Fifteen years ago Tuesday, Dolly leads the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York performing “Better Get To Livin'” on the first float of the day. Twenty years ago Wednesday, “Hello God,” debuts on the charts; it spends one week at No. 60 on the country singles chart. Forty-four years ago Friday, “I Really Got the Feeling”/”Baby I'm Burning” from Heartbreaker debuts on the singles charts; in January, “I Really Got the Feeling” becomes Dolly's 10th country No. 1, while the flip-side, “Baby I'm Burning” hits country No. 48, adult contemporary No. 11 and pop No. 25 (her fourth Top 40) as the disco-flavored song becomes a dance remix club hit. Thirty-three years ago Friday, “Yellow Roses” from White Limozeen becomes Dolly's 23rd of her record 25 country No. 1 hits.
Upcoming television appearances
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Nov. 21, 4:30 a.m., Ovation, Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country
NBC last week released the official trailer for the Dec. 1 premiere of Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas. Watch It here or in the media player above.
Dolly On HSN In December HSN has announced Dolly will return to the shopping network Dec. 3 and 4 to launch an exclusive Eau de Parfum of Dolly: Smoky Mountain for the season. The channel will also during her stop premiere an animated video for “A Smoky Mountain Christmas,” which was released as a bonus track on A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition. “I am so happy about the embrace we've had with our Scent From Above fragrance launch last year,” Dolly said in a press release. “That success has allowed me to experiment with new scents and bring different, inspiring fragrances into the world with the Front Porch Collection, which includes my Smoky Mountain fragrance. Nothing gets me more excited than to create something that brings people joy. And with this year's new products, I drew on many of the memories from my youth to deliver a collection that I believe is really special.”
Kelly Clarkson Books Dolly Dec. 1 Dolly will appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show Thursday, Dec. 1, the program announced over the weekend. The broadcast is syndicated so check local listings for time and station. Dolly and the host released a duet of "9 To 5" back in September from the documentary Still Working 9 To 5.
Rock Hall Of Fame Ceremony Airs HBO over the weekend premiered the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, for which Dolly's recognition served as the finale. If you missed it, the broadcast repeats at midnight Wednesday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 10:45 p.m. Nov. 30 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and is available on demand for cable and satellite HBO subscribers as well as on their HBO Max app. Dolly shared on social media: “What a night! It was an honor to share the stage with so many talented people. I still can't believe I'm part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. ??” She also provided a link to sign up for updates on the release of her future rock album here.
See Behind-The-Scenes Of Dolly's Musical Playbill takes us behind the scenes of rehearsals for the European premiere of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carolhere. The show opens on London's West End in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with previews Dec. 8-12 and an official run of Dec. 13-Jan. 8.
Nashville Library Honors Dolly's Library Nashville Public Library is issuing new special edition library cards with Dolly's photo to honor her Imagination Library, Library Journal's Info Docket reported here.
U.K. Chart Updates Run, Rose, Run inches down one place to No. 12 on the British country albums chart, while the U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 8, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses eight 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) rises two to No. 9 and 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. 18.
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Nov. 16: Dolly Up For Grammys With Reba, Anderson Dolly was nominated Tuesday for two Grammy Awards, bringing her career total to 53 nods, still the second-most nominations ever for a woman. Beyonce leads this year's nominees with nine total, tying her with her husband Jay Z as the most-nominated artist of all time at the awards with 88 total nods. Dolly's honors are for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Does He Love You – Revisited" with Reba McEntire and Best American Roots Performance for "Someday It'll All Make Sense" (bluegrass remix) with Bill Anderson. The Reba collaboration competes against "Wishful Drinking" by Ingrid Andress and Sam Hunt, "Midnight Rider's Prayer" by Brothers Osborne, "Outrunnin' Your Memory" by Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert, "Never Wanted to Be That Girl" by Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde and "Going Where the Lonely Go" by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. The Anderson duet remix competes against "Life According to Raechel" by Madison Cunningham, "Oh Betty" by Fantastic Negrito, "Stompin' Ground" by Aaron Neville with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and "Prodigal Daughter" by Aoife O'Donovan and Allison Russell. Winners will be announced Feb. 5 from Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS. This marks Dolly's first nomination in the American Roots field and her 14th in the Country Duo/Group category or its 1980s separation into the Country Vocal Collaboration category, from her first of four nominations in the category with Porter Wagoner in 1969, two each with Kenny Rogers and the Trio (winning both of the nominations with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris), and one each with Penatonix (which she won), Ricky Van Shelton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, Vince Gill, Norah Jones, and the "Romeo" guests. Dolly has won 10 regular Grammys plus the Lifetime Achievement Grammy and has had four entries into the Grammy Hall of Fame (two singles, one song as a songwriter, and an album). This is Anderson's first nomination as a performer, as his four previous nominations were all as a songwriter but he didn't win any, and McEntire's 17th nomination, of which she has won three, including this trophy for the song's original recording with Linda Davis.
