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DOLLY PARTON

  • From Locust Ridge, Tennessee.
  • Began her singing career at age 11. Moved to Nashville in 1964 after graduating from high school.
  • Was introduced to bluegrass music by the Brewster Brothers, Willie and Bud.
  • 1967-1974, worked with Porter Wagoner. Had 14 top ten hits as a duo. Won two CMA awards for Vocal Duo of the Year (1970, 1971).
  • 1969, joined the Grand Ole Opry
  • 1987, recorded “Trio” album with Linda Rondstadt and Emmylou Harris.
  • Has starred in several movies, including Steel Magnolias, 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
  • Owns her own record label and TV production company as well as the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
  • Notable hits: “Two Doors Down”, “I Will Always Love You”, “Coat of Many Colors”, “Jolene”, “Islands in the Stream” (with Kenny Rogers).
  • 1975, 1976, won CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
  • 1977, ACM award for Entertainer of the Year.
  • 1978, CMA award for Entertainer of the Year.
  • 1999, Inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2000, released her first all-bluegrass album The Grass Is Blue (Sugar Hill).
  • 2000, she appeared on the IBMA Awards Show where she accepted the award for Album of the Year (for The Grass Is Blue).
  • 2001, won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album (for The Grass Is Blue).
  • 2001, released second bluegrass album Little Sparrow (Sugar Hill).
  • 2002, won the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Shine” from the album Little Sparrow.
  • 2002, released her third bluegrass album Halos & Horns (Sugar Hill).
  • 2004, received the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress on April 14. Also hosted the CMA awards show.
  • 2004-2006, her touring band was the Grascals.
  • 2014, released her fourth bluegrass album Blue Smoke album (Sony).
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