There are many facets of Dolly Parton, as a songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author and philanthropist; though, she is most well known for her career as a country artist. With more than 3,000 songs composed, $100 million in album sales and the most honors of any female country performers, Dolly Parton has, without a doubt, made a name for herself in the music industry. Born in 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee, Parton began singing at a young age, appearing in local radio and television programs all around Eastern Tennessee. She began as a songwriter with Combine Publishing, though, by 1965, she was signed with Monument Records as an artist. She started as a bubblegum pop singer, though it quickly became apparent that she was more suited to country. For the next few years, she found success with RCA Victor as her recording company. In 1969, she was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Throughout her career, Parton has released a string of successful songs, like “Something Fishy,” “In the good Old Days (When Times Were Bad),” “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. ),” “Coat of Many Colors,” “Touch Your Woman,” “My Tennessee Mountain Home” and “The Seeker.” She has had a number of Number One hits, as well, starting with 1970’s “Joshua.” Her singles “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Love Is Like a Butterfly,” “Here You Come Again,” “Heartbreaker,” “9 to 5,” “Think about Love” and “Yellow Roses,” among many others.
Parton has also received a long list of awards and honors, including eight Grammy awards and forty-five Grammy nominations, three awards and eighteen nominations from the American Music Awards, seven awards and thirty-nine nominations from the Academy of Country Music, the highest award from the Country Music Association as Entertainer of the Year, two Academy Awards nominations and a nomination for a Tony Award.
She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, besides the Grand Ole Opry, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Music City Walk of Fame. She has also won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for her 1974 recording of “I Will Always Love You.”
Parton has also dabbled in a variety of films and television shows, including a production of 9 to 5. Much of her earnings have been invested into the Dollywood Company, which operates the theme park Dollywood, a dinner theatre, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and the waterpark Dollywood’s Splash Country.