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CMT’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music

Published August 30, 2002 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly is No. 4 in CMT’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music a three-part series on CMT hosted by Billy Campbell

On Aug. 30, 2002, Country Music Television started its three-part series “The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music,” hosted by actor Billy Campbell. Dolly claimed the No. 4 spot, behind Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, who placed one through three, respectively.

Dolly is interviewed throughout and several of her songs are highlighted, including “Here You Come Again” and “Dumb Blonde.” The show also featured interviews with other artists like Emmylou Harris and Barbara Mandrell, who commented on Dolly’s illustrious career and contributions to country music.

According to CMT, the list was selected by hundreds of artists, music historians, music journalists, and music industry professionals who considered every aspect of what a great artist is, from her musically groundbreaking body of work to her overall contributions to the ever-changing world of country music. Country music historian Robert K. Oerman said of Dolly during the special,

“No one can touch her. No one can touch the hem of her dress as far as I’m concerned.”

 

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National Academy of Popular Music / Songwriters Hall of Fame

Published June 14, 2001 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly inducted into National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame

Dolly was honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Award from the National Academy of Popular Music on June 14, 2001. The award was established in 1969 to help “shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of songwriters who have provided us with the words and music that form the soundtrack of our lives.” Emmylou Harris performed for Dolly’s induction ceremony.

Dolly sees herself as a songwriter and considered the award one of the greatest of her life,

“Honestly, being put into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, with all the great people in there, would have to be one of the greater compliments that anyone could ever be paid. I don’t know that I’m deserving, but it makes me want to go out and write songs.”

 

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‘After the Gold Rush’ GRAMMY Win

Published January 13, 1999 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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‘After the Gold Rush’ wins GRAMMY for Best Country Collaboration

Dolly, along with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, won the 1999 GRAMMY Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for their version of the song “After the Gold Rush” from their album “Trio 2.” The song, a cover tune written by Neil Young, originally appeared on his 1970 album “After the Gold Rush.”  Emmylou Harris accepted the award on February 23, 2000, in a pre-show ceremony. This is Dolly’s fifth GRAMMY win.

 

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‘Trio II’

Published November 17, 1998 / Last Updated August 16, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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‘Trio II’ – featuring Dolly, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt

The songs from “Trio II” were actually recorded in 1994, but the ladies’ schedules and record labels didn’t align until five years later for the album’s release.

Emmylou Harris explained how the album finally got released,

“We always loved the first record, and we got together again, thinking we could deal with those scheduling things. We did get another one finished… but we weren’t able to promote it. So we sort of just let it lie around. Then we finally just said, ‘Oh, let’s just put it out. We won’t worry about the fact that we can’t tour [behind] it, just let it have whatever kind of life it’s going to have on its own.”

Dolly explained the chemistry that makes them sound so good together,

“We do love to sing. Your whole life you wait to find those compatible voices.”

The first five tracks also appear on the 1995 Linda Ronstadt album “Feels Like Home.” Working for so many years to collaborate on an album created unique challenges when they finally started to record the album as Ronstadt explained,

“Dolly had taken her tracks and put other harmonies on them, and I had taken my tracks and done the same…When we took the record apart, we changed the harmony parts around, so they existed on backup reels, but they weren’t in completed forms…We had to find all those reels and reassemble the songs the way the harmonies had been and recombine them. That was a lot of work.”

“Trio II” reached No. 62 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the Top Country Albums chart. It received a 1999 GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

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‘Heartsongs: Live From Home’

Published September 27, 1994 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly records ‘Heartsongs: Live From Home,’ an album highlighting her rich musical heritage and culture

Dolly released a live album, “Heartsongs: Live From Home (recorded at Dollywood) on Sept. 27, 1994, on the Columbia Nashville/Tristar recording label. It reached number 87 on the Billboard Top 200 albums and number 16 on the Top Country Albums charts.

“Heartsongs: Live From Home” spoke of Dolly’s desire to share her roots with her fans and celebrates the rich musical heritage of the Smoky Mountains. In an interview right before she recorded the album Dolly said,

“It’s about my life and my roots and my growing up days… It’s about the connection between the Scottish music, the Irish music, the English music, and the Welsh music that has been brought over to the Smoky Mountains that I grew up singing.”

The original song “To Daddy” was a first-time recording for Dolly but had been released in an earlier version by Emmylou Harris.

The song “Heartsong” was brought to life in Dollywood’s Heartsong “naturound” multi-sensory theatre of the same name. The recorded presentation features Dolly singing and narrating a Smoky Mountain adventure filmed in the park and at Dolly’s childhood home in East Tennessee. Dolly was so impressed with the finished theatre, that she said,

“I knew we would create an entertaining experience for the guests at Dollywood, but never guessed we would create such emotion.”

The Heartsong Theatre experience is a production of Jack Rouse Associates.

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