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In appreciation of Dolly Parton

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Subject: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 05:06 PM

Something on the TV set me looking up 'Butterflies'. Those in the UK will remember the TV series with Wendy Craig and Geofrey Palmer. I never relaised at the the time that the theme was written by the estemed Ms Parton and, apart from the obvious, Dolly certainly has a look to look at:-)

Here is Love is like a butterfly or a start. Then I found I will always love you whih is far better than the Whitney Houston version, IMHO. So, come on lads (and lassies) Lets hear it for Dolly! Lets not forget Islands in the Stream, even if it was written by the Bee Gees! And who could ever forget the TOTP presentation of Coat of may colours

Yet all people seem to be interested in is Dollies prominent bits. What a shame.

Love

DeG


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 05:38 PM

And just to show it ain't just love of Dolly - How about this version of Jolene?

D.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 06:51 AM

Ah well. Must just be me then:-)


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: bubblyrat
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 07:00 AM

Always thought of Dolly as an outstanding figure (no pun intended).


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: maeve
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 07:28 AM

I have a high regard for Dolly too. Have you read about her Booklady program for children in rural areas?


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 07:31 AM

The few times I've seen her in interview, she seemed to be down to earth, genuine and funny and unfraid to make fun of her own celebrity.   Loved her as Truvy in Steel Magnolias. Can't say that remember much about other films I have seen her in.

Music not to my taste, regardless who is performing it. Although I do remember liking her Coat of Many Colors when I was much much much younger. I liked the message in Coat....

Just had another listen. Tiny bit of nostalgia is all I feel now. Doesn't really appeal to my current tastes.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Janie
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 07:56 AM

Count me a big fan. I think she is a terrific song writer and I love her voice.   I addition, she is one smart woman.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: topical tom
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 09:46 AM

I like Dolly and her music because she is down-to-earth and is not afraid to tell it like it is.I like the vast majority of her music, and "Coat of Many Colors" still can make me tear up a little.I especially like her songs rooted in Smoky Mountains life and culture."Dem Bones"(not sure of the title) and "Mountain Angel" I find most moving.In all, a good person and a delightful singer.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 11:07 AM

Dolly always was talanted. Long may she reign!

Peter


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: olddude
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 11:13 AM

Love her, like you said people seem to only talk about her attributes but she is one heck of a musician


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Acorn4
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 11:19 AM

Favourites:-

In the Sweet Bye and Bye.
Eagle When She Flies.

Great singer - has written her fair share of dross which us inevitable when you've written 3,000 songs, but there are also some real masterpieces.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 11:42 AM

Always felt as though I shouldn't like her, as she is on the surface something I dislike in women, bleached, blond, and an exhibitionist.
Then you hear her talk about her upbringing, and her charity, and you realise, she's a wonderful lady.
Still not a fan of whiny country music though! ;)

JM


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Nancy King
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 12:31 PM

I've thought for a long time that Dolly Parton is one of the best songwriters around. My favorites are "To Daddy" and "Old Flames,"
though there are many other great ones as well. She really has a flair for getting to the heart of an idea and using words to express it brilliantly. And I love the way she uses her voice, as in "There's More Where That Came From."

She's smart and funny and self-deprecating. When Jay Leno or one of those guys asked her how long it took her to do her hair like that, she answered brightly, "I don't know. I'm never there!"

Long live Dolly!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 02:02 PM

Tennesee Mountain Home is a great song.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: gnu
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 02:11 PM

G! "whiny country music"??? Nay, Nay. That woman has a talent and a heart that few can equal. "Whiny" is the last thing I would call her music. I am hoping you just haven't heard enough of this truly great artist.... and, fine person. Of course, I can only judge her by her music and her appearences on talk shows, but, sign me up as a trulay appreciative fan of the music and the person.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 02:20 PM

No g, I mean whiny country music as a whole, not as the output of the lovely Ms Parton.

JM


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Brakn
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 02:22 PM

My favourite - Wold Flowers.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 02:40 PM

I've been a Dolly fan since I first saw her with Porter Wagoner.

I've always liked her music and respected her as a person. She's always seemed to me to be one of the few performers I would like to meet.

