Dolly Parton Photos Still Discussed Decades Later
Dolly Parton and Steve Rubel at Studio 54, 1979
Step into the glittery world of the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton! With a career spanning over five decades, Dolly's contagious laughter, charming wit, and powerhouse vocals have captured the hearts of millions. From humble beginnings in Tennessee to becoming a cultural icon, Dolly's journey is as impressive as her hair is big.
Dolly's long road to superstardom is a testament to her talent, drive, and infectious personality. Join us as we take a closer look at the life and legacy of this country music superstar.
In 1979, Dolly Parton was at the height of her fame, having established herself as both a country music icon and a pop sensation. Her popularity transcended musical genres and she was a frequent presence at Studio 54, the legendary New York City nightclub that was the epitome of the city's glittering disco scene. Parton rubbed shoulders with everyone from Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubel to pop art icon Andy Warhol, and her larger-than-life personality and sparkling stage presence made her one of the most sought-after performers of the decade.
A young Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in Tennessee, circa 1955
Every superstar has to start somewhere, and Parton is no exception. Dolly Parton's childhood was a testament to the old saying, "It's not where you come from, it's where you're going." Growing up in a one-room cabin in Pittman Center, Tennessee, in the 1950s, Dolly was one of twelve siblings born to a poor family. Despite the odds stacked against her, Dolly's natural talent and boundless energy lit up the one place she was free to perform - the church. At just six years old, she took the stage, belting out gospel tunes and setting the foundation for what would become a legendary career. The world may have been small for young Dolly, but her dreams were big, and she never let her circumstances get in the way of her passion for music.
So, grab your best pair of rhinestone earrings and join us as we delve into the life and legacy of this country music superstar. Trust us, you don't want to miss a beat - keep reading to find out why Dolly Parton is truly '9 to 5' and fabulous!
Dolly and her Singing Partner Porter Wagner, 1960
Dolly Parton's career took a major leap forward in 1967 when she joined Porter Wagoner for his weekly television program, "The Porter Wagoner Show," and hit the road with him for his road show. At first, the audience was hesitant to embrace the newcomer, but with her stunning voice, charming personality, and sparkling wardrobe, Dolly quickly won them over. She became a fan favorite and a staple on the show for seven years, dueting with Porter on hits like "The Last Thing on My Mind" and "Just Between You and Me." Dolly's time on the show not only helped her gain widespread recognition but also gave her the platform to showcase her undeniable talent, setting the stage for her to become one of country music's biggest stars.
Dolly Parton poses for the camera with DJs backstage at the Grand Ole Opry circa 1970 in Nashville, Tennessee
Dolly Parton's first big break came in 1970 with the release of her single "Mule Skinner Blues." This quirky, upbeat tune was a cover of a classic gimmick song by Jimmie Rodgers, and it quickly became a hit. With its catchy chorus and Dolly's signature twang, the song shot up the charts, reaching number three and captivating audiences everywhere. It was the moment that Dolly's career took off, and the door to a lifetime of hits was thrown wide open. From that moment on, there was no stopping her - she went on to release chart-topping tunes year after year, becoming one of country music's most beloved and enduring artists.
Big Hair, Don't Care, 1970
1970 was a pivotal year for Dolly Parton, as she continued her ascent to the top of the country music world. This was the year she released her fifth solo album, "The Fairest of Them All," showcasing her growth as a singer-songwriter and performer. The album was filled with gems, but it was the lead single, "Daddy Come and Get Me," that really captured the hearts of fans. With its catchy chorus and relatable lyrics, the song became hit, reaching number 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and solidifying Dolly's place as one of country music's leading ladies. As she continued to release hit after hit, Dolly's influence and popularity only continued to grow, setting the stage for her to become the legendary icon she is today.
Pretty as a Picture, 1972
1972 was a year of musical bounty for Dolly Parton, as she released an impressive four albums. Her solo effort, "Touch Your Woman," showcased her growth as a singer-songwriter and proved that she was more than just a talented performer. For fans of her duets with Porter Wagoner, she released two albums filled with their iconic tunes, and another solo album made up of Wagoner tunes, "My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner." It was a year that showcased Dolly's versatility and her dedication to her craft, and it solidified her place as one of country music's brightest stars. With her powerful voice and her boundless energy, Dolly continued to captivate audiences and blaze a trail for other female musicians in the industry.
