Dolly Parton Wrote Her First Songs at Jawdroppingly Young Age

by Thad Mitchell

Legendary country music superstar Dolly Parton has sat atop the entertainment industry ladder for well over a half-century.

A talented musician and singer, Parton also prides herself in writing songs. She has turned out some real hits over the hits including “I Will Always Love You” and “9 to 5,” which she wrote to correspond with her movie of the same name. Dolly Parton has written thousands of songs during her time and is one of the most celebrated songwriters of also time across any genre. Her hometown of Sevierville holds a competition each year in which contestants sing one of her songs in the style of their choosing. The competition takes place at the city’s annual Bluegrass and Barbeque festivals.

While her success as a songwriter is no surprise, the age at which she began writing songs might be. In an interview, Dolly Parton and actress Jennifer Anniston discuss their movie “Dumplin” collaboration. In the interview, Parton tells Anniston she got her first guitar at 7-years-old and that is also when she began writing.

Dolly Parton and Jennifer Anniston Discuss Music

The interview between the two lovely leading ladies is full of fun stories and fascinating tidbits about their lives and careers. Only a few seconds into the interview, Dolly Parton tells Jennifer Anniston just when she got the itch to write songs.

“I learned to play (guitar) at age 7 and that is when I started to write my little songs,” Parton reveals. “I wrote little fun and easy songs.”

Anniston seems pleasantly surprised by Dolly Parton’s revelation and seeks confirmation of what she’s just heard.

“When you were 7-years-old?” she asks with a stunned look on her face. “Wow!”

Dolly Parton would go on to become one of the greatest songwriters and singers of all time, churning out hit songs like “Jolene” and many more. She has composed more than 3,000 songs during her illustrious and fruitful career. For her work, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. She has sold more than 100 million albums throughout the world, making her one of the top-selling artists in history.

Beyond the music industry, Parton has also found success as an author, actress and humanitarian. She even has her own theme park “Dollywood” that resides near her hometown in Pigeon Forge. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain, Dollywood is one of the most-visited adventure parks in the world.