Saturday, 18 April 2015

P: Hello Dolly!

What better reason to be cheerful could there be than knowing that Dolly Parton is in the world? Seriously, I kid you not, I think she is a wonderful human being and I am not being remotely sarcastic or sniggery about it.

Dolly Parton receiving the Woodrow Wilson Award
for public service.

She is a prolific songwriter, has had innumerable hits, and has appeared in successful films, but above all that I think she is a genuinely nice person, something I freely admit I have no way of proving. I apologise now if I appear to gush, but I confess that I am more than a little smitten with Dolly Parton.

Her family were, to use her own words, "dirt poor" when she was growing up but her talent shone through and she became the Country music superstar she is today. More importantly she didn't forget her roots and has done much to bring employment to the area she grew up.

In addition, she has launched several charitable initiatives including Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in which participating children receive one book a month from birth until they enter kindergarten.

The reasons to be cheerful about Dolly Parton go on although I suppose one reason for me not to be so cheerful about Dolly Parton is that I will almost certainly never meet her. Probably just as well, I fear that if I did I'd blush alarmingly.

Dolly Parton has, as we know, had many hits which could go with this post, but I've chosen something completely different because I've been dying to use this piece of music on my blog for ages and I'm determined to shoehorn it in somehow. Seize the opportunities when you can, hence Country Girl by Primal Scream.

  • Question: Have you met Dolly Parton? If so, was she as nice as I think she would be? If she wasn't, I'm not sure I want you to tell me. Oh go on then, but don't be too nasty about her.


  1. I agree that Dolly Parton comes across as a nice person & without doubt she is talented. But, at the same time, she is almost everything I don't like about show business - false, gushing & over the top. Despite these traits I can take her or leave her, mainly because her music is at least tuneful. Wouldn't do if we all liked the same thing would it. We were in agreement on Handel though so we have a start!

  2. She is remarkable - I'm always amazed she doesn't keel over...

  3. LOVE Dolly Parton. Mostly, I think, because she doesn't take herself too seriously. Favourite Dolly quote: "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap." I've never met her or seen her sing live, but would love to.

  4. Hi Mark - you blush .. no harm done ... and I'm sure she'd be quite charming. She does come across as so 'normal' despite all her success etc .. and her songs are fun to listen to .. cheers Hilary

  5. One of my colleagues went to see her and said that she really knows how to put on a good show. I get the impression that she's really talented and she seems like a genuinely nice person as well. :-)

    Cait @ Click's Clan

  6. I think the way the well-known handle their blushing (or gushing) fans demonstrates who they are very well. I don't know Ms P, but I somehow feel she would handle it with a gentle humour.
    Also not a fan of Country generally but - again - Ms P does seem to be one to sing along to.


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