-reported 11 a.m. Friday media appearance will be open to a limited number of public guests who receive first-come/first-served wristbands at the park's front gate that morning, and she is expected to do a park parade Saturday weather-permitting. Usually when she is on park she also pops in unannounced at some of the park's shows as well.


    Aug. 14:
    Kesha CD With Dolly Dominates Headlines
    Music news on Friday and over the weekend continued to be dominated by the release of Kesha's Rainbow with her Dolly duet on a cover of "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)." Coverage included a story from Unicorn Booty here, a review from Uproxx here and a track-by-track from Kesha on NPR here.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week loses one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 3 in its 48th 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 seven to No. 17, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops five to No. 16 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls off the top 20, down from No. 14.


    Aug. 10:
    Dolly To Visit Dollywood Aug. 18
    Dollywood announced Wednesday that Dolly will make an appearance at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at DP's Celebrity Theatre to provide "a special glimpse of Dollywood's newest nighttime harvest experience, Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dolly shares her vision for the event which she believes will become a treasured family tradition for guests." In addition, according to the media advisory, she will discuss the 27th Smoky Mountain Christmas festival and reveal details of a "personal" new project "which is very important to her."  No details have been released of any other park appearances over that weekend. The Harvest Festival runs Sept. 29-Oct. 28 and the Christmas fest Nov. 4-Jan. 1.

    Rogers Concert Adds Tickets
    Organizers of Nashville's Oct. 25 Kenny Rogers tribute on Wednesday released to the public via Ticketmaster what they say are the final block of tickets for the show which will feature his final duet performance with Dolly. The handful of newly-released seats were all premium seats costing $425 or more and a few remained available as of press time Wednesday night. Also, performers Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd were added to the concert, it was announced Wednesday.

    Kesha Gushes About Dolly
    On ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday, singer Kesha gushed about recording "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)" with Dolly, saying: "I consider her family now. That was like, the craziest thing in the world to me that she actually said yes to collaborating with me, I'm still not over it, so I'm just going to tell everybody about it forever." Watch the interview here, and get Kesha's album Rainbow on Friday.


    Aug. 9:
    Dolly Honors Glen Campbell At His Passing


    Music legend Glen Campbell succumbed to Alzheimer's on Tuesday and died at the age of 81. Among the outpouring of memorials and tributes was a video message from Dolly here and in the media player above in which she calls him "one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business." Dolly and Campbell appeared together many times, including co-hosting the 1978 television special 50 Years Of Country Music with her and appearing as a guest on her 1987-88 variety show, and he covered her "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning," for which she re-wrote a verse to make it a gospel song, on a 1991 album. Download the track here. Additional remembrances are available from Billboard here.

    Get Tickets For Aug. 23 ACM Event With Dolly
    Tickets for the Aug. 23 Ryman Auditorium ceremony for the ACM Honors, at which Dolly will receive Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award for her humanitarian work, go on sale to the public via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Central time Wednesday.

    Dolly Tops Another Billboard List
    Billboard magazine last week released another one of its critics' countdowns, this time looking at the Top 50 Country Love Songs of all time. Dolly takes the No. 26 spot with "Rockin' Years" with Ricky Van Shelton and the No. 1 position with her classic "I Will Always Love You." See the full list here.

    Kesha Duet Making Waves
    Kesha's new album, Rainbow, hits stores on Friday with its Dolly duet on a song Kesha's mother wrote. Entertainment Weekly gave the project an "A-" here, noting: "Still, whether she's belting forlorn country with Dolly Parton on 'Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)' or practicing the synth pop that made her a star ('Hymn'), her authenticity never flags."


    Aug. 7:
    Emmy Nomination Adds Dolly's Name
    The Emmy Awards on Sunday released the official list of producers who received this year's nominations by name for their projects that are up for awards Sept. 17 confirming, yes, the nomination of Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love as Best Made for TV Movie will be in Dolly's name, bringing her official total of Emmy nominations to two (she was first nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety Special in 1978 for Cher . . . Special). Gold Derby published the entire list here, which includes Dolly, Sam Haskell and Pamela K. Long as Executive Producers and Hudson Hickman as Producer of the film.

    In Memoriam: Sam Shepard
    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor Sam Shepard, who played Dolly's husband, Spud, in Steel Magnolias, passed away July 27 at age 73 from ALS and his death was announced last week. Dolly reacted in a statement, according to Rare Country here: "I was so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. What a nice man and what a great actor. I was honored to have him play my husband in 'Steel Magnolias.' Rest in peace, my friend."

    Miley Talks About Dolly's Influence
    Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus told Cosmopolitan what it's like to have her as a godmother. Fox News reports here that she joked the best part was her wardrobe but then she added: "Seriously, watching the way she treats people with love and respect. Always a reminder to me and my family of what is important. Never let success change your heart."

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady at the British country compilation albums chart at No. 2 in its 47th 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 one to No. 10, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up one to No. 11 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains two at No. 14. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt falls back off the top 40 Australian country albums, down from No. 39 for a 42nd chart week since release, it was revealed Saturday.


