Dolly releases 23rd album, ‘9 to 5 and Odd Jobs’
In late 1980, Dolly released her 23rd solo album “9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.” It centered around the popular theme song inspired by the film, “9 to 5.”
Being Dolly’s first experience on a movie set, she arrived fully prepared and ready to get right to work. She had even memorized the entire script, including her co-star’s parts. However, she quickly realized she had a lot of time to kill. One day she strummed out a rhythm on her fingernails, similar to the sound of the typewriters in the film, and penned the words to “9 to 5.” Released just one month before the film was set to debut, the song quickly became a fan favorite. It raced to the top of the U.S. Country Charts and soon became Dolly’s first No. 1 Pop single. With “9 to 5” sitting on top of the country and pop charts, Dolly became the second female artist to top both charts with the same song.
Part of the song’s success is attributed to its relatability among working people who live out the lyrics in offices and factories every day. This theme is carried throughout the album in “Hush-a-bye Hard Times,” “Working Girl” and “Poor Folks’ Town” all written by Dolly. “But You Know I Love You,” by Mike Settle, climbed to No. 1 on the U.S. Country Charts becoming Dolly’s 13th number one hit behind “9 to 5,” her 12th.
The album became Dolly’s fourth to top the U.S. Country Music Charts where it stayed for 10 straight weeks. It reached No. 11 on the U.S. Top 200 Charts. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The album was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special. The song, “9 to 5” received three GRAMMY nominations picking up two wins. Dolly earned her second and third GRAMMY awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song categories.