Thirty-five years ago Monday, Burlap and Satin debuts on the album charts; it reaches No. 5 country, No. 127 pop. Thirty-four years ago Monday, Rhinestone enters cinemas nationwide. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, “But You Know I Love You” becomes Dolly's 15th of her 25 No. 1 country hits; it also peaks at No. 41 pop and No. 14 adult contemporary. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, “Telling Me Lies” with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it peaks at No. 35 but also reaches No. 3 country. Eleven years ago Wednesday, the Academy of Country Music presents its Living Legend Award to Dolly. Fifty-three years ago Thursday, Bill Phillips records Dolly's original “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” for Decca Records with Dolly singing uncredited harmony; released as a single the next year, it reaches No. 6 on the country charts and the following year wins Dolly and her Uncle Bill Owens a BMI Award, her first industry honor, for writing one of the most-played country songs of the year. Forty-nine years ago Thursday, “Always, Always” with Porter debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 16. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, “Making Plans,” the first single off Porter & Dolly's lawsuit settlement album, debuts on the country singles charts; it would spend two weeks at No. 2. Fifteen years ago Thursday, Ultimate Dolly Parton debuts on the albums charts; it peaks at No. 20 country, No. 130 pop in the U.S. and No. 1 country, No. 17 pop in the U.K. Forty-five years ago Saturday, “If Teardrops Were Pennies” with Porter debuts on the country singles charts; it would peak at No. 3 and earn the duo their fourth and final Grammy nomination together. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, Great Balls of Fire debuts on the album charts; spawning one country No. 1 and another Top 10, it would reach country No. 4 and pop No. 40 as well as sell more than 500,000 copies to become Dolly's third gold album. Twenty-nine years ago Sunday, White Limozeen debuts on the country album charts; spawning two No. 1 hits, the CD would peak at No. 3, sell more than 500,000 copies to become the ninth of her 14 gold albums and remain on Billboard's Top 75 country album chart for 100 weeks, the longest of any Dolly album.
U.K., June 17 edition:
The Complete Trio Collection No. 9 country compilation (up from No. 10; 92nd week; peaked at No. 1 for 23 weeks)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
June 22, 4 p.m., Showtime2, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 8 p.m. June 26, 7 p.m. June 28)
June 23, 10:30 a.m., Bravo, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 12:30 p.m. June 23)
June 24, 6 p.m., REELZ, Revealed: Dolly Parton (re-runs 11 a.m. July 28, 2 p.m. June 28, 5 p.m. June 28)
June 27, 10:30 a.m., Showtime, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 8 p.m. June 27)
June 30, 10 a.m., E!, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 2 p.m. June 30)
July 3, 3:10 a.m., HBO2, 9 To 5
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
June 24: 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Gala, Los Angeles
'These Old Bones' Heads To Netflix Dolly's first movie in her eight-picture Netflix deal may be getting started soon. @CastingAbout tweeted Tuesday that Patrick Rush, who cast Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors and Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, is casting a Netflix project called “These Old Bones,” which focuses on “in 1945, a legal battle ensues over land in Tennessee between two young lawyers and an elderly woman named Old Bones who is determined not to let the city folks have their way.” Dolly had previously sold a movie based on the song “These Old Bones” to CMT, her staff had revealed and it was reported on Dollymania.net last year, but the network never announced the project, so presumably they decided to not film it – like what happened with NBC and “Jolene” – so the project appears to have moved to her Netflix deal instead.
Dolly Joins 'Hungry Caterpillar' Anniversary Edition Penguin Publishers imprint Philomel Books has announced a special 50th anniversary edition of Eric Carle's beloved children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be released Oct. 9 featuring a new afterward by Dolly – or as the promotional materials for the hardcover release call it, an “appreciation by prominent children's literacy advocate Dolly Parton.” Additional bonus material will include an essay on the history and significance of the Caterpillar including some of Carle's original sketches and historic photos as well as a new introduction letter by Carle. Reserve your copy here!
