Dolly Parton recently appeared on "The Voice," and the movie based on her childhood and song "Coat of Many Colors" was a hit on NBC.
I worship Dolly Parton. Although I've always been a fan of her music, I recently fell in love with her all over again. "From Here to the Moon and Back," was the song my husband and I chose for our first dance at our wedding. Her voice can effortlessly impress people of all generations. I just watched "9 to 5" for the first time recently. I've been bingeing on her music, to say the least. After all this, I've decided that Dolly is the queen of country music. Here's just a few reasons why.
She tells a powerful story
"Coat of Many Colors" was inspired by Dolly's childhood, and that story earned its own movie. She also wrote one of the biggest songs in the world, "I Will Always Love You," not seeking fame or fortune, but to tell a friend and partner how she felt. And oh yeah, she's in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
She believes knowledge is power
Dolly started Imagination Library to provide books to children, regardless of their family's income. More than 60,000,000 books have been provided to children in the United States and in a few other countries.
She fights for what she believes
She thinks everyone should be able to be with the person they love. She tries "to love everybody."
She turned down the King of Rock and Roll. Yes, Elvis Presley wanted to record "I Will Always Love You," but he'd take half of the publishing rights, so she turned him down. It ended up working out just fine.
She's an icon in every way
She was recording music by the time she was 13 years old. She's the most honored female country performer of all time. She's been happily married for 50 years. She can sing country, gospel and pop. She's a businesswoman and philanthropist. She's Miley Cyrus' godmother. She has her own theme park! She starred in movies like "9 to 5" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." ("9 to 5" is also a musical!)
"Just because I'm blondeThrowback Thursday to my FIRST movie!! Here I am as Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 way back in 1980 :) #TBT pic.twitter.com/IyQO3tVLwG— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) June 26, 2014
Don't think I'm dumb
Cause this dumb blonde ain't nobody's fool!"
Enjoy my Dolly playlist below.