Music and Lyrics
Dolly Parton’s life and career are a rags-to-rhinestones story. Born the fourth child of 12, Dolly grew up in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, nestled against the Great Smoky Mountains. Her songs have captured the hearts of generations. Her trademark style is recognized around the globe.
Dolly’s prolific writing and recording career span 50-plus years. Her self-penned hits include Jolene, Coat of Many Colors and I Will Always Love You. She holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart and for the most hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart by a female artist.
Dolly starred in numerous movies for the large and small screen, including the hit movie 9 to 5 which became a hit Broadway musical for which she wrote the music and lyrics.
Dolly is one of an elite group of individuals to receive at least one nomination from all four major annual American entertainment award organizations; Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. In 2004 she received the U.S. Library of Congress Living Legend award and in 2006, the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. In 2011, she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and will be one of this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stories from Dolly’s life have been the subject of two NBC movies: Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Life. A third NBC movie starring Dolly and featuring her songs and stories entitled Dolly Parton’s Magic Mountain Christmas premiers in December 2022.
Dolly recently partnered with writer James Patterson to co-author the novel, Run Rose Run which became a #1 best seller.
Dolly’s love and generosity for her Tennessee mountain home was heroically demonstrated in her efforts to help the victims of the 2016 Smoky Mountain wildfires. Her Emmy-winning Smoky Mountains Rise telethon raised $9 million. Her philanthropy also extends to children around the world through her Imagination Library, which inspires a love of reading by providing a book a month to more than one million children age five and under in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. Most recently Dolly’s love for people everywhere was demonstrated when she donated $1 million to COVID-19 vaccination research as well as donating $1 million to fund pediatric infectious disease research.