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Dolly Parton
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946 as one of 12 children and grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, TN. At 12 she was appearing on Knoxville TV, and at 13 she was already recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry. After graduating from high school in 1964 she moved to Nashville to launch her career as a country singer. The next year, Dolly's singing caught the attention of Porter Wagoner. He hired Dolly to appear on his program, "The Porter Wagoner Show." Dolly stayed with the show for 7 years, their duets became famous, and she appeared with his group at the Grand Ole Opry; she also toured and sold records. By the time her hit "Joshua" reached #1 in 1970, her fame had overshadowed Porter's, and she struck out on her own, though still recording duets with him. She left him for good to become a solo artist in 1974. Dolly gained immense popularity as a singer/songwriter. In 1977 Dolly got her first Grammy award: Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for her song "Here You Come Again." Dolly's movie debut was in Nine to Five (1980), where she got an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, and also Grammy awards 2 and 3, Best Country Song, and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "9 to 5." She is the head of Dolly Parton Enterprises, a $100 million media empire, and in 1986 she founded Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, celebrating her Smokey Mountain upbringing. In 1999 she returned to her roots with a stripped-down Bluegrass style. Dolly is known for beautiful songs such as "Coat of Many Colors", "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You." She has said in an interview, "My music is what took me everywhere I've been and everywhere I will go. It's my greatest love. I can't abandon it."   Dolly Parton is pictured here October 29th, 2004 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

selected discography:
Live & Well (2004)
Ultimate Dolly Parton (2003)
For God & Country (2003)
Halos & Horns (2002)
Little Sparrow (2001)
Grass Is Blue (1999)
Trio II (1999)
The Essential Dolly Parton, Vol. Two (1997)
Something Special (1995)
The Essential Dolly Parton One: I Will Always Love You (1995)
Trio (1987)
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (1980)
Jolene/My Tennessee Mountain Home (1974/1975)
Coat of Many Colors (1971)
Just Because I'm a Woman (1968)
The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (1996)
Live and Well [DVD] (2004)
Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton (2003)

Dolly at Sugerhill Records
Dolly Parton On-Line