USO Virtual Presentation Postponed The USO virtual presentation Dolly had scheduled for Thursday has been postponed and will instead take place at 1:15 p.m. Eastern Dec. 2. Military members and their families who have registered have no need to re-register, as the link they were sent will work for the rescheduled event.
U.S. Chart Updates The re-issue of 2020's A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition with several bonus tracks sees a little bump in its fourth week on the charts this season the Nov. 19 Billboard lists released Tuesday showed, with the title slipping eight spots to No. 50 on the all-genre album sales chart in its 26th week there and dropping 12 places to No. 23 in its 32nd week on the top holiday albums chart. Run, Rose, Run inches up one to No. 6 bluegrass albums in its 36th chart week.
Nov. 14: Bezos Gives Dolly $100 Million For Charity
Former Amazon CEO and world's second-richest man Jeff Bezos on Saturday night presented Dolly with his Courage and Civility Award, which comes with a $100 million cash prize for her to distribute to the charities of her choice. It is the third time Bezos has given the award and its cash prize, as he presented it last year to both CNN's Van Jones and chef Jose Andres. Bezos' partner Lauren Sanchez announced the honor on her Instagram, sharing a video from the presentation here or in the media player above, saying: "Jeff and I are so proud to share that we have a new Bezos Courage and Civility Award winner — a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work. We can't wait to see all the good that you're going to do with this $100 million award, @DollyParton. ??" Sanchez and Bezos also spoke to CNN about why they chose Dolly here, explaining she is beloved around the world for her civility and kindness and the good works she has done. Dolly has not announced which charities will benefit from the award, but Bezos has said honorees may give it to their own personal charities if they so desire, so her Dollywood Foundation could see a transformational gift to impact its Imagination Library early childhood literacy program or other work.
'Better Homes & Gardens' Celebrates Holidays With Dolly Dolly has a great cover story and really cute "live action" photos and cover story interview about the holidays in Better Homes & Gardens magazine's digital and in-print editions on newsstands now. In the piece here, Dolly fondly recalls her childhood Christmases, shares current holiday traditions with her family, and even offers an extended recollection of the star-filled holiday parties she and manager the late Sandy Gallin used to co-host at Gallin's Hollywood home.
Mariah Says Dolly Is Christmas Queen Although Dolly said in her Better Homes and Gardens interview that she wasn't the Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey was, Mariah was quick to correct her on social media, proclaiming on Twitter: "Dolly, let's settle this one. You are the Queen of Everything! The Queen of the World, The Queen of Christmas, The Queen of Mine!! Love you!!!! ??????"
Dolly To Chat With Military In USO Virtual Event Thursday Dolly is scheduled to participate in a live virtual discussion and Q&A Thursday afternoon with the military support organization the USO. The event is restricted to Department of Defense ID holders and their dependents, who may register to access the feed here.
Dolly Graces 'American Songwriter' Cover Dolly is also the cover girl for November's American Songwriter, which has an interview posted here, although the only new information in it is that the film adaptation of her novel Run, Rose, Run should shoot next summer and that she is considering launching her own television network, a la Oprah's OWN.
Dolly Talks To 'People' Dolly gave a mini-interview with People magazine last week and one of the things asked what when she becomes starstruck, and she said she does when talking to "a real star" like Elton John, Mick Jagger and Debbie Harry, all of whom she has been in touch with lately to appear on her new rock album, for which she noted she has recorded Harry's "Heart of Glass" and has asked Harry and fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 inductee Pat Benatar to join her on. Read the full piece here.
New York Dolly Subway Cards Available New York City's Metro Transit Authority has issued a limited run of 50,000 MTA subway and bus cards featuring Dolly's signature logo to promote Friday's release of the new compilation Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection. They will be available at Penn Station, Times Square and Herald Square subway stations while supplies last.
MSNBC Sings Imagination Library Praises MSNBC last week profiled expansion of Dolly's Imagination Library in north Louisiana. Check out the mention here.
Dollywood Up For Best Holiday Event From 'USA Today' Dollywood has been nominated in the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards this year for Best Theme Park Holiday Event. You may vote once per day, per device here through Dec. 5 for Smoky Mountain Christmas.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates The re-issue of 2020's A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition with several bonus tracks sees a little bump in its third week on the charts this season the Nov. 12 Billboard lists released Tuesday showed, with the title gaining 16 places to No. 42 on the all-genre album sales chart in its 25th week there but losing three spots to No. 11 in its 31st week on the top holiday albums chart. Run, Rose, Run slips three to No. 7 bluegrass albums in its 35th chart week. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run inches up one place to No. 11 on the British country albums chart and falls back off the top 40 Americana chart, down from No. 39, while the U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slip one to No. 8, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gain one to No. 2, 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) dip two to No. 11 and Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-fall back off the top 20, down from No. 20.
