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Better Day

Better Day

Jun 2011

Album Tracks

  • In the Meantime
  • Just Leaving
  • Somebody's Missing You
  • Together You and I
  • Country Is As Country Does
  • Holding Everything
  • The Sacrifice
  • I Just Might
  • Better Day
  • Shine Like the Sun
  • Get Out and Stay Out
  • Let Love Grow

The Fairest of Them All

The Fairest of Them All

Jan 2011

Album Tracks

  • Daddy Come and Get Me
  • Chas
  • When Possession Gets Too Strong
  • Before You Make Up Your Mind
  • I'm Doing This for Your Sake
  • But You Loved Me Then
  • Just the Way I Am
  • More Than Their Share
  • Mammie
  • Down from Dover
  • Robert

Always, Always

Always, Always

Nov 2010

Album Tracks

  • Milwaukee, Here I Come
  • Yours Love
  • I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
  • Malena
  • The House Where Love Lives
  • Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me?
  • Always, Always
  • There Never Was a Time
  • Good As Gold
  • My Hands Are Tied
  • No Reason to Hurry Home
  • Anything's Better Than Nothing

Two of a Kind

Two of a Kind

Nov 2010

Album Tracks

  • The Pain of Loving You
  • Possum Holler
  • Is It Real
  • The Flame
  • The Fighting Kind
  • Two of a Kind
  • All I Need Is You
  • Curse of the Wild Weed Flower
  • Today, Tomorrow and Forever
  • There'll Be Love

Letter to Heaven - Songs of Faith & Inspiration

Letter to Heaven - Songs of Faith & Inspiration

Apr 2010

Album Tracks

  • I Believe
  • Yes I See God
  • The Master's Hand
  • Heaven's Just a Prayer Away
  • Golden Streets of Glory
  • How Great Thou Art
  • I'll Keep Climbing
  • Book of Life
  • Wings of a Dove
  • Lord Hold My Hand
  • Would You Know Him (If You Saw Him)
  • Comin' for to Carry Me Home
  • Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man
  • God's Coloring Book
  • Letter to Heaven
  • Sacred Memories
  • The Seeker

Dolly

Dolly

Oct 2009

Album Tracks

  • Puppy Love
  • Just the Way I Am
  • Girl Left Alone
  • Down from Dover
  • Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can) [Demo]
  • Everything Is Beautiful (In Its Own Way)
  • It's Sure Gonna Hurt
  • Daddy Come and Get Me
  • The Love You Gave
  • Just Someone I Used to Know (with Porter Wagoner)
  • Nobody But You
  • Tomorrow Is Forever (with Porter Wagoner)
  • Busy Signal
  • Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man (with Porter Wagoner)
  • Don't Drop Out
  • Comin' for to Carry Me Home
  • I've Known You All My Life
  • Golden Streets of Glory
  • Put It Off Until Tomorrow
  • Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) [Single Version] {Remastered 2002}
  • Dumb Blonde
  • Joshua (Single Version) [Remastered 2002]
  • Something Fishy
  • Daddy's Moonshine Still
  • I Couldn't Wait Forever
  • The Last One to Touch Me
  • I'm Not Worth the Tears
  • Better Move It On Home (with Porter Wagoner)
  • The Last Thing On My Mind (with Porter Wagoner)
  • Coat of Many Colors
  • False Eyelashes
  • Traveling Man
  • The Bridge
  • My Blue Tears
  • Just Because I'm a Woman
  • Here I Am
  • Holding On to Nothin' (with Porter Wagoner)
  • God's Coloring Book
  • We'll Get Ahead Someday (with Porter Wagoner)
  • Will He Be Waiting
  • Jeannie's Afraid of the Dark
  • Touch Your Woman
  • In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
  • Together Always (with Porter Wagoner)
  • Daddy
  • Lost Forever In Your Kiss (with Porter Wagoner)
  • Evening Shade
  • My Tennessee Mountain Home
  • Gypsy, Joe and Me
  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy

Rainbow

Rainbow

Oct 2008

Album Tracks

  • The River Unbroken
  • I Know You By Heart
  • Dump the Dude
  • Red Hot Screaming Love
  • Make Love Work
  • Everyday Hero
  • Two Lovers
  • Could I Have Your Autograph
  • Savin' It for You
  • More Than I Can Say

Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker

Aug 2008

Album Tracks

  • I Really Got the Feeling
  • It's Too Late to Love Me Now
  • We're Through Forever ('Til Tomorrow)
  • Sure Thing
  • With You Gone
  • Baby I'm Burnin'
  • Nickels and Dimes
  • The Man
  • Heartbreaker
  • I Wanna Fall In Love

Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner: Duets

Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner: Duets

Jun 2008

Album Tracks

  • The Last Thing On My Mind
  • Holding On to Nothin'
  • We'll Get Ahead Someday
  • Always, Always
  • I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
  • Just Someone I Used to Know
  • Tomorrow Is Forever
  • Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man
  • Better Move It On Home
  • The Right Combination
  • Burning the Midnight Oil
  • Together Always
  • We Found It
  • Say Forever You'll Be Mine
  • If Teardrops Were Pennies
  • Please Don't Stop Loving Me
  • Making Plans

Backwoods Barbie

Backwoods Barbie

Feb 2008

Album Tracks

  • Better Get to Livin'
  • Made of Stone
  • Drives Me Crazy
  • Backwoods Barbie
  • Jesus & Gravity
  • Only Dreamin'
  • The Tracks of My Tears
  • The Lonesomes
  • Cologne
  • Shinola
  • I Will Forever Hate Roses
  • Somebody's Everything
  • I Will Always Love You (Live)
  • Better Get to Livin'

Little Angel

Little Angel

Oct 2007

Album Tracks

  • It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  • Makin' Believe
  • Release Me
  • Letter to Heaven
  • Two Little Orphans
  • Little Blossom

16 Biggest Hits: Dolly Parton

16 Biggest Hits: Dolly Parton

Aug 2007

Album Tracks

  • Here You Come Again
  • 9 to 5
  • Jolene
  • Islands In the Stream
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Coat of Many Colors
  • The Seeker
  • Two Doors Down
  • Single Women
  • All I Can Do
  • Heartbreak Express
  • Don't Call It Love
  • Love Is Like a Butterfly
  • Rockin' Years
  • Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That
  • Romeo

All I Can Do

All I Can Do

Mar 2007

Album Tracks

  • All I Can Do
  • The Fire That Keeps You Warm
  • When the Sun Goes Down Tomorrow
  • I'm a Drifter
  • Falling Out of Love With Me
  • Shattered Image
  • Boulder to Birmingham
  • Preacher Tom
  • Life's Like Poetry
  • Hey, Lucky Lady

Burlap & Satin

Burlap & Satin

Mar 2007

Album Tracks

  • Ooo-eee
  • Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
  • Jealous Heart
  • A Gamble Either Way
  • Appalachian Memories
  • I Really Don't Want to Know
  • Potential New Boyfriend
  • A Cowboy's Ways
  • One of Those Days
  • Calm On the Water

Dolly Dolly Dolly

Dolly Dolly Dolly

Mar 2007

Album Tracks

  • Starting Over Again
  • Same Old Fool
  • Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)
  • You're the Only One I Ever Needed
  • Say Goodnight
  • Fool for Your Love
  • Even a Fool Would Let Go
  • Sweet Agony
  • I Knew You When
  • Packin' It Up

Great Balls of Fire

Great Balls of Fire

Mar 2007

Album Tracks

  • Star of the Show
  • Down
  • You're the Only One
  • Help!
  • Do You Think That Time Stands Still
  • Sweet Summer Lovin'
  • Great Balls of Fire
  • Almost In Love
  • It's Not My Affair Anymore
  • Sandy's Song

New Harvest...First Gathering

New Harvest...First Gathering

Mar 2007

Album Tracks

  • Light of a Clear Blue Morning
  • Applejack
  • My Girl (My Love)
  • Holdin' On to You
  • You Are
  • How Does It Feel
  • Where Beauty Lives In Memory
  • Higher and Higher
  • Getting In My Way
  • There

Real Love

Real Love

Mar 2007

Album Tracks

  • Think About Love
  • Tie Our Love (In a Double Knot)
  • We Got Too Much
  • It's Such a Heartache
  • Don't Call It Love
  • Real Love (Duet with Kenny Rogers)
  • I Can't Be True
  • Once In a Very Blue Moon
  • Come Back to Me
  • I Hope You're Never Happy

