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One of the newest members of The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame celebrated birthday #77 last week. Dolly Parton was born January 19, 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee. She joined fellow country superstars Hank Williams and Johnny Cash who were also recognized for their contributions to music history without being defined by one genre.
The Rock Hall’s introduction of Parton-“In a career spanning six decades, she has recorded more than 50 studio albums and, by her own estimation, written nearly 3,000 songs”-limit her talents to musician, singer and songwriter. Those are certainly impressive roots but only the first part of her story. She is so much more than just three things. She is a wife (who has spent many years honoring her husband’s wish for privacy), an actress (9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias are my favorites), an author, a businesswoman, a humantitarian (her Imagination Library is such an incredible mission) plus she has her own resort & theme park, Dollywood. She seems to grow in popularity every day, hitting three billion worldwide streams in 2021, according to her website. That is a massive reach but not surprising for a woman who has written some incredible songs, including today’s.
It was released nearly 50 years ago in October 1973, yet it is still one of the defining songs of Parton’s career. And it shows us all that a throw down is not always the way to go when confronting someone trying to hurt you. Maybe, just maybe, an honest conversation reminding them that even if they can cause you pain, perhaps they will choose not to.
“I had to have this talk with you
My happiness depends on you
And whatever you decide to do
Dolly Parton circa 2019. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Dolly Parton: “Jolene” (1973, written by Dolly Parton).
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Hi again, Vixens!!! Thanks for tuning in for the second song of the Christmas season.
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Today’s tune dates back to 1943. It has been covered by singers like Perry Como to Frank Sinatra to Kelly Clarkson to Michael Buble. With so many diverse artists covering it in the last 70 years, a lot of people do not realize that the roots of the song go back to World War II and the soldiers stationed overseas who could not be home to celebrate the holiday with their families. Hence, the last line of the song: “I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams”. And with so many of our servicemen and women still serving our country on foreign soil far away from their families, the song’s original meaning holds true for them today.
New York, 1942 Photo by Alfred Eisenstaed
At this moment, the song can be used as a prayer for the people of Tennessee who have either lost their homes or have been forced out of them because of the horrific wildfires raging near Gatlinburg. So it was easy to pick the version of today’s song by the Tennessee native who just set up a fund to help the people of her home state who have lost everything because of those fires. Not surprising for this powerhouse of a woman who is a singer, songwriter, musician, actress and author. This year marked not only her 70th birthday but her 50th anniversary as an entertainer as well. One of her other major humanitarian projects, “Imagination Library“, has provided close to 80 million free books to children.
Courtesy of Imagination Library
She is also one third of an unbelievably great “Trio” and starred in two of my all-time favorite movies, “9 to 5” and “Steel Magnolias“.
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So as you listen to her beautiful rendition of this song, please say a prayer for our servicemen and women & all the people being displaced by the wildfires. Let’s hope they are all safe at home soon.
Dolly Parton: I’ll Be Home For Christmas.
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Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!