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Monday, January 19, 2015

69 Groovy Things about Dolly Parton on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Dolly Parton's 69th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, in Sevier County, Tennessee, the fourth of twelve children.

2. Her first charting single was a 1965 cover of "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby", which reached #108 on the Billboard Hot 100.

3. She married Carl Dean on May 30, 1966, and they will celebrate their 49th anniversary in 2015.

4. She released her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, on February 13, 1967. It contained her first country single, "Dumb Blonde", which reached #24 on the country music chart, and she performed the song on The Bobby Lord Show on January 31, 1967.

5. In 1967, country entertainer Porter Wagoner invited her to join his band and offered her a regular spot on his weekly syndicated television program, The Porter Wagoner Show (she stopped appearing on his show in mid-1974). She and Wagoner released 12 studio albums together between 1968 and 1975.

6. She was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on February 4, 1969.

7. In February 1971, she had her first #1 single on the Billboard country charts, "Joshua", from her seventh solo album, Joshua.

8. She was a guest on Burt Reynolds' Late Show, a late night NBC program of performances by country and western entertainers, on October 13, 1973. Reynolds was the host, and other guests included Glen Campbell, Dinah Shore and Minnie Pearl.

9. She released her 13th solo studio album, Jolene, in February 1974, which featured two of her biggest hits - "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You". Both songs went to #1 on the country music chart.

10. She appeared as herself on the syndicated series, Candid Camera, in 1975.

11. She had her own syndicated television variety show, Dolly!, in 1976-77.

12. She appeared on the CBS children's television series, Captain Kangaroo, on October 27, 1976.

13. She appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1977.

14. She was interviewed on The Barbara Walters Special on December 6, 1977.

15. She received an Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music Special for her guest appearance in Cher... Special, which aired on ABC on April 3, 1978.

16. She was the host of The Midnight Special on September 29, 1978.

17. She appeared on the cover of Playboy's October 1978 issue wearing a Playboy bunny outfit, complete with ears.

18. She and Carol Burnett starred in their CBS special, Dolly and Carol in Nashville, on February 14, 1979.

19. She received a 1979 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her first million-seller single, "Here You Come Again", from her 1977 album, Here You Come Again. The song also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, representing her first significant pop crossover hit.

20. She and John Schneider were the guest stars on the premiere episode of the NBC variety show, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, on November 18, 1980.

21. She received two 1981 Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical and New Female Star of the Year in a Motion Picture for her film debut in the 1980 comedy, 9 to 5.

22. She, Jane Fonda, Joan Rivers and Liberace appeared on Lily Tomlin's CBS special, Lily: Sold Out, on February 2, 1981

23. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "9 to 5", which she performed on the 53rd Academy Awards on March 31, 1981. She also won two 1982 Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.

24. She received a 1983 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical for her second feature film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which was released in July 1982.

25. She made her first music video for her single, "Potential New Boyfriend", from her 1983 studio album, Burlap & Satin.

26. Her HBO special, Dolly in London, which was filmed live in London's Dominion Theatre, aired on June 19, 1983.

27. Her duet with Kenny Rogers, "Islands in the Stream" - which was written by the Bee Gees - spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1983.

28. She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 14, 1984.

29. She starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in the 1984 comedy, Rhinestone.

30. She and Kenny Rogers filmed a 1984 CBS holiday special, Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember.

31. She and Kenny Rogers filmed a 1985 concert special, Dolly & Kenny: Real Love, during their joint concert tour in 1984-85.

32. Her Dollywood theme park opened on May 3, 1986, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

33. She promoted her 1986 ABC movie, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on December 10, 1986.

34. She made her first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on January 13, 1987.

35. She starred in her second television variety show, Dolly, which aired on ABC in 1987-88.

36. She received a 1988 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Trio, her 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris). They released a second album, Trio II, in 1999.

37. She and Don Johnson were guests on the TV special, Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show, on December 17, 1988.

38. She was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman on April 11, 1989.

39. She hosted Saturday Night Live on April 15, 1989, and appeared in a sketch called "Planet of the Enormous Hooters" that had originally been written for Raquel Welch in 1976.

40. She played beautician Truvy Jones in the 1989 film, Steel Magnolias.

41. She played the guardian movie star of Charlene's baby in an episode of the CBS sitcom, Designing Women, on January 1, 1990.

42. She starred in the 1991 TV drama, Wild Texas Wind.

43. She promoted her 1992 film, Straight Talk, on Late Night with David Letterman on April 2, 1992.

44. She recorded "The Day I Fall in Love" as a duet with James Ingram for the 1993 film, Beethoven's 2nd, and the song received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

45. She made a cameo appearance as herself in the 1993 comedy, The Beverly Hillbillies.

46. In November 1993, she released Honky Tonk Angels, a collaborative album with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.

47. In 1994, Harper Collins published her autobiography, Dolly: My Life And Other Unfinished Business.

48. She performed the George Jones classic, "You Gotta Be My Baby", on the 1994 AIDS benefit album, Red Hot + Country.

49. In 1994, she filmed six episodes of the unaired CBS sitcom, Heavens to Betsy (which was later revamped for her 1996 CBS Christmas movie, Unlikely Angel). She then developed the 1996 CBS sitcom, Mindin' My Own Business, in which she played a "caterer to the stars", but the pilot was never broadcast.

50. She was a guest on The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder on November 26, 1996.

51. She provided the voice for herself in an episode of The Simpsons on January 31, 1999.

52. She co-hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in March 1999.

53. She played a country singer in the 1999 TV movie, Blue Valley Songbird.

54. She appeared as herself in an episode of Bette Midler's sitcom, Bette, on October 25, 2000.

55. She received a 2001 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for her 35th studio album, The Grass Is Blue.

56. She received a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Shine" from her 2001 album, Little Sparrow.

57. She appeared as an overprotective mother in the 2002 comedy, Frank McKlusky, C.I.

58. She made a cameo appearance as herself in the 2005 Sandra Bullock comedy, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.

59. She earned her second Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Travelin' Thru" from the 2005 film, Transamerica, which she performed on the 78th Academy Awards on March 5, 2006.

60. She played a real-estate agency owner on the sitcom, Reba, on April 15, 2006.

61. She appeared in three episodes of the 2006-11 Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana, as Hannah's godmother, Aunt Dolly (Dolly is the real-life godmother of Miley Cyrus).

62. In 2006, she published a cookbook, Dolly's Dixie Fixin's: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food.

63. On December 3, 2006, she received the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime of contributions to the arts.

64. She received a 2009 Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score for 9 to 5: The Musical (based on the 1980 film), which opened on Broadway in April 2009 and ran for 148 performances.

65. She voiced the character of Dolly Gnome in the 2011 animated film, Gnomeo & Juliet.

66. In 2011, she was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

67. She and Queen Latifah starred in the 2012 film, Joyful Noise.

68. She was a guest on Anderson Live on January 19, 2012.

69. She promoted her 42nd studio album, Blue Smoke, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 13, 2014, and she filmed a video in Tennessee for the album's single, "Home".

1 comment:

dmappin said...

Still the greatest! Love love love Dolly!