My Tennessee Mountain Home

My Tennessee Mountain Home

Feb 2007

Album Tracks

  • The Letter
  • I Remember
  • Old Black Kettle
  • Daddy's Working Boots
  • Dr. Robert F. Thomas
  • In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
  • My Tennessee Mountain Home
  • The Wrong Direction Home
  • Back Home
  • The Better Part of Life
  • Down On Music Row
  • Sacred Memories

Jolene

Jolene

Feb 2007

Album Tracks

  • Jolene
  • When Someone Wants to Leave
  • River of Happiness
  • Early Morning Breeze
  • Highlight of My Life
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Randy
  • Living On Memories of You
  • Lonely Comin' Down
  • It Must Be You
  • Cracker Jack
  • Another Woman's Man
  • Barbara On Your Mind
  • Last Night's Lovin'

Trio

Trio

Dec 2006

Album Tracks

  • The Pain of Loving You
  • Making Plans
  • To Know Him Is to Love Him
  • Hobo's Meditation
  • Wildflowers
  • Telling Me Lies
  • My Dear Companion
  • Those Memories of You
  • I've Had Enough
  • Rosewood Casket
  • Farther Along

Trio II

Trio II

Dec 2006

Album Tracks

  • Lover's Return
  • High Sierra
  • Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
  • After the Gold Rush
  • The Blue Train
  • I Feel the Blues Movin' In
  • You'll Never Be the Sun
  • He Rode All the Way to Texas
  • Feels Like Home

Little Blossoms

Little Blossoms

Jun 2006

Album Tracks

  • Girl Left Alone
  • It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  • Letter to Heaven
  • Little Blossoms
  • Makin' Believe
  • Puppy Love
  • Release Me (Original Version)
  • Two Little Orphans

Travelin' Thru - Single

Travelin' Thru - Single

Feb 2006

Album Tracks

  • Travelin' Thru

The Grass Is Blue

The Grass Is Blue

Jan 2006

Album Tracks

  • Travelin’ Prayer
  • Cash On the Barrelhead
  • A Few Old Memories
  • I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open
  • Steady As the Rain
  • I Still Miss Someone
  • Endless Stream of Tears
  • Silver Dagger
  • Train, Train
  • I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  • Will He Be Waiting for Me
  • The Grass Is Blue
  • I Am Ready

Those Were the Days

Those Were the Days

Oct 2005

Album Tracks

  • Those Were the Days
  • Blowin' In the Wind
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone
  • Twelfth of Never
  • Where Do the Children Play
  • Me and Bobby McGee
  • Crimson and Clover
  • The Cruel War
  • Turn, Turn, Turn
  • If I Were a Carpenter
  • Both Sides Now
  • Imagine

The Monument Sessions

The Monument Sessions

Jun 2005

Album Tracks

  • Dumb Blonde
  • Something Fishy
  • Fuel to the Flame
  • The Little Things
  • The Company You Keep
  • Why, Why, Why
  • Put It Off Until Tomorrow
  • I'm In No Condition
  • Too Lonely Too Long
  • As Long As I Love You
  • What Do You Think About Loving?
  • I Wasted My Tears
  • I Couldn't Wait Forever
  • Ping Pong
  • I'm Not Worth the Tears
  • The Giving and the Taking
  • Busy Signal
  • I Took Him for Granted

Platinum & Gold Collection: Dolly Parton

Platinum & Gold Collection: Dolly Parton

May 2004

Album Tracks

  • Joshua
  • Coat of Many Colors
  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
  • Jolene
  • Burning the Midnight Oil
  • The Seeker
  • Two Doors Down
  • Here You Come Again
  • 9 to 5
  • Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You
  • Single Women
  • Potential New Boyfriend

Just Because I'm a Woman

Just Because I'm a Woman

Oct 2003

Album Tracks

  • You're Gonna Be Sorry
  • I Wish I Felt This Way At Home
  • False Eyelashes
  • I'll Oilwells Love You
  • The Only Way Out (Is to Walk Over Me)
  • Little Bit Slow to Catch On
  • The Bridge
  • Love and Learn
  • I'm Running Out of Love
  • Just Because I'm a Woman
  • Baby Sister
  • Try Being Lonely
  • Just Because I'm a Woman
  • Coat of Many Colors

