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‘Heartbreak Express’

Published April 24, 1982 / 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.

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Dolly releases 24th solo album, ‘Heartbreak Express’

In 1982, Dolly released her 24th solo studio album, “Heartbreak Express,” aiming to return to a more fully realized country sound after her late 1970s pop efforts.

The song “Hollywood Potters” came out of Dolly’s experience filming “9 to 5.” She references watching many of the film’s extras and bit players on set who worked so hard to catch a big break in the industry with very little success.

The title song as well as “Single Women” reached No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, on the U.S. Country Music Singles Charts. The album reached No. 5 in the U.S. Country Album Charts and No. 106 on the U.S. Top 200 Charts.

 

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‘The Best of Dolly Parton’

Published November 11, 1970 / 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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Two years after signing Dolly to RCA, the label releases a compilation album, ‘The Best of Dolly Parton’

Dolly signed with RCA in 1968. By 1970, she had released four albums “Just Because I’m A Woman,” “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad),” “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy” and “The Fairest of Them All.” The compilation album introduced new fans to some of Dolly’s best songs from these albums. The most notable was her version of “Mule Skinner Blues.”

In addition to the title tracks of her first four RCA albums, this compilation includes “Down from Dover,” “Gypsy, Joe, and Me,” “In the Ghetto,” “Daddy Come and Get Me,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Just the Way I Am.”

Porter Wagoner was quoted on the album as saying,

“It’s very difficult to select the best of Dolly’s recordings because each song she performs seems to be the best. I have been at every recording session Dolly has done for RCA, and I’ve helped produce her records, and I can truly say Dolly has God-given talent. As she breathes life into a song you feel as if the story actually comes alive.”

“Mule Skinner Blues,” also known as “Blue Yodel No 8,” was written by Jimmie Rodgers and George Vaughan in the 1930s. Dolly’s version reached No. 3 on the U.S. country charts. It earned Dolly her first individual GRAMMY nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1970. The previous year, Dolly earned her first GRAMMY nomination with her duet partner, Porter Wagoner. The two were nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with their song, “Just Someone I Used to Know.”

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Dolly appeared on ‘Hee Haw’

Published August 1, 1970 / 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
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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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‘My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy’ was Dolly’s first ‘Hee Haw’ performance

From 1970-75, Dolly made guest appearances on the hugely popular musical variety show ‘Hee Haw.’ The show’s winning format cast side-splitting skits alongside musical performances by newcomers and country greats. During her first appearance, which aired in 1970, Dolly performed ‘My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy.’

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“My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy”

Published September 1, 1969 / Last Updated August 24, 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 releases fourth solo album, “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy” in Sept. 1969

In September of 1969, Dolly released her fourth solo album, “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy,” on the RCA Nashville label. The album contains some of Dolly’s most imaginative songwriting covering many serious themes. Dolly even reveals one of the first images of her husband, Carl Dean (look behind Dolly on the cover of the album).

“My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy” climbed to No. 194 on The Billboard Top 200 and No. 6 on the U.S. Top Country Albums charts.

The song, “Daddy” written by Dolly reached No. 40 on the US Country Singles Chart. “In the Ghetto” by Mac Davis climbed to No. 50 and the title track, also released as a single, reached No. 45 on the US Country Singles Chart.

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