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“Jolene” As You’ve Never Heard Dolly Parton Sing It Before

In late-1973, Dolly Parton was coming out from under the shadow of her long-time mentor and duet partner, the late Porter Wagoner. She released a haunting song about a woman trying to keep her man from leaving her for another woman named "Jolene." The song became a Number One smash in early-1974, and Dolly's solo career took off. "Jolene" has since been covered numerous times by other artists, but you've probably never heard it done quite like this! Here is Dolly's original 1973 RCA Victor recording,

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June 18th in Country Music History

Here are some events In Country Music History that happened on June 18th...

1915: A.P. Carter married Sara Dougherty in Virginia, starting the legendary Country music family that produced June Carter and Carlene Carter.

1973: Loretta Lynn appeared on the cover of "Newsweek" magazine.

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June 14th In Country Music History

Here are some of the events that happened on this day in Country music history:

1961: Patsy Cline suffered serious head injuries and a fractured hip in a car accident in Madison, Tennessee.

1977: the "Ol' Waylon" album by Waylon Jennings was certified Gold.

1980: Alabama's first hit, "My Home's In Alabama," made its chart debut.

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March 28th In Country Music History

1975: Dolly Parton racked up her fifth number one hit with "The Bargain Store."  The song's success was considered a surprise because some radio stations refused to play it.  They felt the lyrics -- "the bargain store is open, come inside"—were a little too “suggestive!"

1980: Tom T. Hall rejoined the Grand Ole Opry.

1993: Willie Nelson performed a benefit concert in Hillsboro, Texas to raise money for the restoration of Hill County Courthouse, which had been destroyed by fire.

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Miranda Lambert Wants to Follow in Dolly Parton’s Footsteps

With five nominations for the 2013 ACMs -- including prestigious Entertainer of the Year -- a Grammy, a celebrity husband and four albums, Miranda Lambert has had many accomplishments since her days on 'Nashville Star.' But she wants more, and she's looking to the queen of country, Dolly Parton, as her metric for success.

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Miley Cyrus Covers Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’

Miley Cyrus, daughter of country singer Billy Ray, offered up her loyal, respectful and soulful cover of Dolly Parton's hit 'Jolene,' penned in 1973, in her 'Backyard Sessions' series. The song was written 19 years before Cyrus was even born, but she does a terrific job with it. Did you know that Parton is Cyrus' godmother? True story!

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Dolly Parton Celebrates Gold-Selling Album ‘An Evening With … Dolly’

It’s hard to believe that Dolly Parton experienced a first in her career last week, so deep into the legendary singer’s success in country music. Friday morning (Aug. 10), Parton’s label — Dolly Records — earned its first gold-selling album for her Cracker Barrel double-disc, ‘An Evening With … Dolly.’ In addition to it being the first big-selling album for her record label, it was also the first gold-selling project for Cracker Barrel.

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Dolly Parton Book ‘Dream More’ To Be Released in November

If there’s any country star who knows how to dream big, it’s Dolly Parton. With her roots stemming from rural East Tennessee, Parton grew up an impoverished youth in the Appalachian mountains. Now that she has spent decades at the top of the country music scene, she’s ready to impart some of the wisdom she gained on her journey to other dreamers.

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Dolly Parton Sought After in New ‘Hollywood to Dollywood’ Documentary

Dolly Parton is the muse in a new documentary that’s set to debut at the 2012 Nashville Film Festival, which runs the week of April 19-26. Though the appropriately titled ‘Hollywood to Dollywood’ might sound like a documentary about the Queen of Country Music herself, it actually chronicles the adventures of two identical twin brothers, Gary and Larry Lane, who are hoping to get Parton to star in their screenplay ‘Full Circle.’

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Dolly Parton Mourns Whitney Houston’s Death: ‘Whitney, I Will Always Love You’

Dolly Parton and the late Whitney Houston are forever connected through one very specific hit ballad. Houston’s version of ‘I Will Always Love You’ — which Parton wrote and first released in 1974 — was a massive hit for Houston in 1992 as part of ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack.

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Dolly Parton Shows Sisterly Support for Lady Gaga

With more than 40 albums, 20 number one singles, and the title ‘The Queen of Country’ to her name, Dolly Parton has certainly earned the right to share her thoughts on whatever topic she chooses — and when a British reporter asked her recently to weigh in on Lady Gaga, he could have been looking for nothing more than a few controversial quotes.

Leave it to Dolly, however, to accentuate the positive — and to find common ground with someone who may not appear similar to her.

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Brad Paisley’s Top 5 Country Duets [VIDEO]

Brad Paisley's newest record, This is Country Music, plays like a country rock mix tape curated and orchestrated by Paisley himself. It's packed with guest appearances from the likes of coiffed guitar acrobat Marty Stuart, classic rock crooner Don Henley and, of course, Paisley's go-to duet partner these days, Carrie Underwood. Plus, Clint Eastwood whistles the melody to the instrumental 'Eastwood.' If that sounds like the most awesome thing ever, well, what can we say?

Not that it's anything new for the 'Celebrity' singer - he's put together some great collaborations in his day. Check out our list of the five best Paisley duets of all time, and when you're done reading, head over to our Facebook page to enter for your chance to win a trip to West Palm Beach to see Paisley in concert - and meet him backstage.

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