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Episode 99: Dolly Parton - The Early Years


Dolly Parton photographed by David Gahr, 1976

We all know her, we all love her and there is no one else like her. Who could we possibly be talking about? That’s right, Dolly Parton!


Today Chanty presents the story of Dolly Parton, the early years. With the help of Dolly’s book Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, you can hear the story of how Dolly got to be the super star she is today. A small town girl from the smoky mountains of East Tennessee, Dolly was one of twelve children born in a home no bigger than a shack. A real rags to riches story, Chanty explains how Dolly discovered God, Music and Sex (not necessarily in those orders) and in turn discovered and became the best Dolly she could be.

A story of faith, believing in yourself and dreaming big, this is a fun an inspirational episode that might have you saying “I didn’t know that!” We also cover Dolly’s longtime marriage to Carl Thomas Dean, a handsome young man she met after moving to Nashville. The couple have been married for over 50 years and are still going strong. What makes this marriage everlasting? You’ll have to listen to find out!


This month, Dolly will be honoured as the Person of the Year by MusicCares for her humanitarian work. She also celebrated a birthday last month, so Happy 73rd Birthday Dolly Parton!




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