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Dolly Parton and Her Smoky Mountain Businesses Raise $700,000 to Benefit Middle Tennessee Flood Damage

Published September 29, 2021 / Last Updated October 7, 2021
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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Businesses Raise $700,000 From Ticket Sales to Benefit the United Way of Humphreys County

Due to the recent flooding that has devastated much of Middle Tennessee, Dolly Parton and her Smoky Mountain businesses are reaching out to help, seeking to return the favor the area received after the 2016 wildfires. Dolly was moved to help after seeing the damage caused in Humphreys County, the home of her good friend, country music legend Loretta Lynn. Loretta was quick to offer her support to the Smokies in 2016, so Dolly was inspired to reciprocate the gesture. Dolly, through Dollywood and her Pigeon Forge dinner show properties—Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud—has raised $700,000, a portion of ticket sales from October 2-3, to benefit the United Way of Humphreys County, the charity selected by Loretta.

“After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could,” Dolly said. “It meant so much to me that Loretta—and so many folks—were ready to give in any way they could. This was just one small way I could help Loretta’s people for all they did to help my people.”

Several counties were affected, but Humphreys County received the most damage. More than 20 people lost their lives due to the catastrophic flooding, caused by more than 15 inches of rain that fell in a relatively short period of time in late August. Loretta’s ranch in Hurricane Mills was severely damaged by the flooding, and ranch foreman Wayne Spears was tragically swept away in the floodwaters.

For anyone interested in donating directly to the United Way of Humphreys County, please visit unitedwayhumphreys.org for more information.

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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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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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‘Honky Tonk Angels’

Published November 2, 1993 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly records ‘Honky Tonk Angels’ with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette

In 1993, Dolly collaborated with fellow country music legends Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette to release the album “Honky Tonk Angels.” The album appeared on the Columbia Nashville Label. Dolly co-produced the recording with Steve Buckingham.

“Honky Tonk Angels” is mostly comprised of country standards. It also features songs like Dolly’s original tune “Let Her Fly and “Put it off Until Tomorrow” by Dolly and Bill Owens. Both Lynn and Wynette pinned songs on the album as well.

The song, “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. It also earned a CMA Award nomination for Vocal Event of the Year.

The album reached No. 6 on the Billboard Country Album chart and No. 42 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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‘Dolly’ (Television Variety Show)

Published September 27, 1987 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Television variety show, ‘Dolly,’ on ABC

In September 1987, Dolly hosted her second variety show. The television variety show’s format was similar to “The Carol Burnett Show,” a popular show in the late 70s.

Guest stars included country stars Tammy Wynette and Merle Haggard as well as television stars Bruce Willis, Tom Selleck and Oprah Winfrey. Dolly’s creative input helped the show evolve into a more down home feeling, a sharp contrast to the more lavish earlier episodes. She closed each show just as she did her previous variety series, with her signature self-penned hit “I Will Always Love You.”

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