Eaglet welcomed as new addition at Dollywood
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton's Dollywood has welcomed a fluffy addition to the amusement park — an eaglet.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Reddick had his own "Hello, Dolly" moment when he saw his pink and white race car at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The reigning Xfinity Series champion is piloting a...
When Elizabeth Warren took the stage to launch her presidential run to the strains of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," the song seemed to sum up the spirit of a candidacy built on giving workers a fairer...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When singer-songwriter Yola was growing up in Bristol, England, her mother's vinyl records were just about the only form of amusement the family could afford.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's groundbreaking Smart Start program, which helps prepare children for kindergarten, is all grown up now.
Kristofferson, Dolly producer Fred Foster died at age 87
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville producer Fred Foster, who produced some of Roy Orbison's most popular records and was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, has...
Dolly is still working 9 to 5
Dolly is still working 9 to 5
Nielsen says just under 20 million watched Grammy Awards
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 million people watched Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves earn four trophies each at the Grammy Awards, about the same audience as the annual music show had last year.
The Nielsen company on Monday estimated the Grammy audience size at 19.9 million. The 2018 audience of 19.8 million had been the Grammys' smallest audience in a decade.
Alicia Keys hosted the awards show, which last nearly four hours.
Stars shimmer and shine on Grammys red carpet
Parton: ‘I’m proud to be a woman in this business’
Dolly is still loving it
Grammy weekend kicks off with honor for Dolly Parton
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nobody pokes more fun at Dolly Parton — all hair, sequins, nine-inch nails and five-inch stilettos — than the country superstar herself.
Parton was celebrated for her musical achievements and philanthropic work as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night. She's the first country artist to be saluted in the tribute's 29-year history.
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Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The Duets," to be released Friday, just two days after his 76th birthday.
Floyd Parton, brother of Dolly Parton, has died
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Floyd Estel Parton, the brother of country singer Dolly Parton, has died.
An obituary posted by Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville, Tennessee, says Parton died last Thursday. He was 61.
Like his sister, Floyd Parton was a songwriter and composer. His most famous songs were "Rockin' Years," which was recorded by his sister and Ricky Van Shelton, and "Nickels and Dimes," which was also recorded by his sister and later by George Burns.
Dolly Parton builds on film successes with ’Dumplin”song
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dolly Parton says she never really aspired to be "The Girl in the Movies," the title of her Golden Globe-nominated song from the new dramedy "Dumplin'."
Co-written with hit machine Linda Perry, the song expresses the rebellious, plus-sized title character's secret longing to fit in, to have happy Hollywood endings — just like "the girl in the movies."
- The News-ReviewFive local libraries offer Dolly Parton's Imagination LibraryApril 12, 2019
- San Antonio Express-NewsTobin Center announces 2019 gala headlinerApril 4, 2019
- Portage Daily RegisterTamre Frame, 60, WyocenaMarch 9, 2019
- The Washington TimesStella Parton slams sister Dolly for #MeToo comments: 'I'm ashamed of my sister'March 6, 2019
Dolly ‘flattered and honored’ by Globe nomination
61st annual Grammy Awards nominations to be announced Friday
NEW YORK (AP) — Nominations for the 61st annual Grammy Awards will be announced Friday morning.
Kendrick Lamar, Cooper and Lady Gaga earn Golden Globe nods
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations recognized Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's talents as actors, but Thursday's announcement also came with a nod for their soulful duet "Shallow" from "A Star is Born."
They join an impressive roster of music stars who earned Globe nominations Thursday, including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Dolly Parton, Annie Lennox and Troye Sivan and Jonsi.
Jennifer Aniston: ‘I want to be Dolly’
Nelson, Henley to honor Parton at Grammy MusiCares concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she's honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.
The academy announced the latest additions to the lineup Thursday for the tribute concert and gala to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards.
Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85.
Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Julianne Hough will play Jolene in Parton anthology show
NEW YORK (AP) — Julianne Hough is the other woman. She will play Jolene in Netflix's upcoming anthology series based on Dolly Parton's music.
"Dolly Parton's Heartstrings" will consist of eight episodes, each inspired by one of Parton's songs.
In the "Jolene" version, Hough will play a free spirit with big dreams to leave her small town. Parton will act as the owner of a local country bar where Hough's Jolene is a waitress.
Dolly Parton will be honored at 2019 MusiCares
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Entertainer, actress, singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute event next year.
The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Parton will be the first artist from the Nashville music community honored at the annual MusiCares charity gala, which raises money for those in the musical community in times of financial, medical and personal need.
Dolly Parton receives award named after her in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Dolly Parton has been honored with a leadership award that is named after her.
The singer and actress received Leadership Tennessee's first-ever Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award on Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Leadership Tennessee officials say Parton was given the award for her "selfless work to improve lives across Tennessee."
- Business WireDolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction Marks Significant Milestones in 2019February 18, 2019
- Business Wire2019 MusiCares® Person Of The Year Dolly Parton To Perform On The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards; Will Be Joined In A Tribute By Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, And Katy PerryFebruary 5, 2019
Witherspoon excited to shine light on other women
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton's Dollywood amusement park has announced a $37 million expansion with rides, a restaurant and live entertainment.
The expansion is called Wildwood Grove and is planned to open next year.
Dollywood said in a news release that the investment meets the company's 2013 commitment of $300 million over a 10-year period, four years ahead of schedule.
