RCA/Legacy Celebrates Dolly Parton's Spectacular Career With 4CD 'Dolly' Box Set


If the image of Dolly Parton was to be carved in stone atop a great mountain in her native East Tennessee hills, it would be a worthy honor among the hundreds of honors and awards she has already received. Her numerous accomplishments over the past 50 years have reflected her roles as a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, worldwide touring artist, Hollywood actor and tv personality, Broadway entrepreneur, author, amusement theme park owner, celebrated philanthropist, and more.

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Not the least of those accomplishments is her litany of hit songs and signature compositions. Dolly Parton is distinguished for having charted at least one Top 5 country hit in each decade since the '60s. She has also charted at least one #1 country hit (if not a dozen) in each decade from the '70s to the '00s: "Joshua," "Jolene," "I Will Always Love You," "Love Is Like A Butterfly," "Here You Come Again," and many more in the '70s; "Starting Over Again," the Grammy Award-winning "9 To 5," "Islands In The Stream" (with Kenny Rogers), "Tennessee Homesick Blues," "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That," and many more in the '80s; "Rockin' Years" (with Ricky Van Shelton) in 1991; and "When I Get Where I'm Going" (with Brad Paisley) in 2005.

Now a unique new honor comes her way with the simply-titled "Dolly," the first multi-CD, multi-label deluxe box set compilation ever to represent her life's work, comprising 99 songs over four CDs. "Dolly" will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting October 27th through RCA Nashville/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. The set is also available for pre-order at www.shopdolly.com.

The elegant package designed for "Dolly" houses a full-color 60-page booklet with never-before-seen photographs and rare memorabilia. A brief and loving introduction has been written by Nashville-bred singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell. An extensive 5,000-word biographical essay follows, by ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award-winning writer-editor-producer-lecturer Holly George-Warren. Her recent books include Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry; The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years; and The Road to Woodstock (with Michael Lang). She has written liner notes for dozens of rock and country anthologies and box sets, many of them on Legacy, including June Carter Cash's Keep On The Sunny Side: Her Life in Music (2005), Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden (2002) and the reissue of Uncle Tupelo's Still Feel Gone (2003).

Earlier this year, in March 2009, one week prior to the eagerly-anticipated Broadway opening of 9 To 5: The Musical at the Marriott Marquis Theatre, RCA Nashville/Legacy released a new expanded edition of 1980's 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs - with three bonus tracks, two of them previously unreleased.

"Dolly" continues to explore the broad range and depth of her recording career - from the rarely-heard sides cut at age 11 for the Louisiana-based Goldband indie label, and at age 16 for Mercury in Nashville, through her whirlwind two years (and first chart records) with Monument (1965-67), her record-setting near two-decade stay with RCA Records (1967-85, underpinning her long hitmaking association with Porter Wagoner), and another near-decade at Columbia into the '90s.

In addition, seven previously unreleased tracks make their historic debuts on this box set:

  --  "Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)" - demo circa 1957-62, co-written with
      her uncle Bill Owens, a formative figure in Dolly's early musical
  --  "Nobody But You" (with the Merry Melody Singers) - from the same 1962
      Nashville sessions that produced Dolly's Mercury single "It's Sure
      Gonna Hurt" b/w "The Love You Gave," both songs also included on this
      box set;
  --  "I've Known You All My Life" - a virtually unknown Goffin-King song
      (cut by the Four Preps) from the same November 1965 sessions at
      Monument as "Don't Drop Out," produced and arranged by Ray Stevens;
  --  "Everything Is Beautiful (In Its Own Way)" - an original composition,
      from the fall 1969 sessions at RCA Studios Nashville for The Fairest
      Of Them All;
  --  "God's Coloring Book" - an original, thematically related to "Coat Of
      Many Colors," from the same April 1971 sessions which produced that

  --  "Eugene Oregon" and "What Will Baby Be" - both original compositions,
      from the RCA Studios Nashville sessions of December 1972, for My
      Tennessee Mountain Home.

