Country music legend Dolly Parton closed the Glastonbury Music Festival Sunday, hitting all the right notes on her way to immortality. Singing her hits and joking with the massive crowd, the Tennessee diva finished the festival as the top draw -- pulling in more attendees than Metallica the night before. She even got an award while she was there...
The Agence France-Presse reported (via The Raw Story) June 29 that Dolly Parton performed before a raucous and receptive crowd in Glastonbury, many singing along with her on hits like "9 to 5" and "Coat Of Many Colors." According to her publicists, over 100,000 people were there to hear her sing "Jolene" and "Two Doors Down" and "I Will Always Love You."
The 68-year-old singer/songwriter told the crowd, quite of few of whom paid tribute by dressing up as the woman known almost as much for her look and style and personality as she is her music, that she had "waited a liftetime" to play at the famed venue. She even wrote a song about the event, paying homage to the famous mud pit that Worthy Farm, the Somerset venue where the Glastonbury Music Festival takes place, usually becomes after several days of milling people and damp weather.
“I thought I had to write a song about the Glastonbury mud, even though the sun’s shining today,” Parton said at a press conference before going on stage.
She was also presented a special award for having sold over 100 million albums in her career.
“I’m just a country girl and now I feel like a rock star,” she said.
And well she should, drawing more people to her show than did heavy metal giants Metallica (a band that has also sold quite a few albums -- 110 million -- in its career).
Dolly Parton began her career at the age of nine when she appeared on local radio and television programs. And, oddly enough, as Alanna Nash would chronicle in Dolly: The Biography, she would start her singing career (she had already begun a successful songwriting career right out of high school) signed with a record label that pitched her as a pop singer.
But country music was where she would make her mark, charting on the country charts first in 1967 and adding 66 more singles to that total through 2008. She has had the most Top 10 albums (41) on the Top Country Albums chart of any country artist. According to AllMusic.com, Dolly Parton has recorded 42 studio albums in her career. And the singer also holds the record for the most No. 1 singles (25) for a female country singer, tied with Reba McEntire.
She has also made her mark in acting, starrring in hit movies like "9 to 5" and "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas." She even starred as Miley Cyrus' godmother, "Aunt Dolly," on the Disney hit "Hannah Montana."
And now she's performed at Glastonbury...