HBO Previews Saturday's Hall Of Fame Ceremony Broadcast HBO last week released the trailer for this year's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony 2022 featuring Dolly, who, of course, is saved for last in the clip as well as the show. Watch it here or in the media player below, and catch the full show premiering at 8 p.m. Eastern Saturday night on HBO.
Nov. 7: Dolly Makes Rock Hall Of Fame
Dolly was officially inducted Saturday night into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. On the red carpet she talked to media outlets about her plans for a rock album, saying she has already committed to recording between 25 and 27 songs and releasing them on a four-LP vinyl set and that she has recorded an Elton John song for it, has gotten Steve Perry to agree to sing on "Open Arms," and she plans to ask Steven Tyler to perform as well. She was the final artist of the evening to be recognized during the ceremony. P!nk inducted her, calling her "one of the greatest songwriters of our time, of ALL time." Dolly then gave a speech accepting the honor and proclaiming "I'm a rock star now!" After her remarks, she left to change outfits. P!nk and Brandi Carlile performed "Coat Of Many Colors," followed by Sheryl Crow and Zac Brown offering "9 To 5." Dolly returned to perform her new song, "Rockin'," which you may watch on Instagram here or in the media player below. The night wrapped with a finale of "Jolene" by Dolly, P!nk, Annie Lennox, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, Rob Halford, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlisle, Pat Benatar and more, which you may watch here or in the first media player above. Red carpet arrivals and interviews are available here or in the second media player above. Coverage includes a red carpet interview with Access Onlinehere, Vulturehere, American Songwriterhere, Rolling Stonehere and here, and Varietyhere. Prior to the ceremony, Rock Hall Chairman John Sykes talked about this year's class including the controversy over Dolly's induction with Forbes magazine here and Dolly spoke with People magazine about the honor here. The ceremony airs on HBO at 8 p.m. Nov. 19.
Is Dolly On This Year's CMA Awards? Although no announcement has been made concerning her appearing on this year's CMA Awards, TV Guide lists Dolly as a guest for the ceremonies airing live at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, so we'll have to wait and see if she makes an appearance. The show has been using her "9 To 5" as the background music in its promo commercials this year.
U.K. Chart Updates Overseas, Run, Rose, Run regains five spots to No. 12 on the British country albums chart and re-enters the top 40 Americana chart at No. 39, while the U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slips one to No. 7, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains 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) inches up one to No. 9 and 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. 20.
'Jolene' 'Hallelujah' Covers With several fans sharing on social media in past weeks covers of Dolly's "Jolene" to the tune of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (such as this one here), your webmaster wondered what the opposite would sound like and recorded the lyrics of "Hallelujah" to the tune of "Jolene." Check out the result here.
Nov. 2: Dolly, Jimmy Holiday Duet Dropping On Friday
Jimmy Fallon announced on Monday night's The Tonight Show that he has a new holiday duet with Dolly coming out on Friday: "Almost Too Early For Christmas." Check out a preview of the track in a video from the show here or in the media player above.
Dolly Being Honored For Education By MLK Center The King Center on Tuesday announced Dolly will be honored in January as recipient of the Christine King Farris Legacy of Service in Education Award at the Beloved Community Awards, one of the marquee events of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta marking the week-long observance there of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King, tweeted that Dolly is being honored for "her commitment to service in education" and "influencing generations to #BeLove." The awards honor those working to create a more just, humane, peaceful and equitable society. Tickets for the Jan. 14 event are on sale here.
'Holly, Dolly Christmas' Still On The Charts The re-issue of 2020's A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition with several bonus tracks earns a second week on the major charts this year, the Nov. 5 Billboard tallies released Tuesday noted. The album loses 26 places on the overall all-genre album sales chart to No. 58 in its 24th week there and dips four spots to No. 8 in its 30th week on the top holiday albums chart. Run, Rose, Run regains two to No. 4 bluegrass albums in its 34th chart week.
Sam Williams Debut With Dolly Duet Reissued Musician Sam Williams, youngest son of Hank Williams Jr. and youngest grandchild of Hank Williams Sr., has reissued his debut album digitally with bonus tracks under the title Glasshouse Children: Tilted Crown featuring the duet with Dolly "Happy All The Time" that also appeared on the original album. The new title track, "Tilted Crown," has been released as a single and music video here in which the singer comes out as gay, something he publicly acknowledged in an interview over the weekend for the first time. Download the new album here.
