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This week in
Dolly history
Thirteen years ago Monday, 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. Forty-two years ago Tuesday, Dolly begins a four-night sold out engagement at Los Angeles' famed Universal Amphitheater. Thirty-nine years ago Tuesday, 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). Twenty-two years ago Wednesday, 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-three years ago Thursday, 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). Thirty-four years ago Sunday, “Those Memories of You” debuts on the country charts; it reaches No. 5 to become the third of four Top 10 singles from Trio. Fourteen years ago Sunday, Dolly performs “Better Get To Livin'” and “9 To 5” on the first “results show” for the fifth season of ABC's Dancing With The Stars series.

Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Sept. 25, 9:10 a.m., Freeform, Gnomeo & Juliet (re-runs 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29)
  • Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m., CMT, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 1:30 a.m. Sept. 27)
  • Sept. 27, 11:30 p.m., CMT, Reba
  • Sept. 29, 3 a.m., FXM, 9 To 5 (re-runs 1:10 p.m. Sept. 29)
  • Oct. 4, 11 a.m., Hallmark, Reba (re-runs 6 a.m. Oct. 5)


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

  • Oct. 24, Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye, CMA Theater, Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
  • April 9-10, Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy, Oxford, Miss.


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Run, Rose, Run, novel by Dolly and James Patterson, March 7

  • Country Legends: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner & Friends Oct. 19 two-DVD set

  • Reba: Revived, Remixed, Revisited, includes duet on “Does He Love You,” Oct. 8

  • My Little Golden Book About Dolly Parton, Sept. 21

  • Dolly: The Ultimate Collection, Collectors' Edition 6-DVD abbreviated edition Sept. 21

  • "Eagle When She Flies" duet with Jose Feliciano, Sept. 17

  • Glasshouse Children Sam Williams CD with Dolly duet, Aug. 20

  • "In The Sweet By and By" new single, Aug. 13

  • "Sent From Above," new single, July 27

  • Early Dolly vinyl album of Goldband/Somerset 1959-1962 recordings, July 23

  • The Library That Dolly Built, documentary, streaming rent/purchase, July 9

  • Dolly Parton & Friends: 50 Years At The Opry U.S. DVD release (PBS), May 11

  • "One Angel" single with Rory Feek, April 23

  • "Hand Me Downs" single with Janelle Arthur, April 21

  • Company's Comin', Dolly duet on Leslie Jordan album, April 2

  • Female Force: Dolly Parton comic book, March 31: kindle edition, hardcover, and paperback

  • Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: Season 1 Netflix series available for Amazon Prime Video purchase, March 22

  • ”There Was Jesus (Piano Version)”, remix of Zach Williams duet, Feb. 19

  • 5 To 9," single, Feb. 2

  • Eagle When She Flies, digital re-release of 1991 album, Jan. 22

  • Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), Jan. 8, Barry Gibb album with Dolly duet

  • Christmas At Dollywood, DVD, Jan. 5

  • A Holly Dolly Christmas Amazon transparent white vinyl exclusive, Dec. 7

  • "I Still Believe,", single, Dec. 4

  • It's Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life, Kathie Lee Gifford book with Dolly foreword, Dec. 1

  • Songteller autobiography hardcover, kindle version, audiobook, Nov. 17

  • Jolene CD re-issue, Nov. 13

  • Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Dolly Parton: Country Wisdom For Life's Little Challenges book, Nov. 3

  • "Pink" featuring Dolly, Monica, Jordin Sparks, Rita Wilson and Sara Evans song for Susan G. Komen Foundation, Oct. 21

  • She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton, The Great Unifier book, Oct. 13

  • Unlikely Angel: The Songs Of Dolly Parton book Oct. 12

  • Dolly: The Ultimate Collection Time-Life DVD set, Oct. 5

  • A Holly Dolly Christmas MP3 (CD version here and a red vinyl format here), Oct. 2; retro releases Oct. 30: cassette tape and 8-track

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl re-issue, Oct. 2

  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” single from Christmas album, Sept. 15

  • The Dolly Parton Story: From Rags To Riches, streaming documentary, Sept. 15

  • Dolly: 50 Years At The Opry DVD import, Sept. 11

  • "Faith" (Misha K. Remix) with Galantis ft. Mr. Probz, Aug. 28

  • "Mary, Did You Know?" single from Christmas album, Aug. 21

  • Biography: Kenny Rogers DVD Aug. 18

  • "Peace Train" Remixes, 1997 album, digital download, June 26

  • Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 2-LP vinyl release of 2007 compilation, June 26

  • We Found It/Porter 'N' Dolly/Say Forever You'll Be Mine/Porter & Dolly four-on-two CD, June 26

  • When Life Is Good Again,” single, May 28

  • Little Sparrow, 2001 album, digital download, April 10

  • Halos & Horns, 2002 album, digital download, April 10

  • For God & Country, 2003 album, digital download, April 10

  • Live & Well, 2004 album, digital download, April 10

  • Those Were The Days, 2005 album, digital download, April 10

  • Better Day, 2011 album, digital download, April 10

  • Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline with forward by Dolly, April 7

  • Unlikely Angel DVD re-issue, April 7

  • The Little Engine That Could 90th anniversary edition with Dolly introduction, April 7

  • Live At The Bottom Line 1977 digital download of New York concert, March 30

  • The Winning Hand, 1982 album, digital download, Feb. 28

  • Just Between You And Me/Always, Always/Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca/Love And Music four-on-two CD, Feb. 14

  • 9 To 5: The Musical London West End Cast Recording, Feb. 7; CD here, March 27

  • Church, Galantis album with Dolly collaboration on "Faith," Feb. 7

  • Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice documentary, Dec. 3

  • "Faith" with Swedish duo Galantis and Danish rapper Mr. Probz, Oct. 25; (Galantis & Bali Bandits VIP Mix, Dec. 27; Acoustic mix, Jan. 10; six-remix EP, Jan. 24

  • Spartanburg Blues, Buck Trent (duet with Dolly on "Carrol County Accident")

  • "There Was Jesus" duet with Zach Williams, Oct. 4

  • For The Girls duet of "I Will Always Love You" on Kristin Chenoweth's CD, Sept. 27