I was fairly young when I first saw Dolly on TV. I remember that she tended to wear dresses with long sleeves and buttons to the throat. I didn't really notice her physical attributes until a lecherous friend pointed them out.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: fat B****rd
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 02:51 PM

I enjoyed the film "9 to 5" as well, Her 'Work Song' (not to be confused with the Adderleys) is great, and I'm with Jim on 'My Tennessee Mountain Home'
And she does take the mickey out of herself.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Acorn4
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 02:53 PM

I'm also amazed at how she manages the fingerpicking with those long nails on the hand that does the fretting!


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: CarolC
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 03:25 PM

I never particularly like her music until she teemed up with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Together, I think they're amazing. Here they are singing one of Jean Ritchie's songs (and some others)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M07PRsjKdw&feature=related


I once heard Parton tell a story about a heckler at one of her concerts. She said that guy yelled up from the audience saying, "Hey Dolly! Are they real?", to which Dolly answered...



























"No! They're wigs!"


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 03:34 PM

Phew - Glad it isn't just me then:-) I was starting to worry!

DeG


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: RiGGy
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 08:03 PM

A fond memory from my youth, ca1970:
The Wisconsin State Fair presenting headliners
Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.
Dolly gets up to start second half, solo with nylon string guitar.
1/2 hour set of purely traditional material, sung by a true
tradition-bearer.   Thank you, Dolly.   Riggy


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: paula t
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 02:53 PM

I think Dolly has one of the most beautiful and pure voices around. She manages this purity without sounding "ickle girlie". She combines this with character and deceptive power.
Fantastic.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Banjiman
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 03:16 PM

She's just great....... had a bit of a down turn in her "cabaret years" (Islands In The Stream, 9 to 5 etc) but her early stuff and her more recent return to a bluegrass type of sound are truly insprational. One smart, down to earth, genuine (most of her anyway!) lady as well.

As I say, one of the true greats.

Paul


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: M.Ted
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 03:20 PM

I've been a fan since the "Porter and Dolly" days--in those days, she did more of the things that I like, but she's always been a triple threat--singer, guitarist, and songwriter--and there's not many of them--


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Folkiedave
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 03:28 PM

Silver Dagger.

Brilliant song.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: The Villan
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 03:54 PM

I am a big fan Dolly and love this one http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UP45j9A_Kdc
I am sure Paul would like this one. :-)

>>I never particularly like her music until she teemed up with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Together, I think they're amazing<<

Couldn't agree more CarolC

Love this one as well http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=j5epMthXPC8&feature=related

And this
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=io9RmKeLh00&feature=related

And this
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=88GI9O2VpSE&feature=related

And this
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=a5vmPLoip4g&feature=channel

And this
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7uWynkMaVno&feature=channel

So so talented.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: The Villan
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 04:03 PM

Whoops
>>Couldn't agree more CarolC
<<

I mean't that I love that lot singing together, but I still love Dolly Parton on her own.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 06:35 PM

I have loved her from the first time I heard her voice
in a store and tracked down the manager to find out who was singing. Joke all you wish about her hair and figure - she'll be the first to say "Heaven helps those who help themselves!" She's a beautiful singer and songwriter, and when she gets on the stage, as she has on several July 4th from Washington broadcasts, the program becomes electric! She's a top-notch performer! I love her!

Sheila


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: CarolC
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 07:06 PM

I think she might also be the one who said, "If you've got it, decorate it".


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Janie
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 09:09 PM

Talking somewhere about her numerous cosmetic surgeries, she was quoted as saying, "It's expensive to look this cheap."

Years ago I read an interview in which she said keeping the big wigs and eyelashes out almost as far as her bustline as her public appearance disquised her well enough that she could take all that off and go to grocery store unrecognized and unmobbed by fans.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 10:09 PM

Dolly at her worst is better than almost all others at their best. Forget the wigs, boobs, make-up, and all the other glitter. When Dolly sings, the mountains are near. I remember when Whitney Houston had the smash with "I Will Always Love You" which Parton had written for Porter. Houston screamed and cried and played all around several octaves showing me once again why I hate the type. Listening to Dolly sing it is almost a religious experience.

And when she teamed with Emmylou and Linda.........For me and I suspect a few others, it just doesn't get better than that. The clip Carol linked of Jean's "Dear Companion" is fantastically beautiful but my favorite performance on YouTube was a bit earlier doing The Sweetest Gift. Here are three women who all love trad music and all love to sing harmony. Does it get better?

No.


