On This Date: Dolly Parton Scores Her Second Career #1 Hit With “Jolene” In 1974

Dolly Parton with the hand on the head

Dolly Parton rocks… as is evidenced by her recent nomination for the rock and roll hall of fame.

And on this date in 1974, she scored her second #1 hit on the country charts with “Jolene.”

Of course, we all know by now that it was inspired by a real life girl at the local bank, and that Dolly told her husband, Carl Dean, in no uncertain terms that he’d better find somebody else to talk to when he went in there after she found out about her.

There’s an incredible live performance video of Dolly singing the song just eight years ago at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts to a whopping 180,000 fans.

The festival had been trying to book her since its inception in 1970, but it never lined up for her to be there with her touring schedule until 2014. She sang several of her hits, like “Coat of Many Colors” and “9 to 5,” but the best part was when she sang “Jolene.”

Apparently, all the other stages at the festival were empty when Dolly was on, and even other artists who were supposed to be performing ditched their slot to go watch her.

There are points during the performance that Dolly seemed somewhat surprised that thousands of fans from across the pond were singing along so passionately to every word, poignantly remarking during her set that:

“I’m just a country girl and now I feel like a rock star.”

Yes Dolly, you certainly are a rock star…

And she’s obviously a national treasure here in America, but it’s pretty damn cool to see her in a rare overseas performance so recently with a record-setting turnout in the UK.

If this doesn’t prove that Dolly is the absolute queen of everything, I don’t know what will:

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock