Fifty-two years ago Monday, A Real Live Dolly debuts on the album charts, reaching No. 32 country and No. 154 pop. Forty-seven years ago Tuesday, Best of Dolly Parton debuts on the country album charts; it would reach No. 5 and three years later reach gold status (+500,000 copies sold). Forty-nine years ago Thursday, Porter and Dolly's 11th duet album, Love and Music, debuts on the country album chart, peaking at No. 8. Fifty years ago Friday, “Washday Blues” debuts on the country charts, peaking at No. 20. Forty-four years ago Friday, Heartbreaker debuts on the album charts; within a month, it would hit No. 1 on the country charts, a position it would hold for nine weeks, and No. 27 pop. Forty years ago Sunday, Dolly's second recording of “I Will Always Love You” debuts on the adult contemporary charts, where it would peak at No. 17; the song also goes to No. 1 on the country singles chart and No. 53 pop.
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Aug. 4, 4:09 a.m., MoMax, Joyful Noise
Aug. 9, 6 a.m., Ovation, Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country
Aug. 9, 9:42 p.m., Starz Kids & Family, The Beverly Hillbillies
Aug. 11, 6 a.m., MovieMax, Joyful Noise (re-runs 8 p.m. Aug. 16)
Aug. 14, 9:43 a.m., More Max, Joyful Noise (re-runs 12:06 p.m. Aug. 18)
Aug. 16, 5 a.m., Ovation, Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors
Aug. 17, 6 a.m., HBO Signature, 9 To 5
Aug. 18, 5:21 a.m., Starz Encore Classic, The Beverly Hillbillies
A sparkling “Park Ranger,” Dolly took to the stage at Dollywood Friday to announce the park's largest-ever single attraction, the $25 million Big Bear Mountain steel Vekoma coaster (click on the photo for a larger view). Themed around a search for an elusive giant bear rumored to roam the hills around the park, the ride stretches around the west, north, and east perimeter of Wildwood Grove for nearly 4,000 feet of track, taking riders up to 48 miles per hour across the mountainous terrain through three separate launches, multiple airtime hills, high-speed carousel turns and tunnels, including a pass behind a waterfall. It becomes the park's longest coaster and is first with on-board audio. The trains will be themed as four-wheel-drive-SUVs and the ride expects to open in spring 2023. Watch the announcement here or in the media player above.
Dolly Visits Ohio, W.V. Tuesday Dolly is scheduled to spend Tuesday promoting her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program with stops at lunch in Columbus, Ohio, and early evening in Charleston, W.V. The first appearance, at Ohio State University with Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine, is a private fundraiser for the charity, should be viewable through the state program's Facebook event here at noon. And the 5:30 stop at Marshall University is also a private, invitation-only gathering and should be available on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's television channels and social media streams. Each visit celebrates the state's statewide partnership in her program.
Dolly Named Carnegie Medal Of Philanthropy Recipient The Carnegie Institutions announced last week that Dolly has been selected as one of this year's Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipients. She is being honored in a private ceremony in New York Oct. 13 for “alleviating poverty, strengthening early childhood education through the distribution of free books worldwide, increasing college access, and advancing medical research, including on pediatric infectious diseases and the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.” Also being honored are entrepreneur Lyda Hill, Kenyan industrialist Manu Chandaria, and Lynn and Stacy Schusterman.
BMI Names Nashville Song Competition For Dolly Music publishing rights organization BMI announced last week the renaming of its annual Nashville Songwriting Scholarship to the Dolly Parton Songwriters Award. The annual competition is open to aspiring songwriters nationwide and will be funded by the Dolly Parton Music Fund, created with establishing gifts from Luke Combs and Sony Music Publishing's Rusty Gaston, Music Row reported here.
Third Perfume Revealed Last Week Scent Beauty last week announced availability of samples of Dolly's second fragrance in her Front Porch Collection, Early Morning Breeze.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Answer song "You Can Have Him, Jolene" from Chapel Hart scoots up four spots to No. 4 country digital singles sales and 27 places to No. 9 overall digital singles sales on the Aug. 6 Billboard charts released Tuesday, the song's second week on the charts. Ultimate Dolly Parton slips one to No. 47 country albums in its 90th chart week, while her Run, Rose, Run CD remains steady at No. 2 bluegrass albums in its 21th chart week. Overseas, Run inches down three to No. 8 country albums and six to No. 31 Americana albums in its 22ndt chart week in the U.K., while the British country compilations chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 dip four to No. 6, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slip three to No. 10, The Essential Dolly Parton fall off the top 20, down from No. 10, 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) rise one to No. 14.
