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DOLLY PARTON: SONG BY SONG (6x30')
DIRECTOR: BARBARA HALL
GENRE: MUSIC / PROFILE


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" Cause I am strong and I can prove it
And I got my dreams to see me through
It's just a mountain, I can move it
And with faith enough there's nothing I can't do"

- Dolly Parton, lyrics from "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"

With 650 songs written by her registered with BMI and sold more than 100 million albums, she is one of only six female artists (including Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, and Taylor Swift), to win the Country Music Association?s highest honor, Entertainer of the Year. She has also been nominated for two Academy Awards and a Tony Award. Dolly Parton has earned 5 BMI Million-Air (or more) Performance Awards and numerous BMI Songwriter Citations of Achievement. She was also honored with the prestigious BMI Icon Award in 2003.

A 6 part series, each episode of DOLLY PARTON: SONG BY SONG explores the stories around a particular hit song including inspiration for writing and recording it, the immediate impact it had and the legacy and accolades it has received. Each song story will provide a calibrated insight into the unparalleled drama of a life fully lived and a career fully exploited depicting her unique character full of resilience, fortitude, intellect, insight and compassion.

Episodes:

"Coat of Many Colors" (1971)
Small town girl comes to Nashville to make it in country music ? a lucky break puts her on TV and forms a partnership that has Nashville buzzing.

"Jolene" (1974)
The little blonde bombshell from nowhere, TN writes from the heart about personal experiences. But, will the male dominated ?good ol boy network? make way for this ?girl singer? who insists on doing things her way.

"I Will Always Love You" (1974)
Dolly breaks ties with the hottest country TV star and writes a simple tune that expresses her feelings for her now riled ex-partner.

"It?s All Wrong, But it?s Alright" (1978)
Dolly?s music crosses over into pop ? but the struggle is to keep her country roots and fans believing she hasn?t abandoned them.

"9 to 5" (1980)
From humble beginnings to the silver screen Dolly faces the challenges of being a small town country girl in Hollywood.

"Travellin? Thru" (2005)
Successful in every aspect ? Singer/Songwriter/Movie Star/Theme Park owner/Philanthropist/Author and more ? but Dolly?s not slowing down, and this endeavor created a new buzz about the superstars? reputation. Ultimately, she becomes viewed as a gay activist.

Guests include:
? Dolly Parton
? Janis Ian
? Brad Paisley
? Vince Gill
? Lindi Ortega
? Kenny Rogers
? Miranda Lambert
? Mac Davis
? Marty Stuart
? Mindy Smith
? Brandi Carlile
? Grascals
? Jim Lauderdale
? Miley Cyrus
? Kellie Pickler
? Carrie Underwood
? Kristin Chenoweth
? Lily Tomlin