Forty-six years ago Monday, Porter & Dolly record “Tomorrow is Forever;” released as a single two months later, it would reach No. 9. Thirty years ago Monday, "Think About Love" debuts on the singles charts; three months later it would become her 20th country No. 1 hit. Fifteen years ago Monday, The Grand Ole Opry: A Celebration hosted by Dolly and Vince Gill is broadcast on CBS in observance of the music institution's 75th anniversary. Forty-eight years ago Wednesday, Porter & Dolly's first duet, "The Last Thing On My Mind," debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 7. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, CBS premieres Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, "Here You Come Again" begins its first of five weeks at the No. 1 spot on the country charts, Dolly's seventh; it would also peak at No. 3 pop to become her first Top 40 hit and first gold single for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Thirty-six years ago Thursday, Porter & Dolly in separate studios record new overdub vocals for "Making Plans," "If You Go I'll Follow You" and other previously unreleased songs re-recorded for their court-settlement Porter & Dolly album; released as their last two duet singles six and 11 months later, respectively, they peak at No. 2 and No. 12. Thirty-one years ago Thursday, the day after their network special, Kenny & Dolly's Once Upon a Christmas album is simultaneously certified gold (+500,000 copies) and platinum (+1 million copies) to become Dolly's second platinum and seventh gold album; it would reach double platinum status (+2 million copies) five years later. That same day, Kenny's What About Me, which features his cover of the Dolly original “The Stranger” (which she never released herself), is certified platinum. Forty-one years ago Friday, Dolly records "The Bargain Store;" released as a single nearly two months later, it would become her sixth country No. 1 and the last of her string of five consecutive No. 1 hits for 1974-75. Thirty-six years ago Friday, Dolly records "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" for Dolly, Dolly, Dolly; released as a single seven months later, it would become her 13th country No. 1. Eleven years ago Friday, “Viva Las Vegas” with The Grascals debuts on singles sales charts, reaching No. 3 country sales and No. 27 pop sales. Forty-five years ago Saturday, The Best of Dolly Parton, her first greatest hits collection, debuts on the country album charts; it would peak at No. 12. Thirty-eight years ago Sunday, Dolly's first appearance in a Barbara Walters interview network special airs. Twenty-four years ago Sunday, White Limozeen is certified gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies, Dolly's 10th.
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Dolly To Stop By 'The Talk,' 'Home & Family' Two additional Dolly television appearances have been added to promote her NBC project Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors airing next week, it was announced on Monday. In addition to her two appearances on NBC's Today that had been reported here last week (7-9 a.m. period Dec. 8 and 9-10 a.m. period Dec. 10), she will be on CBS' The Talk Dec. 3 and Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Dec. 7 and 8. (The announcement from her publicist doesn't specify, but Hallmark repeats its previous day's episode of the series at noon the following day, so presumably she's only making one appearance on Dec. 7 which repeats 26 hours later on Dec. 8.) She also chatted wth Channel Guide Magazine about the film here.
Indie Fans Plan Dolly Birthday Gathering Dolly fans in Indianapolis have scheduled their fifth annual Dolly Birthday Party! This year's event, to celebrate the big 7-0, takes place three days before her actual birthday. The 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 16 gathering at Forty Five has a suggested $10 donation at the door to benefit anti-bullying charity Angels & Doves and is sponsored by Smirnoff Vodka and Jodie Chandler, Realtor. Dolly-themed cocktails, prizes and live performances are promised. Tell them you're coming on Facebook here and click on the poster at left for a larger view.
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Nov. 30: Dollywood Offers 'Coat' Rag Doll Thanks to several fans who contacted me to alert the site that Dollywood on Thanksgiving started selling a limited edition "Coat Of Many Colors" rag doll to promote the movie, airing on NBC a week from Tuesday. I'm told the park is limited to the stock on hand, so when they sell out they're gone. They are retailing in the Emporium for $18 each. Thanks, Whitney, for the photo. In related news, The Oxford Eagle over the weekend posted an interview with local resident Sam Haskell, who produced the film and whose daughter plays Dolly's schoolteacher. Read it here.
Aussie Chart Update Down Under, The Essential Dolly Parton logs an 86th week on the Australian top 40 country albums chart, moving up one to No. 25, Sunday's numbers showed.
