What makes a successful day? Is it getting all your work or assignments done? Is it finishing your to-do list? Is it writing two of the most successful songs of all time?
That’s exactly how Dolly Parton spent a night in 1972, according to an interview Ms. Parton did with The Bobby Bones Show in September. The interview recently resurfaced on Reddit and Twitter, causing many to remember just why Dolly is the great that she is. In the clip, the radio host plays a clip of Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” and points out that there’s a generational difference between whether someone might associate the song with Parton or Whitney Houston, whose cover of the song went on to be the iconic version that many know today.
“In 1972, I wrote, it,” Parton responds to a question of when she wrote the song. “At the same time I wrote ‘Jolene.’ That was a good writing day,” Parton says. Now whether she’s being literal or smudging the timeline a bit is besides the point. As Britney Spears once said, if you want a hot body or a Bugatti, you better work, bitch! And Dolly worked!
“Jolene” is now Parton’s signature song and, according to the country queen herself, is her most-covered song. Some of the song’s most famous covers include versions by Olivia Newton-John, Ellie Goulding, and Parton’s goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. Parton’s “Jolene” was released in October 1973 and “I Will Always Love You” was released the following year in June 1974.
Let the spirit of Parton propel you to greatness!