Next case please..........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 17 Nov 08 - 02:38 AM

I have to agree, that Dolly does "I Will Always Love You" miles better than Whitney. And yes I do rather prefer the stuff that makes the mountains draw near.

I do rather like her voice and the melodies are very good. Is it just that some of the lyrics seem a bit too Hallmark cardesque? Can't lay my finger on it. Must listen some more.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 17 Nov 08 - 06:45 AM

Just landed here in smiling anticipation, but ultimately dismayed despite my general fondness of the Little Sparrow and her recent spate of Sugar Hill albums especially - Halos and Horns in particular, though I got a bit lost during her overly ambitious take on Stairway to Heaven, any cover of which just has to be ironic - be it Rolf Harris or Frank Zappa... hmmm - maybe it was come to think of it.

Anyway, it wasn't that Dolly I was expecting, rather the other Dolly, to the appreciation of whom I've opened up another thread.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 03:05 PM

Dolly said, in an interview in a guitar magazine (Acoustic Guitar or Frets I think) that she clipped her nails when she wanted to play the guitar or banjo seriously. She said that she tuned open and did barre chords most of the time.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Cluin
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 03:13 PM

Dolly's flamboyant looks and personality often overshadow the fact that she is a great talent, both at songwriting and perfoming. And a great business head, as well. Sell her short at your peril.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: glueman
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 03:26 PM

Jolene is one of the best songs in any genre, anywhere, ever.
Dolly's a marvel with a great voice.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: GUEST,maple_leaf_boy
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 10:30 AM

That's a good tune. I saw an Indie-Bakersfield style of band that did a
cover of Jolene. Before that, I mainly liked Dolly singing Mule Skinner
Blues, and a couple of other ones. I didn't really care too much for
Jolene, but when I saw a band do a cover of it, and put a lot of feeling in it, I took a new appreciation for Dolly's version.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 11:16 AM

Has anyone mention These Old Bones yet? I love that & have even been known to sing it myself, albeit in private...


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Cluin
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 10:23 PM

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage do a good bluegrass cover of "Jolene".


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: topical tom
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 11:30 PM

Insane Beard: "these Old Bones" is the title that I should have posted rather than "Them Bones". I really goofed on that one. I agree that it is a great, beautifully crafted song.Dolly surely has the gift and the fire melded in a beautiful voice.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: GUEST,highlandman at work
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 11:08 AM

I agree, her musical talent is amazing. I especially enjoy her more recent efforts to get back to her roots (that sounds corny but on her it works).
I have spent time in Sevier County, Tennessee (the Parton home territory) and I was impressed with how well respected she is in the community. Of course no one of her stature can be unanimously liked, but on the whole she is well-loved by her hometown people, and thought of as a wholly authentic human being.
There is a life-sized Dolly statue (younger, guitar in lap) in the town square in Sevierville. Local legend holds that there is healing virtue in the statue's more, um, prominent parts. Enough people apparently believe this that said parts are rather smoother than the surrounding bronze.
No kidding.
-Glenn


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 06:47 PM

Dolly is a trouper. Some years ago, a friend presented me with a couple of tickets to see Kenny Rogers and Dolly in a concert at the local sports arena. During Dolly's part of the show, which was presented in the round (no pun) on a center stage, the famous prefrontal superstructure flopped out of the top of her peasant blouse and confronted the audience with something only previously seen by her husband, so far as we're told. She did not bat an eye, but quickly repaired the fallout damage and called out, "Sorry folks; I didn't mean to moon y'all." Unfortunately, I had an oblique view.

And not once did the emcee introduce her thus: "Her they are, ladies and gentlemen, Dolly Parton!"


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: fumblefingers
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 08:59 PM

I remember her from the Porter Wagoner days when she and I were both 18. I like her version Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)as well as anything she's done.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 07:59 PM

This lady's superb talent, musical knowledge, recording career, song-writing ability and sheer show-business acumen and personality are incredible!!
No more can be said by me.
Dolly, you are an inspiration.
Love ya!!
I met you once at Webley, England, never washed the hand that shook yours since.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: banjoman
Date: 22 Nov 08 - 07:30 AM

Best lady singer by miles - love her songs especially coat of many colours which I play over and over in the car. Folkie friends think I'm a bit of a idiot for liking Dolly Parton but I always point out the huge contribution she has made not just to C&W music but across the musical spectrum
A genius and a great lady - thanks for all the enjoyment over many years
Pete


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: bankley
Date: 22 Nov 08 - 10:14 AM

I saw Laurie Anderson doing a brilliant impersonation of Dolly a few years ago..... and no discussion would be complete without a joke concerning her other natural endowments...