'9 To 5' Parody Opens In NYC Next Week New York's Drunk Musicals returns next Monday, Aug. 15, with a send-up of Dolly's foray into Broadway with 5 To 9: A Drunk Dolly Parton Musical at Haswell Greens NYC. Tickets are available here for this mostly-drag parody musical, Broadway World reported here.
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Aug. 1: Dolly Headed To Dollywood Friday Dolly is scheduled to make an appearance at her Dollywood theme park Friday morning to announce its 2023 ride addition, teased as "the largest single attraction investment in the history of Dollywood." It is believed from site plans approved by city officials that the attraction will be a new coaster around the Wildwood Grove area. The park has for the past couple of weeks been promoting the attraction with signs about bear sightings and a hotline to report them (which takes one to a recording about bears in the area – 865-868-0168), suggesting it will be themed around bears or possibly a bear hunt. Additional bear-themed promotions have been teased in recent days. The announcement is open to invited guests and as a Golden Event for Diamond Passholders only (who were required to reserve space when the event was revealed), leading some Gold Passholders to complain that they were led to believe when buying their passes this year that all special Golden Events would be open to both Gold and Diamond passholders, as all other Golden Events so far this year have been. It has not been announced as of press time whether she will make any additional appearances or park tours while in town. In related news, Travel & Leisure magazine published an interview with Dolly about being the park's Dreamer In Chief here.
Here Comes Platinum Dolly With 'Jesus' "There Was Jesus" just passed the 1 million paid downloads (or 150 million streaming plays) level to be awarded a digital platinum single trophy from the RIAA, it has been announced. The song was formally certified July 18 and marks Dolly's seventh platinum digital single of the download era, following "Islands In The Stream," "9 To 5," and "Jolene" reaching digital double platinum in January along with "Here You Come Again" reaching digital platinum, while "I Will Always Love You" hit digital platinum last year and "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley was her first to mark the feat in 2015.
Dolly Reveals 'Smoky Mountain' Perfume Dolly on Wednesday announced her second official perfume with the fragrance "Smoky Mountain," following last year's phenomenally successful "Scent From Above." The new scent, described as "a woody, floral scent featuring notes ot tiger orchid warm tonka, and cashmere woods," is available from Scent Beauty in $10 discovery size (0.1 ounce) samples with the full-sized bottle to come out in the fall. The fragrance is the first of her new Front Porch Collection, which was previously available as four body sprays from Walmart, suggesting the other three body spray scents will be coming as perfumes in the near future.
Dolly Nominated For Two Bluegrass Awards Dolly snagged two nominations for the 33rd annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, it was announced last week. Her recording of "In The Sweet By and By" with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker and Jerry Salley is up for both Gospel Recording of the Year and Collaborative Recording of the Year. These mark her sixth and seventh nominations, having been considered for Best Female Vocalist in 2000 when she won Album of the Year for The Grass Is Blue. She also won Recorded Event of the Year in 2002 as one of the performers on Clinch Mountain Sweethearts and 2004 as one of the performers on Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers. She also won Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year in 2017 as the songwriter for Joe Mullins' and Ricky and Sharon Skaggs' cover of her "Sacred Memories."
Bill Anderson Duet Video Premieres Dolly and Bill Anderson premiered their music video for their new duet "Someday It'll All Make Sense" on Good Morning America." Watch it here or in the media player below.
'You Can Have Him, Jolene' Hits Charts The darlings of America's Got Talent, Chapel Hart, saw their answer song to Dolly's "Jolene," "You Can Have Him, Jolene," debut last week at No. 8 country digital singles sales and No, 36 overall digital singles sales on the July 30 Billboard charts released Tuesday, Ultimate Dolly Parton moves up three spots to No. 46 country albums in its 89th chart week, while her Run, Rose, Run CD remains steady at No. 2 bluegrass albums in its 20th chart week. Overseas, Run holds steady at No. 5 country albums and No. 25 Americana albums in its 21st chart week in the U.K., while the British country compilations chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 hold steady at No. 2, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slip two to No. 7, The Essential Dolly Parton gain three to No. 10, 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) rises one to No. 15.
