Dolly Par­ton: Song by Song

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 6.30pm, Stu­dio Surely the most fa­mous coun­try and western singer-song­writer in the world, Dolly Par­ton set the cat among the pi­geons in the late 1970s when she moved from the Nashville sound to pop, Hol­ly­wood and the cover of Play­boy. Of the 3000 songs she’s writ­ten and sung, It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right was the one that left coun­try fans feel­ing aban­doned and be­trayed but which launched her as a su­per­star. (It was con­sid­ered so risque ra­dio sta­tions re­fused to play it.) But as Dolly, 67, says in Song by Song, the sec­ond of a three­part pro­file, she sim­ply fol­lowed her heart. And where would she be to­day, she asks, if she’d stayed in Nashville? Her suc­cess in films such as 9 to 5 proves she made the right call.

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