Parton Poses on a Park Bench, 1974
1974 was a landmark year for Dolly Parton, as she released her 13th solo album, "Jolene." This album was a masterpiece, featuring two of the biggest songs of her career, "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You." These two tracks showed off Dolly's incredible range as a singer and songwriter, captivating audiences with their raw emotion and powerful melodies. "Jolene" became an instant classic, soaring up the charts and earning Dolly legions of new fans. And "I Will Always Love You" cemented her place in music history, becoming one of her signature tunes and one of the most memorable love songs of all time. With this album, Dolly proved that she was not only a gifted performer, but also a true musical force to be reckoned with.
Dolly Takes LA, circa 1975
1975 was a pivotal year for Dolly Parton, as she began her crossover into the pop charts with a vengeance. This year, she released not one, not two, but three albums, including two solo efforts and a duet album with Porter Wagoner. This flurry of musical activity marked the beginning of her journey to becoming a true multi-genre star, and showed the world that she was not just a country singer, but a versatile and talented performer who could appeal to audiences from all walks of life. With her powerful voice and her memorable songs, Dolly quickly won over new fans and became one of the biggest names in popular music. Little did we know then, this was just the beginning of her journey to becoming a true icon of American music.
Dolly Lands at the London Airport, April 1976
1976 was a banner year for Dolly Parton, as she continued to dominate the country music charts and win over fans around the world. This year saw the release of her critically acclaimed album “All I Can Do” which was a commercial hit and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female. With three hit singles and 25 weeks spent on the Billboard Hot Country LP’s chart, peaking at number 3, it was clear that Dolly was here to stay and was making waves in the industry.
Parton's talent and charisma were undeniable, and it was only a matter of time before the world would recognize her as one of the greatest country music legends of all time. With each new release, she continued to captivate audiences with her undeniable voice, her memorable melodies, and her infectious personality.
Dolly Parton and John Belushi Mugging For The Camera Following Parton's Performance at the Bottom Line on May 14, 1977
1977 was a defining year for Dolly Parton as the cool kids finally caught up to what country music fans had known all along: she was a force to be reckoned with. This was the year she performed a legendary three-night stand at New York's Bottom Line, where she had the pleasure of performing for an audience filled with stars like John Belushi and Mick Jagger.
Dolly's infectious live performance was simply electrifying, and it was in that moment that the world truly realized just how talented and special she truly was. Her voice, her humor, and her undeniable charisma all combined to create an unforgettable live experience that left everyone in the audience begging for more. From that moment on, it was clear that Dolly was no longer just a country music sensation, but a true pop culture icon, beloved by fans of all genres and ages.
Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in the TV special, "Dolly and Carol in Nashville"
Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett's special Dolly & Carol in Nashville was a landmark moment in television history, bringing together two of the biggest names in entertainment for a one-of-a-kind performance. Filmed at the historic Grand Ole Opry, the show was broadcast on CBS on Valentine's Day and showcased the legendary musicians' undeniable chemistry and infectious sense of humor.
With Parton's soaring voice and Burnett's hilarious skits, Dolly & Carol in Nashville was a love letter to country music and a testament to the timeless appeal of two of the greatest entertainers of their generation. Whether singing duets, swapping jokes, or simply beaming at each other with mutual admiration, Parton and Burnett lit up the stage and captured the hearts of viewers everywhere.
Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the film premiere of "9 to 5," New York, December 5th 1980
In 1980, Dolly Parton took Hollywood by storm with her first film role in the hit comedy 9 to 5. Co-starring alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Parton proved that her talent was not limited to music, bringing her signature wit and charm to the big screen. She also wrote the movie's theme song, "9 to 5," using her acrylic nails to create the sound of a typewriter, which was a nod to the film's office-themed plot.
