Note from the Webmaster
With the holiday season upon us, I don't have as much time right now to dedicate to the weekly posts on the homepage. There are only a few remaining releases celebrating anniversaries between now and the end of the year, so I thought I'd combine them all into a sort of "mega-post". Thank you all for visiting my site and exploring Dolly's discography with me this year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! - Ben
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December 6, 1993: "The Day I Fall in Love" by Dolly and James Ingram from the Beethoven’s 2nd soundtrack is released as a single. The song peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
December 8, 1969: "Daddy Come and Get Me" is released as the only single from Dolly’s fifth solo studio album, The Fairest of Them All. The single peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
December 8, 1980: The 9 to 5 soundtrack album is released. The soundtrack contains the score from the movie along with two version of "9 to 5", the album version and a different mix of the song that is played over the films closing credits. The soundtrack peaked at number 77 on the Billboard 200.
December 14, 1993: The Beethoven’s 2nd soundtrack album is released. It contains Dolly’s duet with James Ingram, "The Day I Fall in Love".
December 14, 2010: The unofficial compilation album, Wanted, is released. The digital only release contained seven previously unreleased songs from Dolly’s Monument era (and strangely, the first three tracks on the album are sung by Molly Bee and not Dolly).
December 15, 2008: Pam Gadd released her Benefit of Doubt album. Dolly’s is featured on a cover of her 1977 song "Applejack".
December 20, 2013: "Blue Smoke" is released as a single in Australia and New Zealand three months prior to its North American release. Australia and New Zealand would also receive the Blue Smoke album in January 2014, four months before North America. The release dates for the single and album were staggered to coincide with the dates for Dolly’s Blue Smoke World Tour.
December 28, 1976: Emmylou Harris released her Luxury Liner album. Dolly provides harmony vocals on "When I Stop Dreaming". The album peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
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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.
November 1, 1982: The Winning Hand compilation album is released. The album features vocals from Dolly that were recorded during her time with Monument Records. New studio overdubs were recorded to update the tracks, as well as duet vocals from Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Brenda Lee. A television special based on the album was produced in 1985. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
November 2, 1993: Dolly, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette release the collaborative album Honky Tonk Angels. The album peaked at number six on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 5, 1995, or shipment of 500,000 copies.
November 2, 1993: The Asleep at the Wheel album, Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, is released. Dolly collaborated with the group on "Billy Dale". The album peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It was nominated for Best Country Album at the 1995 Grammy Awards.
November 2, 2018: "Girl in the Movies" is released as the second single from the Dumplin' soundtrack album. The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Becky Isaacs Bowman on Friday, October 28, 2022, released her Songs That Pulled Me Through the Tough Times album. It features a duet with Dolly on a cover of Dolly's 1971 song "Early Morning Breeze". Dolly has previously recorded the song three times: on 1971's Coat of Many Colors album, 1974's Jolene album, and on the Walmart edition of the 2014 Blue Smoke album. Dolly has previously collaborated with Becky Isaacs Bowman's sister and fellow The Isaacs member, Sonya, on two songs: "Healing Hands" from Sonya Isaacs self-titled album in 2000 and "The Angels Rejoiced" from Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers in 2003. Both sisters provided harmony vocals on "Seven Bridges Road" and "Marry Me" from Dolly's Little Sparrow album (2001), background vocals on "Better Get to Livin'" from the Backwoods Barbie album (2008), "Just Leaving" and "Together You and I" from the Better Day album (2011), "Unlikely Angel" and "Don't Think Twice" from the Blue Smoke album (2014), and "Driven" from Run, Rose, Run (2022).
Take a listen to the new duet below! Becky Isaacs Bowman's new album is available now on all digital music platforms and on CD from The Isaacs website here.
October 25, 1999: "A Few Old Memories" is released as the first single from Dolly's thirty-seventh solo studio album, The Grass Is Blue.
October 25, 2018: Buck Trent released his Spartanburg Blues album. Dolly is the featured vocalist on a new recording of "The Carroll County Accident", which she had previously recorded for her 1969 album, In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad).
October 25, 2019: Galantis and Dolly release the dance single, "Faith", featuring Mr. Probs. The single peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
October 26, 1999: Dolly released her thirty-seventh solo studio album, The Grass Is Blue. It peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album won Album of the Year at the 2000 International Bluegrass Awards. It won Best Bluegrass Album at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2001, while the album track "Travelin' Prayer" received a nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
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October 17, 1977: Herb Pedersen released his second studio album, Sandman. The album includes two songs that feature Dolly. She provides harmony vocals on "Cora Is Gone" and appears as a member of the Howdy-Cracker Vocal Revue on "If I Lose".
October 18, 1971: "Burning the Midnight Oil" is released as the second single from Porter and Dolly's seventh collaboration album, The Right Combination • Burning the Midnight Oil. It peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
October 18, 2005: Martina McBride released her eighth studio album, Timeless. Dolly is featured on a cover of Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone". The album peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
October 18, 2016: Dolly's children's book, Coat of Many Colors, based on her song of the same name, is re-released with new artwork. The book includes a free download of the song "Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny". This early version of the song differs from the version released on her 2017 album, I Believe in You.
October 10, 2000: Sonya Isaacs released her self-titled album which features harmony vocals from Dolly on the song "Healing Hands".
October 11, 1982: "Hard Candy Christmas" is released as the second single from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas soundtrack album. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
October 11, 1994: George Jones released his collaborative album, The Bradley Barn Sessions. Among the collaborations is "Where Grass Won't Grow", which features Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly. The album peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
October 11, 2005: Dolly released her forty-first solo studio album, Those Were the Days. The album features covers of songs from the 1960s and 1970s, many with guest appearances from the original artists. It peaked at number nine on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.