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.
She's Got a Way With Words: Dolly Parton's Best Quotes
She's got a way with words!
Dolly Parton to Co-Host Miley Cyrus' New Year's Eve Party
Cyrus' second-annual New Year's party is getting a big dose of country.
Dolly Parton Awarded $100 Million Courage and Civility Award
She's sharing her riches with those who need it most.
Dolly Parton Brings Pink, Rob Halford + More Onstage For 'Jolene'
Parton celebrated her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an all-star, all-genre performance of 'Jolene.'
Dolly Parton Performs New Original Song at Rock Hall Induction
Induction also included an all-star rendition of "Jolene" with her fellow inductees.
Dolly Parton Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
She'd previously expressed reservations about being included.
See Dolly Parton’s Very Dolly CMA Awards Looks Through the Years
The singer was first nominated for a CMA in 1968; she's been nominated a total of 45 times.
Country Music Memories: Rogers + Parton Top Pop, Country Charts
For the two chart weeks dated Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 1983, Rogers and Parton pulled off quite a feat.
Dolly Parton: 'I Do Not Think I Will Ever Tour Again'
"Something could happen. I would not feel right about that, if I were gone and somebody needed me."