On This Day: Dolly Parton Releases ‘Touch Your Woman’ Album in 1972

by Thad Mitchell
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As a Country Music Hall of Famer, Dolly Parton sits atop the world of country music and has for some time.

Parton’s career spans over six decades and she is one of the most influential music artists of all time. Her influence is not limit to just country music either. Many music industry stars across numerous genres claim Parton as an influence and inspiration on their work.

The country star has put out numerous hits like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” that have kept her atop the country game. The East Tennessee native is so popular that she has her own theme park called “Dollywood.” The park, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is one of the top amusement park in the world.

Parton’s success and popularity can be directly attributed to her prowess as a country music singer and songwriter. Maintaining a status as one of the most well-known music artists over 60 years isn’t easy to do. Parton is truly a rarity in the music industry for her longevity. She’s been able to pull it off by consistently putting out great music and hit albums.

Dolly Parton Releases Ninth Studio Album

One of Parton’s most successful albums “Touch Your Woman” is put out to the public on this date (March 6) in 1972. It was Parton’s ninth solo album, featuring 10 songs. The album’s title track “Touch Your Woman” would become the record’s most known track and one of Parton’s biggest hits. The song was took a Grammy Award and became a top 10 hit for the country star.

The album would take a top 20 position on the Billboard Hot Country Chart, peaking at the 19th spot. The record would also establish Parton as a premier songwriter as she wrote a majority of the songs on the album herself.

The studio album did not come without a bit of controversy. Conservative country radio stations took the album’s title track off the air, deeming it too “sexually explicit” for audiences. Despite this, the song would climb into top 10 rankings on country music airplay charts, peaking at number six. It also gave Parton a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1972. The song has also been on three of Parton’s compilation albums, including “Best of Dolly Parton” and “The Essential Dolly Parton.”

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