Dolly Parton is known by most people as the Queen of Country. She has written most of the songs she performs, but if you’re like me, you didn’t know that she also wrote songs that brought other singers success. Dolly began writing songs with her uncle in Nashville when she was a young child.
One of the songs she wrote that became famous was performed by country singer Hank Williams Jr. He added his own touch to the song, and it became his own by adding Southern rock, country, and blues. “I’m In No Condition to Love Again” was a #1 song and Williams’ best song.
In 1967, Skeeter Davis released a song also written by Dolly Parton. “Fuel to the Flame” made it to the Top 10 and launched Dolly’s career. The song also led to success for Skeeter Davis who was the first woman to release a solo in country music.
In other instances, Dolly wrote songs for someone else and performed the song with this person. This is the case of the 2012 movie with Dolly and Queen Latifah. She also sang the song ”He’s Everything” which spoke of her relationship with God.
Another song written by Dolly was “Jolene,” a hit song performed by Miley Cyrus, the goddaughter of Dolly. This song won a Grammy Award. Dolly led this famous child star to a career in music singing her song.
Dolly wrote for other singers and sometimes performed with them, as she did with Kenny Rogers. One of their most famous performances together was for a Christmas special. She also wrote songs that were part of soundtracks for movies.
The themes in Dolly’s songs ranged from lost love to women’s suppression, to gospel themes. All of them reflect her great talent.