Roger Miller Tribute Coming Aug. 31 Producers on Wednesday revealed a Roger Miller tribute album, King Of The Road, will be released Aug. 31 featuring a Dolly appearance. She performs “The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me” as a duet with Alison Krauss. Others on the project include Brad Paisley, Kasey Musgraves, Willie Nelson (in a trio with Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard in one of Haggard's final recordings), Loretta Lynn, Ringo Starr and more. Two songs, “You Can't Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd” and the title track, are listed as “various artists,” so they may feature multiple artists from the project, although whether Dolly is among those is not yet known. Read more from The Tennesseanhere.
U.S, Chart Update The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" falls 37 spots to No. 126 in its fourth week on the U.S. top 200 pop albums chart, the June 23 Billboard tallies released Tuesday revealed.
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June 18: 'Faith Of Dolly' Reviewed By Christian Magazine After being delayed a month by the publisher, The Faith of Dolly Parton hit stores last week, and Christianity Today reviewed the tome here, finding the book too worshipful of Dolly rather than focusing on how to find God through her story.
U.S., Overseas Chart Updates The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" drops 41 places to No. 89 in its third week on the U.S. top 200 pop albums chart, it was announced Tuesday. Down Under, it loses nine to No. 27 pop in its fourth chart week, while in the U.K. it slips six to No. 12 soundtracks in its fourth week and falls off the compilation albums list, down from No. 73 in its third week. The remastered re-issue of 1985's The Ballad Of Sally Rose by Emmylou Harris featuring Dolly and Linda Ronstadt harmonies throughout inches up one to No. 13 British country albums in its second week, while the U.K. country compilation albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gain one in its 92nd chart week to No. 9, 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) rise four to No. 5, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) hold steady at No. 11, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 move up four to No. 12.
June 11: Hear Dolly Bristol Track A producer for the upcoming album 1927 Jubilee: The New Bristol Sessions on Sunday teased the project by posting to Facebook the audio of Dolly's contribution to the album: "Something More," a song she had written for her Smoky Mountain Adventures dinner theater (which has now become Dolly Parton's Celebration theater) but which she had not released before. Take a listen to the track here! (Update: Shortly after posting, it appears the track has been deleted from Facebook.)
Children's Hospital Makes Another Dolly Video
Vanderbilt University's Children's Hospital last week released another video celebrating Dolly's recent visit to dedicate its butterfly garden in honor of her niece, Hannah, and her $1 million gift to support pediatric cancer treatments there. Watch it in the media player above or on Facebook here.
U.S., Overseas Chart Updates The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" loses 30 spots to No. 48 in its second week on the U.S. top 200 pop albums chart, it was announced Tuesday. Down Under, Saturday's charts show it dips one to No. 18 pop in its third chart week, while in the U.K. it holds steady at No. 6 soundtracks and slips 35 to No. 73 compilation albums in its third week. The remastered re-issue of 1985's The Ballad Of Sally Rose by Emmylou Harris featuring Dolly and Linda Ronstadt harmonies throughout debuts at No. 14 British country albums, while the U.K. country compilation albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe fall one in its 91st chart week to No. 10, 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) gain nine to No. 9, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rise three to No. 11, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 move up three to No. 16.
Rock Photographer Loves His Dolly Pic Gothamist spoke with 1970s punk photographer Allan Tannenbaum last week on his favorite images and among the most special to him is an iconic photo of Dolly hugging Mick Jagger after a concert. Check out the interview and see the photo here.
Hear Dolly's Cohen Call For Birthday Bravo last week released a video from its Andy Cohen birthday special of his birthday wishes call from Dolly herself. Watch it in the media player below or on YouTube here.
