Country Throwback: Dolly Parton’s ‘Hello, I’m Dolly’: Revisiting Her First Album 54 Years Later

by Atlanta Northcutt

54 years later and Dolly Parton doesn’t have to introduce herself anymore unless she’s revisiting her first album Hello, I’m Dolly.

“Hello, I’m Dolly”

Hello, I’m Dolly was her first official full-length solo album. It was released on Feb. 13, 1967, making for a great Valentine’s gift for the young Dolly.

Parton explains how Fred Foster decided the album’s title and found inspiration from the popular Broadway musical, “Hello, Dolly.”

“My name is really Dolly, so he said, ‘Well, why don’t we call it, ‘Hello, I’m Dolly,” Parton recalls. “And, that was just a natural. If I was doing another album of songs from back then, I might call it, ‘Hello, I’m Still Dolly.'”

“A Start. A Chance. And a Hope”

In an interview with Pitchfork, Parton described her debut album as: “A start. A chance. And a hope.”

“This was my very first album; so, of course, I was very excited about that,” Parton says. “I was on Monument Records at the time and a man named Fred Foster had taken an interest in me. So, this was the beginning of my career in country music as far as a true artist and a true singer/writer.”

Dolly Parton Becoming a Legend

Parton’s LP contains hits “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy” from the LP both reached the top twenty on the U.S. country singles charts, and the album reaching #11 on the country albums chart. 

It was quite special for a little-known artist to have their album place on the charts. It’s even more special when the album contains two songs “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy” reach No. 24 and 17 on the country charts.

Dolly’s talents displays her raw talent and unique voice, which garnered attention from many in the industry.

The record grabbed the attention of Porter Wagoner, who is credited with focusing on pushing Dolly’s music into the mainstream spotlight. In 1967, she began to appear nightly on the popular television show, The Porter Wagoner Show.

All of this is just the very beginning of the start that is the legendary Dolly Parton. The description of her title is perfect: “A start. A chance. And a hope.”