This week in
Dolly history
Forty-one years ago Monday, Heartbreaker enters its sixth of nine weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts; it reaches No. 27 pop. That same day, the single “Heartbreaker” enters its last of three weeks at No. 1 on the country singles chart (Dolly's ninth), and would reach No. 37 pop. Sixteen years ago Monday, the tribute album Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton is released. Fifteen years ago Monday, the “Hello I'm Dolly” Tour kicks off in Greenville, S.C. Forty-two years ago Tuesday, “Here You Come Again” debuts on both the country and pop singles charts; it would reach No. 1 country (a position it holds for five consecutive weeks, Dolly's longest stay atop the singles chart), No. 3 pop and No. 2 adult contemporary and become her first gold single for selling more than 1 million copies. Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, “Islands In The Stream” enters its first of four weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart. Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, Heartsongs: Live from Home debuts on the album charts; it would reach No. 16 country, No. 87 pop. That same day, the novelty song single “PMS Blues” from the CD debuts on the country singles chart; it peaks at No. 70. Fifty-two years ago Wednesday, Dolly is hired for The Porter Wagoner Show. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, Dolly's second version of “I Will Always Love You” reaches the No. 1 spot on the country charts eight years after her first did the same and 10 years before Whitney Houston's pop smash version; Dolly's peaks at No. 53 on the pop charts. That same day, her Greatest Hits album debuts on the charts; it would reach No. 7 country and No. 77 pop, sell more than 1 million copies to be certified platinum and remain on the country charts for 96 weeks. Fifty-one years ago Friday, Porter & Dolly pick up their first CMA Group of the Year Award (when the Vocal Duo award is created two years later, they would win it two years in a row). Fifty years ago Friday, “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy” debuts on the country charts; it would reach only No. 45. Thirty-six years ago Friday, Kenny & Dolly's “Islands in the Stream” is certified gold, or more than 1 million copies sold; it would become the year's biggest-selling single two months later with more than an additional 1 million copies sold for platinum status. Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, “Eagle When She Flies” debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 33.


  • U.K., Oct. 14 edition:
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 1 country compilation (no change; 161st week; peaked at No. 1 for 33 weeks)

    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Oct. 19, 6 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Freddy Fender
  • Oct. 20, 10 p.m., GET TV, Dolly: Tom T. Hall
  • Nov. 10, 9 p.m., AXS, A Life On The Road with Brian Johnson: Dolly Parton
  • Nov. 13, 8 p.m., ABC, 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards
  • Nov. 22, Netflix, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (all episodes)
  • Nov. 26, 9 p.m., NBC, Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry
  • Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel, Christmas At Dollywood

    In-person Dolly
    (scheduled live appearances, some are tentative)

  • Oct. 12: Grand Ole Opry, Nashville
  • Nov. 5: We Are Family Foundation Gala, New York City

    Upcoming or recent releases

  • The Little Engine That Could 90th anniversary edition with Dolly introduction, April 7

  • Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice documentary, Dec. 3

  • Spartanburg Blues, Buck Trent (duet with Dolly on "Carrol County Accident")

  • "There Was Jesus" duet with Zach Williams, Oct. 4

  • For The Girls duet of "I Will Always Love You" on Kristin Chenoweth's CD, Sept. 27

  • Ken Burns' Country Music, Blu-Ray,Sept. 17

  • "God Only Knows" with For King & Country, Aug. 30

  • Ken Burns' Country Music Soundtrack Deluxe Edition, five-CD set, Aug. 30

  • Straight Talk, Aug. 23, Hollywood Records digital reissue

  • Jolene, Aug. 23, Sony Legacy vinyl reissue

  • "I Will Always Love You" with Kristin Chenoweth, single, Aug. 9

  • Once More/Two Of A Kind/Together Always/The Right Combination, Burning The Midnight Oil four-on-two CD, Aug. 2

  • In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) 1969 album, digital release, July 26