"Why does Dolly Parton have such a small waist ?"



















"cuz things don't grow well in the shade"


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: GUEST,Black Hawk on Works PC
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 04:40 AM

Re. her modesty & her statue.
In a TV interview she said her family were always there to bring her back to earth if she started to act 'above herself'.
When the statue was erected her father told her, 'It may be a statue to you but to the pigeons its an outhouse.'

Fantastic singer, guitar player & songwriter.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: GUEST,Neil Copeland
Date: 10 May 10 - 11:09 AM

"Your smile is like the breath of spring,
Your voice is like the summer rain."

Anyone else would make these lines the words of the lover to his beloved. Dolly's genius in making them a woman's description of her rival is unmatched anywhere.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Acorn4
Date: 10 May 10 - 11:50 AM

This is my favourite from Dolly - almost operatic!

a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmGC72HQ_H4">Eagle when she Flies


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Acorn4
Date: 10 May 10 - 11:52 AM

Try that link again:_

Eagle when she Flies"


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: open mike
Date: 10 May 10 - 01:30 PM

wildflowers - as sung in a movie--playing her autoharp--unfortuantely cut short by another character's converssation,but you can hear some
of her here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1JFGKzHjmI

I could not find a clip by Dolly but here is home recording by a group
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNllEUUZkNA&feature=related (wildflowers)

There is some info on the TRIO albums (1987,1999) on Emmy Lou's
site Trio (with Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton)
Warner Bros. 1987 and http://www.emmylou.net/trio2.html

Dolly has a "theme park" in her name http://www.dollywood.com/

she is a supporter of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
and has created an album of songs "Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke"
to benefit this group: http://www.friendsofthesmokies.org/
http://www.smokiesstore.org/browse.cfm/4,936.html

I certainly appreciate Dolly and here are a few more links..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_Parton

how many "official" web sites can one artist have?
http://www.dollyparton.com/
http://www.dollypartonmusic.net/

she has been promoting children's literacy
http://books.blogs.starnewsonline.com/11926/dolly-parton-the-kids-oprah/
http://imaginationlibrary.com/

here is her 2002 album http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halos_%26_Horns

in 2005 she did this album which included a lot of songs from the 60's
including stairway to heaven
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Those_Were_the_Days_%28Dolly_Parton_album%29


She is truly a great, creative and generous woman!

Meanwhile, Dolly Parton says she's not sure about the damage to her home in Nashville. She has not been home since the flood. However, her place is next to a river.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 10 May 10 - 02:38 PM

It's a bit late to be calling attention to it now, but on 15 Nov 08 - 12:31 PM Old Flames was attributed to her, but it was actually written by Pebe Sebert and Hugh Moffatt. I would also have been wrong in my attribution if I hadn't just now looked it up. I would have said just Hugh Moffatt.

But to get back to what she does with a song, Old Flames, Love Is Like A Butterfly, Coat of Many Colors or any number of other songs - she turns them into something enduring. I wish the Country/Pop singers of today could find a way to do the same.

One of my favorite albums was A Real Live Dolly. I still have that album and remember it fondly. Hard to believe that it was forty years ago. This writer, Hugh "Skip" Trotter of WSEV AM & FM in Sevierville, Tennessee, tells about it better than I can.

"A Real Live Dolly" came home to Sevier County, Tennessee, April 25, 1970, to cut a real live album. This date will long be remembered by Dolly and the overflow audience that came to hear her. The album could have been made anywhere, but Dolly chose to come home to her alma mater, Sevier County High School, for the performance. During her career she will make stacks of albums, but this one has a special significance, for with this performance she established the Dolly Parton Scholarship Foundation. Scholarships from this fund will enable some worthy students at Sevier County High School to obtain a college education. She has asked that a portion of this fund be used to purchase basic instruments and equipment for the school band. The establishment of this scholarship foundation is a sincere expression of Dolly's love for other people and loyalty to her home folks in Sevier County. The foundation is a project for which she has great plans.
http://www.dollyon-line.com/archives/albums/areallived/


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Tootler
Date: 10 May 10 - 03:59 PM

The link someone posted above to Love is Like a Butterfly is broken, so here is another

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJPBkGvhR9Y&feature=related

Like some others I thought at one time she was just another blond country singer. Then I happened to come across a documentary on the TV in which she featured. She came across in that as a perceptive individual who was not seduced by the fame and hype that surrounds her and there was a serious and thoroughly professional performer underneath all the glitz.