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Starts Friday Dollywood is decking the halls for the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival that opens on Saturday. The 160-acre park is decorated in more than 6 million lights through season closing on Jan. 1. In a press release, Dolly commented: "I believe each season in the Smokies is a precious gift from above, but I also know there is no better time than Christmas to experience the magic of this special place. Christmas is a time for new memories to be created, cherished family traditions to be celebrated and the love of the holidays to warm us all. It is my wish that our guests celebrate the light of the Christmas season while they are here with us at Dollywood. I also hope they pause long enough to savor the moments spent with one another. It's those special moments that are sure to become the beautiful memories they will look upon so fondly for so many years." New lighting elements have been added throughout the park, including on the Dollywood Express train route with a special light show draped across the field inside the upper turning loop of the track. Village Pass is another new lighted area with a 130-foot light curtain with programmed movement. Adventures in Imagination has been rebranded Dolly's Christmas with a new 20-foot-tall Christmas tree and 60 LED butterflies. Hundreds of new lighted trees are found throughout the park and eight different light zones. More than 1 million lights were added this year. Returning are Friday and Saturday night's "Merry & Bright" fireworks displays, which switch to a New Year's version starting on Boxing Day. Santa may be seen inside his cabin in the Smokies, where kids may look in the window and watch him reviewing his famous list and learn whether they are on the nice or naughty side. Christmas In The Smokies, Twas The Night Before Christmas, O Holy Night, Christmas With The Kingdom Heirs, Heart of the Holidays, Candlelight Carolers, The Mistletones, Appalachian Christmas with the Smoky Mountain String Band and Holiday Wild Roots return. Special holiday-themed food will also be offered.
Oct. 31: 'Faith' Goes Digital Gold Dolly last week earned her 45th gold or platinum award from the RIAA as her single "Faith" with electronic duo Galantis featuring Mr. Probz was certified as a digital gold single for sales of 500,000 or more paid downloads or streams of 75 million (or some combination of the two exceeding that minimum). The song was effective Wednesday and announced by the RIAA over the weekend. It came less than a week after "Hard Candy Christmas" received the same honor with its gold digital single award.
Dolly Honors Loretta One Last Time Dolly appeared Sunday night at the Grand Ole Opry House to say goodbye to her close longtime friend Loretta Lynn in CMT's live broadcast of the memorial service Coal Miner's Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn. She addressed their friendship and love for each other in a videotaped message to the crowd gathered to say goodbye to the Queen of Country Music. Little Big Town performed the Dolly-composed "Let Her Fly" from their trio project with Tammy Wynette, Honky Tonk Angels. The special is slated to repeat on CMT commercial-free at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday and 11 a.m. Eastern next Sunday.
Cleveland Loves Dolly And Rock HOF Cleveland.com recently defended the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's decision to induct Dolly in this year's class with an article celebrating her "unparalleled resume" for induction. Read it here.
Oct. 29: Christmas Movie Images Released
NBC on Friday issued the official announcement of the holiday film Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas. As was previously known, the film will premiere at 8 p.m. Eastern Thusday, Dec. 1. Also as was previously known, it features musical guests Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmie Allen, Zach Williams and Miley Cyrus and stars Dolly, Tom Everett Scott, Angel Parker and Ana Gasteyer. The only new information, other than the promotional image above and still from the film at bottom, both courtesy NBC, was the release of the supporting cast (. Mary Lane Haskell, Bryan Batt, Brendan Bradley, John Newberg, Rachel Parton George, Cassie Parton Griffith, Rhoda Griffis, Liam Rauhoff and Steve Summers) and that the film includes "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You" and a new holiday medley in addition to other songs "that capture the spirit of Christmas and the importance of gathering with families during the holidays." The official description is as follows: "A modern-day movie musical about the making of a network TV special, "Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas" is the frenetic backstage story and delightful on-camera results of Dolly's desire to uplift an exhausted world's spirits by sharing the unique mountain magic she has always found in and around Dollywood at Christmas. Throughout the movie's production numbers and rehearsal chaos, Dolly finds herself taking a private journey into her past, guided by the mysterious appearances of her personal Three Wise Mountain Men. When it's time for her big special to air, a renewed and inspired Dolly goes rogue and shows the world that the real magic of Christmas lies in the hearts of the children we all once were, the realization that Christmas is about the people we share it with, and how her faith remains the common thread between Christmases past, present, and future."
'Pollstar' Releases Interview, Others Report Retirement The rest of the world on Thursday and Friday focused on the news that Dollymania readers knew Monday night that Dolly has retired from touring. On Monday night, Dollymania published a story summarizing that item and information about her rock album from an interview with Pollstar of which the website obtained an early print copy. For a couple of days, responses circulated on social media among fans, but on Thursday afternoon the magazine released the story publicly on its website here, leading to several stories in other online outlets likewise highlighting those two news items from the same interview. On Thursday, those included pretty much only music-related sites such as Music Mayhemhere and Billboardhere. On Friday, the news spread through more mainstream general news outlets such as NBC News here and E! Online here.