  • Treasures 1996 album, digital release, July 19

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas 1982 soundtrack, digital release, July 19

  • Steel Magnolias Blu-Ray release, May 28

  • Bubbling Over, 1973 Dolly album, digital release, May 17

  • Say Forever You'll Be Mine 1975 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, April 19

  • The RCA Sessions (1968-1976), 22-song digital collection of rare Porter & Dolly songs first released on the 2014 complete recordings boxed set, April 5

  • Love & Music 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, March 29

  • We Found It 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, Feb. 1

  • Hungry Again 1998 album, digital release, Jan. 25

  • Ronnie Milsap: The Duets, with Dolly on "Smoky Mountain Rain," Jan. 18

  • The Right Combination/Burning The Midnight Oil 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Together Always, 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD version here or the digital version here, featuring 12 Dolly tracks, Nov. 30

  • Dolly: The Seeker/We Used To Dolly album from 1975, digital release, Nov. 23

  • As Long As I Love Dolly album from 1970, digital release, Nov. 23

  • "Jolene" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 16

  • "Girl In The Movies" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 2

  • The Sounds Of Christmas, Dailey & Vincent CD with Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," Oct. 12

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Dolly afterword, Oct. 9

  • Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Once More 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Porter 'N' Dolly 1974 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • A Woman's Right Dolly track from 27: The Most Perfect Album, Sept. 18

  • "Here I Am" Dolly duet with Sia from Dumplin' soundtrack, Sept. 14

  • King Of The Road Roger Miller tribute with Dolly performance, Aug. 31

    Just The Two Of Us 1968 album with Porter Wagoner, Aug. 17

  • 1927 Jubilee: The New Bristol Sessions , with Dolly track "Something More," July 30

  • Frank McKlusky, C.I. Blu-Ray release (and DVD re-release) July 17

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton June 12 book

  • What Would Dolly Do? April 24 book

  • Straight Talk Special Edition, Blue-Ray and DVD re-issue, April 17

  • Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin April 6

  • Dolly Parton, Gender and Country Music Jan. 6 book

  • Next New Heartbreak, Brad Hudson CD Nov. 3 with Dolly duet

  • I Believe In You kids' CD Oct. 13 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, Sept. 29 digital download

  • Younger Now, Sept. 29, Miley Cyrus CD with Dolly duet

  • Woman Walk The Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives Sept. 20 book

  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends DVD set Sept. 19

  • Simple Dreams, 1977 Linda Ronstadt album on CD with Dolly duet, Sept. 15

  • Just Because I'm A Woman 1968 vinyl re-issue, Sept. 8

  • A Real Live Dolly, 1970 album on CD, Sept. 1

  • Rainbow, Kesha CD with Dolly duet, Aug. 11

  • Born Again Wildflower, by Debbie Cochran (with Dolly duet on "Born Again Wildflower"), June 16

  • Hee Haw: Pfft! You Were Gone! DVD with Dolly performance of "Coat of Many Colors" and "The Right Combination," Time-Life, June 13

  • Dolly On Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton May 1 book

  • Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , features Dolly's performance of "The Story," May 5 (also available on vinyl here)

  • Just Between You And Me, 1968 album with Porter Wagoner download, March 3

  • Songs Of Cinema, Michael Bolton (duet with Dolly), Feb. 10

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love DVD and Blu-Ray Dec. 20

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl, 1984 album, Dec. 2

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Blu-Ray release, Nov. 29

  • Coat Of Many Colors Oct. 18, children's book

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Oct. 11 "Pop Art Cover" DVD re-issue

  • "Jolene" with Pentatonix, Sept. 16

  • Hits Made Famous by Country Queens, Sept. 14, reissue

  • The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe Sept. 9, three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along)

  • On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, CD with Dolly track, Aug. 19

  • Pure & Simple, solo CD, Aug. 19 (U.K. import with live CD from 2014 Glastonbury set available as import here)

  • Golden Streets of Glory 1971 album digital download

    My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973 album digital download

