Dolly Parton Part Four
Ever since I heard 9 To 5, I can’t get it out of my head, so I’m typing Dolly Parton Part Four, so you can feel the same way, as I do.
1987— 2005: Country and Bluegrass Period
Along with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, she released Trio (1987) to critical acclaim. The album revitalized Parton‘s music career, spending five weeks at number one on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart, and also reached the top 10 on Billboard‘s Top-200 Albums chart. It sold several million copies and produced four Top 10 country hits, including Phil Spector‘s “To Know Him Is to Love Him“, which went to number one. Trio won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocaland was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. After a further attempt at pop success with Rainbow, (1987) including the single“The River Unbroken“, Parton focused on recording country material. White Limozeen (1989) produced two number one hits in “Why ‘d You Come in Here Lookin‘ Like That“and “Yellow Roses“. Although Parton‘s career appeared to be revived, it was actually just a brief revival before contemporary country music came in the early 1990s and moved most veteran artists off the charts.
A duet with Ricky Van Shelton, “Rockin‘ Years“ (1991) reached number one, though Parton‘s greatest commercial fortune of the decade came when Whitney Houston recorded “I Will Always Love You“ for the soundtrack of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992 ). Both the single and the album were massively successful. Parton‘s soundtrack album from the 1992 film, Straight Talk, however, was less successful. But her 1993 album Slow Dancing with the Moon won critical acclaim and did well on the charts, reaching number four on the country albums chart, and number 16 on the Billboard 200 album chart. She recorded “The Day I Fall in Love“as a duet with James Ingram for the feature film Beethoven‘s 2nd (1993 ). The songwriters (Ingram, Carole Bayer Sager, and Clif Magness) were nominated for anAcademy Award for Best Original Song, and Parton and Ingram performed the song at the awards telecast. Similar to her earlier collaborative album with Harris and Ronstadt, Parton released Honky Tonk Angels in the fall of 1993 with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. It was certified as a gold album by the Recording IndustryAssociation of America and helped revive both Wynette and Lynn‘s careers. Also in1994, Parton contributed the song “You Got ta Be My Baby“ to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization. A live acoustic album, Heart songs: Live from Home, featuring stripped-down versions of some of her hits, as well as some traditional songs, was released in late 1994.
Parton‘s recorded music during the mid– to late-1990s remained steady and somewhateclectic. Her 1995 re-recording of “I Will Always Love You“ (performed as a duetwith Vince Gill), from her album Something Special. won the Country MusicAssociation‘s Vocal Event of the Year Award. The following year, Treasures, analbum of covers of 1960s/70s hits was released, and featured a diverse collectionof material, including songs by Mac Davis, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, CatStevens, and Neil Young. Her recording of Stevens‘ “Peace Train“ was later re-mixed and released as a dance single, reaching Billboard‘s dance singles chart.Her 1998 country-rock album Hungry Again was made up entirely of her own compositions. Although neither of the album‘s two singles, “(Why Don’t More Women Sing) Honky Tonk Songs“ and “Salt in my Tears“, charted, videos for both songs received significant airplay on CMT. A second and more contemporary collaboration with Harris and Ronstadt, Trio II, was released in early 1999. It’s cover of Neil Young‘s song “After the Gold Rush“ won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Parton also was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Parton recorded a series of bluegrass-inspired albums, beginning with The Grass IsBlue (1999 ), winning a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album; and Little Sparrow (2001 ), with its cover of Collective Soul‘s “Shine“ winning a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. The third, Halos & Horns (2002) included a bluegrass version of the Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven“. In 2005, she released Those Were The Days consisting of her interpretations of hits from the folk-rock era of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “Imagine“, “Where Do the Children Play?“, “Crimson and Clover“, and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?“