  • Ken Burns' Country Music, Blu-Ray,Sept. 17

  • "God Only Knows" with For King & Country, Aug. 30

  • Ken Burns' Country Music Soundtrack Deluxe Edition, five-CD set, Aug. 30

  • Straight Talk, Aug. 23, Hollywood Records digital reissue

  • Jolene, Aug. 23, Sony Legacy vinyl reissue

  • "I Will Always Love You" with Kristin Chenoweth, single, Aug. 9

  • Once More/Two Of A Kind/Together Always/The Right Combination, Burning The Midnight Oil four-on-two CD, Aug. 2

  • In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) 1969 album, digital release, July 26

  • Treasures 1996 album, digital release, July 19

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas 1982 soundtrack, digital release, July 19

  • Steel Magnolias Blu-Ray release, May 28

  • Bubbling Over, 1973 Dolly album, digital release, May 17

  • Say Forever You'll Be Mine 1975 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, April 19

  • The RCA Sessions (1968-1976), 22-song digital collection of rare Porter & Dolly songs first released on the 2014 complete recordings boxed set, April 5

  • Love & Music 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, March 29

  • We Found It 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, Feb. 1

  • Hungry Again 1998 album, digital release, Jan. 25

  • Ronnie Milsap: The Duets, with Dolly on "Smoky Mountain Rain," Jan. 18

  • The Right Combination/Burning The Midnight Oil 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Together Always, 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD version here or the digital version here, featuring 12 Dolly tracks, Nov. 30

  • Dolly: The Seeker/We Used To Dolly album from 1975, digital release, Nov. 23

  • As Long As I Love Dolly album from 1970, digital release, Nov. 23

  • "Jolene" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 16

  • "Girl In The Movies" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 2

  • The Sounds Of Christmas, Dailey & Vincent CD with Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," Oct. 12

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

  • Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Once More 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Porter 'N' Dolly 1974 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • 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

  • Just The Two Of Us 1968 album with Porter Wagoner, Aug. 17

  • 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

    Lil Nas X 'Jolene' Cover Gets 1 Million Views In Three Days


    “Old Town Road” phenomenon Lil Nas X on Tuesday released a video via the BBC of him performing a stripped down cover of Dolly's classic “Jolene,” which over the course three days surpassed 1 million views on YouTube. Watch it here or in the media player above.

    Manager: 'Run, Rose, Run' Will Also Have Companion Movie
    Thanks to Chuck for pointing me to a recent interview for The Jim Cressman Podcast with Dolly's manager Danny Nozell. Most of the conversation centers around information already known and announced, but new information includes that there will be a feature film released in conjunction with Dolly's March novel with James Patterson, Run, Rose, Run and the corresponding album of the same name she's releasing at the same time. He also noted she has signed deals for her own wig line (which she has hinted at in interviews) and for biodegradable utensils that will be sold at Wal-Mart. Watch the interview here.

    Dolly Helps Loretta's County With Flood Relief
    Dolly announced Thursday she will donate a portion of Oct. 2-3 ticket sales from Dollywood and her Stampede, Pirates Voyage, and Hatfield & McCoy shows in Pigeon Forge to the United Way of Humphreys County to assist with flood victim relief from the recent flash floods that ravaged the county. She said she was moved to help after seeing the damage in the county, where her friend Loretta Lynn lives and operates her ranch, which was damaged in the flood and whose ranch foreman was one of 20 residents who died in the flood. United Way was the charity Lynn recommended to receive donations for the recovery. “After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could,” Dolly said in a press release. “It meant so much to me that Loretta—and so many folks—were ready to give in any way they could. This was just one small way I could help Loretta's people for all they did to help my people.”   

    Dolly Encourages High Fives For Breast Cancer
    Dolly released a video this week giving a high five against breast cancer in celebration of the benefit concert in Nashville she is headlining Oct. 24 that was first reported here last week. Check out the clip on Facebook here encouraging folks to give their own high five by way of a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation if they cannot attend the concert.

    Kenny Tribute With Dolly Airs On CBS
    CBS on Thursday night aired its special honoring the late Kenny Rogers taken from his final tribute concert in 2017 featuring Dolly and several other artists. The footage had previously been broadcast on A&E as part of his Biography episode that premiered shortly after his death in 2020 (and is available on DVD here) but one surprise change in this airing was that Dolly served as narrator for the entire program, which like the A&E version ended with the pair singing “You Can't Make Old Friends,” followed by Dolly performing “I Will Always Love You” to him, and them going out with “Islands In The Stream.”

    Dolly Thanks High School Band
    Dolly this week sent a video to Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville to thank the school band for including two of her songs in their new show. Check out a story on it from WATE here.

    U.S., U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses three to No. 23 Christian digital song sales, it was announced Tuesday on the Sept. 25 Billboard charts. Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 re-enters the top 100 British streaming albums chart at No. 99 but falls back out of the top 20 British country compilation albums chart, down from No. 19, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the same tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches down one to No. 16, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) dips one to No. 18, and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls four to No. 17.



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    Past news

    Sept. 20:
    Watch Dolly Fete Allen On Emmys, Her Team Win Trophy


    This was Emmy weekend, and Dolly came up a few times. FXX on Saturday showed highlights from the awards handed out last weekend, including the win for Outstanding Television Movie for Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square, accepted by a teary Sam Haskell and energetic Debbie Allen as executive producers with Dolly for the project (viewable in the media player above or by visiting YouTube hrere), and Allen's own win for Outstanding Choreography for the same project. On Sunday night, the CBS broadcast of the Emmy Awards for the remaining categories also had a brief Dolly appearance in the Governor's Award for lifetime achievement segment honoring Allen for her body of work, with Dolly being shown in a pre-recorded clip taking about how wonderful she is. This was apparently the "presenter" role the Emmy press release had announced Dolly would be playing, as she was not present at the ceremony and did not appear at any other time during the broadcast. (A list of presenters published by awards site Golderby immediately before the show listed her as presenting the Outstanding Scripted Variety Series trophy, but that was presented by Amy Poehler instead. Given that Poehler was also listed in the Emmy press release as a presenter, had not appeared at any other part of the broadcast, and was completely absent from the Golderby list of presenters, it appears that she was the intended presenter for that award, not Dolly, and that Golderby likely made a mistake, possibly because both last names begin with P. The jokes Poehler told while presenting were also clearly written for her and not Dolly, adding to the suspicion that Dolly was not supposed to be presenting that award.) Watch the Allen tribute here or in the media player below.

    Scent From Above Hits Walgreens
    Thanks to Chuck for alerting me that Walgreens has added the body mist version of Dolly's Scent from Above collection to its inventory in a one-ounce bottle for $10 each. Check out here whether it is in stock at a store near you.