  • Country Girl In The Big Apple. vinyl, 1977 concert, June 24

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

  • Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country April 5 digital release of hourlong documentary

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors May 3 DVD release

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (BluRay release), March 8

  • Coat Of Many Colors Feb. 12 vinyl re-issue

  • Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute Stella Parton tribute CD to Dolly, Jan. 19

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (2015 movie), Dec. 21 download

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

  • The Great Pretender (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Hello I'm Dolly (1967), Dec. 4 download

  • Here You Come Again (1977), Dec. 4 download

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

  • The Collection, Dec. 4 download of 10 Dolly albums

  • Christmas Time, Rhonda Vincent CD with Dolly guest appearance, Oct. 30

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

  • Cass County, Sept. 25 Don Henley CD with Dolly duet

  • Picking Up The Pieces, Sept. 11, Jewel CD with Dolly duet

  • Platinum Blonde Australian DVD, Sept. 11 (import)

  • The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series Aug. 21 CD with "Slow Ass Jolene" by Dolly

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD

  • Midnight Special DVD set with two Dolly songs, May 12

  • Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD with Dolly performing "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," May 12

  • Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7

  • Lifetime Holiday Triple Feature DVD with A Country Christmas Story featuring Dolly, Nov. 4

  • Touch Your Woman digital re-issue of 1972 album, Oct. 22

  • Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12

  • 2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7

  • Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    Dolly Shines At Opry Anniversary
    Dolly was the undisputed Star of the Show on Saturday night when the Grand Ole Opry celebrated her 50 years of membership in the institution. Prior to the show, Dolly held a brief press conference (viewable here or in the media player below) where she shared memories of the Opry and updated what she is up to in her career. Of note, she confirmed Netflix will air her Heartstrings series in November but revealed that her musical holiday film, Christmas On The Square (for which she wrote all of the music but also acts, sings, and dances in, which she said made her feel like she was in a Broadway show) has been delayed until Christmas 2020 for broadcast. She also announced that she will perform a gospel medley with a choir at next month's CMA Awards she is co-hosting and that it will conclude with the song “Faith,” which she said should be released soon before the awards air and is her collaboration with Swedish electronic duo Galantis that had been first reported here on back in March which she said will also feature streaming star Mr. Probz. She also explained that the NBC special of her Opry anniversary will include not only footage from the Opry House but also acoustic performances and interview segments she was filming at the Ryman Auditorium as well for the Nov. 26 broadcast. The performances began with Bill Anderson singing “But You Know That I Love You” a little off beat, followed by one of his own songs. Jeannie Seeley didn't perform any Dolly songs (and neither did Connie Smith, who took the second performance slot in the second show). Candi Carpenter performed her new single, “The Astronaut,” before absolutely slaying “Little Sparrow” and earning a standing ovation in each of the two shows, followed by Margo Price with “Wildflowers” and “The Seeker.” Toby Keith offered “God Love Her,” “Don't Let The Old Man In,” a chorus of “I Will Always Love You” and “Kentucky Gambler.” Lady Antebellum performed “American Honey,” “Islands In The Stream” and their current single in the first show (in the second show the substituted “Need You Now”). Hank Williams Jr., who only appeared in the first show, sang “A Country Boy Can Survive” and “Move It On Over”/“Mind Your Own Business.” Dolly came on with “Joshua,” although her voice was a bit hoarse and her yodel didn't go high enough (in the second show she actually stopped the song and said let's try that again but still couldn't hit the yodel notes) and “Jolene.” She sat an played a dulcimer for “My Tennessee Mountain Home” and guitar for “Coat Of Many Colors.” Other numbers included “Here You Come Again,” “Carrol County Accident” with former Wagonmasters member Buck Trent (seen together above) as a tribute to Porter Wagoner, “9 To 5” and “I Will Always Love You.” (And although it wasn't announced during the show, Trent has released a new album, Spartanburg Blues, available from his website here, where she performs the song with him.) During a reception between the two shows, the governor presented her with a proclamation declaring Dolly Parton Day in Tennessee. Coverage is available from WSMV here, a photo gallery from The Tennessean here and story here, and CMT here. Look for photo galleries coming soon! Photo above copyright © 2019 T. Duane Gordon/ All Rights Reserved.

