Dolly Parton: How A Difficult Past Inspired The Country Singer To Work Hard For A Better Future

Date March 19, 2018 17:08

Dolly Parton is one of the most iconic names where country music is concerned. Her unique sound, lyrics, and music have helped her work her way into the hearts of millions of people.

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Since 1967, when she first appeared on the music scene with "Hello, I’m Dolly," till date, Dolly continues to make beautiful and timeless music.

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Growing up

She was born Dolly Rebecca Parton in January 1946. She was the fourth of twelve children. Her parents, Avie Lee Caroline and Robert Lee Parton, struggled a lot financially. The singer even once described her family as "dirt poor."

Dolly once told the story of how her father paid the doctor who helped to deliver her with a bag of cornmeal. Her earlier music, like "Coat of Many Colors" and "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad," alluded to how difficult her childhood was.

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Dolly's younger sister, Stella, who wrote a memoir titled "Tell It Sister, Tell It: Memories, Music and Miracles," reportedly said their mother had mental issues while their father, though hardworking, also drank a lot.

Finding comfort in music

Dolly was only 10 when she began to perform on television and radio shows in Knoxville, Tennessee. By the time she reached her 20s, her career was already flourishing. Her first single was a duet with Porter Wagoner, "The Last Thing on My Mind," which was released in 1967.

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This brought her a lot of attention. Four years later, her single "Joshua" earned Dolly her first No.1 Country singles hit. From that point on, she was unstoppable.

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She does not hide from her past

In 2015, Dolly signed a movie deal with NBC to share her life story. A source told Closer Weekly that the singer hoped the movie would inspire children in struggling homes.

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Even though Dolly grew up poor, it strengthened her resolve to make something of herself, and she wanted to make sure others find that strength within them too, no matter the situation.

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