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“Jolene” or Why Dolly Parton is Awesome

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“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.

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15 comments

  1. 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?

  2. 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 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.

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