The phenomenal chart statistics that Dolly Parton has accumulated come alive on "Dolly." She is the top-ranked female (by far!) among Joel Whitburn's all-time Top 10 artists for most overall country chart hits (113), most Top 40 country hits (87), most Top 10 hits (57), most #1 hits (25), and the most pop crossover hits (25).

Of the 99 tracks on "Dolly," one is not a Dolly Parton recording: "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" by Bill Phillips on Decca, 1965, is significant because it was the first composition by 19-year old Dolly (co-written with her uncle Bill Owens) that actually hit the charts, earning Dolly her first BMI songwriting award. This was during Dolly's first year at Monument Records, when owner Fred Foster was trying to position her as a teen pop star with her first couple of singles, "Busy Signal," and "Don't Drop Out" ("a kind of 'Leader Of The Pack' meets 'He's A Rebel'," writes Holly George-Warren). Dolly even appeared on American Bandstand.

Her first Monument pop singles didn't chart, but when Phillips' "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" clicked at country radio, Dolly was able to convince Foster to let her sing country music her way. The cheeky single "Dumb Blonde" (not!) was the result, followed by "Something Fishy," as Dolly scored her first two solid country chart hits. (Dolly married her husband Carl during this period as well, in 1966.) It was the success of those two songs that got the attention of RCA Victor country star Porter Wagoner.

After six years as Porter's "girl singer" partner on his syndicated tv show, the popular Norma Jean was getting married and retiring, and needed to be replaced. Porter offered Dolly a $60,000 annual salary to join him on tv. Along with their duets on the show, RCA wanted Porter and Dolly to record together. Dolly was reluctantly forced to leave Monument, but the RCA deal immediately hit paydirt in 1967, with the duet version of folksinger Tom Paxton's "Last Thing On My Mind."

More than 20 of Porter and Dolly's duets hit the country chart - and 11 of them are featured on DOLLY:

  --  1967: "Last Thing On My Mind";
  --  1968: "Holdin' On To Nothin'," "We'll Get Ahead Someday," "Jeannie's
      Afraid Of The Dark";
  --  1969: "Just Someone That I Used To Know";
  --  1970: "Tomorrow Is Forever," "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man";
  --  1971: "Better Move It On Home";
  --  1972: "Together Always," "Lost Forever In Your Kiss";

  --  1974: "Please Don't Stop Loving Me."

At the same time, Porter was overseeing Dolly's RCA recording sessions, though (as Holly George-Warren notes) he did not receive production credit on the albums, even though he was running the show. This was also the start of Dolly's most prolific years as a songwriter, as she applied her uncommon touch to stories of fallen women ("False Eyelashes"), free spirits ("Just The Way I Am"), her own hardscrabble life back in the mountains ("In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)"), a betrayed woman gone mad due to her cheating husband, who then has her locked up in a mental institution ("Daddy Come And Get Me"), and many other colorful characters.

Dolly became a core RCA artist who knew that the sun was beginning to set on her partnership with Porter. She won her first #1 hit in 1970, "Joshua"; her second #1 in 1973, "Jolene" (#217 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"); and her third #1 in 1974, the all-time goldmine, "I Will Always Love You" (her affectionate way of giving Porter notice of what was to come). Porter continued to oversee Dolly's sessions (without producer credit) until 1976, when she finally released her first self-produced LP, New Harvest...First Gathering (with "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning," "You Are," and "Applejack").

Starting in 1977, Dolly's second decade at RCA brought some of the biggest hits in American music, as she regularly crossed over to the pop and Adult Contemporary charts: "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right," "Here You Come Again," "Heartbreaker," "I Really Got The Feeling," "You're The Only One," 'Starting Over Again," "Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You," "9 To 5," "But You Know I Love You," "Islands In The Stream" (with Kenny Rogers), "Tennessee Homesick Blues," "Think About Love," and many others.