    Sept. 18:
    Dolly To Headline Oct. 24 Breast Cancer Benefit
    Dolly was announced Friday as the headliner for the Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye Benefit Concert Oct. 24 at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, making what will apparently be her first in-person public appearance since the pandemic started a year and a half ago. She had noted in recent interviews she would not be touring this year but would be performing a charity date or two, so this is the first one to be revealed. Tickets are on sale now here for $165 for upper balcony, $275 for lower balcony, $385 for back of mezzanine, $550 for front of mezzanine, $550 for back of floor seats, and $1,100 each for the front half of floor seats as part of VIP packages. The VIP packages include early admission and a VIP cocktail hour reception with open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres along with a luxury silent auction. In addition to headliner Dolly, performances at the "black tie and blue jean" event are expected by LoCash, Artimus Pyle, Dennis Quaid, Linda Davis and others. Bravo's Below Deck Mediterranean star, Captain Sandy Yawn, will share her story of breast cancer, as will several other survivors. The songwriters of the fundraising anthem "Pink," on which Dolly performs, will discuss their song, and professionals within the CBD industry will also speak. The Hall of Fame notes that due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, scheduled entertainers may cancel without notice or refund and if the event is cancelled in its entirety refunds will be given. Proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test within two days of the concert will be required for admission. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

    New 'Eagle When She Flies' Duet Released


    Blind Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano, best known for his holiday classic "Feliz Navidad," on Friday released a new single covering Dolly's song "Eagle When She Flies" featuring Dolly herself. Check out the song on YouTube here or in the media player above or download the single from Amazon here

    Dolly Accepts Library Of Congress Award
    Dolly made a video appearance Friday night at the virtual opening night celebration of the U.S. Library of Congress's National Book Festival. About eight minutes into the opening ceremonies, she accepted this year's top prize in the Library's Literacy Awards for her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program. The footage should be available soon on the Library's events video page here.

    'Rolling Stone' Names 'Jolene' Best Country Song Of All Time
    Rolling Stone magazine on Friday released its third edition of its "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time," including three Dolly numbers on the tally. Documenting how her popularity and icon status has risen over the years, her entry as singer and songwriter of "Jolene" increased from No. 217 in 2004 and No. 219 in the 2010 revision to rank all the way up at No. 63 this year, the highest-listed country song on the chart, meaning the magazine believes it is the greatest country song of all time. She dethrones Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line" as the highest-ranking country song, as it had been at No. 30 in 2004 and 2010 and falls to No. 76 as the only other country entry in the top 100. New to the list are "Coat Of Many Colors" at No. 263 with Dolly as singer and songwriter and No. 94 with Dolly as songwriter of Whitney Houston's cover of her classic "I Will Always Love You," both of which had been absent from the first two versions of the list (which came out prior to Houston's 2012 death). Only 23 country songs made the top 500.. Read the full list here.

    Details On Porter & Dolly DVD Contents
    MPI has released the contents of the upcoming two-DVD set Country Legends: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner & Friends, hitting stores Oct. 19, and as was predicted here it is largely a repackaging of the episodes of The Porter Wagoner Show and 1976-77 Dolly series that appear in the Time-Life Dolly: The Ultimate Collection original boxed set last year but there are some new special features to be included. Disc 1 of the Porter show features all seven episodes of The Porter Wagoner Show included on the Time-Life set and the promotional spots that it included as special features, but it adds two additional solos by Porter ("How Great Thou Art" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot") and an "Orange Blossom Special" from The Wagonmasters as additional special features. Disc 2 of the Dolly show features four of the six episodes that appear on the Time-Life set (Tom T. Hall, Dolly's family, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Freddy Fender), as it is missing the Trio and Kenny Rogers episodes which MPI previously released on Dolly Parton & Friends with four other episodes in 2007). However, this version will also feature several additional Dolly performances from the series as special features: "Tiptoe Through The Tulips," "Three Little Fishes" with Captain Kangaroo, "How Great Thou Art," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "In The Garden," "Mule Skinner Blues," and promotional spots for the show as well as Dolly Parton Day footage. Reserve your copy here.

    Nativity Designer Sues Netflix, Warner Brothers
    A cut-out yard decoration nativity scene that appeared in the background outside the church in the Netflix film Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square for a total of 109 seconds throughout the hour and a half movie is at the center of a lawsuit filed against streamer Netflix and producer Warner Brothers Television by the decoration's manufacturer, which claims the product appears in the production without permission and therefore constitutes copyright infringement. In general, a product needs to be defamed in a movie or presented as endorsing the movie for such claims to be won. Read more from Law 360 here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 re-enters the top 20 British country compilation albums chart at No. 19, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the same tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe drops four to No. 15, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 17, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inches up one to No. 13, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops off the top 20, down from No. 20. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," falls off the U.K. Americana chart, down from No. 28.


    Sept. 16:
    Dolly To Present At Emmy Awards Sunday
    CBS and the Television Academy on Wednesday revealed the second batch of presenters for Sunday's 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will include Dolly as well as Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Rita Wilson and more in addition to previously-announced presenters including Stephen Colbert, Kaley Cuoco, Ken Jong, Dan Levy, Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross and more. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. Eastern Sunday. Dolly and the fellow producers of her Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square won Emmys last Sunday for Outstanding Television Movie and director/executive producer Debbie Allen, who will be recognized with the Governor's Award for lifetime achievement at this weekend's event, also won for Outstanding Choreography.

    'Time' Names Dolly On Top 100 Most Influential Of Year
    Time magazine on Wednesday revealed its "Time 100," the 100 most influential people of the year and included Dolly among the list's "Icons," presumably for her Covid vaccine funding. Goddaughter Miley Cyrus wrote the tribute, noting "she is the definition of a humanitarian" but also "the world's most impeccably purposeful walking contradiction" who has become "known as a saintly, even godlike, figure." Read her full piece here.

    U.S. Chart Update
    Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" gains two to No. 20 Christian digital song sales, it was announced Tuesday on the Sept. 18 Billboard charts.

    Abbreviated Time-Life DVD Contents Confirmed
    The contents of next Tuesday's 6-DVD release Dolly: The Ultimate Collection, Collectors' Edition have been finally confirmed, and as was first predicted here the collection is an abbreviated repackaging of several discs from Time-Life's recent Dolly collection. Specifically, as was noted here was suspected, the collection includes the full discs 1, 2, 3, and 6 from Volume 1, Disc 5 from Volume 2, and Disc 1 from Volume 3 of the original Deluxe Version of the package (episodes 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 108, 109, 110, 113, 119, 120 of the 1987 Dolly show, the Bob Hope Christmas special, her 2009 London live concert DVD, music videos over the past 20 years, the making of the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack special, and the Here I Am documentary).