The single was a massive success, reaching number one on the charts in the United States and Canada and going platinum around the world. Parton's performance in 9 to 5 was widely acclaimed, solidifying her status as a multi-talented star and paving the way for a successful career in both music and film. While speaking about the success of the film 25 years later Parton said, somewhat jokingly:
I was just nervous and scared. I said if it's a hit, it's because of me; if it's a flop, you can blame it on Lily and Jane because they're the big stars. That's kind of how I felt, but then when it did become such a big hit, I was very proud to be a part of it.
Pretty in Pink, 1980
1980 was a busy year for Dolly Parton, as she starred in 9 to 5, and released a trio of albums that showcased her versatility as a performer. The first album, "Dolly, Dolly, Dolly," was a collection of cover songs that demonstrated Parton's ability to put her own spin on classic tunes. The second album was a reunion of sorts, as she teamed up with Porter Wagoner for "Porter and Dolly," their first collaboration in five years. But it was her third album, "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs," that really put Parton in the spotlight.
The album, which was named after her hit film, went straight to number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and reached number 11 on the Billboard 200, proving that Parton was not only a force in the country music world, but also a major player in the pop arena. With her powerful voice and a discography that covered a range of styles, Parton was truly a one-of-a-kind performer in 1980.
She Sings, She Dances, She Plays The Banjo
Dolly Parton is a musical prodigy, gifted with the ability to play almost any instrument she sets her hands on. From the classic guitar and banjo to the dulcimer, piano, recorder, and even the saxophone, she has proven time and time again that she is a true musical force to be reckoned with. While speaking with Vogue in 2016, Parton explained that her family was full of musicians who were able to pick something up and play a song:
I play some of everything. I ain’t that good at none of it, but I try to sell it. I really try to lay into it... My family’s very musical, and everybody played musical instruments, so we just grabbed up anything and tried to play. Like I said, I ain’t all that good at it, but I can play enough to make a show!
Dolly Parton and Loni Anderson on July 21, 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee
In 1982, Dolly Parton was at the height of her career. She co-starred in the hit film Best Little Wh***house in Texas with Burt Reynolds and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. At the same time, she released the album "Heartbreak Express" which was seen as a return to form for Parton, and a huge success in the country music world. Parton's talent and charisma were on full display as she effortlessly transitioned from singing to acting, cementing her status as a true icon of pop culture.
Dolly Parton on Carlton Terrace, London, March 1983
In 1983, Dolly Parton continued to captivate audiences with her music, releasing the album "Burlap and Satin". This album was a departure from her traditional country sound and showcased her versatility as a musician. It received critical acclaim and is often ranked among her best works by music critics. With its combination of soulful ballads and upbeat tracks, "Burlap and Satin" solidified Parton's place as a multi-talented and multi-genre artist. Her unique voice, clever lyrics, and unmistakable style set her apart and made her one of the most beloved and enduring figures in pop culture.
A Still From 'Rhinestone', 1984
In 1984, Dolly Parton stepped onto the big screen once again, this time co-starring with Sylvester Stallone in the film Rhinestone. Based on the hit song "Rhinestone Cowboy", the film was a musical comedy with Parton playing a country singer and Stallone a wannabe performer.
Although the movie was a box-office flop, it managed to spawn two top 10 country hits for Parton and showcased her versatility as both a singer and actress. Despite its mixed reviews, Rhinestone has since become a cult classic of the "so bad it's good" ilk, and a testament to Parton's enduring appeal and infectious energy. Stallone is credits the film's failure to its goofy overtones, but he doesn't hold the flop against Parton. In 2006, he told Ain't It Cool News:
The most fun I ever had on a movie was with Dolly Parton on Rhinestone. I must tell everyone right now that originally the director was supposed to be Mike Nichols, that was the intention and it was supposed to be shot in New York, down and dirty with Dolly and I with gutsy mannerisms performed like two antagonists brought together by fate. I wanted the music at that time to be written by people who would give it sort of a bizarre edge. Believe it or not, I contacted Whitesnake's management and they were ready to write some very interesting songs alongside Dolly's. But, I was asked to come down to Fox and out steps the director, Bob Clark. Bob is a nice guy, but the film went in a direction that literally shattered my internal corn meter into smithereens. I would have done many things differently. I certainly would've steered clear of comedy unless it was dark, Belgian chocolate dark. Silly comedy didn't work for me. I mean, would anybody pay to see John Wayne in a whimsical farce? Not likely. I would stay more true to who I am and what the audience would prefer rather than trying to stretch out and waste a lot of time and people's patience.
