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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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