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Name: Dolly Rebecca Parton                                                           
Born: January 19, 1946 Sevierville, Tennessee, U.S.                                 
Associated acts Porter Wagoner, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Ricky Van Shelton,       
Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Billy Ray Cyrus,       
Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Stella Parton                                           
Website Dolly Parton Music                                                           
Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning country       
music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress and philanthropist. She           
remains one of the most successful female country artists in history, with 25       
number-one singles (a record for a female country artist) and 41 top-10 country     
albums (a record for any country artist).                                           
Her 1967 hit "Dumb Blonde" caught Porter Wagoner's ear, and he hired Parton to       
appear on his television show, where their duet numbers became famous. By the       
time her "Jolene" reached number one in 1974, Parton's fame had overshadowed the     
boss', and she had struck out on her own, though still recording duets with him.     
During the mid-'70s, she established herself as a country superstar, crossing       
over into the pop mainstream in the early '80s, when she began singing pop as       
well as country. In the early '80s, she also began appearing in movies, most         
notably the hit 9 to 5. She dominated the charts for most of the '80's and into     
the mid '90s before she was blindsided by the "new country revolution". [2] Even     
with no outlet for her music, she trudged on and continued to release albums.       
She experienced a rebirth of sorts with more bluegrass and acoustic flavored         
renderings in the late '90s and early '00s.                                         
She is known for her distinctive mountain soprano, her curvaceous figure and         
sometimes bawdy humor, as well as her flamboyant dress sense.