May 22: Dolly's businesswoman sense (or "cents") got a note in
Sunday's season finale of FOX's King of The Hill. At Fan Fair,
Peggy accused Randy Travis of stealing one of her songs, to which he
replied: "If I had a dime for every song a fan sent me, I'd be Dolly
Parton rich!" (With an entertainment empire which includes Dollywood, The
Dixie Stampedes, Blue Eye Records, several music publishing companies and
several TV and film production companies, Dolly's net worth has been
estimated by experts to be between $200 million and $400 million, making
her the wealthiest country music entertainer and one of the wealthiest
female entertainers in the U.S., surpassed only by Oprah, Mary Tyler Moore
and Barbara Streisand.)
* The Springfield (Mo.) News Leader had its own local spin on Dolly's
Imagination Library expansion into Missouri. To read their story from
Friday, click here.
* I'm not sure what he says about her in the show, but the San
Francisco Chronicle reports that "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python," the
actor's new touring stage show consisting mostly of his routines with the
legendary comic troupe, includes Dolly in its list of comedic targets.
(Idle promises the show has something to offend everybody.)
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May 19: As expected Thursday, Dolly announced the expansion of
the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library into the Branson, Mo.,
area. To read the St. Louis Post Dispatch's story on it, click here.
* Bluegrass Unlimited finally posted its review of The Grass is
Blue from its May issue online. The review notes: "From the
exceptionally creative reworking of rock star Billy Joel's 'Travelin'
Prayer' into a bluegrass rave-up that opens the album to her mountain
dew-eyed vocal delivery on such standards as 'Cash On The Barrelhead' and
'I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open,' Dolly and producer Steve Buckingham
successfully hew close to bluegrass music's rough and rocky road while
showcasing her remarkable voice. . . Having a musician with the stature
and popular appeal of Dolly Parton record a bluegrass album not only
should bring many new fans to the music, it also gives loyal fans a
wonderful album with a fresh voice to enjoy. Welcome to our world, Miss
Parton, and we sure hope you'll stay around." To read the full review,
click here. If you
haven't bought this spectacular CD, click here!
* Dolly's second DVD is coming out July 25! Steel Magnolias, one
of the best films of her career, will be released on DVD. Reportedly, the
re-issue will be the first-ever widescreen version of the film and include
deleted scenes! Advance order it here!
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May 17: The Associated Press reports Dolly has scheduled a press
conference for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Branson, Mo., Dixie Stampede to
announce a "plan to benefit families and children of Taney and Stone
counties." No word yet on exactly what it is, but it is likely an
expansion of the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library into Missouri.
* Dolly has a mention in the May 20 issue of Billboard. In Fred
Bronson's Chart Beat section, he discusses Faith Hill's recent climb to
No. 1 on the country singles charts with "The Way You Love Me" is her
eighth. He adds: If you're wondering which female artist has the most
country No. 1 hits — Dolly Parton, with 24. (Although he doesn't mention
it, she also has the most charted country singles for a female artist at
97, from 1967 through 1998.)
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May 16: CountryCool.com on Monday posted an article on Dolly's
upcoming Oct. 7 concert in Amory, Miss. To read it, click here. To
order your tickets for the show, which are still available, call
1-800-677-8279. For more information on the show, which is a fundraiser
for a scholarship program, click on the banner at the top of this page.
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May 15: The current Country Weekly ranked Dolly at No. 22 in the
25 Sexiest Country Stars. They wrote, "Dolly's a multi talented performer
who pulls off the impossible capturing sexual allure and angelic purity in
the same well endowed public persona. There's nothing '9 to 5' about her
sex appeal; it's timeless." Mississippi's Faith Hill was No. 1, Shania No.
2 and George Strait No. 3. Trio pal Emmylou Harris came in at No. 24 and
former duet partner Kenny Rogers at No. 20. In addition to the latter two,
the only other artist around Dolly's age on the list was Kris
Kristofferson at No. 18. Thanks, Tricia!
* The Calgary Sun reports the duet Hal Ketchum is recording with Dolly
for his next album is a song written by Aussie Sherrie Austin, who had a
hit last year with "Never Been Kissed." Thanks, Justin!
* Knight Ridder News Service sent out an article this weekend on Dolly,
mainly just a review of a couple of her projects in the works now and a
note about Dollywood's new attractions. Nothing new. To read it as
published Sunday in The Oklahoman, click here.
* The Boston Globe reports that when Grammy-winning singer Paula Cole
on Thursday accepted the city's Exceptional Woman Award, she thanked
Dolly, Tina Turner and her mother for being her role models. Cole often
closes her concerts with a cover of "Jolene."