    'Still Working 9 to 5' Formally Announced
    Although you've read little tidbits here and there about the upcoming documentary Still Working 9 To 5 here over the past few months, filmmakers Larry and Gary Lane on Monday made the official announcement of the project, releasing a trailer here or in the media player below, and starting a Kickstarter campaign to finish the film here with lots of goodies for donors, including items shown at left. Grammy-winning songwriter Shane Mcanally has signed on to score the film, and interviews include the stars of the film, television series that followed and Broadway and West End musical adaptations as well as leaders in the labor industry who look at the origins of the movie and what has changed – and what has not changed – 40 years later for women in the workplace.

    Labor Anthem Or Marxist Manifesto, '9 To 5'
    AJ+, an online component of the Al Jazeera news network, recently released an analysis piece looking at the “radical politics” of Dolly's song “9 To 5” and the concept album she recorded around it in 1980. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player below.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds onto the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart in its 161st chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) adds two to No. 10, while Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) moves up four spots to No. 13 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls two to No. 11. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) gains six to No. 30 in its 421st chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday.

    Podcast Launches Tuesday
    Don't forget that the WNYC podcast Dolly Parton's America debuts Tuesday!

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    Past news

    Oct. 11:
    NBC To Air Dolly's Opry Anniversary As Special
    NBC on Thursday announced that it will tape and air Dolly's 50th anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry this weekend for airing as the network's first special program of the holiday season next month. Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry will air 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to kick off NBC's "Oh What Fun" slate of holiday programming. The two-hour special will feature interviews as well as performances by Dolly, Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Hank Williams Jr. and more, which suggests it will feature taping from both Friday and Saturday's performances. "I'm so thrilled to be celebrating my 50-year anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry," Dolly said in a press release. "I'm also excited that NBC wanted to share in this milestone with me. Together we hope to entertain a broader audience on what the Grand Ole Opry is and what it means to me. We have some special treats, surprises and Great Performances by some very talented artists and I'm looking so forward to sharing it with you." In related news, WSM has announced it will repeat the two-hour special Dolly By The Decades at 3 p.m. Central Saturday over the air as well as online here or on the WSM app. Of course, you may listen to Saturday's Opry show live on WSM's website and app as well.

    San Francisco Celebrates Dolly This Weekend
    Music City isn't the only place celebrating Dolly this weekend, as the annual El Rio birthday party and Dolly Hoot is scheduled for 2 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday in San Francisco. Check out the Facebook event page here

    Oct. 10:
    You're A Litigious One, Charlie Brown
    Creators of A Charlie Brown Christmas on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against Dolly's theme park seeking upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages for use of the holiday song "Christmas Time Is Here." Dollywood has apparently used the song in its holiday stage production Twas The Night Before Christmas during the annual Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival since at least 2007. Although the park had a blanket performance license from music publishing representatives BMI which allowed the broadcast of the recorded version of the song on the park grounds and live performance in concerts, the plaintiffs, Lee Mendelson Film Productions Inc., which represents songwriters Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi and their publishing rights, allege that the park neglected to obtain a separate dramatic use license which allows for the song to be included in a dramatic play presentation. They claim in the suit they notified the park of their complaint in September and that the park responded by pulling the song from the 2018 Christmas festival and had expressed interest in seeking a license to use it going forward but had not pursued it. Therefore, with no agreement to use it going forward, the company appears to have decided to sue to ensure it is not used in the future and to seek damages for all past use. The suit seeks a trial to determine what profits the park generated as a result of the use of the song and that all of those profits be turned over to them, or alternately the maximum statutory damage of $150,000 per performance without a license, plus attorney's fees. Given the number of years the show was performed and the number of times a day it is performed, the per-performance calculation could easily top $300 million if the park were to lose the suit and the maximum penalty assessed. If the court were to find there was infringement but it was not willful, that is that the park did not intentionally violate any copyrights and thought that its existing license included the use, per-performance damages would between $1.5 million and $60 million. Deciding whether a performance constitutes a live performance covered by the blanket license or a dramatic performance not covered by the license can be subjective and often has to be determined by a court in cases such as these. Several media outlets covered the lawsuit and sought comment from the park, which declined to speak about pending litigation.