Into the '80s, Dolly established herself as a formidable actor as well, with critically acclaimed movie performances in 9 To 5 (1980, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982, and another Golden Globe nomination); Rhinestone (1984); and Steel Magnolias (1989).

Dolly signed with Columbia Records in 1987, and went on to record five albums for the label: Rainbow (1987); White Limozeen (1989, with consecutive #1 hits, "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That" and "Yellow Roses," along with "Time For Me To Fly" and "He's Alive"); Eagle When She Flies (1991, with the #1 duet, "Rockin' Years" with Ricky Van Shelton, "Eagle When She Flies," and "Silver And Gold"); Slow Dancing with the Moon (1993, with "Romeo"); and Something Special (1995).

Inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001, Dolly Parton went on to receive the Living Legend Medal from the Library of Congress in 2004, and the National Medal of Arts from President Bush in 2005. In 2006, she was celebrated alongside fellow honorees Zubin Mehta, Steven Spielberg, Smokey Robinson and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Kennedy Center Honors, for her lifetime of contributions to the arts. She adds these honors to the seven Grammy Awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, nine Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, and countless other Billboard, Cashbox and Record World, Peoples Choice, American Music Awards, BMI Awards, and more that she has won.

Holly George-Warren quotes from the memoir, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business (HarperCollins, 1994): "Without a doubt, songwriting is my greatest source of joy and the best outlet for my creativity." Ms. George-Warren then sums up: "Listening to this musical autobiography, we are grateful for Dolly Parton's tenacious dedication to her craft."

                     (RCA Nashville/Legacy 88697 48086 2)

  Disc One
                                     From album
  Title                      Chart   or detail             Label    Rec.
  1.     Puppy Love            -     single                Goldband 1957
  2.     Girl Left Alone       -     single                Goldband 1957
  3.  *  Gonna Hurry (As
         Slow As I Can)        -     demo                  -        -

  4.     It's Sure Gonna Hurt  -     single w/Merry
                                     Melody Singers        Mercury  2/25/62
  5.     The Love You Gave     -     single w/Merry
                                     Melody Singers        Mercury  2/25/62
  6.  *  Nobody But You        -     w/Merry Melody
                                     Singers               -        2/25/62
  7.     Busy Signal           -     single                Monument 6/24/65
  8.     Don't Drop Out        -     single                Monument 11/15/65
  9.  *  I've Known You All
         My Life               -     single                -        11/15/65
  10.    Put It Off Until            Put It Off Until
         (by Bill Phillips)    C#6   Tomorrow              Decca    6/22/65
  11.    Dumb Blonde           C#24  single                Monument 9/23/66
  12.    Something Fishy       C#17  single                Monument 9/23/66
  13.    I Couldn't Wait
         Forever               -     As Long As I Love     Monument 9/5/67
  14.    I'm Not Worth The
         Tears                 -     As Long As I Love     Monument 9/5/67
  15. P  Last Thing On My            Just Between You
         Mind                  C#7   And Me                RCA      10/11/67
  16.    False Eyelashes       -     Just Because I'm
                                     A Woman               RCA      12/20/67
  17.    The Bridge            -     Just Because I'm
                                     A Woman               RCA      12/20/67
  18.    Just Because I'm            Just Because I'm
         A Woman               C#17  A Woman               RCA      12/18/67
  19. P  Holdin' On To Nothin' C#7   Just The Two Of Us    RCA      1/31/68
  20. P  We'll Get Ahead
         Someday               C#5   Just The Two Of Us    RCA      5/22/68
  21. P  Jeannie's Afraid Of
         The Dark              C#51  Just The Two Of Us    RCA      5/21/68
  22.    In The Good Old Days        In The Good Old Days
         (When Times Were Bad) C#25  (When Times Were Bad) RCA      9/9/68
  23.    Daddy                 C#40  My Blue Ridge
                                     Mountain Boy          RCA      9/9/68
  24.    Evening Shade         -     My Blue Ridge
                                     Mountain Boy          RCA      5/21/69
  25.    Gypsy, Joe And Me     -     My Blue Ridge
                                     Mountain Boy          RCA      5/21/69
  26.    My Blue Ridge               My Blue Ridge
         Mountain Boy          C#45  Mountain Boy          RCA      5/20/69

