Forty-four years ago Monday, Porter & Dolly announce the breakup of their duo. Thirty-seven years ago Monday, “9 to 5" is certified as Dolly's second gold single for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Twenty-five years ago Monday, Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" tops the Billboard pop charts for the 14th week -- breaking the record for longest-running No.1 single in history at that time. Twenty-four years ago Monday, “The Day I Fall In Love” with James Ingram debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it peaks at No. 36. Thirty years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly perform together on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry for her ABC television series, the first time the two sing together publicly since 1974. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its second of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's fourth time at the top and longest stay there); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). The same day, “9 to 5" reaches No. 1 on the pop charts. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris debuts on the country singles charts; three months later it would become Trio's sole No. 1, Dolly's 21st of her record 25 times atop the country singles charts, Emmylou's fifth and most recent No. 1, and Linda's second and most recent country No. 1. Seventeen years ago Wednesday, Dolly wins her sixth Grammy Award, this time for Best Bluegrass Album for The Grass is Blue. Forty-three years ago Thursday, “The Bargain Store” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; the No. 1 country single would peak at No. 35 AC. Thirty-three years ago Friday, “Don't Call It Love” debuts on the adult contemporary chart; the song would peak at No. 12 adult contemporary and No. 3 country. Eighteen years ago Friday, Dolly picks up her fifth Grammy Award, Best Country Vocal Collaboration, for “After The Goldrush,” the second she shares with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris as The Trio. Thirty-six years ago Saturday, Dolly wins two Grammy Awards for “9 to 5” -- Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song; the hit was also up for overall Song Of The Year and Best Album From A Motion Picture.
U.K., Feb. 18 edition:
The Complete Trio Collection No. 10 country compilation (no change; 75th week; peaked at No. 1 for 23 weeks)
Upcoming television appearances
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Feb. 28, 7 a.m., ABC, Good Morning America
Feb. 29, 12:38 a.m., ABC, Nightline
March 8, 5:30 p.m., Freeform, Miss Congeniality 2:Armed & Fabulous
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Dolly Sets Two ABC Appearances Next Week Dolly will celebrate Tuesday's Library of Congress presentation of her 100 millionth Imagination Library book with two ABC appearances on Wednesday. She'll appear on the network's 7 a.m. Good Morning America, where she'll perform “Coat Of Many Colors,” and 12:38 a.m.'s Nightline that night for a sit-down interview.
Dolly Beer To Debut Knoxville brewery Pretentious Beer Co. will on Friday premiere its Dolly Dolly beer – a double india pale ale with Cascade, El Dorado and Citra Hops plus Tennessee honey. The drink will be featured at the brewery from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. A Facebook event is available here.
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Feb. 22: 100 Millionth Library Book Ceremony To Be Livestreamed The Dollywood Foundation has announced that fans will be able to watch Dolly present the 100 millionth Imagination Library book to the U.S. Library of Congress on Tuesday as the 10 a.m. Eastern ceremony will be livestreamed via YouTube here and Facebook here. In addition those in the Washington area will be interested to know that limited public viewing space is available on the mezzanine level of the Great Hall on a first-come/first-serve basis. In a release Dolly noted: "I'm really looking forward to dedicating my Imagination Library's 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress. It's a big honor and one that I'm so very proud to share with the many special partners and local affiliates who have helped make this day possible. Together we can all Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More."
Backstage At Dollypalooza Vice recently took a photojournalist backstage to give a behind-the-scenes look at New York's annual celebration of all things Dolly, Dollypalooza. Check out the piece here.
Survey: Put Dolly In 'Hello, Dolly' Broadway World surveyed readers whom they would like to take over for Bernadette Peters in Hello, Dolly on Broadway and Dolly herself was the clear winner they reported here.
Dolly Dog Finds Fame Did you know there was a canine fashion icon on social media called Dolly Pawton? Britain's The Standard profiled the dog here.