    'Elle' Names Dolly Among '2019 Women In Hollywood'
    Elle magazine on Wednesday revealed Dolly is among its 2019 class of the Women of Hollywood being profiled in the November issue hitting newsstands Oct. 22. They posted her interview and new stunning photos online here. Among the tidbits were confirmation of the previously-reported Netflix premiere date of Nov. 22 for Heartstrings, that as part of her deal to develop new commercial merchandise she plans to include a new wig line, and that she had, in fact, been invited to record a new remix of "Old Town Road" but decided against it, explaining: "it had done so well with so many people. I thought, 'Well, I'll wait and do something later on. No point in going down that same Old Town Road. We got other roads to travel.'"

    Jimmy Carter Still Loves Dolly
    President Jimmy Carter was recently interviewed about several subjects and was asked about his taste in music. WBIR reports here that he likes country music and specifically mentioned that Dolly, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been good friends of his for years and are among his favorites to hear sing.

    Oct. 9:
    Dolly Opry Week Opens
    Dolly Week at the Opry kicked off Tuesday night with a tribute show featuring John Conlee, Stephanie Quayle, Jeannie Seely, The Isaacs, Ashley Campbell, Suzy Bogguss and Dustin Lynch. Earlier in the day, the Opry announced via Twitter that WSM radio (available here or on the WSM app) will air a two-hour special, Dolly By The Decades, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to highlight her life, music, and career. Wednesday's show features new additions Riders in the Sky, Smithfield and The Whites in addition to the previously-announced Stephanie Urbina Jones, Del McCoury Band, Don Schlitz, Sam Williams and Sara Evans. The additional acts to join the ones previously announced for Thursday, Friday and Dolly's Saturday shows had not been revealed yet as of press time Tuesday.

    Dolly Releases New Gifs
    Dolly has added several reaction gifs to her official Giphy page here.

    Australian Chart Update
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 36 in its 420th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday.

    Cincinnati Dolly Party Returns
    Unwind Wine Bar in Cincinnati will host its third annual Dolly-themed party, Darrick's Dolly Night, Saturday, Nov. 2, complete with legendary Dolly impersonator Vancie Vega. Seats must be reserved in advance (only one-quarter of seats remain available), but there is no cost to do so. Vega will perform at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., and guests are asked to remain for both shows. (Your webmaster also plans to attend!) Reserve your seats here.

    Oct. 5:
    New Song, 'There Was Jesus,' Released

    You may recall it reported here two months ago that Dolly had recorded a new song with contemporary Christian singer Zach Williams that would be released Friday; well, the song, "There Was Jesus", was released as promised. Listen to it on YouTube here or in the media player above, and download it from Amazon here!

    Latest Details On Dolly's Podcast Coming
    Producers for Dolly Parton's America on Thursday released much more information about the series via press release. They revealed the nine-part podcast will premiere Oct. 15 and was created from more than 12 hours of interviews with Dolly herself conducted over the course of two years and many more interviews with individuals who surround her. In it, Dolly speaks of her life, music, businesses, faith, politics and heaven. It also highlights the London premiere of her 9 To 5: The Musical and the 2017 Emmys reunion with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Over 50 guests also chat about Dolly including her nephew and bodyguard, Bryan Seaver, who takes the host to her Tennessee Mountain Home; Fonda, Gloria Steinem, students in the Dolly class at the University of Tennessee, the host's father (who treated her following a 2014 car accident), African-American country music singer Rhiannon Giddens, Cas Walker grocery store manager Charlie Hurst, author Sarah Smarsh, journalist Aisha Harris who had slammed Dixie Stampede's Civil War image, 9 To 5 screenwriter Patricia Resnick and Knoxville drag queen Cole Tipton. Vanity Fair premiered an exclusive six-minute excerpt from the first episode which you may hear here.

