Dolly Parton is the favorite daughter of the Smoky Mountain Area.
Her life is a true rags-to-riches, Cinderella story. One of her top songs, "Coat of Many Colors" was inspired by her own childhood that saw hardships such that the clothes she wore were patched together from already worn out scraps of clothing. Dolly wrote practically all of her own songs, timeless for their heartfelt accounts of hardship, heartache, and love.
Known throughout the world for her music, films, and most of all, her voice, Dolly Parton is an American Icon. To her credit, Parton has more than 25 songs that reached number one on the Billboard country charts, with 110 charted singles and 41 Top 10 albums during her career. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Star on the Nashville Star Walk. For her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States, the U.S. Library of Congress awarded Dolly the Living Legend Medal in 2004. She earned the nation's highest honor for excellence in the arts when she was presented with the National Medal of Arts in 2005. To top it all off, Dolly even has a bronze statue in her likeness on the courthouse lawn in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee. Parton captured the Best Original Song nomination for an Academy Award.
The 2011 Grammys awarded Dolly the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Dolly is a seven-time Grammy winner and although she could not make it to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award she sent a video message that was played at the awards ceremony where she stated she’s “working on some new stuff” and she has plans to “win at least seven more Grammys.”
The Dolly Statue in Sevierville is an excellent photo opportunity. The sculpture itself is beautifully crafted in cast bronze, and depicts Dolly perched upon a mountain boulder with a guitar in hand and a song in her heart. It is a tribute to a truly talented artist and a cherished daughter of the Smoky Mountains.
To visit Dolly's hometown and her statue, take I-40 to exit 407 and proceed south on The Great Smoky Mountains Parkway for 10 miles. At traffic light number 15.5, make a left onto Bruce Street and then take a left again at Court Avenue. The statue is on the East Lawn of the Sevier County Courthouse, at 125 Court Ave, Sevierville, TN 37862.
For more information on Dolly Parton and the Annual Dolly Parade held each year in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, visit our Dolly Parade Photo Gallery!
Dolly Parton was born in Sevierville, Tennessee in 1946. As young as age 8, Dolly was playing the guitar and making up her own songs. Music was a way to rise above the poverty her family endured, if only for a short time. Her large family, which eventually numbered 12 children in all, shared a run-down one-bedroom log cabin on Locust Ridge. At age 13, Dolly's musical talent was broadcast on Knoxville radio airwaves. Dolly was popular locally, but her talent took her to Nashville, the "Music City." The day after she graduated from Sevier County High School in 1964, she left the hills of East Tennessee and began her journey to international fame. "I Will Always Love You", made its debut in the album Just Because I'm a Woman
"I Will Always Love You", made its debut in the album Just Because I'm a Woman
Dolly Parton received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "9 to 5"
Trio boasts four singles that reached the Top 10
Dolly's first entry into Bluegrass, The Grass is Blue gained critical acclaim
Also in 1999, Dolly starred as herself, albeit animated, in the animated television comedy The Simpsons, where she guest-starred as a Superbowl performer.
Learn more about Dolly Parton at the PigeonForge.com blog:
Get to Know Dolly Parton!
Pigeon Forge's Favorite: The Quotable Dolly Parton
5 Reasons We Love Dolly Parton