Seventy-five years ago, on January 19, a star was born. Dolly Parton is one of the most beloved country sensations, and in her honor, here are a few reasons we love her.
10. She co-wrote a book with James Patterson.
Run, Rose, Run. This story is about a rising star who sings about the hard life behind her. She is looking for a new life in life. Parton says she was thrilled to write a book with Patterson. It has already been chosen by a Hollywood studio to make a film. And guess who is playing a role!
You can find the novel at Barnes and Noble.
9. She’s a new baking sensation with her new cake mixes.
Dolly teamed up earlier this year with Duncan Hines with her own Southern-style cake mixes and frostings. The instant cake mix company sells the two unique cake mixes and buttercream frosting exclusively on shop.duncanhines.com while stocks last.
Dolly explained how happy she was to be part of the collaboration, according to Good Morning America: “I’ve always loved cooking. Having grown up in the South, I particularly like this authentic home cooking. I’m thrilled to launch my line of cake mixes and frostings with Duncan Hines, bringing that sweet Southern-style baking experience I enjoy to others.
Recently, she was nominated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but kindly rejected the idea.
Parton took to Twitter, announcing that she did not want to be included among the nominees and felt she had not earned that right.
Parton has been recognized with over 30 music awards, a Primetime Emmy, Kennedy Center Honors and more as a country artist.
“While I’m extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t think I’ve earned this right,” Parton said on his Twitter account. “I don’t want the votes split because of me, so I must respectfully step down.”
She later acquiesced when voters across the country wholeheartedly pushed for her induction anyway.
7. She lights up the big screen.
Parton is known for his films “9 to 5”, “Rhinestone”, “Steel Magnolias”, “Straight Talk” and several other films and television specials. She has been a producer for over 20 productions, a screenwriter for eight shows/movies and several other appearances. Her acting diploma began in 1965 with Captain Kangaroo!
She has what is called an imaginary library, a program where Dolly provides free books to children from birth to five years old. This is done through shared funding from Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. On the site, she writes:
“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are kids in your community who have their dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor, an inventor, or a minister. Who knows, there may be a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and a singer.
The seeds of these dreams are often found in books, and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.
Dolly is known to have a big heart and has been very generous with donations. She donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Center, which helped with the COVID-19 vaccine.
When wildfires engulfed the East Tennessee region in 2016, she was quick to respond. She had pledged to donate $1,000 a month to a family displaced by the fire, and her Smokey Mountains telethon has raised $9 million for families in need. Her kindness and generosity even inspired one woman to write an open letter to the singer, apologizing for not acknowledging Dolly’s awesomeness sooner.
4. His music is something special.
As an American singer-songwriter, she is known for her work in country music. She was a solo artist and made a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner and Kenny Rogers. She made her album debut in 1967 with Hello, I’m Dolly. This led to success for the rest of the 1960s. Its sales and peak came in the 1970s and continued into the 1980s.
In the new millennium, she has released albums on various independent labels since 2000, including her label Dolly Records. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
3. She’s a country sensation.
A country sensation, Parton has won 11 Grammy Awards and racked up 50 nominations, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, Artist of the Year and ten Country Music Association awards. She is one of seven female artists to have won the Country Music Association Artist of the Year award.
Additionally, she has won five Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, four People’s Choice Awards, and three American Music Awards. In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
2. She has her own theme park.
In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Parton has his amusement park called Dollywood Theme Park. The park spans over 160 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains. It features more than 50 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment and award-winning restaurants, and has received an award for its friendliness.
1. She recorded her first song at 13.
At just 11 years old, Dolly wrote her first song, “Puppy Love”, with her uncle Bill Owens, and Goldband Records released it in 1959. The lyrics showed her ability, even at such a young age, and she could write relevant songs.
In what fans call an upbeat song, Dolly sings about the hot and cold emotions of young love. “Girl Left Alone” was another song written by Dolly and her Aunt Dorothy Jo Owens and Uncle Bill Owns that appeared on the B-side.
To record these songs, Dolly and her grandmother, Rena Owens, took a 30-hour bus trip to the recording studio in Lake Charles, Louisiana.