Dolly Parton is arguably one of the greatest country music stars of all time – actually, scrap that, definitely one of the greatest country music stars of all time. She is a singer and instrumentalist who successfully introduced country music to the mainstream (yeah, Taylor Swift did not get there first).
Parton has had 110 charted singles over the past forty years of her career and composed international hits such as I Will Always Love You (to be taken to the pop charts by Whitney Houston), Jolene, Coat of Many Colours, and 9 to 5.
Parton is recognised as an extremely prolific songwriter, having composed over 3,000 songs and produced 43 studio albums over the course of her career. Parton has an enormous amount of awards under her belt, including 8 Grammies, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 3 American Music Awards.
In fact, her huge amount of Grammy nominations is rivalled only by Beyonce for a female artist. Parton is also widely recognisable for her (I'm not going to beat around the bush here) ample rack and she was even honoured by having the world's first cloned sheep named after her because the somatic cell was taken from a sheep's breast, thus, "Dolly".
Amazingly enough, Parton also has her own theme park in Tennessee called Dollywood, which is credited as being the largest 'ticketed' tourist attraction in the state.
Also, Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus' godmother; enjoy flinging that piece of trivia around liberally.
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