Dolly accepts her Country Music Hall of Fame induction plaque from Kenny
Rogers in September.
One of the most eventful years in Dolly's career is coming to an end, and
here I offer you a re-cap of some of the highlights.
Dolly turns 53.
Dolly's label, Decca, a unit of MCA Nashville, closes its doors in a
multi-label shake-up following MCA-parent company Universal and Polygram's
merger. Dolly is one of several artists left without a contract.
Dolly is featured in A&E's Biography on Kenny Rogers.
During A&E's Country Week, online voters select "I Will Always Love
You" as the greatest country song of all time.
Dolly gets "blown up" by Jennifer Lopez on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch
Super Bowl half-time special, and the same night, she voices an animated version
of herself on a Super Bowl-themed The Simpsons on FOX.
long-awaited Trio II album with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt is
finally released nearly five years after it is recorded; it meets critical
acclaim and soars to No. 4 on the country album charts to become one of the
year's top selling CDs with more than 400,000 copies. It reaches No. 3 on the
U.K. country charts. The ladies also make a slew of television promotional
appearances for the album. Buy
Cas Walker, an early mentor of Dolly's and on whose radio show she got her
start as a child, dies at age 96.
Country Music Magazine's Hazel Smith advocates Dolly's induction into the
Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (She is inducted into
the country one in September.)
Dolly and Elton John co-write songs for the film Women Talking
Dirty, which John is producing. In the film, for which no U.S. release date
has been set, there is a bar dedicated to Dolly, and the soundtrack is
reportedly to feature five or six songs by her including a new dance mix of
Dolly fills in for vacationing Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of Live!
With Regis and Kathie Lee for two days.
TNN airs a special episode of Prime Time Country titled "An Evening
With Dolly Parton."
Dolly the cloned sheep, named after our Dolly, gives birth.
* TNN airs
a special by Dolly featuring gospel songs called Precious Memories.
* Irish singer
Margo O'Connell releases her 30th album, a collection of songs almost entirely
written by Dolly and featuring Dolly harmonies on two songs.(Order at
opens for its 14th season, featuring the new attractions of the Tennessee
Tornado roller coaster and the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In
recognition of the latter, Dolly releases her first all-gospel album in nearly
30 years, Precious Memories, on her own independent Blue Eye label. Sold
exclusively at Dollywood, all proceeds from the CD go to her Dollywood
Foundation. (Call (423) 428-9445 to order.)
A national survey names Dolly the fifth most popular female singer of the
century. Barbara Streisand is No. 1.
Dollymania welcomes its 10,000th visitor.
Dolly makes a cameo in the Lifetime film Jackie's Back!.
Variety confirms the producers of the Broadway revival of Annie
Get Your Gun asked Dolly to take over the lead role when Bernadette Peters
ends her contract; she declined.
TNN's Century of Country series looking over the history of country
music dedicates a quarter of one episode to Dolly, identifying her as "country's
It is announced Dolly will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
* Dolly's 1996
CBS holiday film Unlikely Angel becomes her first movie to be released on
records duet vocals with Boy George for his group Culture Club's song "Your
Kisses Are Charity;" it is expected to be released as a single in the U.S. in
spring 2000. Buy
the U.K. import.
The Austin American-Statesman names "Jolene" one of the 50 best
songs of the millennium.
Dolly is voted by women in the music industry as the 34th most influential
female artist for the special The 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'n' Roll
which airs on VH1.
* Dolly films
her Lifetime movie Blue Valley Songbird in west Tennessee.
Alison Krauss releases her CD Forget About It featuring Dolly on
harmony on one song. Buy
* New dance
remixes of Dolly's "Walking on Sunshine" cover and 1977 pop hit "Two Doors Down"
are released. Buy
Modern Maturity Magazine names Dolly one of the 50 sexiest people
Dolly buys the rights to the novel The Jew Store, the true story of
a Jewish family which ran a general store in Tennessee in the early 20th
century, meeting resistance from community members and the KKK. Dolly will adapt
it and produce the movie as a feature film, also playing a supporting role, it
records her first full bluegrass album for her Blue Eye label and the
independent Sugar Hill Records.
Records, a new division of BMG, begins re-issuing selections from the RCA
catalog. Its first CDs include Dolly's 1980 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (buy
it) and 1971 Coat of Many Colors ( buy
it), the first time the latter is available in the U.S. on CD.