    Sept. 14:
    Dolly 'How Happy' To Win Emmy Award
    Dolly on Monday reacted to the news she had won her first national Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Film as the project's executive producer. She said on her social media accounts: "Well how happy can I be to have won a Television Academy Emmy for the Netflix Family film Christmas on the Square! And I'm so thrilled for my dear friend Debbie Allen on winning for choreography. Thanks everybody for everything." This was her third nomination as a producer in this category, her fourth nomination overall as she had a supporting actress nomination in 1978. She had previously won a local Midsouth Regional Emmy as producer of her wildfire relief telethon and Midsouth Regional Governor's Award Emmy for lifetime achievement, both in 2018, but this marked her first national Primetime Emmy victory.

    Dolly Welcomes Kansas To Statewide Imagination Library
    Dolly on Monday joined state officials remotely in a videotaped reveal that Kansas is the latest state to take her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program statewide. Check out the announcement on Facebook here or in the media player below.


    Sept. 13:
    'Christmas On The Square' Wins Two Emmy Awards
    The fourth time was the charm, as Dolly on Sunday won her first-ever Primetime Emmy Award Sunday night as executive producer of Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square for Netflix, which took home the Outstanding Television Movie trophy in a surprise upset.

    The film's director, Debbie Allen, who is also credited with the win as executive producer, also won an individual Emmy for the project, taking home the prize for Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming (she is also this year's Governor's Award Emmy winner for Lifetime Achievement and these three trophies this year double her career Emmy total to six as she had previously won the choreography category three times).

    Although the Television Academy's major awards will be announced and presented live on TV next weekend, dozens of other Emmys were presented in three ceremonies Saturday and Sunday. Dolly, who was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety Show for her appearance in 1978's Cher . . . Special and twice as an executive producer for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: These Old Bones, had previously won a Midsouth regional Emmy as producer of her telethon for the victims of the Gatlinburg wildfires as well as the Midsouth Emmys Governor's Award for lifetime achievement, but this marked her first national Emmy.

    Most critics expected Amazon's Sylvie's Choice to win the award, as it was the most critically-acclaimed of the nominees, but both it and Amazon's Uncle Frank had originally been planned as theatrical releases chasing the Oscar rather than television projects and only ended up streaming due to the pandemic closure of cinemas, so perhaps Emmy voters felt it unfair for those bigger-budget award contenders to compete with the traditionally limited budget television movie. Other nominees were HBO's Oslo and Lifetime's Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. It is also possible that Dolly's tremendous amount of goodwill publicity over the past year, most notably funding what became the Moderna vaccine to fight Covid, nudged voters to want to recognize her personally.

    It marked just the second time in Emmy history that a Christmas film has won the category, following The Gathering in 1977. Dolly was not present at the ceremony, although Allen was there as she was also a presenter Sunday night.

    Highlights from the weekend's three ceremonies, which did not livestream anywhere, will be compiled into a two-hour special to air at 8 p.m. Eastern Saturday on FXX. Presumably, it will include the TV Movie category since it is one of the more important ones awarded this weekend.

    Williams Sonoma Welcomes Dolly Again
    Retailer Williams Sonoma last week unveiled its holiday offerings for this year on its website, including for the second year in a row a Dolly collection. Returning is her cookie cutter set and new are an advent calendar, two new adult and kid aprons, each of which have matching oven mitts available and one of which has matching napkins, placemats, and Christmas tree skirt available.


    Sept. 11:
    Dollywood Named U.S.'s Best Park, Other Honors
    For the second time in a row, Dollywood this week was named America's best amusement park and the world's second-best park, also taking home four first place awards from Amusement Today's annual enthusiast-voted Golden Ticket Awards, presented virtually from the National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives. The awards were not presented last year due to the pandemic.

    For the 13th consecutive time, Dollywood won First Place in Best Christmas Event for its Smoky Mountain Christmas, the only festival to win the award since it was introduced. For the second consecutive time, the park won First Place for Best Guest Experience, which they first won when the trophies were last given in 2019 and the award debuted due to the combination of Friendliest Park and Cleanest Park categories. Also for the second consecutive time, Wildwood Grove won First Place in Best Kid's Area, having successfully taken that crown in 2019 from King's Island, which had previously dominated the category with first place wins for 18 consecutive years. A First Place win also came in Most Beautiful Park, a category in which it most recently placed third in 2019.

    Additional recognitions included third place for Best New Show for its Sweet Summer Nights fireworks and drone show and second place for Best Food, for which it also placed second in 2019. Due to transformation of the bulk of Lightning Rod from wood to steel, it was moved from the Best Wooden Roller Coaster category, where it ranked No. 7 in 2019, to the Best Steel Roller Coaster category, where it debuted at No. 7. Thunderhead inched up one spot to No. 10 on Best Wooden Roller Coasters.

    For the top prize of the ceremony, Best Park, Dollywood remained at No. 2, the position it had climbed to for the first time in 2019 after many years in the bottom half of the top five. Europa Park in Germany remained at No. 1, meaning Dolly can still claim the best theme park in the United States, followed by Universal Islands of Adventure at No. 3, Knoebels Amusement Resort at No. 4, and Cedar Point at No. 5.

    In a press release, Dolly reacted: "As a little girl growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains, I always thought about how this was a place that folks from around the world would love to visit. Ever since we opened Dollywood in 1986, people have told us how special this place is because of the friendly people and the beautiful mountains that God has blessed us with. We make sure to take all that beauty that surrounds us and bring it right down into the middle of the park. We're truly surrounded—all the way around—by the Smokies! But I'm so proud of what we've been able to accomplish here, and these awards show that our guests think we're doing the right thing. We love the awards, but of course we don't do what we do just to win awards. We want families to come spend time with us, enjoy one another and hold on to those memories forever." 

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 falls out of the top 100 to No. 97 all-genre streaming albums chart, down from No. 97, it was revealed Friday. On the British country compilation albums tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips one to No. 11, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) drops four to No. 17, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises two to No. 14, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips one to No. 20. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," gains four to No. 28 on the U.K. Americana chart.


