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Dolly Rebecca Parton, better known as just Dolly Parton, was born on January 19, 1946, in Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee. She is an American country artist who has also acted in a number of films. In the music industry, she is highly versatile and works as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and record producer. Parton achieved her greatest success in the 1970s and 1980s. But let’s move on to some fun trivia about one of the greatest country singers of all time! Hold on to your hat!

Dolly Parton is one of the world’s most prolific songwriters…

Dolly Parton is one of the world’s most prolific songwriters and has written and registered over 3,000 songs, including hits like “I Will Always Love You“, “Jolene“, “Coat of Many Colors” and “9 to 5“, which you’ve likely heard on the radio at some point. And that’s not all; she has also had 25 songs reach number one on Billboard’s country chart. [source]

She had 11 siblings and grew up in extreme poverty…

Parton comes from a large family and grew up with her 11 siblings in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, where her parents were considered very poor. They were so impoverished that their house lacked electricity and running water. According to Eastern Sevier County, Parton’s father, Robert Parton, paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of oatmeal. Dolly grew up in a small one-room cabin in Sevierville, which has now become a tourist attraction. [source]

Parton comes from a large family and grew up with her 11 siblings in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, where her parents were considered very poor. They were so impoverished that their house lacked electricity and running water. According to Eastern Sevier County, Parton's father, Robert Parton, paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of oatmeal. Dolly grew up in a small one-room cabin in Sevierville, which has now become a tourist attraction.

She holds two world records in the Guinness World Records…

Ms. Parton has more than 30 awards associated with her name, including two world records in the Guinness World Records. The world records include “most decades with top 20 hits on the US Hot Country Songs Chart” and “most hit songs on the US Hot Country Songs Chart by a female artist”. When representatives from the Guinness World Records visited Dolly Parton in Nashville to present her with the record title certificate, she responded that she felt “humbled and blessed”. [source]

From extremely poor to extremely rich

The queen of country music has built up a net worth of $600 million over the past 50 years in the entertainment industry. Parton has sold over 130 million records internationally. She is also the only artist to have had top 20 hits in six consecutive decades (1960-2010), starting with “Something Fishy” in 1967. But her wealth didn’t come solely from music. Dolly Parton began her career as an actress and radio host at the age of 10 (!). Since then, she has also opened her own amusement park (Dollywood) and invested in her own fashion brand. [source]

The queen of country music has built up a net worth of $600 million over the past 50 years in the entertainment industry. Parton has sold over 130 million records internationally. She is also the only artist to have had top 20 hits in six consecutive decades (1960-2010), starting with "Something Fishy" in 1967. But her wealth didn't come solely from music. Dolly Parton began her career as an actress and radio host at the age of 10 (!). Since then, she has also opened her own amusement park (Dollywood) and invested in her own fashion brand.

Opened Dollywood in 1986

As a lover of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, where she grew up, Parton decided to enter the amusement park industry by opening Dollywood in 1986. She opened the theme park, which welcomes more than a million visitors annually, as part of her ongoing efforts to invest in her hometown of Pigeon Forge in the countryside. However, you will never find Dolly Parton on any of her own rides. “I don’t ride the rides. I never have“, the singer said in an interview with The New York Times. “I usually get motion sickness. Plus, I’m a little chicken. With all my hair, I’ve got so much to lose, like earrings and things. I’m afraid some ride might take them off“, she continued to share in the interview. [source]

Her father was most proud of her charity work…

Of all Dolly Parton’s achievements, it was the nonprofitpart she created to promote childhood literacy that made her father the proudest. The successful country star founded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 1995 as a tribute to her father, who was dyslexic. “Not long before my dad died, he said, ‘You know, you’re the proudest I ever was of you’“, Parton told Paper magazine in 2015. “He said, ‘You did good, girl.’ I said, ‘Well, Daddy, I’m proudest of the Imagination Library.’ He said, ‘I know you are.’” Today, Imagination Library has provided over 130 million books to children. [source]

At one point, she even turned down Elvis Presley…

If Elvis Presley showed up at your door and wanted to work with you, there’s a pretty good chance you’d jump at the opportunity without even blinking. Everything was agreed upon between the parties, and Elvis was going to do a version of her hit song “I Will Always Love You“. Or so they thought, until his manager called up and said they wanted half of all the proceeds from the song. Dolly Parton declined because she wanted to leave the income for her family and loved ones. Presumably, Elvis was as disappointed as Dolly herself. [source]

If Elvis Presley showed up at your door and wanted to work with you, there’s a pretty good chance you’d jump at the opportunity without even blinking. Everything was agreed upon between the parties, and Elvis was going to do a version of her hit song "I Will Always Love You". Or so they thought, until his manager called up and said they wanted half of all the proceeds from the song. Dolly Parton declined because she wanted to leave the income for her family and loved ones. Presumably, Elvis was as disappointed as Dolly herself.

Speaking of the hit song “I Will Always Love You“…

Both “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” – which became huge hits with numerous different versions – were written at the same time. They were written so close together that the songs were even on opposite sides of the recording cassette. Dolly Parton herself remembers there being a day or so between writing the songs, but it must have been close enough for them to end up on the same tape. [source]

She is the godmother of pop artist Miley Cyrus…

In Disney’s hugely popular TV series Hannah Montana, with Miley Cyrus in the lead role, Dolly Parton often played the role of the pop singer’s “Aunt Dolly“. That’s because Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’s godmother in real life, thanks to her long-standing friendship with Cyrus’s father, country star Billy Ray Cyrus. In the picture below, you can see both stars performing together. [source]

In Disney’s hugely popular TV series Hannah Montana, with Miley Cyrus in the lead role, Dolly Parton often played the role of the pop singer’s "Aunt Dolly". That’s because Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’s godmother in real life, thanks to her long-standing friendship with Cyrus’s father, country star Billy Ray Cyrus. In the picture below, you can see both stars performing together.

Her first crush was Johnny Cash…

Before Carl Dean stole her heart, she had a big crush on singer Johnny Cash. When she was a young teenager, Parton attended Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, where she saw Cash perform. “I was sitting in the audience, and that’s when I first felt what sex appeal is“, Parton told Nightline magazine. “He had this way of walking, this strut when he moved his shoulders… and it was just so sexy. And I still think about it today“, she concluded. [source]


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