* And Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits collection coming out
tomorrow reportedly includes two versions of her massive pop hit cover of
Dolly's "I Will Always Love You." Order your copy here.
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May 10: Congratulations to Dolly on her second award for the
colossal The Grass Is Blue! Over the weekend, the CD took home Best
Bluegrass Album at the Association for Independent Music (AFIM) Awards
annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The CD was up against Dudley Connell
and Dan Rigsby's Meet Me By the Moonlight (Sugar Hill), Lynn
Morris' You'll Never Be the Sun (Rounder), Mountain Heart's
Mountain Heart (Doobie Shea) and Steve Earle and The Del McCoury
Band's The Mountain (E-Squared). Last month, the success of the CD
earned Dolly the Top International Independent Label Artist at the British
Country Music Association Awards. The album, which is expected to become
Sugar Hill's biggest seller ever, was featured in many reviewers 10 Best
CDs of 1999 of any genre. If you don't have this awesome CD, released on
Sugar Hill and Dolly's own Blue Eye Records, click here.
Unfortunately, the CD falls back off Billboard this week. (Sugar Hill had
another winner at the ceremonies, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for Best
Southern Bluegrass/Gospel Album, Winding Through Life.)
* Rolling Stone online last week gave its highest ACM praise for the
hostess, noting: But the biggest star of the night was undoubtedly Dolly
Parton. In addition to her two sterling performances (a number from her
recent bluegrass album The Grass Is Blue and an-all star version of
"Stand By Your Man" with the Judds, Martina McBride and Patty Loveless,
delivered as a tribute to Pioneer Award winner Tammy Wynette), the buxom
icon proved a winningly charismatic host to the end. "Those Dixie
Chicks...I hope they don't get an attitude like I did when I hit it big,"
she said after the trio collected the first award of the evening. "I used
to demand only brand name pork rinds in my dressing room."
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May 8: According to The Tennessean's Brad Schmidt on Friday, the
Academy of Country Music Awards producers were so pleased with Dolly's
hosting duties last week, they are in negotiations to bring her back to
the show next year! They compared her to Vince Gill's perennial hosting
the CMAs and acknowledged she did so well that they'll likely have to pay
her big bucks to come back! To read his article, click here.
* And while on the ACMs, a press release Friday from dick clark
productions, which produces the show each year, said more than 30 million
people tuned in to last week's broadcast, giving CBS its first Wednesday
ratings win in three months. The total was up 3 percent, or nearly 1
million people, from last year. Read the release here.
* Launch.com posted an article last week in which the Dixie Chicks
noted that their biggest thrill of the awards show was the chance to
actually meet and talk with Dolly. They said they thought she was an
excellent host and that meeting her was more exciting than either of the
awards they won that night. To read the story, click here.
* Did you know there was a punk rock version of "9 to 5?" I didn't
until I stumbled upon a mention of it. It was done in 1996 by the Swedish
punk band Millencolin and is available on an import at here.
* Dolly got a question in this weekend's USA Weekend newspaper insert's
celebrity Q&A section. A reader asked what she's been up to. Of
course, they mentioned her ACM hosting job, that she has several films in
planning stages, a bluegrass album and is expanding her Reading Library.
For the full answer, click here.
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May 5: Thanks Kenny for these great stills of Dolly at Wednesday
night's Academy of Country Music Awards!
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May 4: Dolly was as catty as ever hosting the 35th Annual
Academy of Country Music Awards Wednesday night from Los Angeles, throwing
out her signature one-liners and zingers aimed at her fellow entertainers.
She, Martina McBride, The Judds and Patty Loveless performed a stellar
rendition of "Stand By Your Man," with Dolly singing lead, in a tribute to
Pioneer Award winner Tammy Wynette. She also sang an electrifying version
of "Travelin' Prayer" from The Grass is Blue (even though she got a
little lost on the words a couple of times). Although she and Linda and
Emmylou didn't win Vocal Event of The Year (that went to Clint and Lisa
Hartman Black for "I Do"), the audience applauded more loudly for her
nomination than the others in that category. Dolly presented the final
award of the evening, Entertainer of The Year, but winner Shania Twain was
out of the country. Dolly accepted it on her behalf, adding, "Maybe I can
take it to her and then I'll get to meet her!" (When Shania won the same
award at the CMAs last year, she said Dolly was her idol and she wanted to
meet her. Unfortunately, Dolly had already left the ceremonies.) The big
winners of the night were husband-and-wife Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Together, they took home three "hats": Best Video (Faith's "Breathe), Male
Vocalist and Female Vocalist. Other multi-award winners were The Dixie
Chicks (Best Album and Best Duo/Group) and Lonestar (Best Song and Best
Single for "Amazed"). Also honored were New Male Vocalist Brad Paisley,
New Female Vocalist Jessica Andrews and New Duo/Group Montgomery Gentry.
