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Dolly Parton is a multitalented woman. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and also a multi-instrumentalist. She is famous for the work she done for country music. She started her career as an actress in her childhood. She came towards singing in the mid-1960s and had a great success on both the country charts and pop charts. She won many honors at the country level and also won Grammy for eight times. She opened an amusement park named Dollywood in 1980s.

Childhood:

Dolly Parton was born on 19 January, 1946, in the family of Robert  and Avie Lee in Sevierville, Tennessee. She belonged to a poor family as her father was a farmer. Her family poverty is depicted in her song “In the good old days.”  Singing was her childhood desire, when she saw and heard her mother singing songs. First ever songs she sang were the church songs. She was so fond of singing that she received a guitar in gift from her relative, and started her professional career in the age of 10 years. After her high school completion, she went to Nashville.


Professional Career:

Her career started in 1967 when she did “The Porter Wagoner Show”, a television program. Her first song was "The Last Thing on My Mind” which was a duet with Wagoner and was a great success. It was released in 1967 and was among top ten country songs. Her first solo song, released in 1968, was “Just because I am a woman.” It was a moderate success on the country charts.


In February 1971, she gave her number one song “Joshua”, which was a big hit on the country charts. After that, she gave many hit songs within two years. Her signature song “Coat of many colors” was also one of them. She continued her duet with Wagoner until 1975 and their last release was “Say forever you will be mine.”


Stepping into the pop music:

She stepped into pop music in 1976, when she self-produced the song “New Harvest, First gathering.” She gave her first million seller song “Here you come again” in 1977 which remained among top 20 songs on the pop chart. She received her primary Grammy award for the “Best Female country vocal performance” in 1978 for her album “here you come again.”


9 to 5 feature film:

She had been successful as a singer, so in 1980 she came to the movies and started with the comedy “9 to 5.” In this feature film, her role was of a sectary with the major actors “Jane Fonda” and “Lily Tomlin.” The title song of “9 to 5” was sung by her, which was also a great success. It was a hit song on the country charts and also won the “Academy Award” nomination for her.

The new generation was introduced to her in 1982 by her song “I will always love you” through her best little warehouse in Texas.

During this time, Parton worked in a new direction in 1986 and started an amusement park with the name of “Dollywood” in pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This park is still a popular amusement park.

Parton best original song was “Travelin’ Thru”, which she wrote for the film “Transamerica” released in 2005. This song earned the second “academy Award” nomination for her. She also started composition and her first song from her own record company was “Better Get to livin” which rose to number forty-eight on the “hot country songs” chart. In October 2009, “Dolly” was released by her. It was a four CD-box with the title “dolly”, and had 99 best songs of her career.


As a song writer:

Parton is a creative song writer too. She wrote many songs for country music since her childhood. Folk music was the basic element of her songs. She was a good story teller and her most songs were based on some person’s story.


BMI country award:

In November 2004, she was awarded BMI country award and was honored as a BMI icon. She earned 35 BMI awards throughout her career. She was also famous for her Philanthropic efforts especially in the field of literacy.  "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library" was one of her philanthropic programs. This program used to mail books to children. She is one of the most famous women of the country.