    More Opry Remembrances From Dolly
    With Dolly Week at the Grand Ole Opry starting Monday and her 50th anniversary appearance just one week away, The Tennessean started its coverage Friday with two stories: an interview where she connected her East Tennessee upbringing to her early career here and her favorite early Opry memories here.

    Dress Up At Dollywood
    Normally, costumes are prohibited at Dollywood, but for a limited time, they may be worn when visiting the Great Pumpkin LumiNights festival at the park. Through Nov. 2, costumes may be worn as long as they are not Dolly or Santa and do not have masks, do not have accessories that cover the face, may not look like weapons, and may not drag on the ground. Some costume accessories my need to be removed for rides depending on each attraction's loose article requirement.

    Trio Tops U.K. Chart Again
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt moves up one place this week to regain the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart in its 160th chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) slides three to No. 12, while Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches up one to No. 17 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls two to No. 9.

    Oct. 2:
    Dolly Week Opry Guests Announced
    With one week to go until the start of Dolly Week at the Grand Ole Opry, the initial list of performers for each night was announced on Tuesday. Nash Country Daily reports here they are:

  • Oct. 8 (Opry House) Dustin Lynch, Suzy Bogguss, The Isaacs, Stephanie Quayle and more
  • Oct. 9 (Opry House) Sara Evans, Del McCoury Band, Don Schlitz, Sam Williams, Stephanie Urbina Jones and more
  • Oct. 10 (Opry Classics at the Ryman) The Gatlin Brothers, Dale Ann Bradley, Emily West, Shawn Camp & Lauren Mascitti, Sierra Hull, Hannah Dasher and more
  • Oct. 11 (Two Shows, Opry House) Bill Anderson, Barry Gibb, Dierks Bentley (1st show only), Margo Price, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson and more
  • Oct. 12 (Two Shows, Opry House) Dolly, Lady Antebellum, Jeannie Seely, Toby Keith, Margo Price, Barry Gibb, Hank Williams, Jr. (1st show only), Candi Carpenter and more
    In addition, Branswon Trilakes News reports that here former Wagonmaster Buck Trent, who invented the electric banjo, will be playing with Dolly at the Opry on Oct. 12.

    'Dumplin'' Goes For Grammy Awards
    Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack producer Linda Perry is aiming to become the first woman to be nominated twice for the Grammy Awards Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Last year, she became the first woman nominated in the category in 15 years. This year, she is on the first ballot of potential nominees in recognition of her work with Dolly on the soundtrack in addition to an album by Natasha Bedingfield and singles by Beatie Wolfe, Willa Amie and Lion, Billboard noted here. The article also reported that Dolly's CD is on the first ballot seeking a nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. If she gets a nod, it will mean she's been up for each of the Grammys' three movie and television awards, as she had previously been nominated for the precursor to Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for 9 To 5 and the precursor to Best Song Written for Visual Media for "Travelin' Thru." There is no news as to whether any other tracks from the album are on the first ballot in other categories. Nominations will be announced Nov. 20.

    Sept. 30:
    Preview 'Dolly Parton's America' Podcast

    WNYC Studios last week released a one-minute trailer for Dolly's upcoming nine-part podcast, Dolly Parton's America, which it describes as: "In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America's great icons. Join us for a 9-episode journey into the Dollyverse." Take a listen in the media player above of by visiting here. No release date has been announced yet.

