Dolly Parton Calls ‘Hello I’m Dolly’ Album ‘a Start, a Chance, a Hope’: Learn About the 1967 Album

by Keeli Parkey

Dolly Parton released her first studio album in February 1967 on Monument Records. Titled, “Hello, I’m Dolly,” the project laid the groundwork for the legendary singer’s rise to fame.

In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Parton described her debut album as: “A start. A chance. And a hope.”

“This was my very first album; so, of course, I was very excited about that,” Parton says. “I was on Monument Records at the time and a man named Fred Foster had taken an interest in me. So, this was the beginning of my career in country music as far as a true artist and a true singer/writer.”

Parton explains Foster came up with the title for the album and drew inspiration from the then-popular Broadway musical, “Hello, Dolly.”

“My name is really Dolly, so he said, ‘Well, why don’t we call it, ‘Hello, I’m Dolly,” Parton recalls. “And, that was just a natural. If I was doing another album of songs from back then, I might call it, ‘Hello, I’m Still Dolly.'”

The cover artwork for “Hello, I’m Dolly,” features Parton, who is famous for wearing wigs, in her natural hair.

“Fred Foster took that picture as well, I believe,” she says. “In fact, that was before I started wigs… He had me out in the sunlight and he said, ‘Let’s just (take the photo) outside.'”

Watch Parton talk about “Hello, I’m Dolly” and some other famous albums, including “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene: and “Here You Come Again” here:

Dolly Parton recently released the new holiday album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.” Joining her on the album are Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Michael Buble, and Willie Nelson. Album tracks include popular holiday tunes such as “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Mary, Did You Know?”