Feb. 19: Library Of Congress To Celebrate 100 Millionth Dolly Book The 100 millionth book distributed by Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program will be inducted into the national archives of the Library of Congress, The Mountain Press reported here on Sunday. The 10 a.m. Feb. 27 ceremony is just Dolly's latest recognition by the U.S. Library of Congress, which previously named her a Living Legend in 2004, placed her "Coat Of Many Colors" in the National Recording Registry in 2012 and honored Imagination Library with a Literacy Award in 2014. According to the article, Dolly is expected to be in attendance at the ceremony.
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart in its 75th chart week to No. 10, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) gains two to No. 9 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 15 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises three to No. 11.
Feb. 16: Rick, Stella Bring Back Up Webster Scandal The first accuser of Dolly's former publicist, Kirt Webster, this week lashed out at Dolly's response to Nashville's installment of the #MeToo sexual assault scandals, and Dolly's sister continued to speak out, while Dolly and her team maintained their silence. Austin Rick – whose accusation that Webster forced him into a sexual relationship in exchange for helping him start a country music career led to at least one other client, one reporter, one intern and more than 20 former employees of Webster's, both male and female, to come forward with accusations he had either sexually assaulted or sexually harassed them as well – told The Nashville Scenehere: "Dolly's take on this makes me sad. For all the good she's done during her career, it's ironic to me that she draws her morality line at sexual abuse. Apparently that's not important enough for Dolly to want to get to the bottom of. The only comment she's given is to say that she hopes I'm a liar. She hopes that myself and Kirt's at least 24 other victims are all conspiring to peddle terrible falsehoods — all so that she doesn't have to think any differently about her 'friend' — who has been maliciously exploiting her all along to get his twisted jollies off." When news of the scandal first broke and after multiple former Webster employees told multiple media outlets that he regularly exchanged meet-and-greet passes at Dolly's past several tours for oral sex from gay fans who wanted to meet her and other employees went public with tales of constant sexual harassment in his workplace, Dolly released a statement which many fans –and even her own sister – thought was inadequate: "I've worked with Kirt Webster for many years and he has done a wonderful job. I am hoping that the accusations are not true." Dolly has made no further comment since and that continued this week when her sister, Stella, continued to sound the alarm on the situation to FOX News here saying: "It's a good ol' boys town and it's always been a good ol' boys town. They hide behind their religion, all of them, a bunch of Southern Baptist hypocrites." She added that while Dolly "does not condone" the behavior she has "always been very selective about talking about stuff like that. I don't know why she can't speak out, but I will." She added she has spoken to her sister about the allegations but would not disclose what Dolly told her. FOX News noted Dolly has not hired a new publicist since firing Webster in November, instead using her management staff and Dollywood's media relations staff. When asked for comment on the FOX News story, her rep referred the network to her previous statement, and her manager and record label both declined to return repeated requests from the network for comment.
'Dumplin'' Soundtrack Adds Macy Gray Another guest on the Duplin' soundtrack with Dolly is now known. R&B star Macy Gray posted photos of herself in the studio with Dolly producer Linda Perry and Mavis Staples working on the project for the upcoming Jennifer Anniston film.
Dolly Lobbys For Pre-1972 Recordings Dolly this week joined 212 other artists asking Congress in a print advertisement to pass the CLASSICS Act, which would add federal copyright protection to songs recorded before Feb. 15, 1972. Under current law, a loophole allows streaming internet-based services to play recordings made before that date without paying any royalties to the performers. The bill before Congress would close the loophole.
Feb. 13: First Look At 'Dumplin'' Soundtrack
Rhonda Vincent on Monday gave fans the first look at the behind-the-scenes action of Dolly's work on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of the novel Dumplin' produced by and starring Jennifer Anniston. Vincent went live on Facebookhere (or in the media player above) to show Dolly and the film's music director Linda Perry (former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes and wife to actress Sara Gilbert) at the control board as gospel legend Mavis Staples records vocals for a Dolly duet. Vincent gushes about the soundtrack and that she had just finished playing and singing on the track. Unfortunately fan comments alert Vincent to the death reported Monday morning of singer Daryle Singletary with whom Vincent recorded a duets album last year.