  Disc Two
                                     From album
  Title                      Chart   or detail             Label    Rec.
  1.     Just The Way I Am     -     The Fairest Of Them   RCA      10/31/69
  2.     Down From Dover       -     The Fairest Of Them   RCA      9/4/69
  3.  *  Everything Is
         Beautiful (In Its
         Own Way)              -     -                     -        1969
  4.     Daddy Come And Get Me C#40  The Fairest Of Them   RCA      10/31/69
  5.  P  Just Someone That I         Porter Wayne &
         Used To Know          C#5   Dolly Rebecca         RCA      4/1/69
  6.  P  Tomorrow Is Forever   C#9   Porter Wayne &
                                     Dolly Rebecca         RCA      12/2/69
  7.  P  Daddy Was An Old Time
         Preacher Man          C#7   Once More             RCA      4/21/70
  8.     Comin' For To Carry
         Me Home               C#23  single                RCA      1-2/71
  9.     The Golden Streets Of       The Golden Streets Of
         Glory                 -     Glory                 RCA      5/11/70
  10.    Mule Skinner Blues          The Best Of
         (Blue Yodel No. 8)    C#3   Dolly Parton          RCA      5/4/70
  11.    Joshua                C#1,
                               H#108 Joshua                RCA      1970
  12.    Daddy's Moonshine
         Still                 -     Joshua                RCA      1-2/71
  13.    The Last One To
         Touch Me              -     Joshua                RCA      2/11/71
  14. P  Better Move It On           The Best Of
         Home                  C#7   Porter Wagoner
                                     And Dolly Parton      RCA      12/14/70
  15.    Coat Of Many Colors   C#4   Coat Of Many Colors   RCA      4/71
  16.    Traveling Man         C#20  Coat Of Many Colors   RCA      4/16/71
  17.    My Blue Tears         C#17  Coat Of Many Colors   RCA      4/16/71
  18.    Here I Am             -     Coat Of Many Colors   RCA      4/71
  19. *  God's Coloring Book   -     -                     -        4/71
  20.    Will He Be Waiting    -     Touch Your Woman      RCA      12/71-
  21.    Touch Your Woman      C#6   Touch Your Woman      RCA      12/71-
  22. P  Together Always       C#14  Together Always       RCA      5/1/72
  23. P  Lost Forever In Your
         Kiss                  C#9   Together Always       RCA      9/30/71
  24.    My Tennessee                My Tennessee
         Mountain Home         C#15  Mountain Home         RCA      9-12/72
  25. *  Eugene Oregon         -     -                     -        12/12/72
  26. *  What Will Baby Be     -     -                     -        12/12/72

