Inside Dolly Parton’s Incredible Career and How Many Songs She Wrote
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has unveiled its list of 2022 inductees and Dolly Parton is on it.
Alongside Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie and Carly Simon, Parton will go down in history as one of the most influential musical performers.
The Tennessee native entered the entertainment industry in 1967 at the age of 21 and rose to fame for her country music.
To celebrate the singer-songwriter’s achievement, let’s take a look back at her incredible career.
Dolly Parton initially rejected her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination
When Dolly Parton’s nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was announced in March 2022, the singer first gained media attention for rejecting the honor.
Parton said while she was ‘extremely flattered’ to be nominated, she asked to ‘respectfully step down’ under the impression that she had ‘not earned the right’ to be considered a rock artist .
The nominees who receive the most votes receive a special honor for their influential contribution to rock music at the Rock Hall Museum in Cleveland. To be considered, artists must have released their first record 25 years prior to their induction.
“I hope the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again if I’m ever worthy,” she said in March. “It did, however, inspire me to release a rock ‘n’ roll album, hopefully at some point in the future, which I’ve always wanted to do!”
However, the organizers rejected his rejection, saying that “rock and roll is not defined by any particular genre”.
“Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists who followed,” they said in a statement. “His nominations to be considered for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who were considered.”
Celebrating Dolly Parton’s Career
Dolly Parton has become one of the most beloved performers of all time throughout her impressive musical career that spans nearly six decades.
Parton was the fourth of 12 children born to Avie Lee Caroline and Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer in 1946.
The family moved from a one-room cabin in Tennessee to the Appalachian countryside when the country star was a child.
Parton wrote his first song, Tiny tassel top5-year-old, which she performed barefoot on her family’s porch.
At 7, she made her first guitar with an old mandolin and bass guitar strings.
Parton credits his uncle, Bill Owens, with launching his professional music career by hosting his first gig as a regular performer on the Cas Walker Show at the age of 10.
She released her first single, puppy lovein 1959 with Goldband Records, although it would be eight years before she achieved commercial success.
In January 1967, his singles, silly blonde and something fishyentered the Billboard country music charts, and by July she had released her first full-length album with Monument, Hello, I’m Dolly.
Parton’s best-known album, Jolenewas released in 1974, reaching number one on the Billboard country music charts and number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
From then on, her career took an upward trajectory and, in 1980, she starred in her first film, 9 to 5.
She has won over 10 Grammy Awards for her musical contributions and is now recognized and adored internationally.
How many songs has Dolly Parton written?
Dolly Parton estimates that she wrote over 3,000 songs in her lifetime. 450 of them have been recorded, however, it was not always Parton who performed them.
Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr and Kenny Rodgers are among the artists who have recorded and released famous tracks written by Parton.
Songs that you might not realize were written by the country singer include the following:
- There will always be music, Tina Turner
- Flame Fuel, Skeeter Davis
- I’m in no condition, Hank Williams Jr.
- Circle of Love, Jennifer Nettles
- The Stranger, Kenny Rogers
- Waltz Me to Heaven, Waylon Jennings
- To Daddy, Emmylou Harris
- I will always love you, Whitney Houston
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