Dolly Parton is the Queen of Country Music

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Dolly Parton is the most successful female country artist of all time. She has achieved massive success in a career that has spanned over five decades. Parton is a true icon in the world of country music.

Early Life

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Owens. Parton’s middle name comes from her maternal great-great grandmother, Rebecca Whitted. She has described her family as being “dirt poor.” Parton’s father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of oatmeal.

Born in a poor family in Tennessee

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Owens. Her father had only a third-grade education; her mother left school after the fifth grade. The family lived in a rural area outside of Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Music played an important role in the Partons’ lives; both parents and all of the children sang and played instruments. Dolly later recalled that when she was three years old, her grandmother often dressed her up in pretty clothes and took her into town to sing for businesses and on street corners. “I’d always get a good response,” she said. “So I guess that’s when I really started performing.”

One of 12 children

Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946, in an isolated cabin on Locust Ridge in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. She was one of 12 children born to Robert Lee Parton Sr., a subsistence farmer and construction worker, and Avie Lee Owens Parton, a homemaker who had once worked as a midwife. Music was always an important part of life in the Parton household. When Dolly was seven, her uncle bought her a $5 guitar, and she began taking lessons. By the time she turned nine, she was already appearing on local television and radio programs.


Dolly Parton began her career as a songwriter for Porter Wagoner, and she soon became one of the most successful and acclaimed country singers of all time. She has had 25 number-one singles on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist, and she has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Parton is also an accomplished actress and businesswoman, with her own movie studio and theme park.

Started performing at an early age

Dolly Parton started performing at an early age, appearing on local television and radio programs in the East Tennessee area. By the age of thirteen, she was appearing on The Jimmy Dean Show, a nationally syndicated television program. In 1967, at the age of twenty-one, she moved to Nashville to begin her career as a professional singer and songwriter.

Moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music

Dolly Parton was born in a one-room cabin in rural Tennessee, the fourth of 12 children. When she was just seven years old, she started performing on a local radio show with her brother and sister. When she was 10, she was appearing on a regular basis on a Knoxville TV show, and by 13 she had her own weekly segment.

In 1964, when Dolly was 18, she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. She soon found work as a songwriter for Combine Music, where her songs were recorded by such artists as Kenny Rogers and Hank Williams Jr. Dolly also began to build her reputation as a performer, appearing on various television shows and touring with popular country artists.

In 1967, Dolly released her first album, Hello, I’m Dolly. The album was not commercially successful, but it did produce one hit single, “Dumb Blonde.” In 1968, Dolly met country singer Porter Wagoner and began appearing on his television show. The two soon began working together professionally, and in 1969 they released their first duet album, Just Between You and Me. The album was a huge success, spawning several hit singles and cementing Dolly’s place in the country music world.

Released her first album in 1967

Dolly Parton released her first album, Hello, I’m Dolly, in 1967. Though only a moderate success, the album helped to launch her career in country music. Parton went on to release a string of successful albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, earning her the title “Queen of Country Music.” In addition to her musical career, Parton has also enjoyed success as an actress and business woman.

Dolly Parton’s Legacy

Few artists in any genre have had the kind of career that Dolly Parton has had. With hits like “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and “I Will Always Love You,” Parton has become an icon in the world of country music. She has also become known for her philanthropy, most notably through her work with the Dollywood Foundation. In this article, we’ll take a look at Parton’s legacy as both a musician and a philanthropist.

Achieved widespread success in the 1970s and 1980s

In the 1970s and 1980s, Dolly Parton achieved widespread success as a country music singer and songwriter. Many of her singles topped the country music charts, including “Here You Come Again”, “Islands in the Stream”, and “9 to 5”. She also achieved crossover success with pop hits like “I Will Always Love You” and “Baby, I’m Burnin'”. Parton’s success in both country and pop music helped to make her one of the most successful female recording artists of all time. She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Parton made her album debut with Hello, I’m Dolly in 1967. With steady success during the remainder of the 1960s (both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner), her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continued into the 1980s. Parton’s albums in the 1990s sold less well, but she achieved commercial success again in the new millennium and has released albums on various independent labels since 2000.

Parton’s music includes 25 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)-certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. She has 115 career charted singles (of which 77 reached the top 40),[1][2] including 20 number-one singles on the Billboard Country charts;[3][4] a record for a female artist.[5][6] She has earned nine Grammy Awards,[7] two Academy Award nominations,[8] ten Country Music Association Awards,[9] seven Academy of Country Music Awards,[10] three American Music Awards,[11] is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award—and is also one of only three to win it twice.[12][13][14] Parton has received 47 Grammy nominations.[15][16] In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs,[17] notably “I Will Always Love You” (a crossover hit for Whitney Houston), “Jolene”, “Coat of Many Colors”, and “9 to 5”.

She is also one of the few to have received at least one nomination from all five major country music award organizations: The Grammy Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), The American Music Awards (AMA), The Country Music Association Awards (CMA) and Billboard Music Awards. As an actress Dolly Parton played Jolene in 1980 film 9 to 5 and starred in films such as Bring It On Home To Me 1987 Nashville Girl ,andRhinestone 1984 .

Received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011

In recognition of her remarkable career, Dolly Parton was presented with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. This award is given to performers who have made lasting contributions to the music industry and who have shown consistent excellence in their work. Dolly has definitely earned this honor, as she is one of the most successful and beloved country music artists of all time.

Dolly started her career in the 1960s, when she was just a young girl living in the mountains of Tennessee. She was discovered by country music legend Porter Wagoner, who helped her launch her own television show and recording career. Dolly quickly became a household name, thanks to her catchy songs, down-to-earth personality, and natural beauty. Over the years, she has released many great hits, such as “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “9 to 5.” She has also starred in movies like “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Steel Magnolias.” In recent years, Dolly has been focusing on her charitable efforts, through her Imagination Library nonprofit organization.

Dolly Parton is an incredible performer who has entertained audiences for decades. She is truly a legend in the world of country music.

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