    Sept. 9:
    Wal-Mart Gets Dolly's Perfume
    Wal-Mart has added Dolly's Scent from Above to its in-store retail offerings in limited quantities, Dollymania.net has learned. The store is selling a 1.7 ounce bottle in eau de toilette for $40 as an in-store pick-up/local store delivery only with only a few bottles per store. You may order online here if in stock at your local store for the in store pick-up. (The larger bottles sold on HSN and ScentBeauty.com are eau de parfum, which is usually about 15 percent scent oils, while eau de toilette is less concentrated, usually about 10 percent scent oils, resulting in a less strong and shorter lasting scent.) Thanks, Chuck!

    Kenny Rogers Tribute Airing On CBS
    CBS announced Wednesday it will air an hour-long version of the 2017 Kenny Rogers tribute concert Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler at 9 p.m. Sept. 23. It will also stream on Paramount+. Chris Stapleton, Idina Menzel, Lady A, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town and Reba McEntire perform Rogers' hits and Dolly closes the show with memories and anecdotes about Kenny before they sing together for the final time. Most footage from the tribute show previously aired on A&E interspersed with Kenny's biography and interviews with people from his life and career as Biography: Kenny Rogers in April 2020 shortly after his death at age 81.

    Imagination Library Wins Two National Prizes
    In honor of International Literacy Day, it was announced that Dolly's early childhood literacy program Imagination Library has received two prestigious national honors: the top award at the Library of Congress' annual Literacy Awards and the top award from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The David M. Rubenstein Prize from the U.S. Library of Congress for programs that promote literacy and reading comes with a $150,000 cash award to support the program, which currently mails books to 1.83 million children a month worldwide and has distributed more than 150 million books since inception. The honor from the NASBE is the annual Friend of Education award, presented to an individual or organization with significant and enduring contributions to pre-K-12 education.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" slips one to No. 22 Christian digital song sales, it was announced Tuesday on the Sept. 11 Billboard charts.


    Sept. 3:
    Ole Miss Award Delayed Again Until April
    The Delta surge of COVID-19 has caused the third rescheduling of Dolly's acceptance of the Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy, it was announced Thursday. The award for her philanthropic efforts was originally to be presented in April 2020 at the start of the pandemic, then was delayed to April 2021, then September 2021, now April 2022. She will read for local children at a free but ticketed story time event April 9 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts and then appear at the Legacy Award dinner April 10. The event is chaired by Mary Donnelly Haskell, wife of her former acting agent Sam Haskell, who has also been her partner and co-producer of her various TV movie projects since 2015. Read more from The Oxford Eagle here.

    '9 To 5' Tour Kicks Off In U.K.
    Nearly 18 months after its West End production closed due to COVID and its anticipated UK tour was cancelled in the pandemic, Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical this week returned to the stage overseas with a new UK tour. A promotional video of Dolly was released to social media here to celebrate.

    Knoxville Mural Vandalized
    A mural of Dolly in downtown Knoxville was defaced for the second time, local media reported this week, although clean-up should be easy because of the project's anti-graffiti paint, according to WBIR here.

    'Christmas' Loses LGBTQ Campy Award
    Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square last weekend lost the Campiest TV Show award from GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics' Dorians TV Awards with the prize going to the film Eurovision Song Contest. Other nominees were At Home with Amy Sedaris, Ratched and WandaVision.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" rises one to No. 21 Christian digital song sales, it was announced Tuesday on the Sept. 4 Billboard charts.


    Aug. 28:
    Dolly Perfume Heads To Scent Beauty
    Dolly's Sent from Above perfume on Friday concluded its 30-day exclusivity deal with HSN and as was previously reported here becomes available on Saturday from distributor ScentBeauty.com, where the full-sized bottle will be available. Those who ordered the $10 samples have a coupon code on those samples for $10 off the full-sized bottle sold through the website. Check out a video from Dolly announcing the on-sale date here.

    Saint Dolly Watches Over Restaurant
    A new Mexican restaurant will soon open in Nashville's Germantown neighborhood, Tomacco Tacos, featuring a huge wall mural inside of Dolly as a Catholic saint with the words "Parton Saint." Check out a story from Nashville Eater here.

    Pre-Order 'Does He Love You' Duet
    Amazon.com this week added a download link for the Dolly duet of "Does He Love You" with Reba from her forthcoming triple album set Reba: Revived, Remixed, Revisited coming Oct. 8. You'll be able to download the collaboration here.

    In Memoriam: Kenny Malone
    Studio drummer Kenny Malone died this week at the age of 83. He was well known throughout music for playing on hits by numerous superstars but was part of Porter Wagoner and Dolly's studio musicians for most of 1973, playing on most tracks on their duet album Love and Music as well as Dolly's breakthrough solo album Jolene. Read his obituary here.

    U.S., U.K. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 drops 10 places to No. 97 all-genre streaming albums and falls off the top 20 U.K. country compilation albums for the week, down from No. 16, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the British country compilation albums tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses three to No. 10, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) gains two to No. 13, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips two to No. 16, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises one to No. 19. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," inches down one to No. 32 on the U.K. Americana chart. In the U.S., Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" regains one to No. 22 Christian digital song sales, it was announced Tuesday on the Aug. 28 Billboard charts.


    Aug. 21:
    Sam Williams Duet Released


    Sam Williams, the son of Hank Williams Jr., on Thursday released for streaming his debut album Glasshouse Children and its duet with Dolly as its current single, "Happy All The Time," both of which were released for sale on Friday. Take a listen on YouTube here or in the media player above, or download it here!

    Another Dolly Covid Treatment Shows Promise
    British drug maker AstraZeneca this week released a study into an antibody therapy they licensed from Vanderbilt University which was originally developed using Dolly's donation to the school for pandemic relief which showed the therapy is successful in preventing Covid-19 infections. The results signal its likely use as a substitute for the vaccine in patients whose immunocompromised conditions render vaccines ineffective. Read more about this development from Reuters here.

    Dolly, Allen Talk 'Christmas' Movie For Emmys
    Dolly and Christmas On The Square director/choreographer Debbie Allen participated in Deadline's "Contenders TV" streaming promotion for Emmy voters last weekend, and on Monday the outlet released video of the interview. Watch it here.

    'Jolene' Cover Released
    British-Zimbabwean singer Kelvin Jones, who is based in Germany, last week released a male-version cover of Dolly's classic "Jolene" told from the perspective of the man Jolene has enchanted. Take a listen on YouTube here or download it from Amazon here.