Oct. 26: It's A Gold 'Candy Christmas' This Year Just 10 days after the 40th anniversary of its release as a single, Dolly's solo version of "Hard Candy Christmas" from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas film soundtrack on Friday was awarded a digital gold single award for 500,000 or more paid downloads or 75 million streams, the RIAA announced on Tuesday.
'Holly Dolly' Deluxe Debuts On Charts Sales due to the re-issue of 2020's A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition with several bonus tracks push the album back onto the charts, the Oct. 29 Billboard tallies released Tuesday confirmed. The album re-enters the overall all-genre album sales chart for the week at No. 32 to log a 23rd week on that list and it shoots up 34 places to No. 4 in its 29th week on the top holiday albums chart. Meanwhile, 1990's her Home For Christmas falls back off the top holiday albums chart after one week at No. 12 due first-week sales of its vinyl re-issue, and Run, Rose, Run loses two to No. 6 bluegrass albums in its 33rd chart.
Oct. 25: Dolly Retires From Touring, Is Doing Rock CD: Pollstar In a new cover interview for the Rock Hall of Fame special edition of music touring magazine Pollstar, Dolly explicitly confirms what she has hinted in other interviews at in the past couple of years and that fans have openly speculated: she has retired from full-scale touring and does not anticipate performing more than a handful of special concerts in future years. In addition, she confirms that she is, in fact, planning a hard rock album and will record it as soon as she "levels out" from filming the movie adaptation of her and James Patterson's novel, Run, Rose, Run.
In response to a question about future tour plans, she responds: "I do not think I will ever tour again, but I do know I'll do special shows here and there, now and then. Maybe a long weekend of shows or just a few shows at a festival. But I have no intention of going on a full-blown tour anymore. I've done that my whole life, and it takes so much time and energy."
She explained that given she and her husband's advancing age, she'd rather stay close to home than being gone weeks or months at a time on a traditional tour.
On the rock album, she noted the song she wrote for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is called "Rockin'" and will likely be recorded for the CD. She also intends to re-record Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" but in its original rock format instead of the bluegrass arrangement she previously used and will even invite Robert Plant and Jimmy Paige to sing on it with her. She also intends to invite Ed Sheeran, Heart, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus and other rock artists to appear on the project with her.
In Memoriam: Actor, Dolly Fanatic Leslie Jordan Emmy-winning comedic actor Leslie Jordan died unexpectedly Monday after a car accident reportedly caused by a medical emergency while he was behind the wheel. He was 67. A lifelong Dolly fan, the openly gay small-statured performer from Chattanooga said he attended the A Real Live Dolly concert recording in Sevierville as a young teenager. In the mid-1990s, he was cast as Dolly's brother in her Disney-produced ABC series Heaven's To Betsy, but the network decided not to pick up the show before it ever aired and it ceased production before getting to his first episode as a recurring character, so he didn't get to meet her, and that became his lifelong dream. He appeared with his friends Gary and Larry Lane in their documentary Hollywood To Dollywood and traveled to the park with them to promote the film's release, but Dolly couldn't make it herself so he didn't meet her then. His dream finally came true during the pandemic when they met at her Nashville office complex to ask her to appear on a gospel album he was planning. From that meeting, he also was able to host an online concert she gave. Afterward, he said in interviews that after having met her and recorded with her he could die and go to Gay Heaven. He continued to move in country music circles after releasing his gospel album, Company's Comin', including appearances on The Grand Ole Opry. Although he was most famous for his Emmy-winning role of Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace, he found renewed fame during the pandemic for his humorous Instagram observations. At the time of his passing, he was also a regular cast member on the sitcom Call Me Kate. In a statement, Dolly reacted: "Well I am as hurt and shocked as if I have lost a family member. Leslie and I had a special bond. I think the world felt they had a special bond with him. I know people always say, "Oh, they will be missed," but in this case that could not be more true. He will be missed by everyone who knew him personally and by everyone who was entertained by him. Rest in peace, lil' brother."
Dolly Inspired Drag Queen's Children's Book RuPaul's Drag Race star Nina West is releasing a new children's book Tuesday called The You Kind Of Kind and told Pop Culturehere that the concept of kindness and acceptance was inspired by Dolly, who also wrote a blurb for the book cover. Get your copy here.
'9 To 5' Doc Wins Award, Nominated For More Gary and Larry Lane's new documentary Still Working 9 To 5 featuring all of the original cast is becoming a favorite on the film festival circuit this year, and earlier this month it won the top prize, Audience Award, from the Nashville Film Festival, where Dolly even taped a brief introduction to be shown at the screenings there. Watch it here or in the media player below. Also, the project has been nominated for Best Historical Documentary in this year's Critics Choice Documentary Awards, with winners to be announced Nov. 13.