Dolly Honors Joey & Rory Dolly was among the artists paying tribute to duo Joey & Rory in a Thanksgiving special on RFD-TV honoring the married singing couple as Joey faces her final days of terminal cancer. The video is available on the network's website here or in the media player below.
Nov. 28: 'Coat' Helps Make Thanksgiving For Dolly, Others
Dolly spent Thanksgiving 2015 with longtime pal, former agent and current co-producer for her series of NBC films that begin with the Dec. 10 airing of Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors: Sam Haskell and his family, according to Haskell's official Instagram account here (also embedded above). Meanwhile, the movie's stars were at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York to promote the project. Both "little Dolly" Alyvia Alyn Lind and "Avie Lee Parton" Jennifer Nettles made parade appearances to be interviewed about the film, and Nettles also sang a track from her upcoming album.
Dolly On Cover Of 'First' Magazine In somewhat related news, Black Friday shoppers were surprised to see Dolly on their stores' newsstands as the cover girl for the Dec. 15 issue of First for Women magazine in stores this week. The cover, featuring Dolly in holiday garb, promises "Dolly's Holiday Dos: Dolly Parton spills her secrets to looking and feeling great." The magazine's website expands on the article, saying "Country-music legend Dolly Parton reveals her surprisingly easy secrets to staying stress-free during the holidays—and all year. They'll work for you, too!"
U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Blue Smoke dips one place to return to No. 4 in the album's 77th week on the British country compilations albums chart, Friday's charts showed. On the same tally, Dolly's The Tour Collection gains five to No. 11, while Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) and Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) both fall off the top 20, down from Nos. 13 and No. 19, respectively.
Nov. 26: Three Out-Of-Print Albums Downloadable Dec. 11 Several out-of-print Dolly albums are coming to digital download for the first time next month. Legacy Recordings has announced a Dec. 11 digital release date for 1984's Rhinestone soundtrack, 1971's Joshua and 1984's The Great Pretender in addition to individual downloads of two other albums never before available digitally (and out-of-print on CD) although included in Dec. 4's The Collection 10-album digital download box set: 1967's Hello I'm Dolly and 1977's Here You Come Again. The date will also see a new digital download release of 1974's Jolene, also included in the box set but still available at many retailers on CD and previously released – and still available – for digital download.
'Coat Of Many Colors' Promotions Begin Dolly has started promoting her upcoming autobiographical NBC movie Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, with an interview with Entertainment Tonight released Wednesday. Watch it here or in the media player below. Dolly also graces the cover of the new edition of Wow's View magazine cable tv guide, available in specific cable markets across 10 states, with an interview about "Coat Of Many Colors." Thanks, Richard! Also, NBC has scheduled her for two appearances on the network's Today show to promote the movie: the 7-9 a.m. period Tuesday, Dec. 8, and 9-10 a.m. segment Thursday, Dec. 10, the day the film airs. Knoxville TV station WBIR interviewed Dolly about the project here. Finally, Dolly's official music website's store at DollyPartonEntertainment on Wednesday revealed a line of limited edition merchandise inspired by the song.
Nov. 25: Dollywood Christmas Named Second-Best Nationwide The Travel Channel has named Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas as the second-best theme park attraction for the holidays after Disney World Magic Kingdom's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at No. 1. See the full list here.
U.S. Chart Updates Once Upon A Christmas, Dolly's 1984 holiday album with Kenny Rogers, rises three places to No. 9 country catalog albums in its 101st week on the chart, the Dec. 5 Billboard tallies showed, also gaining a dozen spots to No. 50 Canadian pop albums. Its track "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly re-enters the holiday digital songs sales list at No. 44. Dolly and Brad Paisley's duet "When I Get Where I'm Going" falls off the Christian digital sales chart, down from No. 49. Country Faith Christmas, featuring Dolly's 1990 recording of "Joy To The World," moves up 11 to No. 39 country albums in its second week. Rhonda Vincent's holiday collection, Christmas Time, with Dolly and several other guests on "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," stays at No. 2 bluegrass albums in its third week, dropping 12 to No. 48 Christian albums, three to No. 21 heatseekers albums and off the Christian and gospel albums chart, down from No. 43. Jewel's Picking Up The Pieces, with Dolly on "My Father's Daughter," re-enters the folk albums chart at No. 22 in its ninth week. In its eighth week, Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," falls 17 to No. 97 top 200, nine to No. 52 current albums, 12 to No. 58 album sales and off Internet sales, down from No. 16. The CD gains four to No. 10 country albums,
Tennessee College Creates Variations On 'Coat' Middle Tennessee State University put together new chamber music responding to Dolly's "Coat Of Many Colors" and presented a mini-concert of some of the selections for Nashville public radio this week. Take a listen here.