    Order Porter & Dolly DVD Set
    Amazon this week added a pre-order page for the two-DVD set Country Legends: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner & Friends, which was reported here last week as coming out Oct. 19 and looks to be a re-issue of the two discs from her Time-Life DVD set that contain episodes of her on The Porter Wagoner Show and selections from her 1976-77 variety show Dolly. Reserve your copy here.

    Instrumental Dolly CD Released
    Midnite String Quartet on Friday released Midnite String Quartet Performs Dolly Parton, featuring instrumental versions of several of her biggest hits. Download the album here.

    U.K., U.S. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 gains 11 Friday to No. 87 all-genre streaming albums and rises three to No. 16 U.K. country compilation albums for the week, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the British country compilation albums tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls one to No. 7, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) drops two to No. 15, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 14, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) lowers three to No. 20. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," dips 12 to No. 33 on the U.K. Americana chart. In the U.S., Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses one to No. 23 Christian digital song sales, it was announced Tuesday on the Aug. 21 Billboard charts.

    Listen To U.K. Radio Interview
    Dolly appeared on UK's Absolute County Radio this week to talk about the British tour of her musical, the pandemic, and more. Check out the interview here or in the media player below.


    Aug. 16:
    'In The Sweet By And By' Released


    Country Faith Bluegrass on Friday released its first single from its 10th CD, a new version of "In The Sweet By And By" featuring lead vocals by Dolly. The album's producer told People here she couldn't record new vocals due to the pandemic but provided them a track of previously unreleased vocals, from which they removed the guitar that was the sole instrumentation and recorded an entirely new bluegrass arrangement around her voice. Take a listen on YouTube here or in the media player above, or buy and download the song from Amazon here.

    Reba Reveals 'RRR' CD Set With Dolly Track
    Reba on Friday announced her next album which will contain the duet with Dolly on "Does He Love You" that Dolly had revealed on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live a few nights ago. The track will appear on the three-CD Reba: Revived, Remixed, Revisited coming out Oct. 8. The "Revived" disc contains past hits of hers performed with her touring band using her concert arrangements, "Remixed" contains remixed versions of her past recordings, and "Revisited" features "stripped down" re-recordings of her past hits including the Dolly collaboration.

    MPI Releasing Porter & Dolly DVD From Their TV Shows Oct. 8
    While Time-Life is issuing an abbreviated six-DVD version of its recent Dolly career retrospective next month under the title Dolly: The Ultimate Collection, Collectors' Edition, it now appears MPI Video will likewise be releasing a stand-alone set of its two discs from the original Time-Life collection in October. The company announced over the weekend that Country Legends: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, and Friends will be released on Oct. 19 for $25 suggested price, although most retailers will be selling it for $19-$20. It contains episodes of Dolly's 1976-77 program Dolly and her 1967-1974 years on The Porter Wagoner Show on two discs. The guests identified as appearing with them on the episodes in the DVD description also appeared on episodes included in the Time-Life collection (Tom T. Hall, Freddy Fender, and Dolly's family from her show's episodes and Bobby Bare, Hank Locklin, Jack Green, and Nat Stuckey from the Porter episodes). It will also include a bonus feature of footage from Sevierville's first Dolly Parton Day. The running time of 210 minutes is approximately the same length as the seven episodes of Dolly and seven episodes of The Porter Wagoner Show that MPI remastered for release on the Dolly Time-Life collection, further indicating it likely is a repackaging of those two discs from the original set.

    Netflix Promotes 'Christmas' To Emmy Voters
    Netflix is out there promoting Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square to Emmy members to help recruit votes as a Best Television Movie nominee and Best Choreography nominee for director/choreographer Debbie Allen, who it was announced last week is also being honored at the awards this year with the prestigious Governor's Award for lifetime achievement (her two nominations this year, as executive producer of the film and as its choreographer, are her 19th and 20th career nods from the Emmys and her first in 22 years). Allen and Dolly appeared Sunday in a virtual pitch for votes during Deadline's "Contenders Television: The Nominees" two-day live-stream for voters. And Netflix a week earlier brought a snow globe photo station to The Grove's Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles where free pies from Du-Pars Restaurant and Bakery were provided.

    Dollywood Building Residence Hall For Workers
    Dollywood last week broke ground on a $20 million residence-hall style building at the park to provide housing for more than 750 employees. Hotz Builders will operate the site under its International Residence Hall brand, and the four-story, 136,000-square-foot building will open in May to house temporary seasonal hosts employed at the park through a variety of hiring programs such as the U.S. Summer Work Travel Program for foreign students and U.S. college internship programs.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 dips one Friday to No. 98 all-genre streaming albums and holds steady at No. 19 U.K. country compilation albums for the week, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the British country compilation albums tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses two to No. 6, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) gains one to No. 13, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls four to No. 14, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slips one to No. 17. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," rises eight to No. 21 on the U.K. Americana chart.


    Aug. 12:
    James Patterson Book Collaboration Officially Announced
    Although as was reported here at the time, Dolly gave away the ending to her new "mystery" career just over a year ago when she called in for Eddie Stubbs' retirement broadcast on Nashville's WSM Radio for an interview and let it slip that she was writing a novel with author James Patterson set in Nashville, the project was officially announced to the world on Wednesday. Dolly has been quiet about it since then (the audio of the interview was initially shared on the station's website but was removed after just a few hours, I suspect because of the Patterson reveal which wasn't supposed to be known yet).

    The novel, titled Run, Rose, Run (U.S. cover art at left; click on for larger view), will be published by Little, Brown and Company March 7 and a companion album of 12 original Dolly songs inspired by the story will be released the same day through her Butterfly Records and a yet-to-be-determined partner label. This is the country/bluegrass album she had teased in several recent interviews that she had recently finished and would release early next year.

    In an exclusive report first in People magazine here, Dolly said: "I cannot be more excited about the release of my very first novel Run, Rose, Run with the great James Patterson. I also have a new album to go along with the book. All new songs were written based on the characters and situations in the book. I hope you enjoy the book and the songs as much as we've enjoyed putting it all together!"

    Patterson likewise told the magazine: "It's been an honor—and a hell of a lot of fun—to work with the inimitable Dolly Parton, whom I've long admired for her music, her storytelling, and her enormous generosity. The mind-blowing thing about this project is that reading the novel is enhanced by listening to the album and vice versa. It's a really unique experience that I know readers (and listeners) will love."

