Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, on January 19th, 1946.
She got her very first guitar at the age of 8 and from an early age loved singing and writing songs. Upon graduating high school in 1964, Dolly set off for Nashville, Music City USA!
In 1967 she recorded “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy” for Monument records. She then partnered up with Porter Wagoner this same year and became a singer on his syndicated television show.
Dolly signed with RCA Records in 1968 and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1969.
Leaving Porter’s show in 1974, Dolly set out on her own and started her solo career. After splitting with Porter, she wrote and recorder her huge hit… “I Will Always Love You”, and it reached Number 1 on the music charts that very same year. She also recorded “Joshua,” “Coat Of many Colors” and “Jolene” during this same time.
In 1975 and 1976, Dolly won female vocalist of the year at the CMA Awards. She won entertainer of the year in 1978.
Dolly later tried her hand at acting and has starred in some very memorable roles. She starred in 1980’s 9 to 5 and even wrote and sang the theme song. This song became a hug hit and earned Dolly an Oscar nomination. Her 1982 film, Best little Whorehouse In Texas found Dolly re-inventing her hit I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, and the song hit straight to number 1 yet again. In 1989, she starred in Steel Magnolias with Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley McClaine, Daryl Hannah, and Olympia Dukakis.
Dolly has worked musically with music greats such as with Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Van Shelton, Lorrie Morgan, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and so many others.
Dolly earned her 2nd. Oscar nomination in 2006 for an amazing song called “Travelin’ Thru” which she wrote for a film called Transamerica.
In 1985, Dolly opened her very own theme park which she named DOLLYWOOD. It is an amazing park as well as a favourite southern vacation spot.
Dolly is a humanitarian on many levels, who helps donate books to children. Her kindness and heart of charity is always at play, helping to supply many with what they need even if not always with what they want.
With the years, Dolly’s music and iconic presence has withstood the test of time. She is still known to this day as one of the greatest entertainer to ever grace the world. As a singer, songwriter, musician, and entrepreneur, she is pure genius.