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November 28, 1983: "Save the Last Dance for Me" is released as the first single from Dolly’s twenty-sixth solo studio album, The Great Pretender. The single peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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November 29, 1965: "Busy Signal" is released as the third of Dolly’s five pop-leaning singles for Monument Records. The single did not chart.
November 29, 1976: Chet Atkins released the album The Best of Chet Atkins & Friends. The album features Dolly on the first commercially released recording of her composition "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind". The album peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
November 30, 1987: "I Believe in Santa Claus" is released as the fifth and final single from Kenny Rogers and Dolly’s 1984 album, Once Upon a Christmas. It had been released in Australia the previous year. The single does not chart.
November 23, 1987: Dolly’s twenty-eighth solo studio album, Rainbow, is released. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
November 23, 1987: "The River Unbroken" is released as the first single from Dolly’s twenty-eighth solo studio album, Rainbow. It peaked at number 63 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
November 25, 1985: "Christmas Without You" is released as the fourth single from Kenny Rogers and Dolly’s Once Upon a Christmas album. It had previously been issued as a single in the UK in November 1984 and peaked at number 88 on the UK Singles Chart.
November 25, 2016: Live from Glastonbury 2014 is released as a limited edition LP. The album had previously been released as a bonus disc with the UK edition of Dolly’s Pure & Simple album.
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November 14, 1989: The Steel Magnolias soundtrack album is released. Dolly does not perform on the soundtrack, although she did write "Eagle When She Flies" for the film, but it was not used.
November 15, 2011: The Bill Anderson box set The First 10 Years, 1956–1966 is released. The set marks the first release of "If It’s All the Same to You", a duet recorded by Bill Anderson and Dolly in 1964.
November 16, 2018: "Jolene (New String Version)" is released as the third single from the Dumplin’ soundtrack album.
November 17, 1980: Dolly’s twenty-third solo studio album, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, is released. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number 11 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in March 1981 for shipment of 500,000 copies.
Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, October 31, announced that he has a new duet with Dolly scheduled to be released this Friday, November 4. The single, "Almost Too Early for Christmas", marks Jimmy and Dolly's second collaboration together, following their cover of Mariah Carey's iconic Christmas song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You", from Dolly's 2020 album, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Jimmy Fallon will also appear with Dolly in her new television special, Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, which will air December 1 on NBC.
Watch Jimmy's announcement in the video below to hear a preview of the new single.
Ben Childers is the administrator of The Dolly Parton Discography. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, he grew up taking family vacations to the Smokies and Dollywood. His love for Dolly and her music reached a fanatical level in April 2013. After spending countless hours researching and cataloging Dolly's musical output, he decided to open a website dedicated to her discography.