    Report: Dolly To Release New Book Soon
    Dolly will soon have a new book coming out, Page Six reported here over the weekend. The celebrity news site cited sources as informing them she had inked the deal with independent publishers Chronicle Books and Recorded Books because all of the larger publishing houses were interested in the book but refused her demand to revert to her the rights to the audio book release of the tome after 10 years. The piece noted it is unknown whether the book is a new memoir or some other genre. She has published children's books, a self-help book and an autobiography in the past, it was noted.

    Designers: Dolly Getting 20 Outfits For CMAs
    MSN over the weekend excerpted a clip from Dolly's costuming team's recent Grand Ole Opry exhibit appearance to note they are prepping about 20 outfits for her upcoming CMA Awards co-hosting duty. They noted she will appear in five different segments during the broadcast and wear a different outfit for each one, plus a different one on the red carpet, plus different outfits for the press tour in advance of the broadcast, so she will have about 20 outfits total created for her hosting duties. She will co-host the Nov. 13 ceremony with Carrie Underwood and Reba. Watch the clip here.

    Chenoweth Album With Dolly Comes Out
    Kristin Chenoweth's For The Girls, featuring a duet of "I Will Always Love You" with Dolly that had previously been released in August as a single here, was released in full on Friday, spawning a lot of coverage, including a Billboard story here where she talks about performing with the album's guests, including Dolly.

    McDermott: Dolly Smells Amazing
    On Bravo's Watch What Happens Live last week, actor Dylan McDermott was asked for his favorite Steel Magnolias memory and responded it was how great Dolly smelled. Watch the clip here.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt slips one spot this week to No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 159th chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) gains two to No. 9, while Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses four to No. 18 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inches down one to No. 7. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) loses 10 to No. 36 in its 419th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday.

    Sept. 25:
    Writer: '9 To 5' Sequel Won't Be Coming
    9 To 5 co-screenwriter Patricia Resnick, who had been hired to co-write the greenlit sequel for the movie to star Dolly, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin with three younger women now working at Consolidated who look up these legends who used to work there decades ago, announced on Tuesday via her Twitter account here that the powers at Disney have decided to shelve the project and not move forward with filming the sequel. The sequel had been approved by 20th Century Fox and was apparently on the initial list of Fox projects Disney had planned to proceed with after taking over the production company back in March, but that has now changed. Resnick wrote: "I'm so sad that Disney has decided not to move forward with the #9to5sequel. So many things need to be said about the office of today from lack of benefits to no living wage, permanent temps and of course sexual harassment. On the good side #9to5musicalUK is killing it!"

    GET TV To Air 'Dolly' Again
    GET TV has announced it will return to airing episodes of the classic 1976-77 syndicated series Dolly next month. The show is scheduled at 6 a.m. on Saturdays and either 6 a.m. or 10 p.m. Sundays. Episodes revealed thus far include Mel Tillis (6 a.m. Oct. 5 and 10 p.m. Oct. 13), Tom T. Hall (6 a.m. Oct. 6 and 10 p.m. Oct. 20), Chuck Woolery (6 a.m. Oct. 12), Ronnie Milsap (6 a.m. Oct. 13) and Freddy Fender (6 a.m. Oct. 19). The schedule past Oct. 20 has yet to be announced.

    Dolly Featured In New 'Little Engine'
    Penguin Young Readers on Tuesday announced Dolly will provide the introduction for a new 90th anniversary edition of Watty Piper's The Little Engine That Could to be released April 7 featuring new illustrations by Dan Santat. In a press release, Dolly said: "My memories take me way back to a little cabin in East Tennessee. This was not a place where dreams easily came true. Too often, there was talk about all of the things we couldn't do rather than all of the things we could do. On many occasions, when my dream seemed far away, my Mama would tell me the story of the Little Engine to comfort and encourage me. While I listened to her, I would close my eyes and think of myself as the Little Engine and just start saying over and over again, 'I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.' It gave me strength, it gave me hope, and it gave me the courage to keep chasing my dreams." Reserve your copy here!