Dolly's Cake Named Year's Best People magazine issued its 2022 awards for new food products and named Dolly's Coconut Cake from Duncan Hines as the year's best new cake mix.
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Dolly Takes Over 'The Orville' Holodeck Dolly stole the show two weeks ago with a surprise guest appearance on the Hulu science fiction dramedy series The Orville. Set in the 25th century, a previous episode focused on a world where female babies were banned and forced to undergo gender reassignment surgery to become boys, and a female activist discovers Dolly and her classic song "9 To 5," which she recites in her plea for asylum. In the new episode, the activist faces a decision on whether to testify about her activities in the asylum colony, and it showcases their admiration for Dolly through a wall of photos dedicated to her as well as a tribal dance scene set to an instrumental version of "Jolene." To convince her to testify, the captain has her talk to "Dolly," a holographic re-creation of Dolly digitally de-aged to appear as she looked about 20 years ago. Dolly tells her the true story of almost losing her toes as a child and sings "Try" to inspire her. Due to increased Covid infections at the time, Dolly refused to fly to Los Angeles to film the scene, so producers tore down the set and rebuilt it in Nashville, where Dolly's studio team shot her portion of the scene, which was later edited together with the other actor's performance. The result was seamless and clean, unlike the obviously CGI appearance in Netflix's Grace & Frankie. The other actress in the scene eventually traveled to Nashville in person to put on her costume and take a photo with Dolly. For those without Hulu, the show moves to Disney+ on Aug. 10. Watch part of the scene on Facebook here or in the media player below and the second part here.
July 18: 'Run, Rose, Run' Falls Off 'NYT' Best Sellers, CD Still Charts After 17 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, Dolly and James Patterson's novel Run, Rose, Run fell out of the top 15 on Friday for the first time since release. The book's companion album holds steady at No. 2 on the July 16 U.S. bluegrass albums chart in its 17th chart week, while overseas it gains two to No. 9 U.K. country albums.
Maine Expands Imagination Library Dolly on Friday addressed the National Governors Association Annual Summer Meeting in Maine with a virtual appearance to announce with Gov. Janet Mills that Maine has become the 13th state to take her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program statewide. Learn more from WABI here.
'OUT' Re-Creates Dolly Cover With Orville Peck For its 30th anniversary, OUT magazine has recreated 10 of its most iconic covers, and gay country artist Orville Peck is on the front this month with his take on Dolly's 1997 haystack cover shoot. Check it out here.
'Born In Bristol' To Premiere July 30 The music documentary Born In Bristol, featuring Dolly and other artists talking about and re-recording songs from the classic 1927 recording sessions in Bristol considered the birth of recorded country music, announced last week that it will premiere on July 30 on Circle All Access and Ditty TV. A trailer for the film was also released here and in the media player below.
July 11: Forbes: Dolly Now The $375 Million Woman Dolly's net worth grew by 7 percent, or $25 million, last year to $375 million, Forbes magazine revealed last week in its new list of the nation's top self-made women. Dolly came in at No. 74 on the tally, which she first joined last year at No. 86 in the first time the publication's economics experts ever published an attempt to estimate her total worth. The original $350 million estimate was that approximately $150 million represented the value of her interest in royalties from her entertainment career, most namely the publishing value of her songwriting catalog, while $200 million was her estimated personal ownership stake in Dollywood and its associated companies and attractions. The new listing didn't break out the $375 million figure by holdings but noted the majority of her wealth is due to the theme park. Read more here. She is the 11th wealthiest female entertainer on the list, coming after Oprah, Rhianna, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Judge Judy, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Reese Weatherspoon, Barbra Streisand, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Reggae Dolly Parties 'Two Doors Down'
Dolly on Friday released a new recording of her classic pop hit "Two Doors Down" in a reggae arrangement with her singing vocals. The track came out as a teaser for the July 22 release of Positive Vibrations: Country Goes Reggae, which pairs established country artists with Jamaican musicians and engineers to perform reggae arrangements of their hits. Others on the project include Jimmie Allen, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Uncle Cracker, and Alabama, among others. Producers the Berman Brothers conceived and created the project, following their previous mash-up collections of pop bands such as Coldplay, Sting, and U2 performing Cuban arrangements and standards artists such as Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye with Bossa Nova arrangements. Download Dolly's track here and listen on YouTube here or the media player above. This isn't Dolly's first entry into the genre, having previously provided lead vocals to Ladysmith Black Mambazo's reggae cover of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" in 1997 (with Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar) and "Your Kisses Are Charity" with Boy George and Culture Club in 1999.
