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Country Throwback: Dolly Parton Belts ‘Jolene’ with Goddaughter Miley Cyrus

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Today’s edition of our country throwback series is a special one. We are throwing it back to more than ten years ago when Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus teamed up to sing “Jolene.”

While most country music fans know that Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’ godmother, not all may remember their amazing outdoor performance for the Hallmark Channel in 2010.

Parton and Cyrus obviously share a special bond with each other, which has always been evident. Dolly Parton has been there to support Miley for her entire life. And in return, Miley joins her godmother every now and again to perform in her shows. One of the best of those came in the form of an Independence Day concert for the Hallmark Channel.

Parton hypes up her fans in the audience before finally introducing Cyrus as her duet partner.

“My goddaughter, Miss Miley Cyrus,” Parton yells to her crowd. The crowd is without a doubt excited to see Miley Cyrus, who was one of the biggest young stars in the country. They greeted her with a standing ovation. Shortly after, the two southern girls gave an incredible performance of Parton’s timeless hit.

Have a look below for yourself at the epic performance. The bond between the two music stars jumps off the screen.

Miley Cyrus seems to play the song’s antagonist, Jolene, during the duet. Parton serenades her, pointing out her incredible beauty.

Your beauty is beyond compare/ With flaming locks of auburn hair/ With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green,” she sings.

Not the First Performance for Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus

Although the 2010 Hallmark concert was an incredible performance between Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus, there have been plenty of others as well. In fact, the southern duo even performed a version of “Jolene” at the Grammy Awards Show in 2019. And as always, the two are incredibly talented and comfortable on stage together.

Meanwhile, Dolly Parton’s original version of “Jolene” was written by the country music legend herself in 1973. The name Jolene came from one of her fans, but the story behind the song was based on a emotions Parton experienced in his own life. The hit song went on to become Dolly’s most-recorded single in her entire career. The original single also topped the country charts in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.