Dolly Does Denver, 1985
In 1985, Dolly Parton released her 27th studio album, "Real Love". The album was a continuation of Parton's musical evolution, showcasing her versatility as a singer and songwriter. It included two number one country singles, "Real Love" (a duet with Kenny Rogers) and "Think About Love", and demonstrated Parton's ability to create hit after hit. With its mix of ballads and uptempo tracks, "Real Love" solidified Parton's place as a leading figure in country music and helped establish her as a crossover artist with a broad appeal. Her powerful voice, catchy melodies, and heartfelt lyrics have made her a must-see live performer.
All Gussied Up For The Country Music Awards, 1986
In 1986, Dolly Parton was at the height of her career, with a string of hit songs and films under her belt. Her latest project was A Smoky Mountain Christmas, a television film co-starring Lee Majors, directed by the legendary Henry Winkler (the Fonz!). The film was a perfect showcase for Parton's talents, with seven heartwarming songs, six of which were written by the country music icon herself. With its charming storyline, beautiful music, and timeless message of hope and love, A Smoky Mountain Christmas was a holiday classic that still delights audiences today, and stands as a testament to Parton's enduring appeal and artistry.
Dolly Parton and Hulk Hogan on 'Dolly'
In 1987, Dolly Parton was at the peak of her popularity and she brought her unique brand of country charm to the small screen with her own variety show, simply titled Dolly. The premiere episode was a true showcase of her talent, humor, and vision for the show, as she performed the song "Headlock on My Heart".
The accompanying video was a spectacle in itself, featuring none other than the legendary wrestler, Hulk Hogan, who added a touch of muscle to the mix. It was a bold move for Parton, and it set the tone for what would become a successful and memorable series. The fact that she was able to make the show exactly how she wanted to, thanks to ABC's agreement, only added to her already impressive reputation as a visionary artist and performer.
Dolly Parton poses for a portrait at Dollywood on October 24, 1988 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Parton took over the park, then called "Silver Dollar City", in 1986 when she bought a controlling interest and transformed it into the powerhouse it is today. With its breathtaking attractions and its commitment to preserving the rich cultural heritage of the area, Dollywood has become the biggest ticketed tourist attraction in Tennessee, drawing visitors from all over the world. It is a true embodiment of Parton's love for her hometown and her unwavering commitment to showcasing the best of the Smoky Mountains to the world.
In 2022, Parton spoke with Travel and Leisure about Dollywood, and when asked why she opened a theme park dedicated to her life and her surroundings as a child she explained that she just wanted to give back to the local community:
Anytime you start something, you start with a dream. And, of course, if it starts to come true, it expands, and then you get other ideas. But I always wanted to have a theme park ever since I started dreaming about being in the business. I thought, if I make it, if I'm successful at what I do, I'd love to have a theme park like this in my home to provide jobs for people in the area, but also just to have something wonderful for the home folk. So, when we brainstormed, we thought the Smoky Mountains and theme of my life would be better. That was just a given that it would be about my life, my story, and how we grew with that.
Dolly Parton as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, November 3, 1989
1989 was a banner year for Dolly Parton, as she seemed to be everywhere, capturing the hearts and imaginations of audiences all over the world. In that year alone, she accomplished a rare hat trick in the entertainment world. She released the hit album "White Limozeen", which showcased her signature country sound and endeared her to audiences of all ages. She then starred in the film Steel Magnolias, delivering a powerful and emotional performance that earned her critical acclaim and a legion of new fans.
To top it off, she was the host and musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live, displaying her wit, humor, and versatility as a performer. It was a year that cemented Parton's status as one of the most beloved and talented entertainers of her generation, and it is a testament to her tireless work ethic and her relentless pursuit of excellence. Few entertainers have ever pulled off such a feat, and Parton remains a shining example of what is possible when talent, hard work, and passion come together.