Feb. 12: New 'Straight Talk' Blu-Ray Coming Kino Lorber Studio Classics on Wednesday announced a special edition re-release of Dolly's 1992 film Straight Talk. The new version, coming out April 17, will be available both on Blu-Ray and DVD and feature audio commentary by director Barnet Kellman as well as the original theatrical trailer. The movie was previously released on Blu-Ray, but without any special features, in 2011. The new release will also for the first time feature the original film artwork from the theatrical run for the cover art of the disc case, seen at left. List price will be $20 for the Blu-Ray and $12 for DVD. Reserve your copy from Amazon here!
Adams Does Dolly, Warhol, Others For Magazine Shoot Actress Amy Adams recently recreated several of Andy Warhol's famous Polaroid images he took to create celebrity portrait paintings, including Dolly's, for a cover story in Garage magazine. Check out the photos in The Hollywood Reporterhere.
Dolly Look-A-Like Contest Coming To New York Time Out magazine reports that New York's Mable's Smokehouse in Williamsburg will host a Dolly-themed night and Dolly look-a-like contest "Hello Dollies!" Feb. 23. The 9 p.m. event will feature a $10 cover for non-contestants. Learn more here.
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains one on the British country compilation albums chart in its 74th chart week to No. 10, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) dips one to No. 11 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses three to No. 15 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises three to No. 14.
Feb. 4: Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains two on the British country compilation albums chart in its 73rd chart week to No. 11, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) dips two to No. 10 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 12 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 17.
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Jan. 31: '9 To 5' Used In New IBM CommercIal
IBM at Sunday's Grammy Awards premiered a new commercial set to Dolly's "9 to 5." Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above.
Adele Shows Off Her Inner Dolly Pop darling Adele caused a little stur on Tuesday when she posted a photo of herself dressed as a mid-1970s Dolly to Instagram with the tribute: "The effortless queen of song, Dolly Parton! We love you! We wish We could possess an ounce of your ability. You were the hero of our night! A hero of my life. I'll always love you." Given the past tense of part of the comment some fans feared Dolly had died but Dolly herself soon acknowledged the posting with her message: "I will always love you, too" followed by several hearts. Read more from The Daily Mailhere.
Dolly Tribute Going On U.K. Nationwide Tour After a sold-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and the booking of a month-long run at London's Soho Theatre, Sh!t Theatre's irreverent tribute to Dolly titled DollyWould has announced a nationwide U.K. tour from March through June. See the list of performances from Broadway Worldhere.
Dolly Art Exhibit Opening In London Also overseas, artist Waynedidit will exhibit six paintings inspired by Dolly's time on the silver screen titled "Dolly At The Movies" showing Feb. 5-28 at Greenwich Picturehouse in London.
U.S. Chart Updates The Feb. 3 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," inches down five spots to No. 127 Hot 200 pop albums in its 24th chart week.
'Drag Race' Features Dolly Drag Thursday "Dolly" will appear on Thursday's RuPaul Drag Race All Stars on VH1 or rather contestant Trixie Mattel will portray her in a competition to dress as entertainment's biggest gay divas. Mattel cites Dolly as her hero and the biggest inspiration for her drag persona, which includes a big blonde wig, tight jumpsuits and folk music a la circa 1976 Dolly. See a preview from YouTube here or in the media player below.
Jan. 29: Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses five on the British country compilation albums chart in 72nd chart week to No. 13, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou 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 Linda Ronstadt) gains five to No. 8 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up one to No. 11 and Harris's 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.
News On Library's Blind Program WDRB offers an update on the Braille book partnership of Dolly's Imagination Library program in a piece here which notes the books are made by prisoners in Kentucky's only women's penitentiary.
Still No Dolly On 'Grace And Frankie' Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin may have convinced producers to let Dolly appear on their Netflix series Grace and Frankie but they have yet to work out the scheduling to try and get her on the show and whenever it is worked out they won't tell other actors according to an interview with co-star Brooklyn Decker here.
