Dolly Parton biography

Dolly Parton

Country, Musical Artist

1946 –

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Who is Dolly Parton?

Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music.

Beginning her career as a child performer, Parton issued a few modestly successful singles from 1959 through the mid-1960s, showcasing her distinctive soprano voice. She came to greater prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singer Porter Wagoner's weekly television program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind", was a top-ten hit on the country singles charts, and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream pop music, Parton's 1977 single "Here You Come Again" was a success on both the country and pop charts. A string of pop-country hits followed into the mid-1980s, the most successful being her 1981 hit "9 to 5", and her 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers "Islands in the Stream", both of which topped the U.S. pop and country singles charts. A pair of albums recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were among her later successes. In the late 1990s, Parton returned to classic country/bluegrass with a series of acclaimed recordings.

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Born
Jan 19, 1946
Sevierville
Also known as
  • Dolly Rebecca Parton
  • The Smoky Mountain Songbird
  • The Backwoods Barbie
  • The Leading Lady of Country
  • The Iron Butterfly
  • Aunt Granny
  • The Queen of Country
  • The Book Lady
  • The Queen of Nashville
  • D. Parton
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • Scotch-Irish American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Sevier County High School
Lived in
  • Tennessee

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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