Backstory: Dolly Parton Gives Inside Look at One of Country Music’s Most Beloved and Iconic Artists

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Nashville, Tenn. (August 25, 2014) – Dolly Parton, who recently just wrapped up a highly successful world tour, shows no signs of slowing down.  Dolly’s latest release Blue Smoke – The Best Of  is Dolly’s best career charting album, debuting at Number 6 and rising to Number 2 over the past several weeks and still remains in the Top 10. 

Great American Country’s Backstory: Dolly Parton celebrates one of country music’s most beloved and iconic artists.  From her impoverished childhood in the Smoky Mountains to the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Dolly Parton’s rise to fame reads like a Tennessee fairytale. But music is only a part of Dolly’s extraordinary resume. She’s a world-class actress, best-selling author, dedicated philanthropist and a savvy businesswoman who’s been charting her own course for decades. Tune-In to GAC and catch an insider’s look at the life and times of the most awarded female in country music. 
Air dates for this one-hour special are:

  • August 29, 2014 5:00 PM ET
  • September 10, 2014 2:00 PM ET
  • September 20, 2014 10:00 PM ET
  • September 21, 2014 2:00 AM ET

About Dolly Parton:
Dolly has achieved 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist.  She has 42 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years.  All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award.
As a zenith crown to the dreams of country music that originally brought her to Nashville, Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down.  An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television.  Some of her hit films have included Nine to FiveSteel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rhinestone.  Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for “Travelin’ Thru” from the film Transamerica.
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