Musical guest Dolly Parton during an interview with host Johnny Carson on May 8, 1991
1991 was another year of non-stop hits for Dolly Parton, as she continued to soar to new heights in the entertainment world. The previous year, she had released a best-selling Christmas album, accompanied by a television special, that warmed the hearts of audiences everywhere. And in 1991, she released "Eagle When She Flies", which was her first album to peak at number one in 11 years.
Parton was also all over television, with appearances on popular shows like Designing Women, Babes, and the made-for-TV movie Wild Texas Wind. These projects showcased Parton's versatility as an artist and her commitment to delivering top-quality entertainment to her fans. It's no wonder that she was one busy woman, but she never seemed to lose her energy or her passion for what she does.
Dolly Parton takes a bath in a scene from the film 'Straight Talk', 1992
1992 was another busy year for Dolly Parton, as she added another feather to her already-studded cap by starring in the film Straight Talk. This whimsical movie is about a dance instructor (Parton) who moves from Arkansas to Chicago and becomes a radio therapist after losing her job and ditching her deadbeat boyfriend, and Parton's performance was nothing short of spectacular. Despite the film receiving mixed reviews, Parton's ability to exude charisma in every scene was widely praised, and she proved once again that she was a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment world.
This was one of the few years in Parton's long career when she didn't release an album, but she still managed to stay in the public eye with her stunning performance in Straight Talk. It just goes to show that there's never a dull moment in the life of this amazing performer, and she continues to be one of the most beloved and respected artists of our time.
Musicians Dolly Parton and Cyndi Lauper attend the Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting to Unveil the New Sony Music Recording Arts Complex on May 10, 1993 at the Sony Music Recording Arts Complex in New York City, New York
In 1993, Dolly Parton teamed up with two of country music's most legendary female vocalists, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, to release a nostalgic album filled with classic country standards. The album received a Grammy nomination and reached as high as number 42 on the Billboard 200 charts, solidifying Dolly's place as a versatile and talented performer who is able to honor the traditions of country music while also adding her own unique flair to the mix.
That same year she was one of many musical luminaries who attended the opening of the Sony Music Recording Arts Complex, a music recording and mastering facility. A kind of one stop shop for record making for anyone under the Sony umbrella.
Dolly Parton during Fashion Week in NYC, 1994
In 1994, even though Dolly Parton didn't release any new music, she still managed to make a splash in the entertainment world. The multi-talented performer starred in two unaired television pilots, "Heavens to Betsy" and "Mindin' My Own Business," showcasing her versatility and range as an actress.
But true to her love of all things chic, Dolly also made time to attend New York Fashion Week, keeping up with the latest trends and making sure she always looked her best.
Dolly Parton, speaks on stage during fan fair circa 1995 in Nashville, Tennessee
In 1995, Dolly Parton released "Something Special," an album that showcased her timeless talent and showcased some of her most beloved hits. Featuring re-recordings of "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You," the album was a nostalgic look back at some of Dolly's biggest career highlights. But the real standout track was the duet of "I Will Always Love You" with Vince Gill, which reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming Parton's highest charting single in four years.
Ready For The Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary, 1996
In 1996, Dolly Parton continued to push boundaries and challenge herself with the release of "Treasures," an album filled with covers of rock and country hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The album was a significant moment for Dolly, marking her first release with Universal Records' Nashville branch, and showcasing her versatility as a performer. One of the standout tracks on the album was "Peace Train," which even became a minor dance hit, offering something new for Dolly's fans. But she never strayed too far from her roots, and that same year she appeared on the 70th anniversary special of the Grand Ole Opry, a place where she grew up on stage and became a country music icon.
Composer Paul Williams, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson get together at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremonies at the Sheraton Hotel, 2000
Dolly Parton is a true powerhouse when it comes to songwriting. With an incredible catalog of over 3,000 songs written across seven decades of her career, it's no wonder she's considered one of the most prolific and successful songwriters of the 20th century. Although only 450 of those songs have been recorded, each one showcases her unique ability to craft memorable melodies, tell vivid stories, and touch hearts with her lyrics.
