Dolly releases 39th album, ‘Those Were the Days’
On Oct. 11, 2005, Dolly released her 39th studio album “Those Were the Days.” The album is a collection of Dolly and friends covering classic songs. Dolly invited a myriad of artists including:
- Judy Collins
- Roger McGuinn
- Nickel Creek
- Rhonda Vincent
- Mindy Smith
- Kris Kristofferson
- Mary Hopkin
- Keith Urban
- Cat Stevens
- Alison Krauss.
Dolly worried people would perceive that she was making a political statement with the inclusion of many of the album’s songs but said,
“I’m certainly not into any kind of political thing or protest. People who know me will know I’ve chosen these songs to really kind of uplift and to give hope, like they were written for at the time… I just felt it was a good time to bring a lot of these songs back… We don’t want to be at war, but of course we have to fight if we have to. We don’t want to lose our children in war but of course we do. So we write about it and sing about it, and it kind of helps us relieve our grief and express ourselves.”
The album reached as high as No. 48 on the Billboard 200 and No. 9 on the country album chart.