Top Ten Reasons Why Dolly Parton Is Awesome

The King of Rock & Roll wanted to cover one of her songs

... and she had the guts to turn him down. Elvis Presley had expressed interest in recording "I Will Always Love You". But Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker told Parton she would have to sign over half of the publishing rights if Elvis recorded it. Parton passed on the offer and it turned out to be one of her best career moves. In 1992 Whitney Houston performed the song in the film "The Bodyguard". Her version became the best-selling hit ever both written and performed by a female artist. The soundtrack sold twelve million copies worldwide. 

She has her own theme park

Dollywood is a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with thrill rides, tradition crafts, concerts, and more. The park has 2.5 million visitors in a typical season and is the largest employer in the area.

She covers rock songs

... and they're awesome! On her 2001 album, Little Sparrow, she recorded Collective Soul's "Shine" and made a cool video with famous bluegrass musicians. Halos & Horns included a bluegrass version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". Robert Plant and Jimmy Page even played on the track.

She is in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Dolly Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

She wrote the score for a broadway musical

In 2008, 9 to 5: The Musical, based on the 1980 film Nine to Five, ran for the first time on Broadway. Parton, who had played Doralee in the film, was asked to write the score for the production. Although the show struggled and closed the next year, Parton's music was praised.

She is in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

In a 2009 interview with Larry King, Parton said that she has written about 3,000 songs in her lifetime, writing seriously since the age of seven. She has won numerous songwriting awards from BMI and is regarded as one of the business' greatest storytellers. In 2001 she was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

She plays nine instruments

Parton can play the autoharp, banjo, drums, dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, pennywhistle, and piano. She has been composing music since the age of four.

She is a philanthropist

Parton has supported many charities throughout her career including one she started herself: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The literacy program mails one book per month to each child enrolled in the program from birth to kindergarten. She started the program in Sevier County, her hometown, but it has spread to many other counties in the US, Canada, and the UK. Imagination Library distributes 2.5 million books each year. 

She makes music to stand the test of time

Parton is one of few artists who have performed on a top-five country hit in each of the last five decades. She has performed on bluegrass, folk, country, and pop songs. 


She is not afraid to make fun of herself

Parton has been quoted as saying "I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park." and "You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!"   

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Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

Dolly is the bomb. Have you heard Mindy Smith's cover of Jolene? Dolly sang on it. A classic. This was great btw.

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kmcmichael 5 years ago from Athens, Georgia Author

I have it on my itunes! it's a great cover. cool video too.

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Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

I saw Mindy when she warmed up for Nickel Creek a few years ago. I love her stuff.

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kmcmichael 5 years ago from Athens, Georgia Author

I LOVE nickel creek! unfortunately i never got to see them perform before they broke up. i would love to see chris thile's new band, punch brothers.

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kmcmichael 5 years ago from Athens, Georgia Author

Anonymous 3 years ago

Dolly Parton is really cool.

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