1973: Jolene By Dolly Parton

Composed and first recorded by Dolly Parton for her thirteenth studio album, Jolene. According to the singer, the song is the most recorded by other artists of all the songs she has written. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, first for the original release and the following year for a live version. Despite not winning originally, Jolene earned Dolly a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance 43 years after its original release, for a recording by the a capella group Pentatonix, in which she was also featured. The song was inspired by a red-headed bank clerk who flirted with Dolly’s husband, Carl Dean, at his local bank branch around the time they were newly married. In an interview, the singer revealed that Jolene’s name and appearance are based on that of a young fan who came on stage for her autograph. Jolene reached No.1 in Canada and the USA.

As well as being a talented music artist, Dolly Parton is also a philanthropist through her Imagination Library charity. Find out more here: https://imaginationlibrary.com/about.

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Chart History (1973 – 1974) Peak Position
Canada Top Singles Chart84
Canada Contemporary Songs Chart40
Canada Country Singles Chart1
New Zealand6
South Africa3
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart60
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart44
USA Country Songs Chart1
Chart History (1976)Peak Position
United Kingdom7