Whether she's writing about love, loss, heartbreak, or hope, Dolly's songs always have an emotional depth and universal appeal that have made her a household name and a true icon of the music industry. With her sharp wit and endless creativity, Dolly Parton is a true songwriting legend and a true master of her craft.
Dolly Parton poses for a portrait October 5, 2001 outside her offices in Nashville, Tennessee
Dolly Parton is a true businesswoman and a trailblazer in the entertainment industry. With a songwriting catalog valued at an impressive $150 million, it's clear that she knows the value of her intellectual property. Dolly has always been a savvy businesswoman, evident in her refusal to give away the publishing rights for her hit song "I Will Always Love You." Not only does she own her publishing, but she also has her own theme park, Dollywood, and has invested in a small town in Tennessee, proving that she has a great eye for both entertainment and real estate opportunities. Her success is a testament to her strong work ethic and her ability to identify and seize opportunities, making her a true inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere.
Wearing Green in Amsterdam, 2002
Dolly Parton was a force to be reckoned with in 2002. The legendary singer-songwriter and actress released "Halos & Horns," the latest addition to her critically acclaimed bluegrass trilogy. This album marked a significant moment in Dolly's career, as it marked her first world tour in a decade, showing audiences that she was still at the top of her game. The album was a commercial success, reaching number 58 on the Billboard 200 and hitting number one on the UK Country Albums chart. It's amazing that four decades into her career she was still reaching all new heights.
Dolly Parton performs "Travelin' Thru" from "Transamerica" at the 78th Academy Awards
2005 was a landmark year for Dolly Parton as she showcased her versatility and range as a songwriter. She wrote and recorded the song "Travelin' Thru" for the film Transamerica, proving that her talents extended beyond just music and into the realm of film and soundtracks. The song, written in just one day, showcases Dolly's ability to craft a powerful narrative using folk and Americana references, touching on the universal theme of searching for one's identity. The song was a critical success, earning a nomination for Best Song at the 78th Academy Awards, solidifying Dolly's place as a true master of her craft and a beloved figure in the world of pop culture.
Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton hanging backstage at the opening night of Parton's "9 to 5" at The Ahmanson Theater on September 20, 2008 in Los Angeles
Dolly Parton made her mark in the world of musical theater in 2008 with the first tryout of 9 to 5: The Musical in Los Angeles. This highly anticipated musical was based on the beloved film of the same name and featured music and lyrics by the legendary Dolly herself. The musical was a hit, eventually making its way to Broadway in 2009, and it continues to tour the world to this day, entertaining audiences with its catchy tunes and hilarious storyline. The musical was a critical success as well, receiving four Tony Award nominations in 2009, further cementing Dolly's place as a versatile and talented performer who not only knows how to put on a show, but how to write music for one as well.
Dolly Parton attends Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years at The MGM Years at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010
In 2010, Dolly Parton took the stage to pay tribute to her dear friend, the legendary Kenny Rogers, at a celebration of his life at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Dolly and Kenny had a long and close friendship, dating back to 1982 when they recorded the hit duet "Island in the Stream."
Their chemistry on stage was palpable and their friendship was an inspiration to fans everywhere. Dolly's performance at the celebration was a testament to her love and admiration for Kenny, as well as her exceptional talent as a performer. She later explained how she came to love Rogers' music before they even met, saying:
I first became aware of Kenny when he was with a group called First Edition. I heard a song called 'I Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In'. I thought that was very clever, but I loved the sound of his voice and I kind of followed around to see who he was and got more involved in his music. I loved all of Kenny's songs. I just love his sound.
Dolly Parton performs with Kermit The Frog at the "Good Morning America" taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on November 27, 2012
Dolly Parton's partnership with The Muppets is a partnership for the ages. This long-running collaboration between the country music icon and the lovable, fuzzy creatures has been entertaining audiences for decades. It all began in 1986 when Dolly received an "Honorary Muppet Award" in the 14th issue of Muppet Magazine, and a year later, Miss Piggy and Kermit made a memorable appearance on Dolly's variety show
The partnership reached new heights in 2012 when Dolly and Kermit teamed up again to perform their classic duet "Islands in the Stream" on Good Morning America. This whimsical and unforgettable performance showcased Dolly's sense of humor and her ability to bring joy to audiences of all ages. The Muppets and Dolly Parton's partnership is a testament to the power of pop culture and the lasting impact it can have on fans of all generations.