Oct. 24: New Duet Coming On Friday With Becky Isaacs
Dolly Wins Second Dove Award Dolly won her second Dove Award with "In The Sweet By and By" featuring Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, and Bradley Walker taking home Bluegrass, Country, Roots Recorded Song of the Year at the ceremony that took place Oct. 18 and aired Friday on TBN. Winners were embargoed until the broadcast. This marked Dolly's sixth nomination for the Doves, as she was nominated last year for Pop Contemporary Song of the Year with Zach Williams for "There Was Jesus" and won in 2020 for Short Form Video of the Year with For King & Country for "God Only Knows."
Dollywood Announces 'IWALY' Festival Although the Harvest Festival is still continuing and the Smoky Mountain Christmas is a couple of weeks away from starting, Dollywood is prepping for the 2023 season. It was announced Monday that the park will observe the 50th anniversary of Dolly's signature song with the I Will Always Love You Celebration March 11-April 8, recognizing the art of songwriting and stories behind songs. In addition to an overview of Dolly's iconic catalog as a composer and lyricist, the festival will feature headlining performances from numerous yet-to-be-announced legendary singer-songwriters as well as a Songwriters' Showcase for up-and-coming performers. The previously-announced $25 million Big Bear Mountain roller coaster will expand Wildwood Grove, and the park's operating calendar has been expanded by 15 additional days, extending its season through the first week of January instead of the first day of the new year and another week of dates added throughout the year. The Flower & Food Festival runs April 21-June 4, Sweet Summer Nights with the return of the drone and fireworks show as well as "Gazillion Bubble Show Aurora" June 17-Aug. 6, Harvest Fest Sept. 22-Nov. 4 with its Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and Smoky Mountain Christmas Nov. 11-Jan. 6. Season passholders' preview day will be March 10, followed by the park opening to the public March 11. Season passes went on presale Oct. 17 and conclude Oct. 30 before they go on sale to the public on Halloween. Several fans complained about the new pass structure, where the basic level passes, silver, have blackout dates for the final six weeks of the season this year for new silver passes and final seven weeks of the season next year (or all dates following the first 20 percent of the Smoky Mountain Christmas Fest – renewed silver passes do get the final weeks of this year in their passes, while first-time buyers do not), although on Saturday the park revised the rules to remove blackout dates for child silver passes (ages 9 and under). The new structure, however, appears to be the new direction of the theme park industry rather than a unilateral move by Dollywood, as Disney parks have offered many lower-cost season passes with extensive blackout dates, and close competitor Cedar Fair Parks in 2023 is introducing a basic level pass that expires around Labor Day, eliminating entirely access to their fall and winter festivals at their parks.
Latest From Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2022 induction ceremony, including Dolly, in Los Angeles Nov. 5 will be broadcast on HBO at 8 p.m. Nov. 19. In addition, an exhibit featuring items from each of this year's inductees will open at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 2 and will include a Gibson Blueshawk guitar Dolly played on her 2008 Backwoods Barbie Tour as well as Carly Simon's handwritten lyrics to "You're So Vain," the costume Eminem wore on the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, and others. Also, music touring magazine Pollstar has revealed its special Rock Hall of Fame issue, which features Dolly on its cover and a cover story on why she deserves to be inducted. Order a copy here.
Dolly Records 'Freebird' For Skynryd Tribute It's cliché to call out at a concert for the band to play the Lynryd Skynryd classic "Freebird," but if you do it at a Dolly concert in the future she just might perform the track, as she has recorded it for a Skynryd tribute album the band's drummer Artimus Pyle has been organizing for release early next year, he revealed in an interview with Forbeshere.
Smooth Names Dolly Best Country Artist Ever UK music service Smooth Country Radio conducted its third Icons survey of listeners, and for the second time, they selected Dolly as the greatest country artist of all time. She had topped the first poll in 2020 but fell to No. 2 last year when Taylor Swift took the top position. Swift falls this year to No. 10, while those immediately behind Dolly were Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, and Shania Twain.
Doggy Parton Christmas Items Debut Dolly's Doggy Parton line of pet products last week introduced its holiday collection. Check them out here.
New Interviews From Carnegie Ceremony Coverage continued last week of Dolly's Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy ceremony with articles from Voguehere and Peoplehere.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Run, Rose, Run CD holds steady at No. 4 bluegrass albums in its 32nd chart week in the Oct. 22 Billboard charts released Tuesday. The holiday albums chart returns with the vinyl release of her Home For Christmas from 1990 returning it to the list at No. 12, a new peak position for the album in its fifth chart week there, as A Holly Dolly Christmas moves up 11 places to No. 38 in its 28th chart week. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run gains one to No. 16 on the British country albums chart, while the U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 at No. 10, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe at No. 6, and 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) at No. 9.