Dollywood Movie Auditions Updated The auditions for dancers in the East Tennessee area to perform in Dolly's NBC Christmas movie that were cancelled recently will instead be held via video, officials announced last week. Interested dancers should watch this dance combination video here, tape themselves performing it, upload it as an unlisted YouTube account video to an email here by Tuesday (including headshot, resume, and state your name, close up, height, and place of residence). Rehearsals will begin July 27 and filming begins Aug. 8.
Drag Dolly Rides Again On RuPaul Tour Thanks, Theodore, for alerting me that the War On The Catwalk drag tour just started and in the Pittsburgh show The Vivienne performs "Two Doors Down" and "9 To 5" in her winning Dolly look and in addition Kylie Sonique Love performs her tribute song "Do It Like Dolly."
Dolly Accepts NEA Honor, Talks To Governors The National Education Association, the country's largest teacher's union, last week honored Dolly with its highest prize, the Friend of Education Award, in recognition of her contributions to American education, namely her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program, which has distributed nearly 200 million books free to kids since inception. She could not attend in person but sent a videotaped acceptance speech, which you may watch here or in the media player below. And that's not Dolly's only promotion of the project coming up, as she's scheduled to remotely serve as a plenary speaker at the National Governor Association's annual Summer Meeting, happening this week in Maine. On Friday, she is scheduled to meet virtually with all 55 governors of U.S. states and territories to discuss the project, which several governors have led their states in taking statewide in recent years. Read more about the conference from The Boston Heraldhere.
July 5: Dolly's 'Smoky Mt. Christmas Carol' Heads To London
Dolly is getting her second musical on London's equivalent of Broadway, the West End, it was announced last week as a limited engagement of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol will play at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall Dec. 8 to Jan. 8. The musical, with book by David H. Bell, music and lyrics by Dolly, and adaptation by Bell, former Dollywood entertainment director Paul T. Couch, and Curt Wollan, is produced by Fiery Angel Entertainment and Red Tail Entertainment and follows an extended run pre-pandemic on the West End of her previous Broadway show, 9 To 5: The Musical. The new show has workshopped and had regional theatre productions in the U.S. and Canada each of the past few holiday seasons, but this will mark its largest theatre market engagement to date. Transplanting the classic Dickens tale from London to Dolly's native Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and moving its time up from the 1840s in the first few years of Queen Victoria's reign to the Great Depression era, Scrooge has also been recast into the greedy owner of a mining company who is visited by the famous spirits who change his heart. In a release, Dolly stated: "Bringing our reimagined Charles Dickens classic to London feels like a homecoming. My songs weave the music of my beautiful Smoky Mountains into this timeless Christmas story, and I can't wait for London audiences to hear them as we tell that story, set in a place that is truly special to me."
'New York Times,' U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly and James Patterson's novel Run, Rose, Run loses two to No. 10 on the New York Times hardcover fiction Best Seller List in its 16th week, it was announced Friday, and the companion album remains steady at No. 2 bluegrass albums on the July 2 Billboard chart in its 16th week of release, while Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 50 country albums at No. 50. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run dips seven to No. 32 U.K. Americana albums and two to No. 7 U.K. country albums, while the British country compilations albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe fall two to No. 12, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 slide five to No. 20, Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) fall out of the top 20, down from No. 17, and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 hold steady at No. 8.
Dolly's Library Passes 2 Million Enrollees Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program announced last week that as of June, the program had passed more than 2 million participating children monthly, meaning a book is distributed by the program every 1.4 seconds. Since inception, the project has distributed over 184 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and Ireland. Currently, over 2,800 local affiliates operate the program in those countries, sending one free, expert-selected, age-appropriate book monthly to every local child from birth to age 5 whose parents register.
Stampede Debuts New Dolly Song Dolly's Stampede dinner theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has announced a new performance segment has been added to the show to celebrate its 35th anniversary season complete with a new song written by Dolly just for the added segment. The riders begin on horseback of "wild horses" before soaring into the sky above the arena to the music of Dolly's new original song, "Wild Horses."
Hall Of Fame Looks At Dolly Influences The Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame last week released a new video for this year's inductees looking at each one's influences and those they influenced with their music. Watch Dolly's clip here or in the media player below.