Dolly Parton in the Middle Of Her Beloved Set During Day Three of the Glastonbury Festival, 2014
Dolly Parton's 2014 performance at the Glastonbury music festival was nothing short of legendary. In front of more than 200,000 people, Dolly strutted across the stage in a dazzling white rhinestone-studded trouser suit, playing banjo, fiddle, and even a sequin-studded saxophone. Her energy, charisma, and musical prowess were on full display, as she proved that she's a live force to be reckoned with. Fans and critics alike were blown away by her performance, and it remains one of the most memorable moments in the history of the festival. She later told the BBC:
I'm just a country girl, but now I feel like a rockstar.
Dolly Parton Speaking at Ryman Auditorium on August 1, 2015
Dolly Parton's 2015 was a defining year for the country music icon with the airing of the made-for-television film, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors on NBC. Narrated by the legendary Parton herself, the film was an instant hit, attracting the highest viewership for any television film on the broadcast networks since 2012. This film showcased Parton's humble beginnings, her strong family ties, and her unwavering faith - all of which have been the driving forces behind her legendary career. The film not only entertained audiences, but it also left them feeling inspired, reminding us all that with a little bit of love, hard work, and determination, anything is possible.
Dolly Parton backstage The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2017
In 2017, Dolly Parton shone bright as she presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to her dear friend Lily Tomlin at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Dressed in a stunning sequined gown, the country music icon brought her signature charm and wit to the stage as she reminisced about their long-standing friendship and Tomlin's illustrious career.
Parton's heartfelt speech was a testament to the power of sisterhood and the impact of trailblazers like Tomlin in Hollywood. As the audience laughed and cheered, it was clear that Dolly's love and admiration for her friend was just as radiant as her sparkling ensemble. It was a moment to remember and a testament to the enduring influence of two of the most beloved women in entertainment. Parton said in her speech:
We have become a trio. People have been talking for years, saying we should do a sequel to 9 to 5. I think they are right. We better get after it or will have to call it Ninety-five. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I’m happy they have a hit show [Netflix’s Grace and Frankie].
Dolly Parton and host Seth Meyers backstage, 2019
In 2019, Dolly Parton proved yet again that she truly is the Queen of Country Music. She appeared in every single episode of Ken Burns' critically acclaimed documentary Country Music, offering insights into the genre and her own legendary career. Not content to just be in the spotlight, Parton also produced the Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, which explored the stories behind some of her most iconic songs.
To top it off, she even made a special appearance as herself in the holiday movie Christmas at Dollywood. With her boundless energy and endless creativity, it's no wonder that Parton never seems to sleep.
Inductees Dolly Parton, and Rob Halford of Judas Priest perform on stage during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2022
In 2022, Dolly Parton reached a new level of stardom as she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The country music icon proved she was more than worthy of the honor with a show-stopping performance at the ceremony. Parton kicked off the night with a new song, "Rockin'," that she penned especially for the event. The crowd was on their feet as she sang the upbeat anthem, demonstrating once again why she's been a beloved and enduring icon for decades.
The real highlight of the night came when Parton teamed up with metal legend Rob Halford of Judas Priest to perform her classic hit "Jolene." The unlikely duo brought the house down, delivering an unforgettable performance that showcased Parton's versatility and Halford's powerful vocals. It was a moment that proved that true talent knows no genre and that Dolly Parton will forever be a rockstar in every sense of the word.
In her acceptance speech, Parton was open about how even though she didn't feel like she was deserving of the title "rock star" she still felt embraced by everyone in the audience:
I'm sure a lot of you knew that back when they said they were gonna put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I didn't feel like I had done enough to deserve that. I didn't understand at the time that it's about more than that, but I'm just so honored and so proud to be here tonight.