Parton is an all-round artist and well decorated. She has been performing for decades now since 1956. Other than acting and music writing, Dolly plays instruments and is a businesswoman as well. Besides, she is an author, as well as a humanitarian. Dolly has done plenty of solo performances as well as duets, rising in fame in the ’60s and peaking in the ’70s.Her career kept shining in the ’80s but was not the case in the ’90s, although her entrepreneurial mind allowed her to achieve commercial success still. Dolly Parton net worth is more than $600 million every year.
Dolly Parton’s Early Life
Dolly is the fourth born of 12 children to Avie and Robert Lee. Her mum died in 2003, three years after the father died. Robert was a smart businessman, although illiterate. Perhaps that’s where Dolly got her entrepreneurial skills from. Her mother had 11 pregnancies in just 20 years. By the age of 35, she had 12 kids already with the 10th pregnancy bearing twins.
Dolly Parton Personal Details
|Real Name||Dolly Rebecca Parton|
|Date of Birth||January 19, 1946|
|Place of Birth||Sevier County, Tennessee, United States|
|Profession / Occupation||Singer, Producer, Businesswoman, Actress, Humanitarian|
Dolly Parton Measurements
|Height||4 ft 11 in or 150 cm|
|Weight||50 kg or 110 lbs|
|Body Measurements||41-25-38 inches|
|Breast Size||41 inches|
|Bra, Cup Size||36E|
|Shoe Size||7 (US)|
|Dress Size||6 (US)|
Dolly Parton Family Details
|Spouse / Husband Name||Carl Thomas Dean|
|Father Name||Robert Lee Parton Sr.|
|Mother Name||Avie Lee Caroline|
|Siblings||She has 11 siblings|
Parton grew up in poverty. She mentioned that in her early songs—a common thing upcoming artists do. According to Parton, music was critical in her early life. It inspired her to be a better person and would later change her life. Parton’s grandfather was a pastor at the Church of God. This is the same faith Dolly was raised in. At six, Parton would perform at the church. A year later, she started playing her first instrument- guitar.
Her talent was noticed early in her childhood. She would, therefore, sing in radios and popular TV stations in East Tennesse. Parton graduated from high school in 1964 and migrated to Nashville. Parton’s rise to fame was catapulted by songwriting and single releases. When she signed for Monument Records in the year 1965, her career had just started!
Dolly Parton is one of the longest-serving musicians in the world. She has been around for decades and sang different genres of music. Between 1967 and 1975, Dolly majored in country music, which brought her success. Then, the country was the trend. During this time, Dolly Parton did tens of duets with Porter Wagoner. Why was this critical in Parton’s career?
The fans did not take it lightly when Parton was picked to replace Norma Jean at the Porter Wagoner Show. This forced Wagoner to do duets with Parton to protect the brand. The moved bore fruits as the fans finally accepted Parton. Also, she grew her fan base, and her songs topped charts. The result was increased income and worldwide fame.
In 1968, Parton released her first solo named Just Because I’m a Woman. This release never reached the top but at least got to number 17. As she grew in her career, Parton kept releasing solos. None of these individual efforts achieved great success compared to the duets they did with Wagoner. In 1970, Parton and Porter did another duet that hit. After that, Parton’s singles started receiving recognition. Her time had come.
In 1973, Parton released Jolene. The song not only topped in the US but also featured in the UK charts and the world. Dolly Parton’s breakthrough to the world had just come. This song was a hit for years to come. Even as I write this, I feel the chorus runs at the back of my mind.
1974 saw Parton and Porter release their last duet. From then, Jolene chose to focus on her solo career. That did not mean the two were not to work together. Wagoner would help Parton produce her songs. Dolly knew how to put her real experiences to writings and songs. She would then convert them to hits like was the case with her break up with Wagoner. I Will Always Love You was about her break up with Wagoner, and it hit top charts.
By the time Dolly was transitioning to Pop music in 1976, she was a household name. At this time, most of her releases were topping charts. She made pop music until 1987 when she switched back to country music. Besides music, Parton featured in movies, played instruments, and has several business associations.
Awards and Achievements
Dolly has more than forty awards and recognitions. Some of the notable awards she has scooped are the Grammy Award. She has won this award more times than you can count. Other awards she’s won include; Country Music Association Award, Academy of Country Music Award, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides, she’s had honors like; Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Hall of Fame, and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others.
Other than awards, her songs have topped charts on several occasions. She had the first stint as a Classic music sing and songwriter but could only achieve desired results with duets featuring Porter Wagoner. It was until later that her solos started to top charts. Her stint as a pop star also yielded results before she came back to classical music again.
She made music well, but her entrepreneurial skills ensured she did well commercially even when the fans or her music let her down. She has had a long career and will be remembered for great singles like Jolene. It takes talent to sing a great song, but only the great can produce a masterclass that will be recognized and appreciated for generations to come.
Dolly Parton Net Worth
Dolly earns around $37 Million annually. At the moment, Dolly Parton net worth $600 Million. Other than music, her entrepreneurial skills have played a crucial part in helping her grow in wealth.
Growing up in poverty, only music could keep Dolly Parton going. She used the same tool to get out of despair. It took time before she established her brand but finally did it. She has been at the top of singing, songwriting, and instrument playing for decades now. Dolly has many memorable songs that will live in people’s minds for ages.