A woman of many talents and the ultimate country and talk show star. Dolly Parton can do no wrong.
She’s charming, charismatic, and funny. She knows how to get a crowd going, and it is always a bonus when you can highlight your talent on primetime television.
In 1979 Parton appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
He introduces the young star by saying, “They really love you. You’ve got loyal fans.” Parton goes on to make a joke that she thinks his fans are showing her great love. She mentions she feels that she and Carson are great friends, too.
They had first met five minutes before she took the stage, and she was in the back getting her outfit on, so he got a, “Sorry, I can’t talk now!”
Who wouldn’t agree with Parton? That is a beautiful start to a friendship (and the crowd goes wild from that sarcastic remark)
They talk about music, share jokes and stories, and her goals to become “skinny and lovely.”
Near the end of the interview, she told Carson that she wrote a song for him to commemorate the many successes the show had brought her. She whips out a guitar and picks it with her long acrylic nails.
The little tune tells her story of being a small-town Tennessee girl and how she made it big because of Johnny Carson’s show. She is making fun of herself the whole time, which is genius and so on brand for Parton.
Super fans probably would have somehow put the song on the charts if she recorded it.
Dolly performs “Star of the Show” and “Sweet Summer Lovin’” later in the program.
The crowd goes wild after she wrapped up her performance.
Fans could not get enough of Parton then, and the same rings true today.
Everyone loves Mrs. Dolly Parton.
She’s gone on to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, James Corden and more.
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