One other interesting note, though. Even Dolly got it wrong about Jo
Dee Messina, saying she was the first female artist to have three
consecutive multi-week No. 1 hits on the Billboard country charts. Dolly
herself actually did this first with "Here You Come Again" (five weeks,
1977-78), "It's All Wrong But It's All Right" (two weeks, 1978) and
"Heartbreaker" (three weeks, 1978).
* Dolly's plans for a Dixie Stampede theme restaurant in Orlando, Fla.,
hit a snag this week when the county council said they believe the
establishment would be good for the area — just not in the location that
had been chosen. On a split vote, the council denied a zoning petition for
the site. No word yet on whether they will seek a new site. For the
Orlando Sentinel's full story, click here.
* Marilu Henner will not be among the celebrities appearing at Stars
Over Mississippi, the fundraiser concert which Dolly will headline in
Amory on Oct. 7, it was announced Wednesday. Henner will instead be
performing the lead in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway, ironically
the role producers initially wanted Dolly for until she turned them down.
To order your tickets, call the 1-800 number on the banner at the top of
* I'm told Dolly has a one-page article in the current issue of Country
Song magazine titled "A Five Minute Interview With Dolly Parton."
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May 3: Tonight's the big night! Dolly hosts the Academy of
Country Music Awards. The Trio is up for Vocal Event of The Year for their
Grammy-winning cover of Neil Young's "After the Goldrush," but Country.com
predicts they won't win because the ladies are too far from "mainstream"
for ACM voters. A poll on CountryCool.com agrees, placing them last of the
* Dolly has four songs in the Top 20 on the bluegrass charts this
month, according to Bluegrass Unlimited! See what they are in the charts
section on the left column of this page! (Also, Rhonda Vincent's cover of
Dolly's classic "Jolene" is No. 30 on that chart.) Thanks, Tony!
* Someone e-mailed me what is reportedly BMG Australia's track listing
for the May 15 release of The Legendary Dolly Parton there: DISC 1
- Coat Of Many Colours, In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad), Higher
And Higher, Touch Your Woman, We Used To, My Tennessee Mountain Home, Love
Is Like A Butterfly, All I Can Do, Jolene, I Will Always Love You, Here
You Come Again, It's All Wrong But It's All Right, Elusive Butterfly, Real
Love, But You Know I Love You, Just Because I'm A Woman, One Of Those
Days. DISC 2 - 9 To 5, Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You), Baby I'm
Burning, Sweet Summer Lovin', The Bargain Store, Think About Love, The
Seeker, Don't Call It Love, Save The Last Dance For Me, You're The Only
One, Heartbreak Express, Single Women, Potential New Boyfriend, Two Doors
Down, Islands In The Stream, Starting Over Again, We Had It All. DISC 3 -
Great Balls Of Fire, Almost In Love, To Daddy, She Don't Love You (Like I
Love You), Traveling Man (1973), Heartbreaker, I Really Got The Feeling,
The Last Thing On My Mind, Tie Our Love (In A Double Knot), Do I Ever
Cross Your Mind, I Really Don't Want To Know, We'll Sing In The Sunshine,
Mule Skinner Blues, Downtown, Light Of A Clear Blue Morning, Joshua.
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May 1: Our local newspaper, The Clarion Ledger, had a great
story Sunday on Dolly's Oct. 7 Amory, Miss., concert, complete with the
details that she visited the town just before the event was announced. (Of
course, that information was first reported on Dollymania in a Feb.
4 article here.)
To read The Clarion Ledger's story, click here. The article
notes that Dolly plans to perform for at least an hour in a show
consisting of some of her big hits, bluegrass numbers and gospel tunes.
She will headline the concert with more than a dozen other acts. It is
hosted by Whoopie Goldberg, Kathie Lee Gifford and Brooke Shields. To
order your tickets, call the 1-800 number on the banner at the top of this
* Dolly got a three minute segment Saturday on TNN's Opry
Backstage, I'm told. It was a clip on her duet with Kathie Lee Gifford
on Kathie Lee's new CD, Born For You, which will be released
Tuesday. Thanks, Robert! Order your copy of the CD here!