Miller Covers Porter & Dolly Classics Singer Buddy Miller will be releasing a new duets CD, Cayamo Sessions At Sea, and it features a couple of Porter & Dolly covers: "Just Someone I Used To Know" with Nikki Lane and "If Teardrops Were Pennies" with Elizabeth Cook. Check out the former from Rolling Stonehere.
Nov. 23: Dolly 'Coat Of Many Colors' Tree At Opryland Hotel For the second year, Nashville's Opryland Hotel has included Dolly in its charity Parade of Trees event. To celebrate her NBC holiday film based on "Coat Of Many Colors," this year Dolly has designed and donated a tree inspired by the song along with four season passes to Dollywood, three nights and spa certificate at the park's new DreamMore Resort, four tickets to the Dixie Stampede, four tickets to Dolly's new Lumberjack Feud dinner theatre and an autographed lyric sheet for "Coat Of Many Colors." The estimated value of the package is $1,500 but as of press time the leading bid was only $250. The auction ends on Jan. 2 and the tree remains on display in the hotel's Cascades Atrium, where it may be viewed for free, until the auction ends. Place your bid here.
'Essential' Remains On Charts Down Under Down Under, The Essential Dolly Parton logs an 85th week on the Australian top 40 country albums chart, gaining six spots to No. 26, Sunday's numbers showed.
Nov. 21: Ten-Album Dolly Digital Set Coming Next Month Dolly appears scheduled to have a multi-album "digital box set" coming out from Sony's Legacy Recordings on Dec. 4 with her own installment in the label's The Collection series, which combines several of an artist's digital studio albums into one, Dollymania.net is the first to report. For example, the Brad Paisley collection released by the label in 2011 retails for about $50 and contains nine of his full-length albums. Dolly's collection will apparently contain 10 entire albums and run just over five hours long. The specific albums to be included have not been announced, but Dollymania.net has learned the titles of seven of the songs which will supposedly appear on the set and they include two tracks from The Bargain Store, one from My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, one from Love Is Like A Butterfly, two from New Harvest, First Gathering and one from Hello I'm Dolly, so it would appear that those are five of the 10 featured albums. Four of those are already available digitally for download as individual albums, but her 1967 Monument Records debut Hello I'm Dolly is out of print and not currently available digitally. Sony, Legacy's parent company, owns all of her Monument, RCA, and Columbia recordings, almost everything she recorded between 1965 and 1995 except for the Trio project, so that's close to 40 total solo albums to choose from for the collection, not including any "best of" compilations. UPDATE: On Saturday morning, Amazon.com released the track listing for the project and price, $49.99. You'll be able to order the set here! Along with the five albums noted above, the set contains downloads of Jolene, All I Can Do, Here You Come Again, Heartbreaker and 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs but does not contain any of the bonus tracks on any of the albums' recent re-releases. This will mark the first digital download availability of Here You Come Again, which is also out of print as a CD. Legacy's Collection series is only released digitally, so physical CDs of the boxed set will not be available.
'It's A Wonderful Life' Coming To Dollywood Dolly's theme park appears to be getting its own musical stage version of Frank Capra's classic holiday film about George Bailey and his angel-in-training, this site is the first to report. A casting notice released by Dollywood Entertainment this week calls for 2016 season performers for Dreamland Drive-In, Country Crossroads, Dolly Parton's My People, The Gem Tones, Little Engine Playhouse, Christmas In The Smokies, O Holy Night, Twas The Night Before Christmas and – revealed for the first time -- Dollywood's It's A Wonderful Life. No further details on the show are known, although Dollywood's sister park Silver Dollar City has had its own It's A Wonderful Life stage musical for some time. Auditions for the shows are scheduled Jan. 9 in Atlanta and Feb. 20 in Spartanburg, S.C. Presumably, the new show will at next year's Smoky Mountain Christmas replace Dollywood's A Christmas Carol, which concludes its three-year run this season. That show, which featured seven new Dolly compositions, presented each of the ghosts of the story as holograms – including Dolly herself as the Ghost of Christmas Past. This week it won its second-in-a-row Brass Ring Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions at its annual industry gathering, taking the prize for Best Overall Production with a production budget of $400,000-$700,000.
