DOLLY PARTON: Life, Success, and Fame

Jay’s Lair

May 23, 2020

Hello, I am Dolly.

Country music lovers of the 1960’s era might be familiar with the words “Hello, I am Dolly”, as it was the debut album of a country music legend, Dolly Rebecca Parton. Known by her stage name “Dolly Parton”, Dolly is a nine time Grammy award winning American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, business woman, and humanitarian. Dolly started out as a songwriter in the 1950’s and achieved her initial success in the field before starting her music career. Some of her works included “Bill Phillips’ Put It Off Until Tomorrow” in 1966, “Skeeter Davis’ Fuel To The Flame” in 1967, amongst others.

Dolly Parton has had such huge success in her music career since the beginning in 1967. Hit songs such as “Jolene” and “Coat Of Many Colors” are popular even among the 2000s generation. Most fans and critics are very familiar with Dolly Parton and her continued success in the entertainment industry, but very few know about her humble beginnings in East Tennessee.

On the 19th of January 1946, the Great Smoky Mountains in the Eastern region of Tennessee brought forth a mega-Star to the world at the Pittman’s Center. Dolly Rebecca Parton was received as the fourth bundle of joy to Avie Lee Caroline and Robert Lee Parton Sr. The fourth out of twelve children, it was indeed a big family in the Parton household. Dolly has stated on different occasions that she got her business “know-how” from her father, despite him being illiterate.

Starting Out

Dolly began her music performance as a child while singing on local radio and television programs in the area of East Tennessee. By the time she was ten years old, she was making appearances on The Cos Walker Show and by thirteen, she was recording a single titled “Puppy Love” while in a small Louisiana record label called Goldband Records.

Dolly’s uncle Bill Owen was her partner in songwriting and at the age of nineteen, she signed with Monument Records.

Taken from Google Images

In 1977, Dolly Parton decided to aim for mainstream and transitioned to the Pop genre, and in 1978, her hard work paid off when she won a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. More hits songs like “Baby, I am Burning”, “HeartBreaker”, and “You’re the Only One” were charted in the Top 40 Pop Charts, and also topped in the Country Music Charts.


Dolly has had immense success in over 4 decades of her ever increasing career in the music and movie industry. These successes have had her shelves running out of space for the awards that just keep on rolling in.

Music isn’t the only thing our dearest Dolly excelled at. Her first on-screen appearance was The Porter Wagoner Show in the 1960, then, she had two television shows in the 1970s, both titled “Dolly”. Her first actual movie was in the 1980 comedy titled “9 to 5”, where she portrayed a secretary in a lead role, along with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. In addition to starring in the movie, she also wrote and recorded the film’s title song. “9 to 5” boosted her trophy case as she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy and another Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. The title song also won her another Grammy Award and topped charts for weeks.

Taken from Google Images; Dolly Parton in “9 to 5”

Fans of the Disney show Hannah Montana would definitely remember Dolly Parton making a cameo appearance as Hannah’s aunt on the show. Other movies to Dolly’s name include: “Steel Magnolias” (1989), “Unlikely Angel” (1996), “Wild Texas Wind” (1991).

Dolly is an idol to millions of people out there. She used her talents to liberate herself and family out of poverty and make the most out of her life. Indeed, this is an admirable trait Dolly Parton herself possesses.

Taken from Google Images

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