Dolly Parton and a timeless classic? Sounds like a match made in heaven.
Way back in 1976, Parton’s self-titled show ‘Dolly’ provided just that. A variety hour that centered around the iconic country star, the show treated viewers to all things Dolly and then some.
On this particular episode, Parton treats viewers to a cover of the legendary Otis Redding track, ‘(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay.’ The original was released in 1967, just days before Redding died in a plane crash at the age of 26.
The track immortalized Redding, and Dolly’s cover only added to the legacy.
Dolly dons a very classic look. Obviously, her hair is as big as physics will allow.
Further, Parton delivers a traditional cover of the song. There isn’t too much flash or edits to the original song, which makes sense considering that Dolly later went on to describe her love for Redding.
Dolly Parton on Otis Redding’s Impact
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in 2014, Parton revealed that one album she “bought with her own money” was one of Otis’ releases.
“First of all, I had no money,” Parton said. “But after I moved to Nashville, Otis Redding was a favorite artist and I remember buying his album. My husband and I used to listen to his music when we were datin’. His voice always moved me: “These Arms of Mine” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.”
‘These Arms of Mine” is off of Redding’s debut album, Pain in My Heart, and was the legend’s first single. Meanwhile, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” was put on Redding’s third album in 1965, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul.
The days of Dolly having “no money” have passed after a long, illustrious career, but the sentiment is clear. Redding’s music is something that always stuck with the country icon, even close to a half century later.