Dolly Parton Talks Love Songs, Rhinestones & No. 1 Hits With Katie Couric


Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with beloved country music legend and business maven Dolly Parton in Nashville. Parton discussed her 43rd studio album, her 60-city tour…the biggest in 20+ years…her iconic look, incredible career and more. Watch the full interview on Yahoo.

Here are some of the interview highlights here…

On loving rhinestones: “I have to have all my sparkles. You know my big joke is, ‘I never leave a rhinestone unturned.’ You can see for sure that’s real with these, but these are the things I play on in concert and a lot of the clothes hanging up are things that I wear.”

On celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary: “A lot of people have asked me that, and I always have my line of jokes The reason we’ve lasted 50 years is ’cause I’ve been gone 47 of those. We’re good friends, we have a lot of respect for each other, but we’re both crazy, we both have a great sense of humor. So, we have a lot of fun, and we’re not in the same business…We thought, well, that’s a long time to be married. What are we gonna do? I thought, wouldn’t it be sweet if we just got married again? I never got that beautiful beaded wedding gown on my first wedding. It was just us, just intimate family and friends, and at our little house. Oh, yes, got all the pictures. So now, I have a real wedding album.”

On the first song she’s ever written: “It was a song about a little cobb doll. It’s called Tiny Tassel Top. Daddy had, we used to always raise corn we had a lot of cobbs and shucks and stuff that we put to use in other ways. Daddy had burned some holes in this little cobb to make some eyes. Momma put the tassels back on and made her a little dress out the shucks. I was about five and I named her Tassel Top.”

On the song she wants to be remembered by: “My personal favorite is ‘My Little Coat of Many Colors.’ That’s going to be a song that has taken on a new life of its own because we did the movie and it did so well – and I made it into a series based on my life story called Life of Many Colors.”

On the first time she heard Whitney’s Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You:” “Kevin Costner has asked for that song. But I had never heard if they were gonna do it….I was drivin’ home one day, and it came on the radio, and I thought, when she started out…my ears were what? And then, when she went into that, “I will always love you,” ooh, it was one of the most overwhelming feelings I’ve ever had in my life…Well, a lot of people say that’s Whitney’s song, and I always say, “That’s fine, she can have the credit, I just want my cash.”

On her iconic look: “I felt more outgoing inside than my look because I’m not a natural beauty. So I just decided I’d paint it on, powder it up and let it shine… I always say good lighting, good makeup, good doctors and a good attitude. I say if I see it sagging, bagging or dragging then I’ll have it plucked, tucked and sucked.”

On her fans: “People feel like they know me. Their parents have grown up with me and then their kids they kind of introduce them. Then I did shows like “Hannah Montana” as Aunt Dolly and a lot of the younger people have found my songs. And a lot of my songs are easy to sing and do with these garage type bands like Jolene and just different so it’s for different reasons. I’ve done the movies and I’ve done lots of TV. Yea, I’ve been around a long time.”

For more information on Dolly Parton, visit her website and follow her on her social media sites on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


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