Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1941 to become one of America’s best loved singer/songwriter, actress entertainers. “Dirt poor” is how she describes an early life living in a dilapidated one room cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
As a pre-teen she was singing on radio and TV in Knoxville and at 13 appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. Credited with selling more than 100 million records, beginning with the first country hits in the mid 1960’s, “Joshua” would top the country charts in 1970 and after a dozen more #1 country songs, ten years later her biggest hit “9 to 5” topped both the country and pop charts for 26 consecutive weeks. Along with hit singles “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Here You Come Again,” “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle To You,” “But You Know I Love You” and a duo with Kenny Rogers in 1983, “Islands In the Stream.”
She has composed over 3,000 songs, the best known, “I Will Always Love You,” a big hit for Dolly on the country Hit Parade as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston. As an actress, she starred in 9 to 5, Rhinestone, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Steel Magnolias among others.
Dolly Parton has dozens of multi million selling albums and awarded eight Grammy awards, with two Academy Award nominations, she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984. Named “Entertainer of the Year” by the Country Music Association, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2011.