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S2 E3 Dolly Parton: Jolene

The little blonde bombshell from nowhere, TN writes from the heart about personal experiences. But, will the male dominated “good ol boy network” make way for this "girl singer" who insists on doing things her way. A song written and performed by Dolly Parton from her album Jolene, produced by Bob Ferguson. It is ranked #217 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" Ms. Dolly Parton: “One night I was on stage, and there was this beautiful little girl. She was probably eight years old at the time. And she had this beautiful red hair, this beautiful skin, and beautiful green eyes. And she was looking up at me, holding, you know, for an autograph. And I said, well, you're just the prettiest little thing I've ever seen. I said, what is your name? And she said, Jolene. And I said, well, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene. I said, that is pretty, I said, that sounds like a song. I'm going to write a song about that.” Ms. Parton says she got the story for her song from another redhead in her life at the time, a bank teller who was giving Dolly's new husband a little more interest than he had coming. Ms. PARTON: “She got this terrible crush on my husband. And he just loved going to the bank because she paid him so much attention. It was kind of like a running joke between us when I was saying, hell, you're spending a lot of time at the bank. I don't believe we've got that kind of money.” This episode will reveal Dolly’s early career moves, the challenges those career moves created and the impact they had on the status quo.

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