Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist, performer, writer, and philanthropist, famous for her work in country music. Starting her career as a child performer, Parton issued a few modestly successful singles from 1959 through the mid-1960s, showcasing her distinctive soprano voice. Going towards mainstream pop music, her 1977 single “Here You Come Again” was a success on both country and pop charts. A couple of records recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were among her later successes. In the late 1990s, she returned to classic country/bluegrass using a number of acclaimed records. Nonmusical endeavors comprise Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and her attempts on behalf of youth literacy, especially her Imagination Library, along with Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Pirates Voyage.
Parton is the most respected female country performer ever. Reaching 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she’s had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female musician. She’s 41 career top 10 country records, a record for virtually any musician, and she’s 110 career charted singles over the previous 40 years. All inclusive income of singles, records, hits sets, and digital downloads during her career have topped 100 million world-wide. Parton has received 46 Grammy nominations, connecting her with Beyonc for the most Grammy nominations for a girl and setting her in eighth place overall.
In 1999, she was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. She’s composed over 3,000 songs, the best known of which include “I’ll Always Love You” (a two time U.S. country chart topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), “Jolene”, “Coat of Many Colors”,”9 to 5″, and “My Tennessee Mountain Home”. Parton is also among the few to have received at least one nomination in the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.