Parton’s biographer Lydia Hamessley adds, “I think Dolly’s version of the events are more likely to be true, which is that she was trying to make a break from Porter, he wouldn’t listen and the only way she could get through to him was to write a song.”, But the two of them parted amicably and remained friends. Wagoner passed away from lung cancer in 2007, so he couldn’t be interviewed for A&E’s 2020 biography about Parton, but the show did get access to footage of him talking about working with her in a 2002 interview. Over the course of his career, he had 29 Top 10 country hits, including “Green, Green Grass of Home,” “Skid Row Joe” and “The Cold Hard Facts of Life.”. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. You have to be a very early riser to catch Dolly Parton out. Porter & Dolly: Release date: August 4, 1980; Label: RCA Records; 9 — "—" denotes releases that did not chart Compilation albums. Dolly Parton releases her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, boasting the Top 20 hits "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy." She displayed an aptitude and passion for music at an early age, and as a child she was a featured singer and guitarist on local radio and television shows in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1989 Parton played a principal role in Steel Magnolias. Then he discovered Dolly Parton. But Wagoner hiring her as his on-screen partner was what really made her career take off. So we just kind of hit it off from that moment on,” said Wagoner. She was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2004 for her enrichment of the American cultural heritage. Her best-known songs included ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ ‘Jolene,’ ‘I Will Always Love You,’ and ‘9 to 5.’ Learn more about her life and accomplishments. Owing much to her association with Wagoner, Parton rapidly emerged as one of country music’s most popular singers. A post shared by Dolly Parton (@dollyparton) on Aug 1, 2017 at 9:55am PDT. Parton was born into a poor farming family, the fourth of 12 children. Virginia (Gini) Gorlinski was Arts and Culture Editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica. Parton maintains she wrote the song as a response to the fact that Wagoner was no longer listening to her and she needed to make a break. For the first five years, the show featured performances by Wagoner and his partner, Norma Jean Beasler, plus comedic interstitials from Gilbert Ray “Speck” Rhodes. A TV movie about her early life, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (2015), took its name from her 1971 song and was followed the next year by a Christmas-themed sequel, in which Parton appeared. Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner worked together on The Porter Wagoner Show for 7 years, producing several hit records together. She is the person who has been there for us on all the most important days of our lives. Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You – 1974, from The Porter Wagoner Show – 1974 (I think), Dolly Parton Plastic Surgery Before & After Photos. About the same time, Parton began to cross over to the pop music market, and in 1978 she won a Grammy Award for her song “Here You Come Again” and was named entertainer of the year by the CMA. Dolly Parton rehearsing with country music singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers, 2005. Porter Wagoner was born in Missouri in 1927. In 1964, immediately following her high school graduation, she set out for Nashville to pursue a career in music. Fans loved their chemistry and the show quickly became the No. Songwriter was Claude 'Curly' Putman Jr. On Parton’s A&E biography, one of her Nashville session musicians, Wayne Moss, says that Parton was a huge asset to The Porter Wagoner Show, but she eventually outgrew it. Porter had essentially launched Dolly’s career and wanted to make sure he still had a stake in all things Dolly. So many beautiful memories ? Dolly Parton, in full Dolly Rebecca Parton, (born January 19, 1946, Locust Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.), American country music singer, guitarist, and actress, best known for pioneering the interface between country and pop music styles. In the 1990s and 2000s she guest-starred in many television series and appeared in several made-for-television movies. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). This has been a #4 country hit for Porter in 1965. They charted 21 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, including the #1 "Please Don't Stop Loving Me". Two years later she created the Dollywood Foundation, an organization with the aim of providing inspiration and educational resources to children. Her music also inspired Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, an anthology series that debuted on Netflix in 2019; she was featured in the program. A post shared by Dolly Parton (@dollyparton) on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:27pm PST. “I started trying to move myself away, started talking to him and he wasn’t hearing of it, so we fought a lot because we were very similar, we were very headstrong. … She came to our dad’s bedside two hours before he passed away. In 2005 she received the U.S. government’s National Medal of Arts, and in 2006 she was recognized at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., for her lifetime artistic achievement. In 1967, Parton had been in Nashville for two years and had had a couple of successful records in “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy,” so Wagoner didn’t “discover” Parton in the traditional sense. She soon attracted the attention of the music industry moguls at RCA Records and subsequently recorded more than a dozen hit songs—together with Wagoner—on the RCA label. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dolly-Parton, Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture - Biography of Dolly Parton, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Biography of Dolly Parton, The Kennedy Center - Biography of Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up), Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (1999). Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Wagoner claimed that he told Parton she needed to “write a song about the most identifiable subject on earth — love.” So she left and came back two days later with “I Will Always Love You,” which he told her at the time, “Dolly, that song will make you more money and more fame than all the other songs put together.”. Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton -The Last Thing On My MindFrom The DVD: Opry Video Classics. 2014-08-16T19:27:52.000Z. “I think it reached a point where Dolly was getting more fan mail than he was, so I think she outgrew the need for his coaching.”, In the footage of Wagoner talking about Parton, he acknowledged that they would argue sometimes, but he “always won” because he was “the one that signed the checks.”.