  Disc Three
                                     From album
  Title                       Chart  or detail             Label    Rec.
  1.     Jolene                C#1,
                               AC#44 Jolene                RCA      6/73
  2.     Early Morning Breeze  -     Jolene                RCA      12/27/73
  3.     I Will Always Love
         You                   C#1   Jolene                RCA      6/13/73
  4.  P  Please Don't Stop
         Loving Me             C#1   Porter 'N' Dolly      RCA      5/24/74
  5.     Love Is Like A        C#1,  Love Is Like A
         Butterfly             AC#38, Butterfly
                               H#105                       RCA      7/16/74
  6.     Sacred Memories       -     Love Is Like A
                                     Butterfly             RCA      9/1/72
  7.     The Bargain Store     C#1,
                               AC#35 The Bargain Store     RCA      12/4/74
  8.     On My Mind Again      -     The Bargain Store     RCA      12/11/74
  9.     Kentucky Gambler      -     The Bargain Store     RCA      -
  10.    The Seeker            C#2,
                               H#105 Dolly                 RCA      12/9/74
  11.    We Used To            C#9   Dolly                 RCA      12/9/74
  12.    All I Can Do          C#3   All I Can Do          RCA      2/17-
  13.    Light Of A Clear      C#11, New Harvest...
         Blue Morning          H#87  First Gathering       RCA      8/19/76
  14.    You Are               -     New Harvest...
                                     First Gathering       RCA      8/20/76
  15.    Applejack             -     New Harvest...
                                     First Gathering       RCA      12/10/76
  16.    It's All Wrong, But
         It's All              C#1   Here You Come Again   RCA      7/77
  17.    Here You Come Again   C#1,
                               AC#2  Here You Come Again   RCA      7/77
  18.    Two Doors Down        H#19,
                               AC#12 Here You Come Again   RCA      7/77
  19.    Me And Little Andy    -     Here You Come Again   RCA      -
  20.    Heartbreaker          C#1,
                               AC#12 Heartbreaker          RCA      3/78
  21.    I Really Got The
         Feeling               C#1   Heartbreaker          RCA      3/78
  22.    Baby I'm Burnin'      C#48  Heartbreaker          RCA      -
  23.    You're The Only One   C#1,
                               AC#14 Great Balls Of Fire   RCA      1979
  24.    Sweet Summer Lovin'   C#7   Great Balls Of Fire   RCA      1979
  25.    Starting Over Again   C#1,
                               AC#35 Dolly, Dolly, Dolly   RCA      1979

  Disc Four
                                     From album
  Title                       Chart  or detail             Label    Rec.
  1.     Old Flames Can't Hold
         A Candle To You       C#1   Dolly, Dolly, Dolly   RCA      12/79
  2.     9 To 5                C#1,
                               AC#1  9 To 5 And Odd Jobs   RCA      4/80
  3.     But You Know I Love   C#1,
         You                   H#41,
                               AC#14 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs   RCA      7/80
  4.     Single Women          C#8   Heartbreak Express    RCA      1982
  5.     Heartbreak Express    C#7   Heartbreak Express    RCA      1/82
  6.     Do I Ever Cross Your
         Mind                  -     Heartbreak Express    RCA      -
  7.     Potential New
         Boyfriend             C#20  Heartbreak Express    RCA      -
  8.     Islands In The Stream C#1,
         (Kenny Rogers with    H#1,  Eyes That See
         Dolly Parton)         AC#1  In The Dark           RCA      1983
  9.     Save The Last Dance   C#3,
         For Me                H#45,
                               AC#12 The Great Pretender   RCA      10/83
  10.    Tennessee Homesick                                20th
         Blues                 C#1   Rhinestone o.s.       Century  1984
  11.    God Won't Get You     C#10  Rhinestone o.s.       20th
                                                           Century  8/83
  12.    What A Heartache      -     Rhinestone o.s.       20th
                                                           Century  -
  13.    Don't Call It Love    -     Real Love             RCA      1985
  14.    Think About Love      C#1   Real Love             RCA      1985
  15.    Why'd You Come In Here
         Lookin' Like That     C#1   White Limozeen        Columbia 1988
  16.    Yellow Roses          C#1   White Limozeen        Columbia 1988
  17.    Time For Me To Fly    -     White Limozeen        Columbia 1988
  18.    He's Alive            -     White Limozeen        Columbia 1988
  19.    Rockin' Years (Dolly
         Parton with Ricky Van
         Shelton)              C#1   Eagle When She Flies  Columbia 1990
  20.    Eagle When She Flies  -     Eagle When She Flies  Columbia 1990
  21.    Silver and Gold       -     Eagle When She Flies  Columbia 1990
  22.    Romeo                 -     Slow Dancing with
                                     the Moon              Columbia 1993

  *  indicates previously unreleased track
  P  indicates track recorded by Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
  C  indicates Billboard Top Country Songs chart
  H  indicates Billboard Hot 100 chart
  AC  indicates Billboard Adult Contemporary chart


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