Dolly releases first full-length solo album, “Hello, I’m Dolly,” on Monument Records
Dolly’s first full-length solo album was released on Feb. 13, 1967, on Monument Records. Though she had already been featured on the 1963 Kitty Wells/Patsy Cline tribute album, “Hello, I’m Dolly” was the first studio-recorded solo album that Dolly could call her own. The album, which caught the attention of Porter Wagoner, is credited with bringing Dolly more mainstream popularity when Porter invited her to join his popular weekly television show “The Porter Wagoner Show” in late 1967. She was later signed to Porter Wagoner’s organization and became his labelmate at RCA Victor.
Dolly and her Uncle Bill Owens, who was instrumental in getting her career off the ground, wrote “Put It Off Until Tomorrow,” a chart-topping hit in 1966 for country artist Bill Phillips who featured Dolly as the background vocalist on his recording.
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Two hits from the album, including “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy,” reached No. 24 and 17, respectively, on the U.S. country singles charts, while the album itself peaked at No. 11. Both feats were quite significant at the time, considering Dolly was largely an unknown female artist.