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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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“The Fairest of Them All”

Published February 1, 1970 / Last Updated August 24, 2015
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Team Dolly

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 fifth solo album, “The Fairest of Them All,” in February 1970

Longtime friend and assistant, Judy Ogle, contributed the liner notes to Dolly’s 1970 release, “The Fairest of Them All.” Judy wrote,

“…Sometimes it’s hard to believe that any one person was born with all the good qualities that Dolly Parton has. She believes strongly in life and nature, looks deep inside others for only the good, but she accepts the bad as well. She has a clear understanding of life and is always sincere and affectionate to those around her… Dolly is a happy person with a great love for life. She always has a warm, genuine smile which she is willing to share with everyone. Those are but a few of the things that make Dolly ‘The Fairest of Them All.'”

While it climbed to No. 13 on the U.S. Top Country Albums chart, it also further cemented Dolly’s place as a songwriter as she wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs on the album.

Dolly’s original song, “Daddy Come and Get Me” reached No. 40 on the US Country Singles Chart.

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