Dolly Parton, a country music diva with a half-century career, is one of the world’s most successful music icons. She’s created hundreds of songs, sold over 100 million records, and owns many Guinness World Records, among other honours. Aside from music, the entrepreneur and philanthropist have founded other ventures like Imagination Books and the entertainment park Dollywood, which have brought smiles to thousands of people’s faces.
So you’ve probably heard her songs and watched her movies, but with everything she’s done, we’re sure there are things about Parton you didn’t know (like the fact that her very first crush was Johnny Cash, or how she once turned down Elvis Presley). Check out these amazing facts about the “Jolene” star, who will go down in history as one of America’s most outstanding performers.
1. Parton met her future husband in a laundromat. She Moved To Nashville on This Day
When Dolly Parton went to Nashville in 1964, she had no intention of marrying, but fate had other choices. Her future husband was waiting for her on the first day in Nashville after moving to the city to pursue her dreams. Carl Dean drove by in his pickup truck while Parton, 18, stood outside the Wishy Washy Washateria laundromat, and it was love at first sight.
Dean claims that the first thing that sprang to mind when he saw her was, “I’m going to marry that girl.” After more than 50 years of marriage, Parton and Dean are still together. Dean recalled of the 18-year-old Parton he met outside a Nashville laundromat, “My second reaction was, ‘Lord, she’s attractive.’ That was the beginning of my life.”
2. She once refused Elvis Presley’s invitation
How many people can claim to have declined the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll? Elvis Presley fell in love with Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You” when it was published in 1974. If Elvis came knocking on your door and offered to work with you, chances are you’d jump at the event. “I was ecstatic. I told everyone that Elvis was singing that song and they all agreed.”
However, on Elvis’s scheduled recording, Colonel Tom, Elvis’s then manager, called her and told her that they would not record the song unless they received half of the publishing rights. “‘Oh no, it’s already a hit, but that’s what I’m leaving for my family,’ I thought. It had nothing to do with Elvis, who, hopefully, was also dissatisfied, “she stated.