    The publisher's description of the project is: "From America's most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller - a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive. Every song tells a story. She's a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. She's also on the run. Find a future, lose a past. Nashville is where she's come to claim her destiny. It's also where the darkness she's fled might find her. And destroy her. Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire - a story that only America's #1 beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created."

    People also added the publisher said in a press release about the main character: "The source of her heart-wrenching songs is a brutal secret she has done everything to hide. But the past she has fled is reaching out to control her future—even if it means destroying everything she has worked for."

    In an interview with The New York Times released later in the day here, Patterson said Dolly approached him in February 2020 about writing the book and when he agreed she sent him the plot outline she had created and the lyrics to seven of the companion songs. Over six or seven months, they hashed out chapters and sent notes on the text back and forth to each other until the project was finished, he added.

    The 448-page book will be released in hardcover and softcover in addition to e-book and audio book (both in digital and CD format from Penguin). The audio book will be nine hours unabridged but the narrator has yet to be announced. Reserve your copy of the book here.

    Dolly Gets Dove Award Nomination
    Dolly and Zach Williams were nominated Wednesday for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. The pair face off against Tauren Wells for "Famous For (I Believe)," Crowder with "Good God Almighty," Lauren Daigle for "Hold On To Me" and for KING & COUNTRY featuring Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly with "TOGETHER." This marks Dolly's fifth career Dove nomination, having received the nod twice for Country Recorded Song of the Year for collaborations with Dottie Rambo and Brad Paisley and once for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year as the songwriter of a cover of "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" by Volume Five and Rhonda Vincent. She won the Dove for Short Form Video of the Year last year with for GOD & COUNTRY for their collaboration "God Only Knows." Winners will be announced Oct. 19 in Nashville with an Oct. 22 broadcast on TBN. On the charts this week, "There Was Jesus" falls off the Christian streaming songs chart this week, down from No. 23, it was announced Tuesday on the Aug. 14 Billboard charts, but the collaboration holds steady at No. 22 Christian digital song sales.

    Emmys Detail Who Is Credited With 'Christmas' Nomination
    The Emmy Awards have announced the producers to be credited by name on each of their major award nominations this year and as expected, both Dolly and Debbie Allen are named executive producers credited for the Best Television Movie nomination for Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square from Netflix. As was previously reported, this marks Dolly's fourth national Emmy nomination, her third in this category, while it is Allen's 20th (she earned her 19th nomination from the film for Best Choreography – her first two nominations in 22 years). Also named as nominees with them are executive producers Maria S. Schlatter and Sam Haskell and co-executive producers Jo Lazarov and Hudson Hickman.

    Ken Burns Documentary With Dolly Wins ACM Award
    Ken Burns' PBS documentary Country Music, which featured extensive interviews with Dolly about the history of country music as well as her own life and career, has won this year's Tex Ritter Film Award from the Academy of Country Music, it has been announced, and will be honored at the ACM Honors Aug. 25. Dolly has previously been involved in two other projects that won the prize: her film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas in 1982 and her NBC made-for-TV movie Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors in 2015 (although only the latter counts toward her total of ACM wins because as executive producer of the project she is personally credited with the award but isn't credited as a star of Whorehouse). Read more from Billboard here.

    HSN Details How Fast Dolly's Perfume Sets Sold Out
    HSN has announced that Dolly's recent Scent from Above launch on their network was the highest sales for a fragrance launch on a single week day ever for the retailer and the fastest sell-out in a decade for the network. According to the numbers sold that were announced on air and the prices charged for each item, she sold just under $3 million of products on the launch day. A full-sized perfume bottle and roller ball set and skin cream both sold out, and then additional stock of the full-sized perfume alone also sold out before the end of the night. The retailer later restocked and was selling the full-sized bottles again by Friday. Read more from Yahoo here.

    '9 To 5' UK Tour Announces Full Cast
    The producers of the UK tour of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical have announced their full casts. Joining previously announced Louise Redknapp as Violent will be Vivian Panka in her professional UK stage debut at Judy, Stephanie Chandos as Doralee, Sean Needham as Mr. Hart, Julia Nagle as Roz and Russell Dickson as Joe. Read more from Broadway World here.


    Aug. 7:
    'Forbes': Dolly Worth $350 Million
    Forbes magazine this week finally was able to estimate a value for Dolly's share of her privately-held Dollywood investments, which allowed the magazine to include them in one of their wealth lists for the first time. She debuted at No. 86 on the seventh annual wealthiest self-made women list this week, although it appeared they may have underestimated her net worth because they broke it out as:

  • $150 million songwriting publishing catalog
  • $165 million 50% ownership of Dollywood
  • $20 million 50% ownership of Splash Country
  • $15 million 50% ownership of DreamMore Resort
  • Total: $350 million
    They noted she also owns a string of dinner theatres with her Dollywood partners but didn't separate out a value for those, so they might not be included in the total. Likewise, the article stated that it only valued the estimated worth of her songwriting catalog should she choose to sell it like Bob Dylan and others have done recently, and didn't indicate that the figure includes any value for her income from her nearly six decade long recording career, touring, or movies/television that she may still have in cash or other investments outside of her Dollywood businesses and publishing company. (Although the magazine may be assuming she has invested all of her money into Dollywood over the years.) It also does not appear to include a value for her television production company or her share of interests in movies and shows her current and older production companies have been involved in, her record label, her recording studios, her office compound, or her various homes and other properties. So the actual total may be more than $350 million. Most economic experts that have ventured a guess at her net worth have previously placed it at $600 million, but Forbes is generally the most respected of those. Check out the full section here and Dolly's entry here.

    Dolly On Emmy Nominations Promotional Feed
    Dolly and her Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square director/choreographer Debbie Allen have been announced as guests for the Aug. 14-15 live stream Emmy special Contenders Television: The Nominees presented by Deadline, the publication announced here this week.

    Another Dolly Graphic Novel Coming
    Thanks to Chuck for the tip that another Dolly graphic novel is on its way. It's Her Story: Dolly Parton will hit from Sunbird Kids Books Nov. 16. It is 48 pages. Check out a couple of previews here and reserve your copy here.

    U.K. Chart Update
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 dips four Friday to No. 97 all-genre streaming albums and loses four to No. 19 U.K. country compilation albums for the week, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the British country compilation albums tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls one to No. 4, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) slips one to No. 14, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops six to No. 10, and Harris's 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. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," inches up one to No. 29 on the U.K. Americana chart.