    July 31:
    Trio Slips Down Under
    Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt loses five places on the top 40 Australian country albums tally to come in at No. 39 for a 42nd chart week since release, it was revealed Saturday.


    July 29:
    Dolly Visits East Tennessee This Week
    Dolly has been in East Tennessee this week, with fans telling me her bus has been parked the past several days at her DreamMore Resort, and social media showed she made unannounced pop-in visits to Dollywood's "My People" show on Wednesday afternoon and her Smoky Mountain Adventure dinner theatre on Friday evening.

    Kenny Chats With Gossip Magazine
    Kenny Rogers has an exclusive interview in celebrity magazine Closer Weekly where he said Dolly was the one who suggested he have a farewell concert so they could perform on stage one last time. The article claims they'll sing at least two songs at the Oct. 25 sold out concert: "Islands In The Stream" and "You Can't Make Old Friends." Check out a preview of the story here.

    British Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week shoots back up the British country compilation albums chart, gaining eight to No. 2 in its 46th 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 nine to No. 11, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up seven to No. 12 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 16.

    New Dolly Retrospective Magazine Hits Newsstands
    British publication Country Music Magazine has released a new booklet honoring Dolly's career, Dolly Parton: The Original Golden Girl, which promises "50 years of hits" and "132 pages of pure Parton." Check it out here.


    July 26:
    'Coat' Named Top 11 Best Female Albums
    Dolly's Coat Of Many Colors was this week named the 11th best female album of the rock era (and top country female album of the rock era) by a survey of women musicians and music critics. The list of the 150 greatest albums made by women, titled "Turning The Tables," placed her 1971 classic just outside of the top 10. Apparently, that year was the best for women in music, as four of the top 11 albums were released that year. See the full list here. The top 11 were:

  • 11. Dolly Parton, Coat Of Many Colors (RCA Records, 1971)
  • 10. Carole King, Tapestry (Ode, 1971)
  • 9. Amy Winehouse, Back To Black (Island, 2006)
  • 8. Janis Joplin, Pearl (Columbia, 1971)
  • 7. Patti Smith, Horses (Arista, 1975)
  • 6. Beyoncé Lemonade (Parkwood/Columbia, 2016)
  • 5. Missy Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly (The Goldmind/Elektra, 1997)
  • 4. Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You (Atlantic, 1967)
  • 3. Nina Simone, I Put A Spell on You (Philips, 1965)
  • 2. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1998)
  • 1. Joni Mitchell, Blue (Reprise, 1971)

    Dolly Returns To Recording Studio
    Dolly is back in the studio recording, according to a Facebook posting here by Dolly backup singer Richard Dennison on Tuesday. He shared an image with Dolly and fellow backups Vicki Hampton and Jennifer O'Brien featuring the caption: "Well another great day doing BGV's in the studio with my favorite girl singers!!! These three are just the BEST!!!!! We always have a great time together...." No word on the project, but Dolly had announced last year that a new Christmas album would be released this year, and as was previously reported here she's adding three songs to her children's album which is also expected to be available possibly by year-end, so it could be related to either release.

    Miss Piggy Based On Dolly
    Did you know Miss Piggy was partially based on Dolly? An article this week in The Economist here reviews a Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens which includes the Muppets creator's handwritten notes that the character, who debuted in 1976, should have elements of Dolly, Martha Mitchell (the controversial wife of Nixon's attorney general) and Oscar-winner Shelley Winters "by way of Fredericks of Hollywood" and "dresses like someone 10 years younger."


    July 24:
    'Just Because I'm A Woman' Vinyl Due Sept. 1
    Music On Vinyl, the import boutique music label behind reissues of the classic Dolly albums Jolene and Coat Of Many Colors on vinyl the past couple of years, has revealed it will put out Dolly's second solo album, 1968's Just Because I'm A Woman from RCA Victor, on 180-gram audiophile vinyl as a reissue coming out Sept. 1. Amazon.com is taking pre-orders, expecting to ship the imports to U.S. customers on Sept. 8. Get yours here!

    Kenny Tribute Sells Out Immediately
    Tickets for the Oct. 25 Nashville tribute concert to Kenny Rogers, which he announced last week will be his final public duet performance with Dolly prior to his retirement, went on sale to the public Friday morning via Ticketmaster and sold out immediately. A pre-sale allotment quickly sold out on Tuesday, prompting the release of more seats for the pre-sale which remained available until the public sale date. Rogers told Billboard he and Dolly may only sing one song, "Islands In The Stream," at the show, although the final decision on how many they will perform has not yet been made. "Whether we do something else, I don't know. That would require a rehearsal and I don't know that Dolly or I, either one, are up for that," he said here.

    Overseas Chart Updates Reported
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week re-enters the top 10 on the British country compilation albums chart, rising six to No. 10 in its 45th 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 two to No. 20 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 19. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt re-enters the top 40 Australian country albums tally at No. 34 for a 41st chart week, it was revealed Saturday.


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