Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Timeline of Dolly Parton, an iconic American singer-songwriter known for her powerful voice and larger-than-life personality. With her timeless hits and philanthropic efforts, she has cemented her status as a beloved cultural icon worldwide.


January 19, 1946


Pittman Center, Tennessee, United States


Singer and songwriter


Sevier County High School in Sevierville, Tennessee, but she did not pursue higher education beyond high school


19 January 1946

Dolly Parton was Born in Pittman Center, Tennessee

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in Pittman Center, Tennessee, as the fourth of twelve children to parents Avie Lee Caroline and Robert Lee Parton Sr.


18 September 1967

Release of her Debut Album 'Hello, I'm Dolly'

Dolly Parton's debut album 'Hello, I'm Dolly' was released, which brought her recognition and led to a successful partnership with Porter Wagoner on The Porter Wagoner Show.


15 October 1973

Release of her Famous Song 'Jolene'

Dolly Parton released her famous song 'Jolene', which became one of her signature songs and was later included in the Grammy Hall of Fame.


04 February 1978

First Grammy Win for Best Female Vocal Performance

Dolly Parton won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her song 'Here You Come Again'.


19 December 1980

Film Debut in the Comedy '9 to 5'

Dolly Parton made her film debut in the comedy '9 to 5', which was a box-office hit and also produced her hit single of the same name.


03 May 1986

Opening of her Theme Park 'Dollywood'

Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area.


07 December 1999

Country Music Hall of Fame Induction

Dolly Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame for her extraordinary contributions to the genre.


05 May 2011

Winning a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award

Dolly Parton was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her prolific career in music.


09 December 2016

Hosting the Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon

Dolly Parton hosted the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon to raise money for victims of the Great Smoky Mountains wildfires, gathering millions of dollars in donations.


02 April 2020

Her 1 million Dollar Donation to COVID-19 Research

Dolly Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University for COVID-19 research, which helped fund the Moderna vaccine's early stages of development.

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