On This Day: Dolly Parton Releases 5th Studio Album ‘The Fairest of Them All’ in 1970

by Thad Mitchell

When it comes to country music, superstar singer-songwriter Dolly Parton might just be the “fairest of them all.”

So its only fitting we remember her hit album “The Fairest of the All” on the anniversary of its release. The album, one of her most popular ones of all time, was released to the public on February 2, 1970.

The album’s cover is a now iconic photo of Parton looking into a mirror and smiling at her reflection. The album photo and title are, of course, a reference to the Fairy Tale of Snow White.

“The Fairest of them All” was Parton’s fifth studio album release and was released by RCA Victor. It was produced by Bob Ferguson. It features 11 songs all together. The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Top Country Album Charts.

Interestingly, the album only produced one single, “Daddy Come and Get Me” which peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. The song was released a few months before the album came out. It was made available to the public in December 1969, according to Highwayqueens.com.

Dolly Parton’s Album Stirs up a Little Controversy

The album was not without controversy due to the song “Down from Dover,” which was not released as a single. The song is about the misfortune of a young pregnant girl who has yet to marry the baby’s father.

The girl waits to no avail for her baby’s father while being cast out by her parents. The song was considered controversial in the 1970’s, especially to country music listeners. In a later interview, Parton confesses that her friend and mentor, Porter Wagoner, told her the song would not get air time due to the controversial lyrics.

Another song on the album, “Robert” is about an infatuated boy and girl finding out they are actually brother and sister. The story in the song is allegedly based on actual events as Parton reveals her father had a child with another woman.

The album would not be available as a CD until 2010 and was made available as a digit download the year after in 2011.

Despite being only moderately successful, the album drew high ratings with many calling the alum some of her better early work.