Country Rewind: Dolly Parton and Shania Twain Nail ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Duet

by Keeli Parkey
(Photo by Scott Suchman/WireImage)

One of the only things better than a great country song sung by a beloved country artist is a great country song sung by two beloved country artists. Dolly Parton and Shania Twain proved that point almost two decades ago.

According to, the two beautiful and talented country music artists appeared together on “Oprah” during 2003. And, during their appearance on that famous talk show, they sang one of Parton’s most famous songs.

Twain joining forces with Parton wasn’t just something country music fans might have hoped for. It was also something Shania Twain herself had wanted for much of her life. Oprah shared details about Twain’s desire to sing with Dolly Parton as she introduced their duet on her show.

“This is a moment. The phenomenal Shania Twain is here and for the first time ever she’s about to fulfill a life-long dream as she was just telling us,” Oprah Winfrey said as she introduced the singers’ performance almost two decades ago.

And, in her famous generous way, Oprah allowed Shania Twain to introduce Dolly Parton before they began singing.

“Well, everyone. This is definitely a life-long dream of mine,” Twain then said. “And, what more can I say than this is my hero – musical and personal hero of all time. Um, a beautiful person inside and out and the person that I always wanted to grow up to be. Please, everybody, Dolly!”

Dolly Parton Gleefully Joins Shania Twain on “Oprah” for 2003 Duet

It’s obvious from the expression on Dolly Parton’s face as she took the stage on the “Oprah” show in 2003 that she was happy to be there.

Following her introduction by Shania Twain, Parton hugged her Canadian counterpart. The music started playing and the two captivating country music queens began singing Parton’s autobiographical song “Coat of Many Colors.”

And to make the performance even better, providing the music for Parton and Twain’s performance was Alison Kraus and Union Station!

Twain began the song and sang the first verse. “Back through the years I go wondering once again. Back through the seasons of my youth …” she sang. And, even though it’s rare to hear anyone do those lyrics justice – other than Dolly Parton, of course – Twain’s version captures the emotion and history of the song.

Dolly Parton then joins in with her beautiful soprano voice on the song’s chorus and other parts of the verses. It’s a great version of a great country song.

You can watch Dolly Parton and Shania Twain perform their duet of Parton’s song “Coat of Many Colors” as supported by Alison Kraus and Union Station on “Oprah” in 2003 below. If you’ve never seen this, you have to watch it. Their performance will make you look at this very well-known song in a new light. Enjoy!