January 23, 1984: Dolly released her twenty-sixth solo studio album, The Great Pretender. The album is comprised of covers of hit songs from the 1950s and 1960s. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
January 23, 2001: Dolly released her thirty-eighth solo studio album, Little Sparrow. The album is the second in her critically acclaimed bluegrass trilogy. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards and single "Shine" won Best Female Vocal Performance.
January 25, 1971: Porter Wagoner and Dolly release "Better Move It on Home" as a single. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and would later be included on The Best of Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton compilation album.
January 25, 1993: Dolly released "Romeo" as the first single from her thirty-second solo studio album, Slow Dancing with the Moon. The single features Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, and Pam Tillis. It peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was nominated for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.
Dolly gifted us a new single titled "Don't Make Me Have to Come Down There" on Thursday, January 19, her 77th birthday. She said she was inspired to write the song after having a dream about God standing on a mountain top and saying, "Don't make me have to come down there." The single is available to buy or stream wherever you get your music. You can also listen in the video below.
That's not the only new music from Dolly this week! The previously announced song from the 80 for Brady movie (starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, among others), "Gonna Be You", was released today, Friday, January 20. The Diane Warren-penned single's release was accompanied by a music video. The single is available to buy or stream wherever you get your music. Watch the music video below!
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January 16, 1986: "Almost in Love" is released as a single in Germany to promote the compilation album, The Love Album 2.
January 17, 1966: Bill Phillips released "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" (featuring uncredited vocals from Dolly) as a single. The single peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was the success of this single that convinced Fred Foster at Monument Records to allow Dolly to record country material. He had previously tried to market Dolly as a bubblegum pop singer with her first five singles for the label.
January 17, 2012: Eirinn Abú released his Forever in Love album. The album features Dolly on a cover of "I Will Always Love You". The recording recycled Dolly’s vocal take from Abú’s 2005 album, Sax in the County (released under the name Jerry D). The same vocal take was used on his other 2012 album, A New Creation, with another new musical arrangement. He re-released Sax in the Country under his new name in 2020.
January 17, 2012: Eirinn Abú released his A New Creation album. The album features Dolly on a cover of "I Will Always Love You". The recording recycled Dolly’s vocal take from Abú’s 2005 album, Sax in the County (released under the name Jerry D). The same vocal take was used on his other 2012 album, Forever in Love, with another new musical arrangement. He re-released Sax in the Country under his new name in 2020.
January 9, 2006: Martina McBride released her Dolly collaboration "I Still Miss Someone" as the second single from her Timeless album. The Johnny Cash cover peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
January 10, 2011: The Grascals released the Cracker Barrel exclusive album, Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin. The album features Dolly on a cover of the Porter and Dolly song "The Pain of Loving You" and two versions of "I Am Strong". The album peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
January 10, 2012: The Joyful Noise soundtrack is released. The soundtrack peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Soundtrack Albums chart.
January 12, 2009: Dolly released "Drives Me Crazy" to Adult Contemporary radio as the fourth single from her Backwoods Barbie album. The Fine Young Cannibals cover did not chart.
Cheat Codes on Friday, January 6, released their new single, "Bets on Us" featuring Dolly, from their upcoming album, One Night in Nashville. The album will be released January 27. The single is available now to stream and purchase on all digital platforms. Currently, it looks like the album will only see a digital release (there are no links to a CD or vinyl release on Amazon). Listen to the song below.
Correction: Dionne Warwick clarified Saturday, January 7, on Twitter that a release date has not been set for her duet with Dolly. Tamron Hall was mistaken when she said the duet was coming this month. So it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to hear it!
Correction 2: It also appears that Rolling Stone had the release date for "Gonna Be You" incorrect. The song is scheduled for release Friday, January 20.
News broke this week that there are two new Dolly songs coming this month. The first is a song titled "Gonna Be You". Written by Diane Warren for the upcoming film 80 for Brady, the song features Dolly, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Belinda Carlisle, and Debbie Harry. Rolling Stone reported here that the song is scheduled to be released next Thursday, January 12.
Dionne Warwick announced during an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show this week that she has a duet with Dolly coming out later this month titled "Peace Like a River". The exact release date for the Dolly-penned gospel song has not yet been announced. Read Rolling Stone's article about it here.
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January 1, 1990: "Time for Me to Fly" is released as the fourth single from Dolly’s twenty-ninth studio album, White Limozeen. The single peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
January 1, 2021: "Words", Dolly’s collaboration with Barry Gibb from his album, Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1, is released as a single.
January 3, 1972: Porter Wagoner and Dolly’s seventh collaborative studio album, The Right Combination • Burning the Midnight Oil, is released. The album peaked at number six on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
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January 6, 1992: "Country Road" is released as the fourth and final single from Dolly’s thirty-first solo studio album, Eagle When She Flies. The single peaked at 46 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
This year saw Dolly release three albums, an audiobook, and make several guest appearances on other albums and singles. Highlights of the year would be the release of Run, Rose, Run, the companion album to her novel of the same name (co-written with James Patterson), and her Grammy-nominated collaboration with Bill Anderson on "Someday It'll All Make Sense". Next year looks to be an exciting year for Dolly fans as we anticipate the release of her upcoming rock album, tentatively titled Rock Star and consisting of 25 to 27 songs (and taking up 4 vinyl LPs!).
Let's take a chronological look back at Dolly's 2022 releases!
Run, Rose, Run (March 4, 2022)
Dolly released her forty-eighth solo studio album, Run, Rose, Run, in March. The album is a companion piece to her novel of the same name (co-written with James Patterson), but is strong enough to stand on its own. The bluegrass-infused album features twelve new solo Dolly compositions, with guest appearances from Ben Haggard, Joe Nichols, and Richard Dennison. Its release was preceded by three singles, "Big Dreams and Faded Jeans", "Blue Bonnet Breeze", and "Woman Up (And Take It Like a Man)".
Run, Rose, Run audiobook (March 7, 2022)
The audiobook of Run, Rose Run was released digitally on the same day as the book, with the CD release following three weeks later. It's a fun listen and really brings the book to life. The audiobook features the voice talents of Dolly Parton as Ruthanna Ryder, Kelsea Ballerini as AnnieLee Keyes, James Fouhey as Ethan Blake, Soneela Nankani as Narrator and other roles, with additional roles voiced by Kevin T. Collins, Peter Ganim, Luis Moreno, Ronald Peet, Robert Petkoff, Ella Turenne, and Emily Woo Zeller.
"Love Is Here to Stay"