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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 ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Set for Release on DVD

Dolly Parton's first made-for-TV movie, 'Coat of Many Colors', will be released on DVD in May.

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Dolly Parton Revamps Family-Friendly Dinner Theater Near Dollywood

Dolly Parton has announced her plans for a remodeled dinner theater attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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42 Years Ago: Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ Becomes a No. 1 Hit

On Feb. 2, 1974, Dolly Parton earned her second No. 1 hit with "Jolene."

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See Dolly Parton Through the Years in Pictures

A photo gallery of Dolly Parton throughout her career.

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70 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Is Born in Tennessee

On Jan. 19, 1946, Dolly Parton was born in East Tennessee.

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Top 10 Dolly Parton Songs

A list of the top songs from country music legend Dolly Parton

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Top 10 Dolly Parton Duets and Collaborations

A list of Dolly Parton's best duets and collaborations.

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Top 11 Unforgettable Dolly Parton Moments

A video showcasing some of Dolly Parton's most unforgettable moments.

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Top 5 Dolly Parton Music Videos

A list of Dolly Parton's best music videos.

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Don Henley Opens Up About Working With Vince Gill, Dolly Parton

Don Henley's long-awaited Cass County album was released on Friday (Sept. 25). The record paired Henley with some of country music's most influential artists, including Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Lucinda Williams and Vince Gill, who sang on a song called "No, Thank You."

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