Dolly Parton - The Evolution of a Country Music Queen

Music | October 30, 2017

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Country music star Dolly Parton has been wowing audiences for years with her unbridled music and acting abilities. A plus for her audiences was the fact that she is very easy on the eyes.

Parton was one of 12 children born into a poor, Tennessee family. She was raised in the economically depressed Appalachian Mountains. Dolly was reportedly spunky from the start; all “5-foot-nothing” of her! In a brood that big, she had to be competitive to get her share whatever there was.

Being born into a family that loved to sing and play guitar, Dolly Parton was no stranger to performing. Although early on it was mostly done for her own entertainment, she also performed on local stages and in church. When Dolly was 10, she was given a guitar as a gift, which was no small gesture for someone of her economically challenged lifestyle. With her outgoing personality she found herself very comfortable on stage and she just couldn’t get enough of the spotlight. After Dolly graduated high school, she took her show on the road and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in hopes of pursuing a career in music. She was soon discovered by country music star, Porter Wagner, in the late 1960’s, giving her the exposure she needed. Before long, she began to discover her own solo career blessing the country music world with hit after hit.  

Dolly Parton was one of those starlets that could have had any man she wanted. Unlike many high-profile relationships, Dolly and her husband married in 1966, and remained true to one another for the long haul. Dolly’s husband, Carl Dean, was more than happy to let her have the spotlight all to herself; rarely being in the public eye. Make no mistake though, it wasn’t Dolly’s choice; it was Carl’s. She would have gladly shared the limelight.  

Young Dolly Parton, as small as she was, always did everything in a big way. She had a big voice, big hair, big songs, not to mention a BIG bust line! I don’t like to speak out of school, but Dolly reportedly was said to wear a DD cup size! She was a tiny but curvy sight to behold! Even if you weren’t a fan of country music, chances are pretty darn good that you knew who Dolly Parton was, men and women alike! Dolly has always been comfortable with her attention-getting figure, even dubbing herself a "backwoods Barbie." (It's a title that might as well have been applied to Catherine "Daisy Duke" Bach of The Dukes of Hazzard or Donna "Elly May Clampett" Douglas of The Beverly Hillbillies.)

Over the years, Dolly has enjoyed a remarkable career in both music and acting. Like many celebrities in the public eye, she was very conscious of her stage appearance. Over the years her looks have changed dramatically, as you would probably expect them to, but she has always been country music's iconic blonde bombshell.

People have always gossiped about her having plastic surgery and wearing wigs to improve her looks. I say, who cares? If she did indulge herself in that way, it was an investment in her career. Plenty of people would do the same if they could get away with it and afford it. Dolly never let her fans and/or audiences down. She is and has always been a lady! 

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Rebeka Knott


Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.