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Born in Sevierville, Tenn., as the fourth of 12 children living in a one-room cabin, Dolly Parton learned of her musical abilities at an early age. The now-country icon began performing all over Eastern Tennessee while she was still a child; in 1964, at the age of 18 — just one day after graduating from high school — Parton moved to Nashville. In Music City, the artist signed to Combine Publishing House and Monument Records and quickly found success as a songwriter, penning hits such as Bill Phillips’ “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” and Skeeter Davis’ “Fuel to the Flame,” among others. In 1967, Parton released her debut album, ‘Hello, I’m Dolly’, and became a part of both Porter Wagoner’s weekly TV show and touring show. She remained with Wagoner until 1974, when she left to work on her solo career; in response to their “breakup” and Wagoner’s reported animosity toward her decision, Parton penned her hit single “I Will Always Love You.” The singer found success at radio, but it wasn’t until her seventh album, 1971’s ‘Joshua’, that Parton scored her first No. 1 hit, the disc’s title track. She has gone on to become one of the most successful artists of any genre, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide. In addition to her music career, Parton is also a successful actress (‘9 to 5′ and ‘Steel Magnolias’, among others), runs her Imagination Library and, since 1986, has owned the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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Dolly Parton’s My People Fund Offers $5K for Each Family, $3M for Mountain Tough

Dolly Parton helped distribute the final My People Fund Smoky Mountain wildfire relief donations -- including an extra $5,000 to each family and at last $3 million to the Mountain Tough Recovery Team -- on Thursday (May 4).

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2017 Golden Boot Awards: Vote Now for the Living Legend Award

A readers' poll to determine who will receive the Living Legend Award as part of The Boot's 2017 Golden Boot Awards.

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Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ Wins Two Awards

Dolly Parton's 2016 made-for-TV movie 'Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love' has been awarded a Christopher award and the Movieguide Epiphany Prize for Television.

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Dolly Parton Inspires College History Course

The University of Tennessee is teaching a history class on Dolly Parton.

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28 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Serves as Host and Musical Guest on ‘SNL’

On April 15, 1989, Dolly Parton served as both the host and musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live.'

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Top 10 Country Songs of Faith

A list of country music's best songs about faith.

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Wax on, Wax Off: See Photos of Country Stars’ Wax Figures

Many celebrities and public figures have been immortalized in wax by the famous Madame Tussauds -- including a number of country stars! 

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Steel Guitarist Don Warden, Dolly Parton’s Longtime Manager, Dead at 87

Don Warden, a lauded steel guitarist and Dolly Parton's longtime manager, has died.

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Top 10 Girl Power Country Songs

Women have ruled the country charts for decades by singing about far more than just love and heartache.

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30 Years Ago: Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris Release ‘Trio’

On March 2, 1987, 'Trio', a record by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, was released on Warner Bros.

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