RCA Country Legends: Dolly Parton

RCA Country Legends: Dolly Parton

Feb 2002

Album Tracks

  • False Eyelashes
  • Evening Shade
  • Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)
  • Joshua
  • Daddy's Moonshine Still
  • Jolene
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Love Is Like a Butterfly
  • The Bargain Store
  • All I Can Do
  • Here You Come Again
  • Heartbreaker
  • Shattered Image
  • Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You
  • 9 to 5
  • Tennessee Homesick Blues

9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

Sep 1999

Album Tracks

  • 9 to 5
  • Hush-A-Bye Hard Times
  • The House of the Rising Sun
  • Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
  • Sing for the Common Man
  • Working Girl
  • Detroit City
  • But You Know I Love You
  • Dark As a Dungeon
  • Poor Folks Town

Coat of Many Colors

Coat of Many Colors

Aug 1999

Album Tracks

  • Coat of Many Colors
  • Traveling Man
  • My Blue Tears
  • If I Lose My Mind
  • The Mystery of the Mystery
  • She Never Met a Man (She Didn't Like)
  • Early Morning Breeze
  • The Way I See You
  • Here I Am
  • A Better Place to Live

Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers

Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers

Jan 1999

Album Tracks

  • Dumb Blonde
  • Two Little Orphans
  • It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  • Sunshine
  • Something's Burning
  • Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
  • Something Fishy
  • Fuel to the Flame
  • Release Me
  • Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
  • For the Good Times
  • Me and Bobby McGee
  • Making Believe
  • The Little Things
  • Little Blossom
  • Reuben James
  • Elvira
  • Good Time Liberator
  • Girl Left Alone
  • The Company You Keep
  • The Giving and the Taking
  • What Am I Gonna Do
  • Ticket to Nowhere
  • All God's Lonely Children
  • As Long As I Love You
  • Why, Why, Why
  • Busy Signal
  • Girl, Get a Hold of Yourself
  • Lay It Down
  • If Wishes Were Horses
  • I Couldn't Wait Forever
  • Put It Off Until Tomorrow
  • I Took Him for Granted
  • New Design
  • I Wasted My Tears When I Cried
  • Shine On Ruby Mountain
  • I'm Not Worth the Tears
  • Always Leavin', Always Gone
  • What Do You Think About Loving
  • Once Again She's All Alone
  • Letter to Heaven
  • Loser

Hungry Again

Hungry Again

Aug 1998

Album Tracks

  • Hungry Again
  • The Salt In My Tears
  • Honky Tonk Songs
  • Blue Valley Songbird
  • I Wanna Go Back There
  • When Jesus Comes Calling for Me
  • Time and Tears
  • I'll Never Say Goodbye
  • The Camel's Heart
  • I Still Lost You
  • Paradise Road
  • Shine On

The Essential Dolly Parton, Vol. 2

The Essential Dolly Parton, Vol. 2

Apr 1997

Album Tracks

  • Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)
  • Touch Your Woman
  • The Bargain Store
  • Coat of Many Colors
  • My Tennessee Mountain Home
  • Joshua
  • Just Because I'm a Woman
  • Jolene
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Light of a Clear Blue Morning
  • Here You Come Again
  • Love Is Like a Butterfly
  • We Used To
  • Me and Little Andy
  • It's All Wrong, But It's All Right
  • All I Can Do
  • Heartbreaker
  • I Really Got the Feeling
  • The Seeker
  • Wings of a Dove

The Essential Porter and Dolly

The Essential Porter and Dolly

Jun 1996

Album Tracks

  • The Last Thing On My Mind
  • Holding On to Nothin'
  • We'll Get Ahead Someday
  • Yours Love
  • Always, Always
  • Just Someone I Used to Know
  • Tomorrow Is Forever
  • Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man
  • Better Move It On Home
  • The Right Combination
  • Burning the Midnight Oil
  • Lost Forever In Your Kiss
  • Together Always
  • We Found It
  • Say Forever You'll Be Mine
  • If Teardrops Were Pennies
  • Please Don't Stop Loving Me
  • Is Forever Longer Than Always
  • If You Go, I'll Follow You
  • Making Plans

Dolly Parton: Super Hits

Dolly Parton: Super Hits

May 1996

Album Tracks

  • Jolene
  • Here You Come Again
  • Heartbreaker
  • You're the Only One
  • I Will Always Love You
  • 9 to 5
  • Love Is Like a Butterfly
  • But You Know I Love You
  • Tennessee Homesick Blues
  • Think About Love