Here she is singing "Deportee" aka "The Plane Wreck at Los Gatos"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJPBkGvhR9Y&feature=related


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: topical tom
Date: 11 May 10 - 09:51 AM

One of my all-time favorite country singers!A frank fascinating woman with a broad spectrum of songs!Bravo, Dolly!


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Arkie
Date: 11 May 10 - 10:46 AM

In DWR's post there was mention of Dolly's concert at the Sevierville High School in 1970. I was a woodcarver at Silver Dollar City, Tennessee (which became Dollywood) a year or two later) in the mid-seventies and was in the sixth or seventh row at the High School for one of those benefit concerts. Dolly had the whole band on stage and put on one heck of a show. I don't know how long those benefits continued but it was not a one shot deal. One thing that amazed me was how Dolly played guitar with two inch fingernails.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Sep 10 - 01:21 PM

Fresh Air on NPR has been featuring Country Music this week. They are finishing it up with a 2001 interview with Dolly Parton, esp. about her later CDs featuring her "roots" music. You may listen to this charming, superb interview HERE. Here's a blurb:

2010

Dolly Parton made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in 1959 when she was just 13. Since then, she's written thousands of songs, including "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene" and Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

Parton is one of the few performers who has been successful enough to start her own theme park. But the philanthropist, actress and singer-songwriter wasn't always wealthy. She grew up, as she puts it, "dirt poor" in a one-room cabin in the mountains of East Tennessee.

In a 2001 interview on Fresh Air, Parton describes how her interest in music started when she was sitting on her front porch, listening to country songs and traditional mountain music.

"I started playing guitar and writing serious songs when I was about 7 years old," Parton said. "My mother was always fascinated with the fact that I could rhyme so much stuff. She has stuff in a trunk, and many years ago, she said, 'Here's some stuff you may want to look at. Here's the stuff you used to write 'fore you could write it down.' She used to write it down. I've been doing it all my life."

Parton says she always knew that she would get to Nashville.

"I knew that I had to go," she says. "It wasn't that I wasn't proud of who I was and where I was from. But I had a dream, and I just couldn't imagine myself [like my mother]. ... I wanted to do something with my music. I knew I was going to leave when I was 18 years old. And I graduated from high school on a Friday night, and I left for Nashville on Saturday morning. I was ready to go."

This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 23, 2001.


Well worth listening to. Also there is a Charlie Rich interview following.


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Alan Day
Date: 06 Sep 10 - 01:41 PM

I enjoy her singing with just the banjo.She is a lovely player and singer.I seriously feel that her other enhancements have in many ways distracted many from her musical talents.
Al


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Subject: RE: In appreciation of Dolly Parton
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 06 Sep 10 - 03:04 PM

Country music week on Fresh Air

also, this page

Here's the lineup (in reverse order, actually), all linked from those pages. All of these are rebroadcasts, but brought together for the theme this week:

Dolly Parton: Singing Songs From The Heart And Soul
Charlie Rich: The Silver Fox With A Big Country Sound
Carolina Chocolate Drops And A String Band Tradition
Doc Watson: An Old-Time Folk Musician With Soul
John Doe: A Punk Rocker Goes A Little Country
Ricky Skaggs: A Bluegrass Musician Returns To Roots
Charlie Louvin: A Louvin Brother Carries On
Waylon Jennings: An Outlaw Opens Up Musically
Willie Nelson: The Songwriter Reflects On His Hits
George Jones: A Wild Reputation, A Big Texas Sound
Bobby Braddock: Spelling Success With Country Songs
Merle Haggard Reflects On His Outlaw Country Past
Charlie Haden: A Bassist With A Country Pedigree
Jimmie Dale Gilmore: A Honky-Tonk Sound From Texas
Johnny Cash: A Ghost Rider, Still Stirring Souls

Also,

Puns In Country Music Songs Done Right


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