Dolly Parton Turns 70 -
Dolly Parton - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Dolly Parton - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Dolly Parton Turns 70

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on January 19, 2016

in News

Dolly Parton turns 70 today.

Born in 1946, Parton began recording at the age of 13 and moved permanently to Nashville the day after she graduated from high school. She initially found success in Music City as a songwriter, including writing two top ten hits for Bill Phillips and Skeeter Davis.

At 19, she was signed with Monument Records who tried to turn her into a pop star but, after Parton fought relentlessly with the label, they finally relented and allowed her to try her hand at country. She charted twice in 1967 on the Country Singles with Dumb Blonde (#24) and Something Fishy (#17). Over the next three years, she would have six more minor country hits before she finally broke through in 1971 with Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) (#3) and Joshua (#1).

They were the first two of 41 top ten country hits that she would have through 2005 including 24 number ones.

The second of those number ones came in 1974 with Jolene, which Parton performs here on the syndicated show That Good Ole Country Music.


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