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Dolly sings “Dumb Blonde” on Cas Walker Show

Published March 2, 1967 / Last Updated October 4, 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 returned to the Cas Walker Show to perform her new single, “Dumb Blonde”

Shortly after her song ‘Dumb Blonde’ was released, Dolly performed the song on “The Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour” alongside her Uncle Bill Owens. Years earlier, Dolly was a regular guest on the popular show after being hired by Cas Walker at the age of 10.

In this rare video, shown in color, Dolly and Uncle Bill perform onstage together during “The Case Walker Farm and Home Hour.”

‘Dumb Blonde’ was one of two singles released from Dolly’s first full-length solo album, “Hello, I’m Dolly.” It climbed to No. 24 on the U.S. country singles charts. Curly Putman wrote the song and Fred Foster at Monument Records knew it was right for Dolly. In the liner notes of the album, Foster wrote about what he saw in the young artist. He opened with,

“Sometimes you just know… sometimes. And that makes up for all the times you had to guess.”

The Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour” was a radio show based in Knoxville, Tenn. that transitioned to television in 1953. It was recorded before a live audience. Between performances, it featured live commercials for Walker’s grocery stores.

During the mid-1950s, the Everly Brothers were regular guests on the show. Other notable guests included Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Carl Butler, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, Jim Nabors and Carl Smith.

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Hello, I’m Dolly

Published February 13, 1967 / Last Updated October 4, 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 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.

Listen to free previews of “Hello I’m Dolly” below via SoundCloud.

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.

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Owe-Par Publishing Company

Published November 18, 1966 / Last Updated October 4, 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 and Uncle Bill Owens start Owe-Par Publishing Company

After their contract with Combine Music ended, Dolly and Uncle Bill made a strategic move to start their own publishing company. Using parts of their last names, they called it Owe-Par. Their proven chemistry and talent made a great combination. Dolly said,

“As writers we were on the same wavelength. We wrote a lot of great songs together… We had the same kind of energy when it came to our careers. Neither of us ever gave out as long as something was happening or at least had the look of something that might happen.”

As songwriters, they had experienced success with Bill Phillips’ versions of their “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” and “The Company You Keep.” Owe-Par Publishing Company allowed Dolly and Uncle Bill to copyright their songs for themselves. It was a significant business move for Dolly at 20 years old, especially because she held a controlling interest in the company.

Click below for a preview of “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” via SoundCloud.

Some familiar songs published via Owe-Par Publishing Company

  • Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man
  • Joshua
  • Coat Of Many Colors
  • Burning The Midnight Oil
  • Right Combination
  • Katy Did
  • The Last One To Touch Me
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“Put it Off Until Tomorrow” Wins BMI Song Of The Year

Published March 1, 1966 / Last Updated October 4, 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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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Bill Phillips records Dolly’s “Put it Off Until Tomorrow,” wins BMI’s Song Of The Year

After hearing Dolly sing on the demo, for “Put It Off Until Tomorrow,” Bill Phillips requested she sing harmony with him on the track. Her backup vocals gained a lot of attention from disc jockeys around the country.

Listen to a free preview of Dolly singing “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” via SoundCloud

After years of hard work and determination, Dolly and her Uncle Bill were beginning to see that hard work pay off with publishing success and chart-topping singles. “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” rose to No. 6 on the US country charts and was named BMI’s Song of the Year, in 1966. Naturally, Dolly and Bill were excited and encouraged by the success and the award show attention. Dolly said,

“Uncle Bill and I were so excited about going to the big ceremony to accept our awards. After all, this was the first of our songs to be recorded by a major artist. To have it recognized in that way by all of those established songwriters was a huge confidence builder for both of us.”

Phillips also recorded “The Company You Keep,” another song written by Dolly and Uncle Bill Owens, which went to No. 8 on the US country charts.

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