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Dolly releases an all-gospel recording, “Precious Memories,” with sales benefiting The Dollywood Foundation
Dolly released “Precious Memories,” an exclusive album, sold only at Dollywood. The album appears on the Blue Eye Label (co-owned by Dolly and Steve Buckingham).
“Precious Memories” features traditional religious standards. All of the proceeds from album sales were donated to The Dollywood Foundation.
On April 1, 1999, Dolly performed many of the songs from the album on a TNN special of the same name. The special included performances by Dolly, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and the Cox Family.
Dolly’s brother Randy Parton and her sister Rachel Parton Dennison, members of the group Honey Creek, also appeared on the show. The special was presented as part of TNN’s 20th Century Hitmakers Week.
Dolly spoke in an interview about how close her roots in religion, family, and music are,
“Gospel was an important part of life in the Smoky Mountains where I grew up… And religion was apart of everyday life… There’s something unique about family harmony singing, ‘blood harmonies,’ we called ’em, and not surprisingly, many of our greatest groups are families who started out singing in church together… There was even a group called The Parton Family Traveling Band.”