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Jolene Celebrates Turning 50 Years Old

Dolly Parton’s album ‘Jolene’ turned 50 this past February. On February 4th 1974, Dolly Parton released the iconic album ‘Jolene’. This was Dolly Parton’s thirteenth solo album. While the song ‘Jolene’ is one of Dolly’s most celebrated songs, this album also holds another one of Dolly’s notorious songs, ‘I will always love you’. Most people recognize Whitney Houston for this beautiful song but it was actually originally written and released by Dolly Parton. Dolly said in an interview that she actually wrote ‘I will alway love you’ and ‘Jolene’ on the same day. 

A countless number of artists have covered ‘Jolene’ as well as ‘I will always love you’. One of my favorite covers of ‘Jolene’ is when Miley Cryus and Noah Cryus performed this song at Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party on NBC in 2022. Both Noah and Miley are so talented and their voices together while singing this song is truly breathtaking. The most famous cover of ‘I will always love you’ is for sure when it was sung by Whitney Houston. 

This album is definitely worth a listen. There are so many beautiful songs on this album. Dolly Parton is genuinely just such a talented artist. She is continuously winning awards for her work. She released an album titled ‘Rockstar’ in 2023 that features many different covers of songs. I find it quite impressive that a woman who is 77-years-old is still a “rockstar”. She has been performing since age 10. Dolly says she has retired from touring but will still occasionally perform live shows. 

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