    Drag Queen Kylie Does Dolly
    Drag queen Kylie Sonique Love celebrated her Dolly impersonation on this week's "Snatch Dating Game" skit (here) on the current season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars by releasing a music video tribute to the icon titled "Do It Like Dolly." In it, she dresses up as all three Dollys from Here You Come Again, the bunny Dolly from Playboy, Doralee in 9 To 5, and Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas before closing out as what looks like goddaughter Miley Cyrus's version of Dolly style. Watch it here or in the media player below.


    Aug. 4:
    Time-Life Gives Details On Dolly DVD Re-Issue
    Time-Life on Tuesday released additional details about its abbreviated release of the six-DVD set Dolly: The Ultimate Collection (Collectors' Edition) coming Sept. 21 that it will feature 11 episodes of her 1987-88 ABC variety series (versus eight episodes in the original 11-DVD regular version and 16 episodes in the original 19-DVD deluxe edition), the Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show special, her 2009 Live From London DVD, and the 2019 BBC documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am. The guests noted in the ABC series are those who appear on the original set's first two discs (Oprah Winfrey, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, and the Smothers Brothers) and the Christmas disc (Mac Davis and Burl Ives), which leads me to suspect the set will be comprised of the deluxe version's Volume 1 Discs 1, 2,3 and 6 plus Volume 2 Disc 5 and then either Disc 1 or Disc 2 of Volume 3.

    'Ad Age' Names Dolly One Of Year's 'Hottest' Brands
    Ad Age magazine recently named Dolly one of the "20 Hottest Brands of 2021" thanks to her Covid vaccine donation, Super Bowl commercial appearance, and Jeni's ice cream flavor. Read more (may be for subscribers only) here.

    'People' Profiles Dolly's Rapping Nephew
    People magazine offered a nice profile this week of Dolly's nephew rap artist Sabyn, who just released a track of him rapping over his aunt Dolly's original "9 To 5" here, and it notes he was raised by casting director Laray Mayfield, who was a single mom, and that he didn't become close to his father, Dolly's late brother Randy, until his dad was diagnosed with cancer, at which time they developed a relationship and discovered forgiveness. Read the piece here.

    Wal-Mart Reissuing 'Christmas' Vinyl
    Thanks to Chuck for alerting me that Wal-Mart is taking pre-orders for a Wal-Mart-exclusive re-issue of A Holly Dolly Christmas on "transparent white vinyl" on Aug. 26. (That's the same color name as the Amazon-exclusive vinyl version from last year.)

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" dips four this week at No. 23 Christian streaming songs on the Aug. 7 Billboard charts released Tuesday and gains one to No. 22 Christian digital song sales.


    July 31:
    Dolly Sells Nearly $3 Million In Perfume Wednesday On HSN
    Dolly took over the Home Shopping Network (HSN) on Wednesday with her new "Scent From Above" fragrance, seeing nearly $3 million in sales for its release day. The network said it sold 30,000 sets of the full-sized bottle plus a smaller roll-on for $61 each, indicated that there were about 15,000 body creams sold for $20 each, and more than 11,000 additional single full-sized bottles for $54 each they obtained after the sets allocated for the day's sales had sold out, which totals about $2.7 million at their initial offering special prices. By Friday, the network had re-stocked and was again selling the individual full-sized bottles but for $59 each. HSN has an exclusive sales agreement for the product for 30 days, after which time it will be available starting Aug. 28 on distributor Scent Beauty.com's website and sometime after that should begin to appear in major retail stores across the country, although the debut dates for individual stores have not been announced yet. Dolly appeared live on the network six times throughout the day to promote the perfume at midnight here, 10 a.m. here, 1 p.m. here, 6 p.m. here, 9 p.m. here and 11 p.m. here, taking calls from fans each time and answering questions. Among the new information she announced was she does not plan to tour "anytime soon" although she will be performing a charity concert here and there over the next year or two, she plans to film several additional TV movies this year, and she will have new music out in the near future. On Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Thursday night she added that the new country/bluegrass album just finished recording but won't be released until 2022, that she and Reba recently recorded a new version of "Does He Love You" for Reba's next album, that she has been present with goddaughter Miley Cyrus many times when Miley has smoked a joint although she did not partake herself, she hopes Brittney Spears' conservatorship case works out for the best and she identifies with someone trying to control your career through litigation from when Porter Wagoner sued her, and that Porter used to prefer to wear women's perfume. On the after-show, available here, she also confirmed she will definitely appear on Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's Grace and Frankie on Netflix during its final season but isn't sure yet what part she'll play. She also appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday promoting the perfume but that interview had been filmed at Dollywood back in May.

    Dolly's Nephew Releases EP With Updated '9 To 5'
    Dolly's nephew, rapper Sabyn, on Friday released a new EP featuring his rapping over the original recording of his aunt's 1980 hit "9 To 5" and a revised version of one of his father Randy Parton's original songs with his singing and rapping over his deceased dad's original vocals. Check out the track with Dolly, "9 To 5 To 9" about hustling with a side gig after one's normal 9-to-5 job, on YouTube here or buy it on Amazon here. And check out a profile from Hip Hop Scriptures here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slips nine Friday to No. 93 all-genre streaming albums and falls five to No. 15 U.K. country compilation albums for the week, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the British country compilation albums tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses one to No. 3, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) slides one to No. 13 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains 12 to No. 4. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," inches down one to No. 30 on the U.K. Americana chart.


    July 27:
    Dolly Releases New Single, Readies Perfume This Week


    Dolly at midnight Tuesday released her new single, "Sent From Above," to promote her perfume of the same name. Download it from Amazon here or listen on YouTube here or in the media player above. As was previously reported here, Dolly will appear on Tuesday's Good Morning America on ABC to promote the song and perfume and on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Thursday night. The perfume is initially available through HSN only and they will promote it and sell it starting at midnight Wednesday morning. A special promoting the Scent from Above perfume is scheduled on HSN to premiere at midnight with repeats at 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m., 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m., all times Eastern. The schedule notes Dolly will be the special guest for the midnight, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. showings (which suggests perhaps she will be live in person or remotely during those times and perhaps just pre-recorded during the other showings). In addition, the channel's listings show her as a guest appearing during the 10 a.m. "Wake Up Beautiful" hour and 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. hours with a "Celebration With Dolly." The channel also posted a brief video Monday promoting the perfume here or in the media player below. No dates have yet to be announced for the full-sized perfume to be available at retailers other than HSN, although it is expected to eventually be sold online through its distributor Scent Beauty's website as well as in stores such as Wal-Mart and Walgreen's.

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