On This Day: Dolly Parton Releases Her 17th Studio Album ‘All I Can Do’ in 1976

by Jonathan Howard

Throughout her illustrious career, Dolly Parton has put out quite a catalog of music. On this day in 1976, her 17th studio album debuted. That album, All I Can Do was a chart success and featured some recognizable tunes from the Queen of Country. The album was pivotal in Parton’s career.

With eight songs written by Dolly Parton herself, the album also featured a couple of covers. Parton cut a cover of Emmylou Harris’ song Boulder to Birmingham. The slow, somber song was a classic of Harris’. The sad tune worked well with Parton’s vocal range. Another cover, Merle Haggard’s Life’s Like Poetry had a bit more upbeat feel.

There were three singles cut for this album. The self-titled track at the beginning of the album, All I Can Do details a woman trying her best to not fall in love with a friend. It went on to chart #3 on the US Country charts and #1 in Canada. However, the first single released from the album was Hey, Lucky Lady. A quick-paced heartbreak tune, it found itself in the top-20 of the charts, peaking at 19 in the US.

During this time, Dolly Parton was beginning to be featured in tabloid news more often. The third single from the album Shattered Image is directly related to this. While it didn’t have chart success, the song seemed important for the country star. Despite their best efforts, Parton’s image couldn’t be shattered and she is now one of the most beloved celebrities in the world.

All I Can Do would be the last Dolly Parton album that Porter Wagoner had any involvement in. The two produced the album together and are both featured on The Fire That Keeps You Warm.

Dolly Parton and her Un-Shattered Image

Although Dolly Parton had concerns regarding the paparazzi and media in general, she likely doesn’t have those concerns anymore. It makes sense looking at her career that appearances would be something she kept an eye on. There isn’t anyone that traverses the media the way Dolly does.

Nowadays, Dolly Parton is in the news for things like investing in a neighborhood in Nashville with song royalties. With the proceeds from Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You cover, Parton, put that money to use. However, she isn’t just making a difference through music anymore. It was also recently announced that Dolly has a novel coming out with James Patterson. Not only will this be her first novel, but the country singer is also releasing a new album inspired by the book itself. Run, Rose, Run will be available on March 7, 2022.

At 75-years-old Dolly is still showing that she has plenty of energy left. There isn’t much that Parton hasn’t involved herself in. Whether it is books, music, charity, or film, the country music superstar keeps things moving right along.