June 27: Dolly Comes Home To Dollywood
Dolly made a return visit over the weekend to Dollywood to promote the park's next resort hotel currently under construction, her former tour bus hotel room at the current resort, and the park's summer festival. She made a media-only appearance at the new HeartSong resort construction site where she performed her song "Heartsong" and accepted an award on behalf of her late Uncle Bill Owens from the American Chestnut Foundation. She completed park tours on Friday and Saturday and popped in for a performance of her family's show at the park. Coverage included a Conde Nast Traveler story about the tour bus hotel room (which will go for $10,000 for a two-night stay with a portion of the rent going to her Imagination Library charity) here, The Knoxville News-Sentinel with a story here and photo gallery here, WATE here, WBIR here, WVLT here, Times News Onlinehere and in the media player above (plus additional footage here), WCYB here and WJHL here and in the media player below.
AXS To Show Dolly On Independence Day Music network AXS has announced a schedule of programming on musical legenda for Independence Day Weekend, and Dolly kicks off the July 4 shows at 8 a.m. Eastern with a broadcast of her 50 Years at the Opry special from 2019.
'Run, Rose, Run' Chart Updates Dolly and James Patterson's novel Run, Rose, Run slips one to No. 8 on the New York Times hardcover fiction Best Seller List in its 15th week, it was announced Friday, and the companion album gains four to No. 25 U.K. Americana albums and dips one to No. 5 U.K. country albums, while the British country compilations albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 10, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 falls nine to No. 15, Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches up one to No. 17 and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 rises four to No. 8.
Dolly Teaching Award Given The Dollywood Foundation recently announced the recipient of this year's Dolly Parton's Chasing Rainbows Award for teachers is the first recipient from Sevier County, Tenn., with New Center Elementary School teacher Christy Maples, The Mountain Press reported here.
Dolly Kicks Off Nashville NASCAR Dolly helped welcome NASCAR to Nashville this weekend with a promotional video for NBC in advance of the Ally 400 on Sunday. Watch it here or in the media player below.
June 22: 'Islands' Lands Double-Platinum In U.K. Kenny Rogers and Dolly's 1983 classic duet "Islands In The Stream" was announced this month as Dolly's newest multi-platinum single in the U.K. The BPI issued a double-platinum certification for the track on June 10 recognizing 1.2 million units sold. It had reached platinum status in 2019. This marks her second double-platinum single award from BPI, which certified her 1980 hit "9 To 5" at that level a year ago this month.
RuPaul Celebrates Dolly Drag
After years of fans begging for it, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars last week provided a Dolly-themed category for the runway, with "Night Of 1,000 Dolly Partons." Each contestant had to identify a Dolly costume she has been photographed wearing and replicate that look for the runway. Most opted for recent Dolly appearances in the last two decades, although Jinx Monsoon went back to the "Dolly in London" era early-1980s beaded tour dress Dolly for her look. The top two queens then lip-synched it out to "Why'd Ya Come In Here Lookin' Like That?" Watch the runway walks here or in the media player above.
Dolly Gives Another $1 Million For Health Research Dolly stepped up her philanthropy again last week with an additional $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, this time to support pediatric infectious disease research, including ways to fight COVID-19 in kids. She had previously given the institution $1 million near the start of the pandemic for COVID research which resulted in development of the Moderna vaccine as well as $1 million in 2017 to support its Children's Hospital, where one of her nieces had been treated for leukemia as a child. "We are deeply honored by Dolly's contribution to our research mission," Mark Denison, a professor of pediatrics and director of Vanderbilt's division of pediatric infectious diseases, said of the gift, adding it will "accelerate" the work already being done and "support new ideas." The Hill broke the story here.
'There Was Jesus' Wins BMI Song Of The Year Songwriters' royalty group BMI last week held its annual Christian Awards and "There Was Jesus," as recorded as a duet by Dolly and contemporary Christian artist Zach Williams, was named Song of the Year as the past year's most-broadcasted song in the genre. The song's composers (Williams along with Casey Beathard and Jonathan Smith) received the award. The recording had previously won last year's Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Dolly's second consecutive win in that category.
