Dolly Parton Remembers Anniversary of Performing on Porter Wagoner Show With Classic Clip

by Lauren Boisvert
(Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Country legend and America’s sweetheart Dolly Parton recently shared a clip of herself singing “Dumb Blonde” on the Porter Wagoner Show. On this day in 1967, Parton made her first appearance on the show, shortly after her debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly, was released. She captioned her video, “My first appearance on the Porter Wagoner Show was on this day! So many amazing memories made during that time.”

Parton spoke on her website of her opinion of Wagoner, saying, “We could all relate to his sense of humor and his ‘good ol’ boy’ ways. I could relate to his shiny bright costumes, his flashy smile, and his blond helmet.”

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner had amazing chemistry, which helped to skyrocket the show to the number 1 syndicated show in America in its time. From the late 60s to the early 70s, Wagoner and Parton performed and recorded as a country music duo, until they split in 1974.

Dolly Parton, America’s Sweetheart

Parton started from humble beginnings, as the 4th child of 12 born in Locust Ridge, near the Great Smoky Mountains. She often credits her mother as her chief musical influence; in her book Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, Parton wrote, So it was just natural for my mom to always be singing.”

She called her mother’s voice “haunting”, and wrote, “My mother had that old-timey voice, and she used to sing all these songs that were brought over from the Old World.”

While doubtlessly musically talented, Dolly Parton never learned how to read sheet music. She plays the dulcimer, autoharp, banjo, guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, piano, recorder, and the saxophone, but of her talents she says, “I play some of everything. I ain’t that good at none of it, but I try to sell it. I really try to lay into it.”

What’s She Up To Now?

Currently, Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, live in Brentwood, Tennessee outside of Nashville. Parton has recently released a new fragrance called Dolly–Scent From Above. It is described as “butterflies, hearts, and hope.”

Now, with September already here, Parton is most likely gearing up for one of her busiest times of the year: Christmas. Last year saw her first holiday album release in 30 years, coinciding with a movie musical on Netflix titled Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. We’ll have to get a little more into the holiday season before seeing if Parton can top that.

In 2020, Dolly Parton donated $1 million dollars to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help fund their research into the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Parton’s friend Dr. Naji Abumrad spoke to the Washington Post about her contribution, saying, “Without a doubt in my mind, her funding made the research toward the vaccine go 10 times faster than it would be without it.”