Dolly Items Sell Well At Kenny Auction Kenny Rogers' family over the weekend auctioned off more than 1,000 lots from his personal belongings and career, and the 22 Dolly-related lots raised just under $100,000 and included six of the 15 highest-selling objects. A "We Are The World" soloist leadsheet signed by the performers was the auction's highest-ticket item, selling at $156,000, followed by a Chinese statue at $125,000 and an American Music Award with Dolly for "Islands In The Stream" at No. 3 for over $25,000. The Dolly items in order of sale price were:
$25,600 American Music Award for "Islands In The Stream"
$10,240 Academy of Country Music Award for "Islands In The Stream"
$10,240 Dolly-autographed portrait taken by Kenny in 1999
$8,960 RIAA gold digital single award for "Islands In The Stream"
$8,960 Dolly-autographed portrait taken by Kenny in 1987
$7,680 white jacket stage worn by Kenny with Dolly in Kenny & Dolly: Real Love special
$4,480 Signed letter from Dolly following their final performance together
$3,520 Australian gold single award for "Islands In The Stream"
$3,200 Signed letter from Dolly following Kenny's appearance at Dollywood
$3,200 Signed group photo of performers from Kenny Rogers First 50 Years Celebration including Dolly
$2,560 American Country Countdown award for "Islands In The Stream" hitting No. 1
$1,600 Grammy nomination certificate for "Islands In The Stream"
$1,152 various Kenny & Dolly photograph prints
$1,152 Unofficial RCA Records plaque for two million units sold of Once Upon A Christmas $1,152 assorted LPs from Kenny's personal collection including several with Dolly connections (two on which he covered Dolly-written songs and at least two on which Dolly performs)
$1,152 Kennedy Center Honors photo of honorees including Dolly in appreciation for Kenny's participation in her award ceremony
$1,024 set of Kenny & Dolly photo proofs
$640 Dolly and Dollywood press set
$512 Kenny & Dolly Christmas photo prints
$320 Kenny & Dolly portrait mock-up prints
$256 Kenny & Dolly in concert mock-up prints
$125 Kenny & Dolly mock-up prints
Oct. 17: Dolly Receives Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy
Dolly's charitable acts were honored Friday with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Watch her acceptance speech here or in the media player above. In an Associated Press interview here, she noted politics can get in the way of good works. "That's what we should do as human beings," she said. "I never quite understood why we have to let religion and politics and things like that stand in the way of just being good human beings. I think it's important from that standpoint just to feel like you're doing your part, doing something decent and good and right." She also noted in the interview she has written a new song for her induction ceremony next month in Los Angeles for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Watch the video summarizing some of her philanthropy here or in the media player below.
Dollywood 2023 Pass Prices Revealed Dollywood on Sunday released details for the 2023 season passes, which went on presale Monday for renewals and new passes for those who registered for the presale. The silver pass, currently $159, is being reduced $10 to $149 in exchange for expiring on Thanksgiving next year instead of the end of the season in January ($204 with the water park, giving them access to 10 of the 49 operating days for the Christmas festival and July 3-9 water park blackout). Gold passes remain at $214 ($269 with water park no blackouts), and Diamond at $314 for both parks. Silver gets two bring a friend passes with blackout dates, Gold gets two without blackout dates, and Diamond gets four without blackout dates, and the BAFs will be good at the water park if the passholder has a two-park pass. The Pre-K Imagination Pass will return for 2023, but details for the free pre-schoolers pass are not yet available. The presale concludes Oct. 31, when passes go on sale to the general public.
Dolly Celebrates UT Win University of Tennessee students lobbied for Dolly to appear on ESPN's College GameDay for the game this week, even painting their plea on a huge rock on campus, according to WBIR here. UT won 52-49 over Alabama, sending East Tennessee into hysteria. Dolly answered on social media: "I said it's great to be a Tennessee Vol! What a win last night. If I wasn't out of town it would have been a treat to have been there, and I heard there were some rumors that I would be. Nobody was more disappointed than me to not be there. GBO! ??"
See Dolly Shots In Austin Exhibit An exhibit is open through the end of the month in Austin at Modern Rocks Gallery which is the first solo showing of photos by Ed Caraeff, who was responsible for Dolly's iconic pop album covers of the late 1970s and early 1980s. it includes a lifesize stand of Dolly from Here You Come Again for fans to shoot selfies with. Learn more from Yahoo here.
Dolly Makes Another 'Forbes' List Forbes named Dolly to its "50 Over 50" list of "mature women who are shattering box office records, designing fashion fortunes, or changing the way we eat and drink." Read the list here.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Run, Rose, Run CD holds steady at No. 4 bluegrass albums in its 31st chart week in the Oct. 15 Billboard charts released Tuesday. Overseas, the album re-enters the British country albums top 20 at No. 17.