Dancers: Audition For Dolly's Holiday Movie Professional dancers interested in appearing in Dolly's upcoming NBC holiday film to be shot at Dollywood have a chance to audition for the project this coming Friday at 8 a.m. at The Ridge Outdoor Resort Event Center at 1250 Middle Creek Road in Sevierville, Tenn. Rehearsals are expected to last July 25 to Aug. 7 with filming Aug. 7-Sept. 1. Vaccination required and masks must be worn for the audition. Questions may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dollywood Wins Nation's Best Theme Park TripAdvisor last week named Dollywood the nation's best theme park based on reviewers' opinions recoded over the past 12 months and the eighth best theme park in the world. Dolly's wonderland bested favorites such as Cedar Park, Disneyland, Disney World, and others for the honor to take home the Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Award in its category. In a press release, Dolly responded: "I'm so proud of the work my people do to make Dollywood such a great place for families. When I started dreaming up Dollywood all those years ago, I hoped it would be somewhere folks were excited to come visit and enjoy time together. To hear that they are leaving so many positive comments about their time here really shows what we're doing is working. In the current world, I want Dollywood to be a place where the light shines every day."
Bill Anderson Dolly Duets Released In publicizing his just-released greatest hits collection, As Far As I Can See: The Best Of Bill Anderson, which features both a new duet with Dolly on "Someday It'll All Make Sense" as well as a 1964 demo with her on his track "If It's All The Same To You" (which had previously been released solely on an expensive boxed set of his music by Bear Family Records a decade ago), Anderson recounted that he first met Dolly at that demo session and his wife sat with her between takes talking and afterward told him that girl knew more dirty jokes than anyone she'd ever met in her life! Read the story from Taste of Countryhere, and buy the album here!
'Skeeter Sings Dolly' Released Digitally Thanks Ashley for alerting me that RCA has finally released Skeeter Davis' 1972 tribute album Skeeter Sings Dolly digitally for the first time ever. Download it here!
'Run, Rose, Run' Gets Sony Distribution, Chart Updates Earlier this month, Sony Pictures announced they will distribute Dolly's upcoming theatrical film adaptation of her and James Patterson's novel Run, Rose, Run in which she will co-star as one of the two female leads. It had previously been announced that the project had been sold to Reese Witherspoon's production company to film. Meanwhile, the book is currently at No. 7 on the New York Times hardcover fiction Best Seller List in its 14th week, and the companion album remains steady at No. 2 bluegrass albums on the June 25 Billboard chart in its 14th week of release. Overseas, the album slips eight to No. 29 U.K. Americana albums and two to No. 4 U.K. country albums, while the British country compilations albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe fall two to No. 10, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 dip three No. 6, Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) tumble eight to No. 18 and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 gain eight to No. 12.
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June 6: Dolly Salutes The Queen Dolly helped kick off a special event for the Platinum Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 70th year as monarch. Her videotaped remarks started a special concert honoring the Queen. Dolly said: "I want to congratulate you on your Platinum Jubilee and your 70th year as monarch. I just wanted to say thank you for being wonderful, you are more than pearls and you are more than platinum. You have been a shining diamond in this world for so long and everybody loves you. And I will always love you too." She was followed by Barry Gibb, Michael Buble, and Geri Horner and then a live performance from Queen with Adam Lambert. Although not present, the Queen participated herself in a pretaped skit with a CGI Paddington Bear. Read more from The Daily Expresshere.
U.S., U.K., 'New York Times' Chart Updates The book Run, Rose, Run by Dolly and James Patterson inches down one spot to No. 7 on Friday's New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover fiction in its 12th week of release. The audio play reading of the book falls seven to No. 9 audio fiction in its third month. Dolly's Run, Rose, Run album drops off the June 4 Billboard top 100 current albums chart, down from No. 77. It retains its No. 1 spot on the bluegrass albums chart for an 11th nonconsecutive week. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run gains 14 places to No. 10 Americana albums and four places to No. 2 British country albums. On British country compilations, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls two to No. 7, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 dips one No. 2, and Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains one to No. 3.
Church Explores God Through Dolly Songs Chicago's Church of the Three Crosses, a joint United Methodist and United Church of Christ congregation, recently completed a five-part sermon series on "The Gospel According To Dolly," using one of her songs each week to tie to a Biblical lesson and scripture. Songs used were "9 To 5," "Jolene," "My Tennessee Mountain Home," "The 19th Amendment" (a last-minute change from "Coat Of Many Colors" to recognize the Supreme Court leak), and "I Will Always Love You" (a song of forgiveness). Read more here.
Dolly's America In AARP Dolly is among several country artists expressing their American pride in a new issue of AARP's national magazine. Check out Dolly's essay, "We Are Blessed, here.
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