    DC Symphony Tribute Reviewed
    DC Metro Theater Arts on Tuesday reviewed the weekend's Dolly tribute concert by the American Pops. Read it here.

    For King & Country Go Gold Thanks To Dolly's Help
    For King & Country's "God Only Knows" was certified with a digital gold single from the RIAA for sales and streams on Tuesday. It is unknown whether they counted the sales and streams of their version featuring Dolly vocals toward the award total or not, as the award – like the charts for the song – did not include her name as a credited artist.

    Dollywood Fall Festival Opens Friday
    Dollywood welcomes its Harvest Festival on Friday with the return of Great Pumpkin LumiNights, which expands into the new Wildwood Grove area, and Southern Gospel Jubilee. In a press release, Dolly said: "I'm so glad to hear families are just lovin' Great Pumpkin LumiNights. When I was a kid, we'd love to get pumpkins, scoop out all those guts from the inside and carve these beautiful masterpieces—at least us kids thought they were masterpieces! But, it makes me just feel good to know families are able to spend time together exploring during what really is the most beautiful time of year in the Smokies. God truly does turn the Smokies into His own personal coloring book during the fall. And nothing fits so well with those colorful fall mountains than the uplifting Southern gospel songs that fill the air with powerful praise for Him. I'm proud we're able to have some of the best Southern gospel singers here during the Harvest Festival."

    Country Music Loses Journalist Dauphin
    The country music community last week lost acclaimed music journalist Chuck Dauphin, who had covered Dolly multiple times during his tenure at the country beat editor for Billboard magazine over the past several years. In fact, one of his final stories for the magazine back in late spring covered the release of her duet with Ronnie Milsap on "Smoky Mountain Rain." In 2014, he received the CMA's Media Achievement Award. Check out a couple of video interviews he did with Dolly for Billboard in 2012 when he was their country columnist here and here.

    Sept. 23:
    LA Times: 'Heartstrings' Coming Nov. 22
    The Los Angeles Times has reported that Dolly's Heartstrings anthology series will drop on Netflix Nov. 22, although that date has not been confirmed elsewhere. Netflix has yet to make any official announcement of the premiere date, and no other media outlets have reported an air date yet, but after the newspaper's report Google began showing the Nov. 22 date in its search results for the program. An official Netflix announcement should be coming any day now.

    'Islands' Goes Platinum In U.K.
    Dolly added another piece of metal to her impressive collection last week as BPI, the British equivalent of the RIAA, announced on Friday it had certified her single "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers as digital platinum for more than 600,000 downloads since its digital release in 2004. The physical single of the song originally went silver in the U.K. for selling more than 200,000 copies in 1984. The digital version met the silver minimum in 2013, gold in 2017 for 400,000 copies, and platinum level this month.

    Burns Doc Turns Attention To Dolly This Week
    Ken Burns' documentary series Country Music resumed its second half Sunday night, a half which The Knoxville News-Sentinel noted here that is "dominated by Dolly." Also, check out a brief view about Dolly which Burns made for the Tennessee Department of Tourism which they posted to YouTube last week here.

    Dolly Takes In Some Burlesque
    Dolly made a surprise appearance in the audience last week at the 4th annual Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival and took the opportunity to go backstage afterward and meet the contestants, WBIR reported here. (Dolly's niece, Rebecca, who serves as her Creative Production Coordinator, worked for eight years as creative director and choreographer for a Nashville burlesque troupe.)

    American Pops Celebrates Dolly
    For those who missed the American Pops Orchestra's tribute to Dolly over the weekend in D.C., soloist Garrett Clayton shared his version of "Here You Come Again" in advance of the show with Fox 5 DC. Watch is here.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt remains this week at No. 1 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 158th chart week, its 32nd at the pole position, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) gains four to No. 11, while Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses five to No. 14 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises two to No. 6. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) falls three to No. 26 in its 418th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Saturday.

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