Jan. 26: Dolly Ends Annual Pigeon Forge Parade After 32 years of consecutive annual appearances in the City of Pigeon Forge parade known officially as the "Dolly Parade" during Dolly's "Homecoming Weekend" at Dollywood, the city and theme park jointly announced Thursday that Dolly is stepping down as Grand Marshal. Those duties will be filled this year at the May 4 event instead by National Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr., founder of the $22.5 million Ripken Experience youth baseball facility which opened in the city last year. The parade will also be renamed "Music In The Mountains Spring Parade."
In a press release, Dolly explained: "For 32 years, it's been my honor and privilege to serve as the grand marshal. In that time, Pigeon Forge has grown so much and so many new businesses and attractions have come to town, everyone agrees that this is the perfect time for me to step aside and share the spotlight with some other folks. Dollywood has hogged the spotlight long enough!"
Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster added: "We want to thank Dolly for all that she has done, and we are so very grateful for the kindness and generosity she has shown to both our visitors and our residents. Given Pigeon Forge's progress and unprecedented growth during the last three decades, both Dollywood and Pigeon Forge city officials recognized that we have so much to celebrate with our parade."
As fans accused the city of playing politics and forcing Dolly out, the city's tourism department responded on Facebook: "it was a mutual decision between Dollywood theme park and the city of Pigeon Forge to have someone new in the grand marshall role."
The parade started in 1986 to celebrate the season opening of Dollywood and kick off the Pigeon Forge tourism season. Most years, Dolly rode atop a float designed to reflect the theme of the park's addition for the new season. As the park began opening earlier in the year in cooler temperatures and the park's opening weekend moved from April to March in 2008, the parade moved from April to May in the hope of better weather but it still often operated in cold rain under the new rebranding of "Dolly's Homecoming."
When the first 2018 season calendar for Dollywood was released online in November, it contained the Dolly Parade in Pigeon Forge on May 4 and Dolly's Homecoming Weekend May 4 and 5 at the park, but when the calendar was updated online in December or early January those two items were removed.
When asked if she would be making any appearances for her traditional Homecoming Weekend with the parade development, a park spokesperson on Thursday declined to comment and reiterated the park's general policy of not revealing Dolly's calendar of appearances at the park in advance, so it is unknown whether or not she plans to visit in May. However, the spokesperson did confirm to Dollymania.net that she plans to be on park for opening weekend, which takes place March 16-17.
U.S. Chart Updates Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton earns a third consecutive week on the Jan. 27 Billboard country catalog albums chart, slipping one to No. 9, it was revealed Tuesday. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," drops 25 to No. 122 Hot 200 pop albums in its 23rd chart week, falling back out of the Canadian top 100, down from No. 99, and top 100 current albums, down from No. 70.
Jan. 22: Midsouth Emmys Recognize Dolly
Dolly took home two Emmy honors Saturday night from the 32nd Annual Midsouth regional Emmy Awards. She and co-producers Nicholas E. Dugger, Danny Nozell, Pete Owens, Scott Durand, Shanna Strassberg, Edie Lynn Hoback and John Zarling were honored for Outstanding Community Service Program for last year's wildfires telethon Smoky Mountains Rise. Dolly then was presented with the 2018 Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement for her philanthropic efforts. Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson accepted the award on her behalf at the ceremony and she provided a videotaped acceptance speech as well. The introductory clip for her award was posted to Dollywood's Facebook page here and in the media player above. The ceremony was streamed over Livestream here.
Stampede Protesters Complain Of Name Change About a dozen protesters upset about Dolly removing the word "Dixie" from the name of her Stampede chain of equestrian-themed dinner theatres as they plan to expand them outside of the South while also dealing with changing majority attitudes toward things seen as celebrating the Confederacy came out to Pigeon Forge Saturday to let their opinions be known and saw coverage from WBIR in Knoxville here.
Minogue Compared To Dolly Aussie singer Kylie Minogue is being criticized by fans that her newest music sounds too much like Dolly having released a dance record, which happens to be the exact flavor she told fans the new album would have, as she is a huge Dolly fan. Read more from The Daily Mail here.
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