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music superstar Dolly Parton has paid a surprise visit to a senior center in Tennessee, where she sang, lifted weights and joked about her age.
Funding shortfall ends Imagination Library service in Cabell County
HUNTINGTON — Imagination Library, Dolly Parton's home-delivery book program for children under 5 years old, is no longer available in Cabell County, according to a news release from the United Way of the River Cities. Beginning in April, the program shut down due to a lack of funding. The program was implemented in Cabell County in 2013 as part of a three-year grant, but has been funded in majority by United Way of the River Cities, the release said. "When the initial funding ended in 2016,...
One approaches Cynthia Weil’s second full-length novel, “806,” with very high hopes. Weil is a songwriter of much renown, with a long list of accolades and a roster of songs recorded by artists such as Celine Dion, The Monkees, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Lionel Richie. Perhaps the most famous one in her repertoire, co-written with Phil Spector, is “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” which I first heard in the movie “Top Gun.”
Kylie Minogue, "Golden" (BMG)
It was bound to happen eventually. Don't even pretend to be surprised: Kylie Minogue, the pop goddess from Australia, has gone country. Hey, if Justin Timberlake and Steven Tyler can do it, why not the woman behind "Locomotion"?
MOUNT CARROLL – Call it the reading program that could.
About 20 people – many of them parents with young children – attended the recent launch of the Imagination Library program in Carroll County, offered through United Way of Northwest Illinois.
The program, started in 1996 by country music artist Dolly Parton in Sevier County, Tennessee, provides one free, age-appropriate book per month for children 5 and younger in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.
Cam flips the script on classic ‘Jolene’
Broadway musical star Megan Hilty returns to Pittsburgh for ‘The Art of Aging’ Gala
She has played Glinda in Broadway's "Wicked" and Ivy Lynn in NBC's "Smash."
Now, Megan Hilty returns to Pittsburgh for "The Art of Aging" fundraising gala from 6 to 9 p.m. May 14 at the August Wilson Center.
A champagne toast and pre-concert reception kick off Hilty's solo stage performance of Broadway favorites and fresh interpretations of contemporary songwriters.
Country singers ditch fear of being ‘Dixie Chicked’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For decades, country music has been a place where artists and industry pros have kept any progressive political or social views to themselves, ever careful not to anger the genre's traditionally conservative fans.
As Dolly Parton put it in a recent interview on ABC's "Nightline": She "learned a long time ago, keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business."
NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John's songs will be reworked by top artists including Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson and Chris Stapleton.
John announced on Thursday the April 6 release of two albums. "Revamp" will include covers by pop and rock stars from Mary J. Blige to Miley Cyrus. Miranda Lambert and Dolly Parton will appear on the country album "Restoration."
A report by Deadline Thursday said that a reboot of the legendary female empowerment comedy 9 to 5 is in the works. Last Thursday night’s episode of ABC News'Nightline, Dolly Parton, the star of the original film, told ABC's David Wright that she and her co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are all on board for the new movie.
Dolly Parton donated 100 millionth book
COLUMBUS-- "The Little Engine That Could" has been reminding children the importance of an optimistic outlook and hard work since it was published in 1930. It also happens to be the first book a child will receive through Imagination Library.
Imagination Library is a book-giving program that sends children ages birth to 4-years-old one book per month. The program, which is fully funded by the United Way, offers families the opportunity to read together.
Liam Gallagher would love to star on a children's TV show.
The 45-year-old rock star - who is known for his larger-than-life persona - has spoken of his eagerness to appear on the 'Bedtime Stories' series for CBeebies, which had previously featured the likes of Tom Hardy and Dolly Parton.
William Shatner inks deal with country music label, teases: ‘What is this guy up to now?’
Charlie Daniels. Kenny Rogers. Johnny Cash. Dolly Parton. William Shatner?
The 86-year-old actor who made Captain Kirk a science fiction giant on "Star Trek" is exploring a different frontier: country music.
Imagine a library that provide free books to a pre-schooler's home every month, building their love of reading.
That's happening now in Dane County.
United Way of Dane County has launched Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, giving every enrolled kid five years old or younger a free book every month.
All parents have to do is fill out an application online at www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/imagination-library.
Parton stepping aside as parade grand marshal after 32 years
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton says her Tennessee amusement park "has hogged the spotlight long enough" and she's stepping aside as grand marshal of the Pigeon Forge spring parade after 32 years.
A news release from Dollywood and the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism says the grand marshal this year will be baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
On the heels of the release of his new single "Woman, Amen" and news of his upcoming album, "The Mountain," Dierks Bentley has announced his 2018 Mountain High tour, which kicks off on May 17 in Columbia, Maryland.
The 40-plus city tour will feature special guests Brothers Osborne and LANCO. Tickets to select cities will be available on Friday at Megaticket.com.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends free books to preschoolers (photos)
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library sends free books to preschoolers (photos)
Jenna Huff snuggles in her mother's lap. She turns a page of "ABC, Look at Me." She runs her finger along a picture. She prattles as she goes. The sounds aren't recognizable words, but that's OK. According to experts, Jenna's learning to read all the same.
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Dolly Parton removes ‘Dixie’ from Stampede dinner show
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Dolly Parton has discarded "Dixie" from the name of a popular dinner show. From now on, the attraction will simply be known as Dolly Parton's Stampede.
Parton said in a statement that the name change was spurred by changing attitudes and "will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows" as the company that operates the attraction expands into new markets.