It is reported that Dolly has been in talks with television executives
about hosting her own talk show; as of year's end no deal has been reached.
Dolly is named the Catfish Institute's Celebrity Catfish Lover of the Year.
Dollymania welcomes its 20,000th visitor.
Gospel legend Vestal Goodman releases a duet album including a song with
Bravo Network airs a biography special on Dolly as part of its
1990's Home for Christmas is re-released by Sony.
The Gatlinburg Hard Rock Café opens outside the Great Smoky Mountain
National Park featuring Dolly's dress from the cover of Something Special
and one of her guitars as the centerpieces of its banquet room.
Elton John's Women Talking Dirty premieres at the Toronto Film
* Dolly is
inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the CMA Awards. The Trio is
nominated for Vocal Event of the Year but loses to Vince Gill and Patty
Loveless; however, due to Loveless' absence, it is Dolly who performs the
winning song with Gill, the show's host. She also gives what most critics
consider the best performance of the evening with "Train, Train" from her
bluegrass album, and Entertainer of the Year Shania Twain calls Dolly her "idol"
in her acceptance speech. For the Dollymania story on the awards, including the
complete text of Dolly's acceptance speech, click here.
Recognizing the 25th anniversary of NBC's Saturday Night Live, many
critics note Dolly's 1989 episode as host as one of the best in the series'
Dollymania publishes the first review anywhere of Dolly's bluegrass album.
Country Music Magazine names Dolly one of the 12 most influential
country singers of all time.
* Dolly's first
bluegrass album, The Grass is Blue, is released to rave reviews; by
year's end, many critics name it one of the best CDs of the year. It peaks on
the country album charts at No. 24 and U.K. country album charts at No. 8. Buy
it. For Dollymania's review, the first one which was published anywhere on
the CD, click here.
It is announced Dolly will record a song for a tribute CD to bluegrass
legend Bill Monroe produced by Ricky Scaggs to come out in 2000.
Merle Haggard releases his second autobiography and confesses the deep but
unrequited love he had for Dolly in the 1970s; Dolly says she had no idea it was
Dolly makes a rare in-store appearance at Wal-Mart in Franklin, Tenn., to
sign copies of The Grass is Blue.
Valley Songbird, a movie based on Dolly's song of the same title and
co-starring Billy Dean, premieres on Lifetime.
A poll of readers of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal names Dolly
one of the 50 most influential Southerners of the century.
releases the next in line of Dolly's RCA catalog, 1978's Heartbreaker
(first time on CD, buy
it) and 1974's Jolene (first time full album is on CD, buy
Country.com names Coat of Many Colors one of the 50 best albums of
Dolly announces next season Dollywood will add a treehouse playground and a
neighboring waterpark. Also, she expands her Dollywood Foundation's literacy
Music Magazine names Kenny & Dolly's Once Upon a Christmas from
1984 one of the 10 "essential" country holiday CDs.
Dolly is interviewed extensively in A&E's Biography on Reba
CMT names the Trio its Vocal Event of the Year.
It is announced Dolly will likely be a guest on PBS' Austin City
Limits concert program, on which she has never appeared, during its 25th
season in 2000.
Rolling Stone names Coat of Many Colors one of the year's
Entertainment begins re-issuing RCA/Camden compilation albums, and in their
first batch is Dolly's 1972 Just the Way I Am. Buy
Bodyguard soundtrack, which includes Whitney Houston's smash 1992 cover of
Dolly's "I Will Always Love You," is named the decade's biggest-selling album at
17 million copies.
"I Will Always Love You" is named the 13th most-played song of the century
and top one by a country composer with more than 5 million airplays.
People Magazine readers name Dolly their fourth favorite country
performer of all time.
Dollymania passes 30,000 visitors.
The "Walking on Sunshine"/"Two Doors Down" dance remixes are released in Australia.
It is announced that Dolly will appear in an upcoming Christmas movie by
Ottawa filmmaker Bryan Stoller currently being filmed in Canada. In the movie,
A Christmas Rap, she plays the head of an orphanage.
Dolly will kick-off Y2K with a concert at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville
on Jan. 1. Read the Dollymania review of the concert here!