Dolly Parton is no stranger to being on the receiving end of impressive renditions of her songs by notable musical powerhouses.
It turns out that Parton has another internationally acclaimed musician topping her wishlist for the cover of her single, “Jolene.”
The “Islands In The Stream” singer appeared in a recent interview and got candid about how she would love Beyoncé to cover her famous classic.
Fans React To Dolly Parton’s Desire For Beyoncé’s Rendition of “Jolene”
Social media users were not all on the same page when they learned that Parton would love for Beyoncé to give a rendition of “Jolene.”
Numerous musical icons have given moving performances to the 1973 hit single, which earned certified double platinum this January.
Lil Nas X also blew the 76-year-old away with his acoustic take on the single during a BBC Radio 1 performance last September.
Nevertheless, Parton is not satisfied by the beautiful covers and has only one person in mind to do justice to “Jolene.”
The “9 to 5 and Odd Jobs” star expressed her sentiments on Wednesday, March 9, while appearing on “The Daily Show.”
Author James Patterson joined Parton on the interview to promote their thriller novel “Run, Rose, Run” when the conversation drifted to music.
Host Trevor Noah questioned the “Rescue Story” singer about her wish to have the “Halo” artist cover her single “Jolene.”
Parton did not hold back her excitement when giving her response. She said that she loves Beyoncé and credited her for being fantastic and beautiful.
The “Coat of Many Colors” singer noted that the “Lion King” actress would be able to give a robust cover to her song just like Whitney Houston did in the past.
Houston’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” remains so unforgettable to date that many fans do not know Parton originally authored it.
“The Grass Is Blue” singer said that she wants a person who can turn her “little songs” into powerhouses. She continued, “That would be a marvelous day in my life if she [Beyoncé] ever does do ‘Jolene.’ ”
Noah asked Parton if the “Pray You Catch Me” singer knew of her wish to receive her rendition of “Jolene,” but she was not sure.
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The “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” artist said, “I don’t know if she’s even got the message, but wouldn’t that be killer?”
Beyoncé may not have got wind of Parton’s wishes, but her fans did, and they took to social media with their reactions.
TheShadeRoom uploaded a clip of the interview and screenshots of the responses to their Instagram page. An excited fan wrote that she could see Beyoncé killing a “Jolene” rendition with a “Texas stank.”
A critic accused the “Just Because I’m a Woman” singer of not caring about Beyoncé but merely wanting her cover for the check “like she got when Whitney released IWALY.”
Another fan pointed out that Parton’s request was “the perfect example of white people trying to eat off black people’s talents,” adding that her gains from Houston’s cover are enough.
An internet user wrote that neither Beyoncé nor any black woman should cover the 1973 classic but noted that the “Partition” singer would be more suitable for rendering “Love Dolly.”
The “Jolene” Singer Launches NFTs
Parton may not yet benefit from her proposal to have Beyoncé render her song, but she is raking in serious coin from another unique partnership.
Earlier this month, The Blast revealed that the “9 to 5” singer collaborated with Fox Entertainment’s Blockchain Creative Labs (BCL) to launch Dollyverse NFTs to give fans better access to her art.
Parton broke the news through a press release. She will also offer an exclusive selection of official and certified Dolly NFT collectibles and Dolly-inspired NFT artwork.
The “Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits” singer expressed her excitement about finding new ways to connect with her fans, launching her first-ever NFTs, and her passion for trying new experiences, saying,
“I’m almost always up for trying something new and different. I’d say releasing NFTs at my first ever appearance at SXSW, with James Patterson by my side, definitely counts as new and different!”