Parton began her career as a child performer. Starring on a Porter Wagoner's weekly television show, Parton gained prominence in the late 60s, but it wasn't until the 1977 hit "Here You Come Again" that she became a household name.
She steamrolled through the 70s, 80s, and 90s with hits like "9 To 5", "Jolene", "Islands In the Stream", "But You Know I Love You" and " I Will Always Love You", which is one of the best selling singles of all time, with Whitney Houston's help.
"I Will Always Love You" is the second song ever to reach the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 in separate chart runs, and
Parton is the first artist to earn a number one record twice with the same song as a singer, and three times as a writer.
But "I Will Always Love You" is just one of many Dolly Parton songs that are not only genuine and sincere, but also catchy and, at times, heartbreaking. The heartfelt combo is attributed to both Parton's distinct soprano voice and her honest and simple lyrics. Dolly Parton is truly a great songwriter.
Not only is Parton one of the most successful female country artists of all time (estimated 100 million in record sales), but she is also an acclaimed actress, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.
She's an advocate for childhood literacy, creator of Dollywood, and has starred in films like "9 To 5", "Steel Magnolias", "Rhinestone", "Miss Congeniality 2", and she's made countless cameos in TV shows like "The Simpsons".
Here at Vinyl, we have mad respect for Dolly Parton. She's bubbly, playful, and her music is well preserved. She's a classic and a major pioneer for women in the music industry.
Once you've sampled some of her tunes we think you'll agree, there's only one Dolly.
7 Must Have Dolly Tunes
This toe-tapper is a great Monday morning battle cry for your commute. Dolly knows just how it feels to fight through the rat race, and the movie is a hysterical call to arms for women's rights in the workplace that also stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dabney Coleman.
One of the most powerful and moving "Keep Your Hands Off My Man" songs out there, "Jolene" is a classic song that represents the honesty and sincerity of Dolly Parton's lyrics.
Two Doors Down is the kind of song that gets stuck in your head. It's an upbeat tune about recovering from a break-up. The lyrics are classic Dolly, and the song's fun to sing. Plus, it makes you feel good, which is muy importante during the break-up process.
Here You Come Again is the song that officially put Dolly Parton on the map, earning her the 1979 Granny award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Such a great song with wonderful lyrics and Dolly's sweet, signature sound.
This song is 100% Dolly. The quirky lyrics and the knee-slappin' pace of the song turns a sad situation into a fun and delightful musical experience. Who hasn't ran into someone they used to date and thought, "dang"?
Despite what some in younger generations may think, I Will Always Love You is Dolly Parton's song. Though Whitney Houston made Dolly rich on a cover of the song, I Will Always Love You is a touching, simple, and heartbreaking song about lost love and a must-have for any Dolly fan.
On the album "Little Sparrow", Dolly dabbles with covering a few of her favorite songs. Her remake of "Shine" gives the classic song a bluegrass feel and is a testament to Dolly's longevity, style, and dedication to her roots.