Dolly Fan Opera Gets New York Performance The Observer reported this week on three new operas that opened simultaneously in New York City, including Heartbreak Express, which started an eight-day run last Saturday at Rhymes With Opera. The development of the opera about four Dolly fans meeting their idol, and a concert performance of it last year, have previously been noted on this site. The new article reports that librettist John Clum was inspired by the fan documentary For The Love Of Dolly (which features Dolly feeding your webmaster banana pudding as one of the special features of the DVD) and loosely based his four characters on fans Jeanette Williams, Melisa Rastellini, Harrell Gabehart and Patric Parkey from the film. Read more here.
'Blue Smoke' Returns To U.K. Top Three Dolly's Blue Smoke regains one spot to No. 3 in the album's 76th week on the British country compilations albums chart, it was revealed Friday. On the same tally, Dolly's The Tour Collection re-enters the top 20 at No. 16, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) gains three to No. 13 and Harris' Original Album Series, Vol. 2 rises one to No. 19. Don Henley's Cass County, with a Dolly duet, falls off the top 100 U.K. pop albums chart, down from No. 82.
'Young Dolly' Actress In 'People' People magazine's current issue, with the sexiest man alive cover, has a profile of the young actress playing Dolly in her Dec. 10 NBC autobiographical movie Coat Of Many Colors, Alyvia Alyn Lind. Check out a preview here.
Celtic Music Show Highlights Dolly Public radio's Celtic music program The Thistle & Shamrock this week took a look at music flowing between the old world and America, from old ballads that took centuries to make the journey to new music that moves across the ocean instantaneously. To illustrate the former, they opened the show with Dolly's live recording of "Barbara Allen" with Altan's lead singer Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh from her 1994 CD Heartsongs: Live From Home. Take a listen here.
Nov. 18: NBC Releases 'Coat' Videos
NBC on Monday during The Voice premiered the first commercial for Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, airing Dec. 10. Watch it here or in the media player above. Also, the network released a longer, three-minute preview of the film, which is available here or in the media player below.
U.S. Chart Updates With the holidays approaching, Kenny Rogers and Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas makes its annual re-entry on the Canadian pop albums chart, re-entering at No. 62 on the top 100 for the first week this year, the Nov. 28 Billboard charts revealed. The 1984 collection earns a second week this year on the country catalog albums tally, its 100th chart week since its release, gaining 13 places to No. 12. Dolly and Brad Paisley's "When I Get Where I'm Going" loses nine places to No. 49 in its 18th week on the Christian digital singles sales chart and falls off the Christian and gospel combined digital singles sales chart, down from No. 42 in its 11th week. On the main country albums list, Country Faith Christmas, featuring Dolly's 1990 recording of "Joy To The World," debuts at No. 50. Rhonda Vincent's holiday collection, Christmas Time, with Dolly and several other guests on "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," stays at No. 2 bluegrass albums in its second week, rising three to No. 36 Christian albums and six to No. 43 Christian and gospel albums, debuting at No. 18 heatseeker albums. Jewel's Picking Up The Pieces, with Dolly on "My Father's Daughter," falls off the folk albums chart, down from No. 16 in its eighth week. In its seventh week, Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," falls 24 to No. 80 top 200, six to No. 16 Internet sales, four to No. 14 country albums, 14 to No. 43 current albums, 15 to No. 46 album sales and off tastemaker albums, down from No. 23.
Dollywood Releases Lightning Rod Video Dollywood on Tuesday released 3D virtual reality point-of-view footage of next year's ride addition, the Lightning Rod roller coaster, the world's first launched wooden coaster and the record breaker for world's fastest wooden coaster. Watch it here or in the media player below.
