Happy Birthday Dolly Parton!

The great Country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton turns 65 today!  Dolly’s inimitable soprano voice and heartfelt lyrics have made her the international superstar that she is.  We will always love you!  Happy Birthday Dolly!

Happy 65th Birthday Dolly Parton!

Born in Tennessee on January 19th, 1946, Dolly grew up in the rural setting of the Tennessee hills with 11 brothers and sisters.  She knew from an early age that she wanted to sing and write songs and was inspired by her daily life, as reflected in her hit song Coat of Many Colors.

Since her humble beginnings, in her 40-year plus career, Dolly’s accolades are many, to name only a few:

  • 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards
  • 25 No.1 songs on the Billboard Country charts
  • 41 Top 10 Country Albums
  • 110 career charted singles
  • 7 Grammy Awards
  • 10 CMA awards including Entertainer of the Year
  • 5 Academy of Country Music Awards
  • 3 American Music Awards
  • Oscar nominations for title songs of the 1980 hit comedy 9 to 5, and 2006’s Travelin’ Thru
  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999

Dolly wrote the song, I will Always Love You, which not only topped the charts but did so twice (Dolly’s version) and a 3rd time with Whitney Houston’s version and was named BMI’s Most Performed Song of the Year in 1993.

In addition to her singing and songwriting, she very generously gives back to her fans and community, never having forgotten from where she came.  As the founder of the Dollywood Foundation she wants to “inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, do more and care more”.  According to her website:

“the foundation funds the Dolly Parton Imagination Library across America and in Canada, by giving every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. With the help of local sponsors, this program has expanded to over 800 communities in 41 states and will give away over 5 million books in 2007 alone. Dolly says, “My dad was prouder of me for this program than for my music career. He thought it was grand that all the kids called me the Book Lady.”

A message on Dolly’s website invites you to send her a birthday message:

Dolly’s birthday is only 1 week away, and I’d like for her to see some great birthday wishes from her fans! So, if you get a chance, email your well wishes, funny/inspirational sayings, silly birthday photos, or a video of you singing Happy Birthday to info@dollypartonmusic.net.

We wish Dolly many more years of health, happiness and singing-songwriting success!

I Will Always Love You, Dolly Parton

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3 Comments

Posted by World Spinner 19. January 2011 at 11:44 am :

Karaoke Lounge» Mega Country Star, singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton ……

Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

Posted by Caleb 20. January 2011 at 3:24 am :

This really is such an amazing song. I’ve heard the Whitney Houston version, but I didn’t know it was written by Dolly Parton. The music isn’t super in line with my type of music… neither is the singing… but the lyrics are really something. And I can appreciate a good song in any genre.

Watching the little clip of the scenario before and after the song though really added so much more meaning to the song for me… I think it goes to show that songs with real stories and real context are always the most powerful and moving songs. A lot of times you have bands that write songs and never tell people the story behind the song… and maybe that can appeal to a wider audience (giving them the opportunity to interpret for themselves), but I feel like it just loses some of it’s power.

Anyways, props to Dolly Parton for writing an amazing song. :)

Posted by Craig 2. March 2011 at 4:27 pm :

This video clip from Best Little Whorehouse does not show the last verse which I think is the most beautiful verse of the 3 in the song and the one in which Dolly speaks it. This song is also one of my very favorite songs. Of course I heard Dolly’s growing up and to me her’s is still the one I love the best and resonate more feeling with. She also is a beautiful person that I just love for her talent, her singing and her being.

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