American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, author, actress, business woman, and philanthropist, and most famously country musician, Dolly Parton is coming to Artpark at Lewiston on June 12th, 2016.
Dolly Parton's Early Career
Parton's career took off in 1967 around the time she partnered with Porter Wagoner on The Porter Wagoner Show helping her land a contract with RCA Records. Dolly Parton realized her first country hit in 1971 with "Joshua." "Jolene" followed in 1973 and in 1974 she sang "I Will Always Love You" which grew into one of her signature songs. Parton took home the Country Music Award for best female vocalist in 1975 and 1976. In 1977, Parton sang "Here You Come Again." topping both country and pop charts and she received her first Grammy Award for her performance.
Parton also received CMA's Female Vocalist of the Year Award two years in a row, and in 1978 the Association chose her as the 'Entertainer of the Year.' Parton peaked on her mainstream success in the 1980s starring in the hit comedy 9 to 5, which marked her debut as an actor and she also contributed to its soundtrack. The title song jumped to No.1 on several charts earning Parton a nomination for the Academy Awards. Parton played a role in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1982, which helped the popularity of her song "I Will Always Love You." The following year she teamed up with Kenny Rogers to produce another hit, "Islands in the Stream."
The Grammy Award-winning album, Trio was created with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. In 1993, Parton teamed up with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette for Honky Tonk Angels. Dolly Parton has till date composed over 5,000 songs, the best known of which include "I Will Always Love You", "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", "9 to 5" and "My Tennessee Mountain Home". With "Puppy Love", recorded when she was just 13 years old, Dolly Parton has been making music for an unbelievable 55 years. Albums like Here You Come Again, Heartbreaker, Great Balls of Fire and others sold in the millions, several times over. Hit singles like
- "9 to 5"
- "Here You Come Again"
- "Two Doors Down"
- "Baby I'm Burning"
- & "Islands in the Stream"
topped the charts, while Trio shot up to the top 10 of pop album charts and sold over a million copies just in 1987.
In 2000, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Parton released Backwoods Barbie (2008) featuring the country hits "Better Get To Livin'" and "Jesus & Gravity." Parton wrote the songs for a new musical based on her earlier hit comedy, 9 to 5 introducing the show in the fall of 2008 in Los Angeles before its Broadway exposure. In her 60s, Parton, still going strong released Better Day in 2011, which was received well. In 2012, Parton published her latest book Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You. She is also the author of several other works, including Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business.
Parton met Carl Thomas Dean in 1964, at a laundromat, were married two years later and have stayed that way now for 50 years. To Dolly, Carl has always maintained the ideal perspective on things. "My husband is a very home-based type of person. He’s very moral and the most unselfish person I've ever known. He's very deep and very witty. He's good for me because he's so different in nature from me." Carl is reluctant to appear publicly with Dolly at events and insists on maintaining the line between the different worlds he and Dolly move in.
On May 3, 1986 Dolly opened Dollywood, an entertainment theme park to honor her beloved Great Smoky Mountains and create jobs for her friends and family there. An incredible success, Dollywood has become Tennessee's prime attraction with over two million visitors annually and ranks among the nation's top 30. Dolly and Dollywood park made a large donation to Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center's 'Women's Center project', which has a state-of-the-art birthing unit named after her in recognition of her contributions to her home county. In 1988, the non-profit, Dollywood Foundation was established to improve the quality of life and to help in educating all the children in Sevier County. Dolly and Dollywood helped create a "Show Business Zone" along a major four-lane highway named Music Road. Many music auditoriums and theaters have come up on Music Road in the past few years.
In 2000, Dolly won Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, as well as the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in February 2001 for her first total bluegrass album, The Grass Is Blue. The British Country Music Association awarded Dolly their Country Legend Award in 1997.
The incredible phenomenon that is Dolly Parton continues to entertain to this day and she is one of America’s living legends and a true Superstar.
Dolly Parton recently announced that she would be embarking on a North American tour in June 2016. Her latest offering Pure & Simple with Dolly Parton will be released at the same time. This would be the first major tour across United States and Canada in 25 years.
Dolly will be coming to Artpark at Lewiston on June 12th, 2016. This is a rare chance to see Dolly in an outdoor concert. The venue is located just 5 minutes from the Marriott on the Falls hotel-- the closest hotel to Niagara Falls. View our: