On This Day: Dolly Parton Released Her 17th Studio Album ‘All I Can Do’ In 1976

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The seventeenth studio album from THE Dolly Parton.

On August 16, 1976, via RCA, Dolly Parton released All I Can Do, which was co-produced by Parton and Porter Wagoner. While Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, this album would be the last project of Parton that Wagoner had a part in, completely cutting their business ties.

All I Can Do brought significant success to Dolly Parton, charting at number three on Billboard’s Hot Country Albums chart and leading to a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.

The album is filled with songs that did very well for Parton. However, two notable tracks are her cover of Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder To Birmingham and a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Life’s Like Poetry.”

Parton’s rendition of “Boulder To Birmingham” makes the tune her own, rearranging the composition to highlight a harmonica and piano, letting her vocals shine as she belts out the chorus during the song.

In her cover of “Life’s Like Poetry,” she takes the show ballot and makes it a little more upbeat. I love that Parton takes this single to highlight her yodeling skills at the end of the song through a little “la-dee-da” melody.

The whole song will have you tapping your foot along. How can you not love a re-work of an incredible Merle Haggard song?

Dolly Parton does not miss when it comes to her music, creating songs that fans will love and honoring the amazing singles that her country music colleagues have recorded over the years.

This album highlights the diversity of Parton’s sound with some honky tonk twangers, slow love ballots and captures the fun nature of Dolly Parton.

Check out some other tracks from the album.

“All I Can Do”

“Shattered Image”

“Falling Out Of Love With Me”

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