I Will Always Love You and Other Greatest Hits

I Will Always Love You and Other Greatest Hits

Apr 1996

Album Tracks

  • Why'd You Come In Here
  • Yellow Roses
  • White Limozeen
  • Eagle When She Flies
  • Romeo
  • Rockin' Years
  • To Daddy
  • Silver and Gold
  • He's Alive
  • I Will Always Love You

Something Special

Something Special

Aug 1995

Album Tracks

  • Crippled Bird
  • Something Special
  • Change
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Green-Eyed Boy
  • Speakin' of the Devil
  • Jolene
  • No Good Way of Saying Good-Bye
  • The Seeker
  • Teach Me to Trust

I Will Always Love You - The Essential Dolly Parton One

I Will Always Love You - The Essential Dolly Parton One

May 1994

Album Tracks

  • 9 to 5
  • Single Women
  • Think About Love
  • But You Know I Love You
  • Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?
  • Real Love
  • You're the Only One
  • Sweet Summer Lovin'
  • Heartbreak Express
  • Tie Our Love (In a Double Knot)
  • Islands In the Stream
  • Two Doors Down
  • God Won't Get You
  • Don't Call It Love
  • To Daddy
  • Starting Over Again
  • Tennessee Homesick Blues
  • Save the Last Dance for Me
  • Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You
  • I Will Always Love You

Honky Tonk Angels

Honky Tonk Angels

Nov 1993

Album Tracks

  • It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  • Put It Off Until Tomrrow
  • Silver Threads and Golden Needles
  • Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love With You)
  • Sittin' On the Front Porch Swing
  • Wings of a Dove
  • I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
  • Wouldn't It Be Great
  • That's the Way It Could Have Been
  • Let Her Fly
  • Lovesick Blues
  • I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven

Eagle When She Flies

Eagle When She Flies

Mar 1991

Album Tracks

  • If You Need Me
  • Rockin' Years
  • Country Road
  • Silver and Gold
  • Eagle When She Flies
  • Best Woman Wins
  • What a Heartache
  • Runaway Feelin'
  • Dreams Do Come True
  • Family
  • Wildest Dreams

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas

Sep 1990

Album Tracks

  • First Nöel
  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • We Three Kings
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Joy to the World

Dolly Parton: Greatest Hits

Dolly Parton: Greatest Hits

Jul 1989

Album Tracks

  • 9 to 5
  • But You Know I Love You
  • Here You Come Again
  • Two Doors Down
  • It's All Wrong, But It's All Right
  • Islands In the Stream
  • Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You
  • Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
  • I Will Always Love You

White Limozeen

White Limozeen

May 1989

Album Tracks

  • Time for Me to Fly
  • Yellow Roses
  • Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That
  • Slow Healing Heart
  • What Is It My Love
  • White Limozeen
  • Wait 'Til I Get You Home
  • Take Me Back to the Country
  • The Moon, the Stars and Me
  • He's Alive

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Artist Bio

It's difficult to find a country performer who has moved from her country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single "Coat of Many Colors" shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 years old, she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was recording on a small label and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. Her 1967 hit "Dumb Blonde" (which she's not) caught Porter Wagoner's ear, and he hired Parton to appear on his television show, where their duet numbers became famous. By the time her "Joshua" reached number one in 1970, Parton's fame had overshadowed her boss', and she had struck out on her own, though she still recorded duets with him. During the mid-'70s, she established herself as a country superstar, crossing over into the pop mainstream in the early '80s, when she smoothed out the rough edges in her music and began singing pop as well as country. In the early '80s, she also began appearing in movies, most notably the hit 9 to 5. Though her savvy marketing, image manipulation — her big dumb blond stage persona is an act — extracurricular forays into film, and her flirtations with country-pop have occasionally overshadowed her music, at her core Parton is a country gal and a tremendously gifted singer/songwriter. Among her classics are "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene," "Kentucky Gambler," "I Will Always Love You," "But You Know I Love You," and "Tennessee Homesick Blues," and they give a hint as to why her contribution to bringing country music to a wide audience, not only in America but throughout the world, cannot be underestimated.The fourth of 12 children, Parton was born and raised in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, just next to the Smoky Mountains National Forest. Parton's family struggled to survive throughout her childhood, and she was often ridiculed for her poverty, yet music soothed their worries. Though her farming father did not play, her half-Cherokee mother played guitar and her grandfather, Rev. Jake Owens. was a fiddler and songwriter (his "Singing His Praise" was recorded by Kitty Wells). When she was seven, her uncle Bill Owens gave her a guitar, and within three years, she became a regular on WIVK Knoxville's The Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour. Over the next two years, her career steadily increased, and in 1959 she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry; the following year, she recorded her first single, "Puppy Love," for Goldband.When she was 14 years old, Parton signed to Mercury Records, but her 1962 debut for the label, "It's Sure Gonna Hurt," was a bomb, and the label immediately dropped her. Over the next five years, she shopped for a new contract and did indeed record a number of songs, which were later reissued through budget-line records. She continued to attend high school, playing snare drum in the marching band. After she graduated, she moved to Nashville where she stayed with Bill Owens. Both songwriters pitched songs across Nashville with no success, and Parton began singing on demos. Early in 1965, both Parton and Owens finally found work when Fred Foster signed them to his publishing house, Combine Music; Foster subsequently signed her to Monument Records. Parton's first records for Monument were marketed to pop audiences, and her second record, "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby," nearly made the charts. In 1966, Bill Phillips took two of Parton's and Owens' songs — "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" and "The Company You Keep" — to the Top Ten, setting the stage for Parton's breakthrough single, "Dumb Blonde." Released early in 1967, the record climbed to number 24, followed shortly afterward by the number 17 "Something Fishy."The two hit Monument singles attracted the attention of country star Porter Wagoner, who was looking to hire a new female singer for his syndicated television show. Parton accepted the offer and began appearing on the show on September 5, 1967. Initially, Wagoner's audience was reluctant to warm to Parton and chanted for Norma Jean, the singer she replaced, but with Wagoner's assistance, she was accepted. Wagoner also convinced his label, RCA, to sign Parton. Since female performers were not particularly popular in the late '60s, the label decided to protect their investment by releasing her first single as a duet with Wagoner. Their first single, "The Last Thing on My Mind," reached the country Top Ten early in 1968, launching a six-year streak of virtually uninterrupted Top Ten singles. Parton's first solo single, "Just Because I'm a Woman," was released in the summer of 1968 and was a moderate hit, reaching number 17. For the remainder of the decade, none of her solo efforts — even "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)," which would later become a standard — were as successful as her duets. The duo was named Vocal Group of the Year in 1968 by the Country Music Association, but Parton's solo records were continually ignored. Wagoner and Parton were both frustrated by her lack of solo success, because he had a significant financial stake in her future; as of 1969, he was her co-producer and owned nearly half of the publishing company Owepar.By 1970, both Parton and Wagoner had grown frustrated by her lack of solo success, and Porter had her sing Jimmie Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)," a gimmick that worked. The record shot to number three on the charts, followed closely by her first number one single, "Joshua." For the next two years, she had a number of solo hits — including her signature song "Coat of Many Colors" (number four, 1971) — in addition to her duets. Though she had successful singles, none of them were blockbusters until "Jolene" reached number one in early 1974. Parton stopped traveling with Wagoner after its release, yet she continued to appear on television and sing duets with him until 1976.Once she left Wagoner, Parton's records became more eclectic and diverse, ranging from the ballad "I Will Always Love You" (number one, 1974) and the racy "The Bargain Store" (number one, 1975) to the crossover pop of "Here You Come Again" (number one, 1977), and the disco