This week in
Dolly history
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).

Charts

  • U.K., Sept. 16 edition:
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 4 country compilation (no change; 105th week; peaked at No. 1 for 28 weeks)


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m., Bravo, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 5 p.m. Sept. 22)
  • Sept. 24, 10:15 p.m., HBO, 9 To 5


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

  • Feb. 8: MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala, Los Angeles


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring 12 Dolly tracks, Nov. 30

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Dolly afterword, Oct. 9

  • A Woman's Right Dolly track from 27: The Most Perfect Album, Sept. 18

  • Here I Am Dolly duet with Sia from Dumplin' soundtrack, Sept. 14

  • King Of The Road Roger Miller tribute with Dolly performance, Aug. 31

  • 1927 Jubilee: The New Bristol Sessions , with Dolly track "Something More," July 30

  • Frank McKlusky, C.I. Blu-Ray release (and DVD re-release) July 17

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton June 12 book

  • What Would Dolly Do? April 24 book

  • Straight Talk Special Edition, Blue-Ray and DVD re-issue, April 17

  • Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin April 6

  • Dolly Parton, Gender and Country Music Jan. 6 book

  • Next New Heartbreak, Brad Hudson CD Nov. 3 with Dolly duet

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

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

  • Woman Walk The Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives Sept. 20 book

  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends DVD set Sept. 19

  • 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

    Dolly's Constitutional Amendment Song Released


    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 Post here 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 Music here and Metro here.



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    Past news

    Sept. 17:
    'Very Best' Still On Aussie Chart
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady this week on the Australian country albums chart at No. 25 in its 365th chart week since its original 2007 release.

    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 Express here.

    '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 Express here.


    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 Today here 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, Variety here and My News LA here. 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.

    Australian Chart Update
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) loses a dozen digits this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 29 in its 363rd chart week since its original 2007 release Down Under.

    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 Scenes here 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.


    Aug. 27:
    'Very Best' Gains Down Under
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) moves up two places this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 17 in its 362nd chart week since its original 2007 release Down Under.


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