June 5: Netflix Confirms Eight-Picture Dolly Deal After pal Lily Tomlin let word slip over the weekend that Dolly and production partner Sam Haskell had inked a deal with Netflix to produce a series based on her songs, Dolly and the streaming network officially announced details of the project on Monday. The network has committed to a series of eight anthology movie episodes (meaning each one will stand alone plot-wise) based on a Dolly song. Dolly will be singer-songwriter on each episode, also appearing if the script calls for it, and executive producing through her Dixie Pixie Productions in partnership with Haskell's Magnolia Hill Productions through Warner Brothers Pictures – the same set-up which resulted in the ratings smash movies Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors and Emmy-nominated Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love on NBC in 2015 and 2016. A 2019 premiere date is expected. In a release, Dolly said: "As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music. I am thrilled to be bringing some of my favorite songs to life with Netflix. We hope our show will inspire and entertain families and folks of all generations, and I want to thank the good folks at Netflix and Warner Bros. TV for their incredible support."The Hollywood Reporter noted NBC declined to comment on whether it had declined to renew its deal with Dolly after the two movies (the network passed on a series based on the films) or if Netflix outbid them for the next round of pictures after plans for "Jolene" fell through at NBC (Dolly had recently said they were unsatisfied with the script). Learn more from Dolly's official website here, The Hollywood Reporterhere, and Varietyhere.
Accuser Of Former Dolly Publicist Plans Book Austin Rick, the country music singer whose allegations of sexual assault against Dolly's former publicist Kirt Webster brought to light similar allegations from dozens of former employees of the Music City PR powerhouse – including multiple allegations that he traded Dolly meet-and-greets for oral sex – tells FOX News that he is releasing a tell-all book about his relationship with Webster and the attitude of the Nashville establishment toward sexual harassment. Read more here.
June 4: Tomlin Says Dolly Has Netflix Series Lily Tomlin apparently let the cat out of the bag on Saturday that Dolly has signed a series deal with Netflix very similar to her previous NBC deal to develop movies out of her songs, Indie Wire reported here. The word came while Tomlin and Jane Fonda were participating in a "for your consideration" presentation for Emmy voters about their Netflix series Grace & Frankie. Asked whether Dolly would be guesting on Season 5 next year, she said her schedule may not permit because of her new Netflix series deal, news which surprised Fonda and the audience. She added it was a deal with her producing partner Sam Haskell similar to their "Coat Of Many Colors" projects. Netflix reps declined comment on the news.
U.S., Overseas Chart Updates The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" debuts at No. 18 on the U.S. top 200 pop albums chart, it was announced Tuesday. Down Under, it falls eight to No. 17 pop in its second chart week, while in the U.K. it dips three to No. 6 soundtracks and 26 to No. 38 compilation albums in its second week. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart in its 90th chart week, remaining at No. 9, 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) falls four to No. 18 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 14, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 loses four to No. 19.
Dolly Wishes Cohen Happy Birthday Dolly called up pal Andy Cohen to wish him a happy birthday in a special 50th birthday edition of his Watch What Happens program on Bravo that aired over the weekend. Check out some details here.
Dolly Party Returns To Toronto Pride Toronto area fans will want to mark their calendars for the area's annual Steers & Queers: Night of 1,000 Dollys event at the Gladstone Hotel on June 21 as part of Pride. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door, with dancing, live music, drag, burlesque and a Dolly look-a-like contest.
May 28: 'Please' Hits No. 1 Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent was at Dollywood over the weekend performing at the Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival but took time to celebrate on social media that Bluegrass Today magazine on Friday released the new bluegrass radio survey and that her duet with Dolly on "Please" from Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin jumped from No. 18 to No. 1 on the bluegrass singles chart with 319 spins compared with 150 the previous week.
Overseas Chart Updates The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" debuts at No. 9 on the Australian pop albums chart and No. 3 soundtracks, No. 12 compilation albums on the U.K. charts but doesn't crack the top 100 pop albums there. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains two on the British country compilation albums chart in its 89th chart week to No. 9, 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) holds steady at No. 14 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 9, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 re-enters the top 20 at No. 15.
Dollywood Makes Yahoo Best Theme Park List Yahoo over the weekend shared a "definitive power ranking" of America's theme parks with Dollywood at No. 4. Read the full list here.
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