experiments of "Baby I'm Burning" (number 25 pop, 1978). From 1974 to 1980, she consistently charted in the country Top Ten, with no less than eight singles reaching number one. Parton had her own syndicated television show, Dolly, in 1976 and by the next year had gained the right to produce her own albums, which immediately resulted in diverse efforts like 1977's New Harvest...First Gathering. In addition to her own hits during the late '70s, many artists, from Rose Maddox and Kitty Wells to Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt, covered her songs, and her siblings Randy and Stella received recording contracts of their own.Though she was quite popular, Parton became a genuine superstar in 1977, when the Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil song "Here You Come Again" became a huge crossover hit, reaching number three on the pop charts, spending five weeks at the top of the country charts, and going gold. Its accompanying album went platinum and the follow-up, Heartbreaker, went gold. Soon, she was on the cover of country and mainstream publications alike. With the new financial windfall, a lawsuit against Wagoner — who had received a significant portion of her royalties — ensued. By the time it was settled, she regained her copyrights while Wagoner was given a nominal fee and the studio the duo shared. In the wake of the lawsuit, a delayed duet album, Making Plans, appeared in 1980; its title track hit number two on the country charts.Parton's commercial success continued to grow during 1980, as she had three number one hits in a row: the Donna Summer-written "Starting Over Again," "Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)," and "9 to 5." The latter was the theme song to Parton's acting debut, 9 to 5. Also starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, the movie became a huge success, establishing Parton as a movie star. The song became her first number one pop single, as well. 9 to 5 gave Parton's career momentum that lasted throughout the early '80s. She began appearing in more films, including the Burt Reynolds musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and the Sylvester Stallone comedy Rhinestone (1984). Parton's singles continued to appear consistently in the country Top Ten: between 1981 and 1985, she had 12 Top Ten hits and half of those were number one singles. Parton continued to make inroads on the pop charts as well with a re-recorded version of "I Will Always Love You" from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas scraping the Top 50 and her Kenny Rogers duet "Islands in the Stream" (which was written by the Bee Gees and produced by Barry Gibb) spending two weeks at number one.However, by 1985 many old-time fans had felt that Parton was spending too much time courting the mainstream. Most of her albums were dominated by the adult contemporary pop of songs like "Islands in the Stream," and it had been years since she had sung straightforward country. She also continued to explore new business and entertainment ventures such as her Dollywood theme park, which opened in 1985. Despite these misgivings, she had continued to chart well until 1986; when none of her singles reached the Top Ten. RCA Records didn't renew her contract after it expired that year, and she signed with Columbia in 1987. Before she released her Columbia debut, Parton joined forces with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris to record the rootsy Trio album. Trio became a huge hit, earning both critical and popular acclaim, selling over a million copies, and peaking at number six on the pop charts; it also spawned three Top Ten country singles: "To Know Him Is to Love Him," "Telling Me Lies," and "Those Memories of You." Following the success of the album, she had a weekly variety television show, Dolly, on ABC that lasted only one season. Trio also provided a perfect launching pad for her first Columbia album, 1989's White Limozeen, which produced two number one hits in "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That" and "Yellow Roses."Though it looked like Parton's career had been revived, it was actually just a brief revival before contemporary country came along in the early '90s and pushed all veteran artists out of the charts. Parton had a number one duet with Ricky Van Shelton, "Rockin' Years," in 1991, but after that single, she slowly crept out of the Top Ten and later the Top 40. Parton was one of the most outspoken critics of radio's treatment of older stars. While her sales had declined, she didn't disappear. Despite her lack of sales, Parton remained an iconic figure in country music, appearing in films (the 1991 TV-movie Wild Texas Wind, 1992's Straight Talk), selling out concerts, and releasing a series of acclaimed albums — including 1993's Honky Tonk Angels, a collaboration with Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn — that all sold respectably. Furthermore, "I Will Always Love You" was covered in 1992 by Whitney Houston, who took it to number one on the pop charts; the single spent 14 weeks at number one, becoming the biggest pop hit of the rock & roll era (it was unseated four years later by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day"). In 1994, Parton published her autobiography, My Life and Other Unfinished Business. Treasures, her 1996 album, was a praised collection of unusual covers, ranging from Merle Haggard to Neil Young. Hungry Again followed in 1998, and early the following year she reunited with Ronstadt and Harris for a second Trio collection in addition to releasing the solo The Grass Is Blue. A rootsy effort, it was well received and prompted the release of more recordings like it on Little Sparrow in 2001 and Halos & Horns in 2002. The patriotic For God and Country appeared in 2003 and was followed by the CD and DVD Live and Well a year later. Those Were the Days from 2005 found Parton covering her favorite pop songs from the '60s and '70s. 2008 saw the release of Parton's first mainstream country album in nearly 20 years, Backwoods Barbie, on her own Dolly Records imprint. Live from London followed in 2009. An album of all Parton-written material, Better Day, appeared from Dolly Records in 2011, the 41st studio release of her long career.

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