Nov. 17: Dolly On Billboard's All-Time Country List Billboard magazine has released several "best" lists over the past week to celebrate its all-time chart performance lists in its current issue, and one of the lists was the Best Country Artists of All Time, which featured Dolly at No. 5 (No. 1 female) after No. 1 Merle Haggard, No. 2 Johnny Cash, No. 3 Willie Nelson and No. 4 Hank Williams but ahead of No. 6 George Jones, No. 7 Waylon Jennings, No. 8 George Strait, No. 9 Loretta Lynn and No. 10 Garth Brooks. See the full list here. In addition, a few artists chose their personal best of lists. Reba, who came in at No. 12 herself on the overall country list (No. 3 female), gave her top 5 female country singers of all time, with Dolly at No. 1, here, and Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood gave his top 5 country artists of all time, with Dolly at No. 2, here.
Nov. 16: U.K., U.S., Aussie Charts Released Jewel's Picking Up The Pieces, featuring Dolly on "My Father's Daughter," falls off the top 20 British country albums debuts this week after one week at No. 3, the tallies released Friday showed. On the U.K. country compilations chart, Dolly's Blue Smoke loses one to No. 4 in the album's 75th chart week, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) inches up one to No. 16, Harris' Original Album Series, Vol. 2 re-enters the top 20 at No. 20 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back off the top 20, down from No. 20. Don Henley's Cass County, also with a Dolly duet, regains 17 places to No. 82 U.K. pop albums. Down Under, The Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the Australian top 40 country albums at No. 32 for an 84th chart week. On the Nov. 21 U.S. Billboard charts, Kenny Rogers and Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas re-enters the top 25 country catalog albums for the first time this season at No. 25 to log its 99th week on that list. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls back off the Holiday Digital Songs chart, down from No. 49. Dolly and Brad Paisley's "When I Get Where I'm Going" drops eight places to No. 40 in its 17th week on the Christian digital singles sales chart and to No. 42 in its 11th week on the Christian and gospel combined digital singles sales chart. Rhonda Vincent's new holiday collection, Christmas Time, with Dolly and several other guests on "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," debuts at No. 2 bluegrass albums No. 39 Christian albums and No. 49 Christian and gospel albums. Jewel's Picking Up The Pieces, with Dolly on "My Father's Daughter," in its eighth week, moves up one to No. 16 folk albums. In its sixth week, Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," loses 17 to No. 56 top 200, two to No. 10 Internet sales, five to No. 10 country albums, off the top 100 Canadian pop albums down from No. 99, nine to No. 29 current albums, 10 to No. 31 album sales and five to No. 23 tastemaker albums.
Dolly Helps Country Christmas Book Dolly is reportedly a part of the book Country Faith Christmas which came out earlier this month featuring stories of the holidays from the genre's biggest stars including Reba, Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and more. Get your copy here (and get the companion CD, which includes Dolly's 1990 recording of "Joy To The World," here).
Young Fiction Authors Want To Meet Dolly MTV.com asked 32 authors attending the annual conference of young adult fiction writers, YALLFest, about who their Southern dream date would be, and four of them chose Dolly. Read their responses here.
Magazine Shares Country Albums For Non-Country Fans Paste magazine last week compiled a list of 10 country albums for people who don't like country music and included Dolly's 1974 classic Jolene. See the full list here.
A Few Details On Travel Show Emerge Details of what Dolly and television journalist Peter Greenberg were doing around Tennessee a few weeks ago came out last week in a press release confirming, as was previously reported here, their work on a new Brand USA travel series where celebrities profile their home states. The press release notes they spent two days filming in Nashville and the Pigeon Forge area including the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Arnold's, RCA Studio B, Dollywood and its DreamMore Resort and her statue in Sevierville. The documentary, "expected to air internationally in multiple markets in 2016," also looks at Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Northeast Tennessee.
Dolly Meets Eagle Book Authors Southwest Virginia Today last week took a look at The American Eagle Foundation's children's storybook from 2013 about Challenger the eagle which features Dolly narrating the story on CD because the book's authors got to meet Dolly at Dollywood in August. Check out a photo here and get the book from the organization's website Eagles.org.
Dolly Counts Down 'Coat Of Many Colors' Dolly last week celebrated the one-month countdown to the premiere of her Coat Of Many Colors on NBC Dec. 10 with a video posted across her social media accounts. Watch it on Facebook here or in the media player below.
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