Oct. 10: Dolly Calls Loretta 'Sister' In Death
Dolly's close friend and collaborator Loretta Lynn passed away Oct. 4 at the age of 90. About the Coalminer's Daughter, she said: "So sorry to hear about my sister, friend Loretta. We've been like sisters all the years we've been in Nashville and she was a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I'm one of them. I miss her dearly as we all will. May she rest in peace."
Rock Hall Of Fame Issues Video The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last week released more legacy videos of this year's inductees including Dolly. Watch hers here or in the media player below.
Oct. 3: 'Heartstrings' Heading To DVD Dolly's 2019 Netflix anthology Heartstrings will get a long-awaited DVD release next month, Warner Brothers has announced. The two-disc set will be released Nov. 29. Get your copy here! The series appealed to individuals on all sides of the spectrum, winning the Faith and Freedom Award from the conservative Christian Movieguide Awards for "These Old Bones" (which was also nominated for an Emmy for Made for Television Movie) and Best Individual Television Episode on the GLAAD Media Awards for LGBTQ representation in "Two Doors Down." The series also had episodes based on Dolly songs "Sugar Hill," "Cracker Jack," "Down from Dover," "If I Had Wings," "Jolene," and "J.J. Sneed." The news follows shortly after it was announced her Netflix holiday film Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square will be released on DVD Nov. 1.
California Taking Dolly's Library Statewide Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood education program is getting its biggest boost yet with the nation's largest state becoming the 15th to take the program statewide. California Gov. Gavin Newsome on Friday signed a bill making the program available to all of the state's 2.4 million children under 5 in summer of next year, up from about 25,000 children enrolled today in the state, and more than the 2.1 children currently enrolled worldwide in the project, which has distributed 190 million books since inception. The state budget allocates $68.2 million in one-time funding to launch the initiative. About one in eight children in the U.S. live in California. In a statement, Dolly said: "I'm so thrilled at the overwhelming support to make my Imagination Library available to every child in California! I want to thank Senator Shannon Grove and Senator Toni Atkins for inspiring tremendous support from California legislators and Governor Gavin Newsom for enthusiastically signing this bill. Today is an amazing milestone for children and families across the state! We still have a lot of work to do, but together we can inspire a love of reading in children across California that will last a lifetime."
Dolly Wins Two IBMA Awards Dolly last week picked up her fourth and fifth International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, with "In The Sweet By and By" with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker, and Jerry Salley taking both Gospel Recording of the Year and Collaborative Recording of the Year.
Sinatra Says Give Dolly Freedom Medal Singer Nancy Sinatra has called on the President to give Dolly the Medal of Freedom, tweeting last week: "Dear President Biden, @POTUS Many of us out here on Twitter would like to nominate Dolly Parton for the Medal of Freedom. Nobody is more deserving of thie [sic] great honor. @dollyslibrary." Dolly twice turned down the medal when offered by Donald Trump. Barak Obama has joked not giving her the Medal of Freedom during his term was the biggest regret of his presidency.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Run, Rose, Run CD holds steady at No. 4 bluegrass albums in its 29th chart week in the Oct. 2 Billboard charts released Tuesday. Ultimate Dolly Parton falls off the top 50 country albums list, down from No. 49 in its 97th week, and her "9 To 5" duet with Kelly Clarkson falls off the country digital song sales chart, down from No. 6, and overall digital song sales chart, down from No. 15. Overseas, Run falls out of the top 20 British country albums chart, down from No. 15 in its 29th chart week in the U.K.
Sept. 26: 'Silent Night' Single Released
\Dolly on Friday released the next single from her upcoming reissue of her holiday collection A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition. The recording of "Silent Night" comes from her 1997 contribution to the Annabelle's List soundtrack. Listen to it on YouTube here or in the media player above or download it from Amazon here.
'9 To 5' Lands On Digital Sales Chart Dolly's "9 To 5" duet with Kelly Clarkson sees its chart debut on the Sept. 24 Billboard tallies, coming in at No. 6 on the country digital song sales list and No. 15 on the overall digital song sales chart. Ultimate Dolly Parton loses one to No. 49 in its 97th week on the country albums chart, while her Run, Rose, Run CD slips two to No. 4 bluegrass albums in its 28th chart week. Overseas, Run rises one to No. 15 country albums in its 29th chart week in the U.K. On the British country compilations chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 falls one to No. 10, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains one to No. 7 and 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) re-enters the top 20 at No. 15.
Dolly Sings With Appalachian Road Show Dolly has joined The Appalachian Road Show on their new album Jubilation. She joins them on the album opener "In Time, Jubilation." The set comes out here Oct. 7.
The Points Guy Reviews Dolly's Bus Travel writer The Points Guy recently stayed in Dolly's bus, Suite 1986, at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort. Read what he had to say here.
Bay Area Dolly Cabaret Coming Friday Bay area fans will want to check out a Dolly Cabaret at Oasis in San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 30. Learn more here.
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