Dolly Parton History
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946. She was the fourth of 12 children born to Robert Lee Parton and Avie Lee Owens. Parton is an award winning country music singer, songwriter, composer, author, actress and philanthropist.
Parton is the most successful female country artist till date with 25 number one singles and 41 top-10 country albums.
When Dolly Parton was young, her family was extremely poor and she grew up in a rundown one room cabin in Tennessee. Her parents were parishioners in the Assembly of God Church, which is a Pentecostal denomination, and music was very much a part of her life because of the church.
Parton started performing as a child when she started singing on local radio and television programs in East Tennessee. When she was just 9 years old, Dolly Parton was already appearing on The Cas Walker Show and by the time she was 13, she was recording on a small label. In 1964, Dolly Parton moved to Nashville and she took along with her many distinctive elements music from East Tennessee.
At the age of 20, Parton married Carl Dean on May 30, 1966. She met her husband on her first day in Nashville at a Laundromat. Dean has always avoided the limelight and publicity and rarely comes to Parton’s events. Together, Dolly Parton and Carl Dean have raised many of her younger siblings in their home in Nashville. Parton has no children but she is godmother to Miley Cyrus.
As a songwriter, Parton saw success by writing hit songs for Hank Williams, Jr. and Skeeter Davis. In 1965, she signed up with Monument Records who tried to promote her as a bubblegum singer but she has just one national chart single which did not break into the Billboard Hot 100. Other singles also failed to reach the chart.
Parton is famous for her distinctive soprano, her highly curvaceous figure, lewd humor and glitzy dressing. Her most popular songs are Coat of Many Colors, Jolene, I Will Always Love You, Her You Come Again, 9 to 5, and the duet with Kenny Rogers, Islands in the Stream.
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