Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”


Dolly Parton‘s music is good for any situation: I’ve personally referred to her several times as being better than a strong dose of Ibuprofen. Her uniquely soothing voice can settle your nerves. Her humor can pull you out of the blues. And her overall positive message can steer you in the right direction towards being an actual better person, song by song, lyric by lyric, if you listen close enough. 

Parton, who was born in Tennessee in 1946, has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide since the release of her first album Hello, I’m Dolly in 1967. A few of the most notable achievements to date have been her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 for “I Will Always Love You,” and again in 2014 for “Jolene.” The song “I Will Always Love You,” which she wrote in 1972 and released in 1974, was given a second life by Whitney Houston, who dusted it off for The Bodyguard Soundtrack in 2005. Parton, who attended Houston’s funeral in February 2012, said she nearly lost it when the track they made famous together played at the end of the service.

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A lifelong philanthropist, she’s turned down several offers to pose in the nude for Playboy Magazine — though she made the cover once in 1978 wearing the traditional Playboy Bunny outfit. In an interview with AdWeek in 2014 Parton said she’s turned down posing naked because of all the work she does with children saying “They just recently wanted me to do another cover…and I didn’t do it again because of all the programs I do for children now and the Imagination Library.” 


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Between her albums, her film roles in gems like Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and 9 to 5, and her charitable work, Dolly has proven time and time again that she’s one of the greatest entertainers alive today. She turns 70 today and we couldn’t salute her hard enough if we tried. Happy Birthday, Dolly! We will always love you!