Country singer Dolly Parton is celebrating her 76th birthday today!
Although she’s best known as a singer, Dolly Parton is also an actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian.
She made her debut album “Hello, I’m Dolly” in 1967, and her career took off! She has her own record label, called Dolly Records, and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
After having 25 songs reach the number one spot on the Billboard country music charts, she has also had 44 career Top 10 country albums and has over 100 career-charted singles in the past 40 years.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, she has also been nominated for 50 Grammy Award nominations! She has won 11 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also won 10 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. She’s also won 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. She has also picked up 4 People’s Choice Awards and 3 American Music Awards.
In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. If all that isn’t enough, she is also co-owner of The Dollywood Company, which created the Dollywood amusement park, a dinner theater, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, the Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark, and Dream More Resort and Space in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
On Wednesday, fans are celebrating her birthday with all of her top hits!
This live version of “Jolene,” performed in 1974, has become an instant hit with fans.
“This is the best version of this song live I swear to god, it hit different,” one fan wrote.
“The fact that she wrote ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ in one session gives me goosebumps to this day,” another fan wrote.
“Listening to her EFFORTLESSLY sing this song, like she isn’t even trying,” one fan wrote. “Her outfit is so 70s and gorgeous. She isn’t even trying when she hits those high notes. It makes me cry listening to her amazing voice that we still can go see live that just sounds a bit older.”
“God I love her,” another wrote. “Not afraid to be fully feminine and be a glam country barbie… But she’s soft and sweet and adorable and kind.”
Another wrote, “She is so breathtakingly beautiful, talented, and a wonderful person, with a great sense of humour and a successful businesswoman. My idol!”
‘9 to 5’
Imagine how many views the music video for “9 to 5” would have if YouTube was around back in 1980 when the song was first released!
“This anthem is more relevant now than when the incomparable Ms. Parton first recorded it 41 years ago,” one fan wrote.
“How can you not love Dolly?” another fan asks. “She is just amazing.”
“This is one of my absolute favourites from Dolly Parton!!” another wrote. “She is an AMAZING SINGER”
“Dolly is stunningly beautiful and her voice is second to none,” another fan commented.
“Dolly Parton was so ahead of her time, it’s crazy,” another wrote. “With her music, her ethics, her attitude. She cemented herself as a country icon and was so good at reading the cultural landscape, she also established herself into pop culture, all while never losing who she was as a person.”
‘Islands In The Stream’ – Featuring Kenny Rogers
Although Dolly Parton has been a part of some incredible duets during the years, one of the most recognizable is her 1982 duet of “Islands In The Stream” featuring Kenny Rogers. Rogers sadly passed away on March 20, 2020.
“One of the most iconic duets of all time,” one fan wrote. “RIP Kenny.”
“One of the most beautiful duets in the history of music,” another wrote. “Perfect vocal chemistry. Amazing writing by the Bee Gees. Incredible harmonies, flawlessly executed. Dolly’s vocal control is out of this world.”
“Dolly Parton is such a pro entertainer,” another wrote. “She knows how to bring the fun, joy, and musicality.”
“Magic, makes me happy, puts a smile on my face & tears in my eyes all at the same time, absolute best version!” another wrote. “Rest peacefully Kenny.”
“Lovely song,” another shared. “Lovely singers. Lovely feeling to listen to this song. Unforgettable.”
“Dolly and Kenny were such a wonderful singing couple!” another wrote. “They loved each other as good friends! You could feel the love! Never will be another couple like them! Sure gonna miss Kenny!”
Here’s to Dolly Parton having an “unforgettable” 76th birthday!