“Jolene” or Why Dolly Parton is Awesome


“Jolene” is a song written and performed by Dolly Parton. It has been covered by so many performers. Here is a short list: The White Stripes, Dami Im, Olivia Newton-John, Strawberry Switchblade, Queenadreena, Straight No Chaser. There are several other covers.

Who can blame all of these performers? It is a great song. I read that it is #219 on Rolling Stone’s list of top 500 songs. It is one of my top ten favorite songs.

This is the second post that I’ve written about a topic related to Country music. Apparently, I’m in denial about liking Country music. However, I just cannot deny my love for Dolly Parton.

The story of “Jolene” doesn’t end there. The song has influenced E.L. Doctorow to write “Jolene: A Life.”
Then the story was turned into a film directed by Dan Ireland. I haven’t seen the movie yet. It’s on the to-do list. In the meantime, I’m going to watch the “Jolene” video about a hundred times.


15 responses to ““Jolene” or Why Dolly Parton is Awesome”

  1. Dolly and Cyndi Lauper … my two fave lady singers

    1. I also love Cyndi Lauper! 🙂

  2. Love this song! Love country music! Love Dolly Parton’s voice! And I’ve always thought she’s very, very hot.

    1. I agree totally! 🙂

  3. I like Dolly Too. She sang a version of “Landslide” that was pretty. Do you think she could sing the blues as well as she does country music?

    1. Totally possible. It would interesting to hear her sing the blues. Country music isn’t that far from the blues.

  4. I’ve never really enjoyed country music (even though my sister’s ex-husband was a country music songwriter!), but I love Dolly Parton. She’s one of my favorite female singers of all time.

    1. I used to watch the Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Christmas special every year. 🙂 I miss it. I’ll have to find it online. 🙂

  5. I love Dolly Parton, and I love Jolene! But, I had no clue that Straight No Chaser had done a remake -I went immediately to You Tube and WOW!!! Awesome!

  6. I’m really not a big fan of country, but I do appreciate Dolly Parton and her life story. Thank you for sharing the video with us. She truly is awesome. 🙂

    1. She is a great songwriter also. Her interviews are always entertaining. 🙂 I think she is a kind soul.
      Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  7. I first heard of “Jolene” while watching Dixie Hart! I had to look it up and played it over and over again lol

    1. I watched it several times today. 🙂 I’d like to see the other versions soon. 🙂 She did a duet with Miley Cyrus, who had also covered it.

  8. Loved the song. Thank you for sharing!

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