Happy Birthday Dolly Parton

January 20, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

As I learned on my friend Stephanie’s Facebook page, Dolly Parton turned 65 today.  She also posted this riveting video below from one of Dolly’s performances on the Porter Wagoner show that I’m not sure many people know the story behind. In addition, I wanted to do my part in spreading the birthday love for the impact she has had on my life, the United States and the world in general.

Interestingly, the YouTube description says that she wrote this after breaking up with the guy for whose show she was doing this very performance. Could you believe that?  It would be like Brittany Spears and Justin Timberlake breaking up and then Justin Timberlake writing a song about it telling her to cry him a river and then having Brittany appear in the music video. Can you imagine? Yes, it would be just like that, only a touch sweeter. Now, I am not from this generation, so I can only imagine how the conversation went down. However, I’m thinking it went something like this:

Porter: I’m breaking up with you.
Dolly: You will always have a special place in my chestheart.
Porter: Please stick around and continue to perform on my show.
Dolly: I would only be in your way hunny.
Porter: I wish you wouldn’t be so nice. The way you are handling this with such tenderness is tearing me apart with confusion over whether I am doing the right thing.
Dolly I…. (tearing up) will always… (single tear streaking down face)…. love you (full blown tears).
Porter: Will you at least do one more performance on my show?
Dolly: Yes darling. And it will be just for you.

I believe this was the result.  As you’re watching, feel free to clap along with the crowd. They have a good sense of timing.

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